August 1, 2016 |
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. - At the British Open two weeks ago, two players equaled the lowest round in a major by shooting 63s: eventual runner-up Phil Mickelson in the first round and winner Henrik Stenson to close things out. In Friday's second round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol, Robert Streb joined the club. Robert Streb? On Saturday, Mickelson, who won the PGA here in 2005, was one of 37 golfers who finished their third round. Ten never made it to the first tee before the nasty weather arrived.
June 9, 2016 |
FOR A GOOD PORTION of his Hall of Fame career, Scotland's Colin Montgomerie always seemed to be such an easy target. On and off the golf course. From galleries and media alike. Especially for someone who was one of the planet's best ball-strikers for well over a decade. For many it didn't matter, more so on this side of the Atlantic. To them he was "Mrs. Doubtfire," a nickname he openly despised. Can you blame him? Before the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black on Long Island, a golf magazine famously launched a "Be Nice to Monty" campaign urging the notably loud New York fans to, well, make like it was Ellis Island.
June 17, 2013 |
Phil Mickelson turned 43 on Sunday, a cruel reminder in light of his record sixth runner-up finish at the U.S. Open that his chances to claim that elusive championship are fading. When the tale of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion is told years from now, Justin Rose's steady hand on the way to his first major title and the impressive way in which the old course held up will be mentioned prominently. But ultimately, it will be Mickelson falling short again that will be remembered most.
June 14, 2013 |
IT TOOK 32 years for Merion to get another U.S. Open, when many thought No. 4 might well have been the last. But the USGA came back, mostly because Merion is one of the great golf courses anywhere and has a history that perhaps is unmatched. So at 6:45 this morning the first group in the first national championship on the East Course since David Graham won here in 1981 will head out from No. 1. Or at least Cliff Kresge, Roger Tambellini and Ryan Yip are scheduled to tee off at that time.
June 13, 2013
OK, SO there's more wet stuff in the forecast. Perhaps even lots of it. Maybe accompanied by high winds and other assorted monkey wrenches that nobody really needs. What if you have a ticket to today's first round of the U.S. Open and things get washed out? When that happened in 2009 at Bethpage Black, it created some issues with the buying public. And you really don't want to mess with those New York crowds. So those have since been addressed. "We've got a policy in place now that basically as long as we complete 4 hours of play that it will constitute a round having been completed for spectators," said Reg Jones, senior director of the championship.
June 13, 2013 |
YOU THINK Matt Shaffer has had easier weeks? From the moment Merion East found out it was going to host its fifth U.S. Open this year, he understood that the whole golf universe would be watching his every move. And making judgments on everything from the speed of the greens to the height of the rough and anything in between. Maybe even the turtle soup they serve on the veranda. As the director of golf course operations, that's his job. And his responsibility. As he put it a few months ago, his Super Bowl.
June 13, 2013 |
Something happened to send Phil Mickelson away from the U.S. Open: Monday's rain, and his daughter's graduation from the eighth grade. Mickelson had expected to practice Monday at Merion Golf Club, hold a news conference Tuesday, and fly afterward to his home in suburban San Diego for the graduation of his daughter, Amanda. But he ended up flying to California on Monday. "Amanda is speaking at her eighth-grade graduation ceremony Wednesday, and I always planned on being here for that," Mickelson said in a statement, "but since it was raining so much Monday and we didn't know if we'd even be able to play a sloppy course, I came home [Monday]
June 11, 2013 |
The Daily News covers the Open: Check out PhillyDailyNews.com's U.S. Open page for our guide to the tournament in Merion . WEATHER has caused other problems for the U.S. Open besides those at Merion Golf Club. The Rose Tree Park (red lot) in Media, which was to be used for spectator parking, has been temporarily closed. Instead, people are being asked to go to PPL Park (blue lot) in Chester. Complimentary shuttle buses will run from there to Merion from 5:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Fans also are being encouraged to use SEPTA.
June 11, 2013
OTHER MAJORS Tiger Woods' other nine majors, in order, to go with his five most memorable: * 1999 PGA, Medinah (Ill.) Country Club: Tiger won his second major, and first in 28 months, by one stroke over 19-year-old Sergio Garcia. Woods was tied with Mike Weir (who closed with an 80) after three rounds, two ahead of Garcia. Sergio got within one with five holes left. And his shot from the base of a tree on the 16th was perhaps the highlight. But Tiger did what he had to do to secure his first major with caddie Steve Williams.
May 7, 2013 |
One in a series of articles getting you ready for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, June 13-16. SOMETIMES, WHEN most everyone else is fixated on the many reasons why something probably can't happen again, maybe someone has to ponder why not. In all the back-and-forth as to whether Merion's famed East Course still had whatever it took to host another U.S. Open, that voice mainly belonged to David Fay. The former executive director of...