May 15, 2015 |
STEVE STRICKER stood in the fairway on the second hole at Merion, one shot back on Sunday at the U.S. Open. He needed to nail this shot. Instead, Stricker shanked a 4-iron. His ball went screaming over Ardmore Avenue, out of bounds, and Stricker fell out of contention with a triple-bogey. An indicting red line cut an ugly scar across TV monitors worldwide. Tommy Roy, the man responsible for the red line, felt his heart sink. "Probably the most dramatic and most painful Protracer shot of all time," Roy said.
June 13, 2014 |
PINEHURST, N.C. - They say they love it. For now. Phil Mickelson called the rustic redesign of Pinehurst No. 2 "awesome" and "wonderful. " Rory McIlroy said it looks "fantastic. " Bubba Watson complained a little and Mickelson called one hole boring, but, as a whole, the professionals who will try to conquer this 7,500-yard period piece say that they like its new look and feel. For now. As usual, the U.S. Open will require patience and perseverance. But this one, on a course 300 yards longer than it was for the 1999 and 2005 Opens, will be different from usual, thanks to the innovations from Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore.
June 18, 2013 |
Things we learned from the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion: Philadelphia sports fans aren't the ogres nearly everyone imagines them to be, at least not the fans who showed up at Merion this week. They were, for the most part, positive, polite, and well-behaved. Even those who heckled, such as those targeting Sergio Garcia, didn't bring their "A" game. "The things they yell, they're very common," Garcia said Saturday. "They're not very creative. " Garcia won't be back anytime soon.
June 14, 2013 |
THE U.S. OPEN at Merion promises to be a championship Philadelphia will not forget. It has been 32 years since the last one, and there is doubt that another will ever come to the historic East Course in Ardmore. Fans are making sure to grab a piece of history, even if they cannot get to the course for any of the tournament. The history associated with Merion always evokes stories of Ben Hogan's 1-iron and Bobby Jones' Grand Slam. This year, it is being made at a different place: the merchandise tent.
June 14, 2013 |
Often throughout a 2013 U.S. Open round that was as wildly erratic as a few tee shots, Sergio Garcia had difficulties keeping things in bounds. It was golf balls that hooked onto Golf House Road on successive holes and led to double- and quadruple-bogeys. And at other times, it was the now-familiar taunts of fans. Whatever the comments directed at him by the Merion Golf Club gallery were, Garcia downplayed them after rallying to salvage a 3-over round of 73, 6 shots behind leader Phil Mickelson.
June 13, 2013 |
THERE ARE plenty of question marks surrounding the opening round of the U.S. Open at Merion. One thing's for sure: There will be weather not conducive for golf. Everything else about today is still up in the air. Merion Golf Club has taken in about 6 1/2 inches of rain in the past week, and there are estimates of 1 to 3 inches of rain for today, along with possible hail. Many different protocols are being called into play to help ensure a fair and competitive tournament for all. The very disputed "lift, clean and place," or commonly known as "lift, clean and cheat" rule could come up in adverse weather conditions.
June 12, 2013 |
The Daily News covers the Open: Check out PhillyDailyNews.com's U.S. Open page for our coverage of the tournament in Merion . LUKE DONALD was the top-ranked player in the world, off and on, for a little over a year starting in May of 2011. That season, he became the first man to win the money titles on both the PGA and European Tour in the same year. Born in England, he went to Northwestern and now calls Chicago home. And, at 35, he's still looking for his first major win. The closest he came was a tie for third at the 2005 Masters and a tie for third in the 2006 PGA Championship in his own backyard at Medinah, where he was tied with Tiger Woods after 54 holes.
June 12, 2013 |
Some of menswear's hottest trends - shrunken silhouettes, pops of color, and, yes, Justin Bieber hair - have finally landed on the golf course. Although the monochromatic neons (hello Rickie Fowler) or print-on-print combos (fore, Ian Poulter!) are mainly favored by the sport's fashion-forward younger players - Tiger Woods' biggest risk is wearing power red - it should make for a vivid U.S. Open. Right on par with its trendy Main Line backdrop. "For a while there, golf was pretty boring and bland," said Christina Snyder, a California-based golf fashion blogger and stylist for golf players.
June 11, 2013 |
Editor's Note: This column is sponsored by TD Bank. The opinions and analysis expressed here reflect the views of the authors alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TD Bank, N.A. or its affiliates. This week, when the U.S. Open returns to Merion after 32 years, Tony McBryan will have an especially profound reason for celebrating the exclusive golf club: Its pro-shop operators took a chance on his blankets. That was in January 2009, when McBryan got up the nerve to walk into the upscale store near the 18th hole and managed to sell the manager, the head golf professional, and an assistant pro on the idea of letting him incorporate the club's distinctive logo - a flagstick topped with a red wicker basket - on cotton blankets designed by him and his wife, Janis.
May 14, 2013 |
Michael Brown wasn't sure what to expect in Monday's qualifying round for the U.S. Open at Whitford Country Club, especially playing in the windy and unseasonably cold conditions. But the 40-year-old public-links player from Cheltenham had all facets of his game working for much of the day and earned medalist honors with a par 72, leading five qualifiers into next month's final stage for a chance to play in the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. With temperatures in the 50s and the wind blowing golf balls into Whitford's unforgiving rough, scores were high.