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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...

Golf News: Liberty National gets Barclays, Oakmont has media day

Two bits of golf news today: First, Liberty National, just across frpm Wall Street in New Jersey got their wish and landed the 2009 Barclay’s tournament.  Many of the old guard mourn the loss of Westchester from the schedule, but hey, the PGA gets much closer to the deep pockets of Wall Street.  Follow the money.  I reviewed LibNat (as she is affectionately...

Winged Foot: Graveyard of Champions

My new piece is up at Golf Observer – Winged Foot:  Graveyard of Champions.
The piece is dedicated to my cousin Maryanne Flemma Wiatr, who died of cancer this July at the age of 55.  It was written mostly in the days between her passing and her mass of Christian burial.  May perpetual light shine upon her.