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The U.S. Open at Oakmont: Golf, Love and Sponge Cake

OAKMONT, PA – My heart had skipped several beats from the time I had spotted her long flowing, radiant blond hair. The touch of her hand could have calmed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [Author’s Note: He’s that nutjob in Iran.] Her long coltish legs folded and unfolded in a graceful ballet. When she smiled, she lit up the golf course. Then she opened her mouth. “I don’t get...

Big bully Oakmont beats up little boy

Richard Lee, the 15-year-old amateur and second oyungest contestent to compete in the U.S. Open withdrew after 13 holes because of a wrist injury.
The injury occurred as he tried to pitch out of greenside rough on the par=4 11th hole. “I caught my wrist a little bit and it hurt alot. He played two more holes before walking in.

Notable Quotes from Oakmont – Day 1, U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson, answering whether he was “proud” of his 74: “I wouldn’t say proud.  I had a good game plan, but this [Oakmont] is the USGA’s wet dream here.” And in response to whether he questioned whether or not he should be competing: “No. No. No. No.  I believe I’ll get better as the week goes on.” On how much...

The 2007 U.S. Open: When the hunter gets captured by the game

OAKMONT, PA – Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter were singing about love in the song “When the Hunter Gets captured by the Game”, but the concept applies in golf as well. For even though golf’s greatest names come loaded for bear as they hunt for one of the game’s most coveted pelts, at the U.S. Open it’s the players who come away bloodied as the golf...

Pinehurst gets 2014 U.S. Open, C.B. Macdonald to Golf Hall of Fame, Pelz meter reads 15.5!

OAKMONT, PA – Two quick bits of news before I post my long piece for the day. First, the U.S. Open will return to Pinehurst No 2.  in 2014.  That means look for another 1-2 Winged Foot-Oakmont combination in 2015-16.  Erin Hills in Wisconsin is the front runner for 2017 as they look to fill a need – a great U.S. Open venue near Chicago. Next, Charles...

2014 U.S. Open to be announced shortly

This week, the U.S.G.A. will release is choice of host site for the 2014 U.S. Open.  Pinehurst No. 2 looks to be a front running candidate.  Word is that Erin Hills will be looking to fill a spot shortly after with another eye firmly fixed on another Oakmont-Winged Foot one-two combo at about the same time.  2020 is reserved for Pebble Beach, should things remain the...

Interesting 2007 U.S. Open pairings and starting times

Here’s the official U.S. Open site. Here are some of the more interesting pairings: Thurs 1 – Fri 10 7:55 a.m. – 1:25 p.m. – Jose Maria Olazabal, Spain; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Pablo Martin, Spain Spanish world domination anyone?  (Except of course for soccer!).  The port wine and cheese would be outstanding… 8:06 a.m. – 1:36 p.m...

More stories from the U.S. Open at Oakmont

Though movie trilogies could be triggered by all of Oakmont’s horror stories, the wild card comes at the top of the leaderboard. For all of Oakmont’s frightening reputation, for all its cloak and dagger claustrophobia where any hole can result in an eight, it also surrenders record low scores. As we’ll be reminded every day by NBC, in 1973 Johnny...

Oakmonster or not?

My U.S. Open preview piece is here. From the article: There’s another factor that will definitely affect play this year: over 4,000 trees were removed from the property. Almost all of the trees in question were not originally part of the golf course. Some were added for “beautification,” while others were planted in dedication of a deceased member...

U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying results

As usual, Golf Observer is on top of this.  Here are some highlights. Monday June 4th is qualifying day for 820 players going after 83 spots. Already three players have gotten in through qualifying from Japan . Here is a list of the other 14 sites in which players will play 36 holes to try and get a spot at Oakmont. Ohio site one – Ohio State University Scarlet...

2007 U.S. Open Qualifying Information

U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying sites are as follows: Date City and State/Country Club 5/28 Ibaraki Pref, JAPAN Ohtone CC 6/4 Murrieta, CA Bear Creek GC Columbine, CO Columbine CC Surrey, ENGLAND Walton Heath! Tequesta, FL Jupiter Hills Ball Ground, GA Hawks Ridge GC North Riverside, IL Riverside CC Mission Hills, KS Indian Hills CC Rockville, MD Woodmont CC Purchase...