August 6, 2014 |
THE FIRST time the PGA was held at Valhalla, what unfolded was hardly memorable. But the next time would turn into something historic. In 1996, when it was only a decade old, Valhalla hosted the season's fourth major. The fact that Jack Nicklaus was the designer of the Louisville, Ky., course might have had something to do with that. Of course, the fact that the PGA of America had a 25 percent interest in the club probably didn't hurt, either. The organization that runs this championship eventually became the sole owner, which also explains why the Ryder Cup went there in 2008.
June 6, 2014
HEY, I HAVE a suggestion for rank-and-file lawmakers: Do something. You'll have lots of downtime during the next few weeks. You'll mostly be sitting around waiting for six or eight legislative leaders to agree on a new state budget. Once they do - and that should take a while - you get to see what you're voting on to try to dig the state out of the big budget hole your past votes helped dig it into. Until then, you're pretty much irrelevant. And by "you," I mean roughly 245 paid, perked and pensioned public servants sucking up tax dollars in a Capitol whose reputation could use some polishing.
February 10, 2014 |
KEY WEST, Fla. - I'm sitting in the audience at the San Carlos Institute on Duval Street in Key West, my stomach churning the glass of Montepulciano that I consumed to quell my nerves, surrounded by 50 or so aspiring writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. We're in Day 2 of our four-day workshop, led by such writers as poet Billy Collins, humorist Daniel Menaker, and novelist Susan Richards Shreve. While fellow snowbirds focus on their third mojito at Coyote Ugly or croon karaoke during the female drag show down the street, the auditorium where I sit is jittery with ambition and fear.
August 5, 2013 |
The sign in front of this Poconos property is larger than others on the block, to accommodate the names of two generations of owners and an important message: "Keep It in the Family. " Herb and Martha Ganssloser built the vacation home in Tobyhanna Township in 1974. The wooded quarter-acre lot had a prime location two blocks from Pebble Beach, a strip of coarse sand bordering a picturesque mountain lake. The upper level of the raised ranch features a living area, a kitchen, three bedrooms, and a deck.
June 16, 2013 |
Steve Stricker had hit the travel wall. Even when he was home, Stricker had come to realize, his mind wasn't there. He calls his new playing schedule "semiretirement. " At 46, he's choosing the car pool over playing at Pebble Beach. He's focusing on majors, and World Golf Championships events in this country, and that's about it. And he's a shot out of the lead in the U.S. Open. A most happy start to Father's Day. On Saturday, Stricker shot a par 70 at Merion, staying even for the tournament, a shot behind 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson.
June 16, 2013 |
Jim Furyk looked forward to playing in the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, near his hometown of Lancaster, but finished up an abbreviated trip Friday with the worst 36-hole score he had ever carded in an Open. Furyk, who was born in West Chester, shot a second-round 79 to finish two unproductive days at 156, 16 over par, and missed the 36-hole cut by at least 8 strokes. "To come back here is a bummer," he said. "I played well across the state at Oakmont [in the Open]. Later in my career, at 43, there's not going to be another tournament her at Merion through my career.
June 14, 2013 |
An interesting feature of this U.S. Open: The driving range is on another golf course. The range is over on Merion's West Course, just over a mile away, which means golfers have to shuttle over to their starting tees, No. 1 and 11 on Thursday and Friday. (No. 11 is much closer to the clubhouse than 10, causing that funky arrangement.) "I don't think I've ever played in a tournament where before the tournament starts they're already saying guys will miss tee times," Graeme McDowell said.
June 11, 2013 |
Here are Tiger Woods' five most memorable majors: 1 2008 U.S. Open Torrey Pines Golf Course La Jolla, Calif. Weeks before the championship, doctors told Tiger he shouldn't play. He told them he was going to win. Two days after he became the only man besides Jack Nicklaus to win each of the four majors three times, Woods told the world that he would have to undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee. Somehow, he managed to play 91 holes in 5 days to finally outlast everyman Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines, where he's won so many times under far-less significant circumstances.
June 7, 2013 |
One in a series of articles getting you ready for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, June 13-16. IN 1995, John Daly won the British Open in a four-hole playoff with Costantino Rocco after they had finished at 6-under-par 282, the highest winning score at St. Andrews since Jack Nicklaus (283) a quarter-century before. Since then, the oldest major has gone back to the Old Course three times. And the champions have shot 269 (Tiger Woods, 2000), 274 (Woods again, '05) and 272 (Louis Oosthuizen in '10)
April 23, 2013 |
One in a series of articles getting you ready for the U.S. Open at Merion, June 13-16. SO, 2010 U.S. OPEN champion Graeme McDowell, what did you know about Ardmore's Merion Golf Club before you played it last year? "[Ben] Hogan, 1 iron," he said, with a sheepish smile. "That's it. " He's likely not alone. The Open hasn't been back to Merion - which has hosted more USGA events (18) than any other venue, most recently the 2009 Walker Cup - in 32 years. That means there's an entire generation of players and fans who really don't know much about the course that was ranked sixth (up one spot)