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The U.S. Open

Coming soon: Live Coverage from Clemens Steroids Hearing, Five pieces for PGA.com

Quick reset for the week: First, next week I’ll be in the Senate Press Gallery with a true bird’s eye view of Roger Clemens’s latest act of self-immolation. Quite simply, if he can prove his innocence in this whole steroids mess, it will be the GREATEST comeback in sports history. If he can’t, we may be witnessing the greatest fall from grace...

Southern Hills Flashbacks – Annie get your guns, just not at the PGA Championship

TULSA, OK – What is it about major championships in Tulsa that brings out the heavy artillery? Hubert Green was an unlikely leader at the U.S. Open in 1977 after three rounds. The journeyman pro had won several tour events, but had yet to clinch his first major. No one knows for sure whether it was disgruntled gamblers or lawless rakehells, but shortly after he...

Duck Bites Tiger, Tames Oakmonster

DUCK BITES TIGER, TAMES OAKMONSTER Angel Cabrera roars from behind, claims U.S. Open at Oakmont OAKMONT, PA – At 2:10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, the sportswriter from Japan was his cell phone shouting.  “Anybody can win this thing except Cabrera” he bellowed. Maybe that guy should take a mulligan.  Angel Cabrera may have shot 76 on Saturday to slide well down...

The U.S. Open at Oakmont: A childhood dream come true

Think back for a moment. Take a deep breath, let the world around you dissolve away and drift back for a fleeting glimpse of those heady, halcyon days of youth. Those carefree days were you were free to play golf and love golf as much as you wanted. Rise and shine at daybreak, scarf down Captain Crunch, leave breadcrumbs from your toast all over the table, shout “Mom...

Stars Rise on Moving Day, Woods two behind Baddeley

OAKMONT, PA – The pressure of an Oakmont U.S. Open finally caught up to the pretenders while the stars of the PGA Tour, led by Woods, called on their experience and positioned themselves at the top of the leaderboard.               Aaron Baddeley’s mercurial round looked to finish in flames, but suddenly skyrocketed as he rolled in a 14-footer for an unlikely birdie...

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...