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June 15, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Black course at Bethpage State Park on Long Island is unlike any venue ever utilized for the U.S. Open, mainly because anyone can play it if he or she has $50 to $60 for a New York resident, or $100 or $120 for a non-resident. Bethpage Black is hilly and unforgiving. But when it's flowing with 40,000 people, many of whom have played the course - some after sleeping in their cars all night in the parking lot - and have opinions on how to play it, it's downright fun to be walking around.
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April 26, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE USGA has received a record number of entries for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. A total of 9,860 entrants signed up for the Open, which will be played June 13-16. The previous record was 9,086 in 2009 for the Open at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. "The fact that we have a record number of entries, from across the world, is a testament to both the great appeal of the U.S. Open and the historic nature and grandeur of Merion Golf Club," USGA executive director Mike Davis said.
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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.
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May 19, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dave McNabb knows it's not as much of a grind when you get to play the first round of U.S. Open qualifying on your home course - unless you allow the expectations of the club members to affect your focus. Competing at Cavaliers Country Club, where he has been head professional since 1997, McNabb fired a 1-over-par 72 yesterday to capture medalist honors and advance to next month's sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. McNabb, who celebrates his 43d birthday today, accepted the congratulations and well wishes of Cavaliers members after he completed his round.
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June 17, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 27, 2012 | Associated Press
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Nick Watney salvaged a dismal season with a victory Sunday at The Barclays that was timely in many ways. Watney turned a 2-shot deficit against Sergio Garcia into a 3-shot lead in four holes around the turn at Bethpage Black, and then hung on to close with a 2-under 69 and capture the opening playoff event for the FedEx Cup. Watney won by 3 strokes over Brandt Snedeker. Watney is assured a shot at the $10 million prize at the Tour Championship next month and is also in the running for a Ryder Cup selection.
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June 13, 2012 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
Did You Know? Rory McIlroy became the seventh wire-to-wire (no ties) U.S. Open winner since Walter Hagen became the first in 1914. And the first not named Tiger Woods (2000 and 2002) since Tony Jacklin in 1970. McIlroy was 22 when he became the youngest to win this major since Bobby Jones in 1923. Since then, the only one who was younger and won any major was Tiger Woods at the 1997 Masters. McIlroy joined Lee Janzen (1993), Lee Trevino (1968) and Billy Casper (1966, who also did it in the 18-hole playoff)
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June 21, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tiger Woods never considers himself out of a major tournament no matter how far behind he is, but he came up with an interesting twist yesterday on how much longer he would have to catch up in the 109th U.S. Open. "You never know," said Woods, who was 11 shots behind the leader, Ricky Barnes. "I've got 36 more holes . . . probably over the next three days. " The Open continued to slog along yesterday at squishy Bethpage Black. Officials of the U.S. Golf Association were relieved to get to the halfway point in the afternoon despite rain - steady, but not of the magnitude of Thursday's, when play was washed out after about three hours.
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June 17, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Open had been around well before Tiger Woods played in his first round as an amateur in 1995, but it appears to be the one tournament that fits Woods like the tiger head cover on his driver. With the seemingly perfect balance of physical tools and mental toughness to handle the confounding Open course conditions, Woods has been a strong favorite every year since his incredible 15-stroke victory - with a record score of 12-under par - at Pebble Beach in 2000, his first championship.
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June 23, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tiger Woods managed to excite the crowd yesterday in his closing holes of the U.S. Open, but he would have needed more than the required 18 to contend for a record-tying fourth championship. Woods got within 3 shots of first place following a birdie at the 14th hole of Bethpage Black but didn't have a comeback in him, finishing sixth. When it was over, he blamed a familiar offender - his putter. "I striped it this week," he said. "I hit it just like I did [in his win] at the Memorial.
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June 17, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 14, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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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.
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June 13, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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June 13, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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]
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June 11, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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.
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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.
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May 7, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
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...
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April 26, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE USGA has received a record number of entries for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. A total of 9,860 entrants signed up for the Open, which will be played June 13-16. The previous record was 9,086 in 2009 for the Open at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. "The fact that we have a record number of entries, from across the world, is a testament to both the great appeal of the U.S. Open and the historic nature and grandeur of Merion Golf Club," USGA executive director Mike Davis said.
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August 27, 2012 | Associated Press
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Nick Watney salvaged a dismal season with a victory Sunday at The Barclays that was timely in many ways. Watney turned a 2-shot deficit against Sergio Garcia into a 3-shot lead in four holes around the turn at Bethpage Black, and then hung on to close with a 2-under 69 and capture the opening playoff event for the FedEx Cup. Watney won by 3 strokes over Brandt Snedeker. Watney is assured a shot at the $10 million prize at the Tour Championship next month and is also in the running for a Ryder Cup selection.
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