Dan Reardon at the U.S. Open. Phil Mickelson’s poor performance continues. Rory McIlroy became the first player in US Open history to get to 13 under par. Sergio Garcia and others played the third round of the U.S. Open without hitting golf balls to warm-up. The easier course for the third round didn’t tighten up the leaderboard.
Notes from the U.S. Open. Lee Westwood had Saturday’s low round. The USGA moved up tees to make holes a little easier. Las Vegas is betting on McIlroy finishing on top.
Dan Reardon at the U.S. Open. Rory McIlroy was so far ahead that someone brought up the “mercy rule.” If McIlroy wins, it would five straight majors without an American winner.
U.S. Open courses are generally thought to be too hard, particularly ones close to the coast. Players are forced to make choices and then execute them.
Notes from the U.S. Open. McIlroy soars while Mickelson struggles. Amateur Patrick Cantlay is settling in at his first Open. Second-place Yang benefits from McIlroy’s strong play.
Rory McIlroy shot 5-under 66 at the U.S. Open on Friday to finish at 11-under 131, setting the record for the best score after 36 holes in the 111-year history of the tournament.
Notes from the U.S. Open. Rory McIlroy shot an impressive first-round 65. Many players found the opening 199-yard, par-3 10th hole a little daunting. Congressional is the second longest course in U.S. Open history.
Dan Reardon at the U.S. Open. Hale Irwin was on hand to watch his son play. The top-three ranked players were the featured pairing on the first three days. President Obama, VP Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner and Ohio governor John Kasich tee off at Andrews Air Force base on Saturday.
Notes from the U.S. Open. The greens at Congressional are in good shape. The U.S. Open will return to Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in 2018. Rory McIlroy defends LeBron James.
Majors change their champions. But Graeme McDowell, last year’s winner, feels like just another player at the U.S. Open. Repeating will be tough, given his performance this year.
Notes from the world of golf. The Blue Course at Congressional, home to this year’s U.S. Open, doesn’t make it easy on players. Ken Venturi thinks back to his U.S. Open win at Congressional in 1964.
Tiger Woods recently pulled out of the upcoming U.S. Open. But a quick look at the numbers shows he’s still on track to tie or surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major wins.
Brandt Jobe is ranked 216 in the world and climbing. And just this week he made the U.S. Open field. The comeback continues for the journeyman who sliced off the top of two fingers on his left hand back in 2006.
Steve Stricker has not missed a cut in 2011. And with his 4-under 68 in Thursday’s first round of the Memorial Tournament, he will probably make another. With such solid play, Stricker likes his chances at the U.S. Open in a couple weeks.
The professional golf season is year-round, with tournaments each month around the world. But every year, four majors stand out, providing the highest quality of golf and the most dramatic final rounds.