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For Rory McIlroy, the Agony of a Jilted Lover as His Putter Goes Cold at St. Andrews Open Championship

Perhaps the only sight in golf more annoying than watching the player in front of you make everything he looks at on the greens is watching the player in front of you make everything on the greens while you make nothing all day. Nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Niente. That was the dismal fate the Golf Gods resigned Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy to at the 150th Open...

Norway’s Viktor Hovland Battles McIlroy, Weight of History at 150th Open Championship

“I was thinking ‘What the Hell am I doing here?’” That was a bemused but grateful Viktor Hovland, the Norwegian golfer who now finds himself tied atop the leader board at the 150th Open Championship after a second consecutive 66 over the Old Course at St. Andrews. After three rounds, he stands at 16-under, along with four-time major winner and 2014 Open Champion Rory...

Hadwin Hangs Tough, Trails by Two at 2022 U.S. Open

BROOKLINE, MA – “That guy’s name is Hadwin,” said a pretty brunette in a Puma golf outfit to her young blond friend wearing Polo Ralph Lauren. “That’s the same name as Harry Potter’s owl!” Umm…no, it’s not. Harry Potter’s owl is actually named Hedwig, but thanks for playing. We have lovely parting gifts for our runner’s up, like Rice-a-Roni and six months of...

Carnage at the Country Club, Field Tightly Bunched for Final Round

BROOKLINE, MA – Shocking, positively shocking:  but delightful as well. Golfer after golfer seized the lead during some point in the third round of the 2022 U.S. Open – eight in all, including three major champions – and none of them could hold on. The country club started as a polo and racing grounds, but it played like a ferociously bucking bronco, sending the...

Snail Mail – Korea’s Glacial-paced Joohyung Kim Makes Kevin Na Look Like Tyreek Hill

BROOKLINE, MA – Golfer Kevin Na needs to send fellow professional and countryman Joohyung Kim an attaché case, or couple cases of Chilean wine, or something hip and trendy and extravagant – whatever it is – as a token of gratitude for Kim’s dethroning Na as professional golf’s slowest golfer. Colloquially known to his friends and colleagues as “Tom,” Kim’s pre-shot...

The Sons of Francis, the U.S. Open champions that Madison Avenue Forgot

BROOKLINE, MA – Back in the Dark Ages, the Holy Catholic Church faced a dilemma; a branch of the religion embraced poverty as a defining virtue, in direct opposition to the rest of the monastic orders, triggering a century long power struggle within the church. The teachings of St. Francis of Assisi were the genesis of the discord, and during the Saint’s life he...

2022 U.S. Open Coverage Schedule for JF.com, Golf News Net, iHeartRadio

We are back live in the U.S. Open media center covering all the action from The Country Club for JF.com, Golf News Net, and iHeartRadio’s Jay Flemma Sports Report.  It’s a wild time to be a golf writer, what with the Saudi government funded LIV Golf Tour bumbling around like with all the grace and class of John Daly at a Hooters exhibition. It’s a...

USGA Selects Oakmont as U.S. Open Anchor Site, Will Host Four More Opens Before 2050

Call it an encore:  the USGA has announced their second U.S. Open Anchor site, and it is being met with the same widespread acclaim as when they announced the inaugural site at Pinehurst. Fabled, venerable Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh has been given the honor, and will host the 2025, 2034, 2042, and 2049 U.S. Opens, with an eye toward eventually hosting the...

Spanish Lullaby – Jon Rahm Wins 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines

Jon Rahm, who has endured genuine heartache through the Coronavirus pandemic both on and off the golf course found solace, synchronicity, and redemption in the unlikeliest of places – the crucible of U.S. Open golf championship. Rahm became the first Spaniard to win the U.S. Open after firing a scintillating 4-under 67 to edge South Africa’s starcrossed Louis...

Former Champions McIlroy, Johnson, DeChambeau Move Into Contention at 2021 U.S. Open

Though all eyes are on Louis Oosthuizen, Russell Henley and Mackenzie Hughes at the 121st U.S. Open, three former U.S. Open champions also made moves on Saturday and vaulted into contention. 2011 U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy started the day at 1-over, six shots behind Henley and co-second round leader Richard Bland, but a sparkling 67, the low round of the day at...

Puzzling Stranger, Promising Young Gun Lead U.S. Open at Torrey Pines

At a U.S. Open where PGA Tour uber-stars and wily veterans were expected to have an advantage a puzzling stranger and a promising young gun hold the lead after 36 holes at 5-under. England’s Richard Bland, obscure even in his own country, fired a dazzling 67, balancing seven birdies against three bogeys, while American Russell Henley, the first round co-leader...