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My 2017 U.S. Open Preview for Golf News Net

GNN has just posted my Erin Hills preview for the 2017 U.S. Open.
We are at our desk working an hour earlier than our ETA. The rain has stopped and the players are headed out for practice rounds.
We’ll also post the Gary D’Amato interview we did as the second half of our Jay’s Plays Radio Show preview.
Happy U.S. Open week everybody.

Future U.S. Open Venues, 2018-2026

2018: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y. 2019: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Carmel, CA 2020: Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y. 2021: Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course), San Diego, Calif. 2022: The Country Club, Brookline, Mass. 2023: Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club (North Course) 2024: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Village of...

Jay’s Plays Radio on GNN – U.S. Open Preview Part 1 – Peter Kessler

It’s U.S. Open preview time. We’ll have our article posted at Golf News Net soon, but in the meantime, here’s part 1 of my Jay’s Plays Radio Show preview. This is one heck of a show people. Our first guest was the one and only Peter Kessler, veteran of thousands of radio and TV shows, including Golf Channel. We talked Tiger and Erin Hills...

11-Year Old Erin Hills Becomes Only the Second Modern Era Course in 47 Years to Host U.S. Open

ERIN, WI – Dana Fry, who along with Mike Hurdzan and lawyer-turned-writer-turned-golf architect Ron Whitten, designed 11-year old Erin Hills, site of the 117th U.S. Open, recently said in an interview that, “it’s unprecedented for the USGA to host the tournament at a venue this new.” He’s close to being correct. It’s actually only the second “new,” modern-era course...

USGA Sectional Qualifying Sites for 2017 U.S. Open

The USGA has released its list of 2017 U.S. Open Sectional qualifying sites. The list is headlined by a foreign course this year – Walton Heath, the great English heathland course designed by Herbert Fowler.Other highlights include Canoe Brook, Woodmont, (of Barack Obama fame), and Jupiter Hills. Woodmont, by the way, is making its 30th consecutive appearance...

Jim Furyk Does his Phil Mickelson Imitation, Finishes Second Again in U.S. Open

OAKMONT, PA – All week long this was a U.S. Open that begged to be forgotten. From a Thursday washout that declawed the golf course and left everyone wrong-footed and playing catch-up to the rules flap that luckily didn’t turn the tournament into a morality play, this 2016 U.S. Open wasn’t Oakmont or the USGA’s finest hour. Swirling in the middle of all of this is...

Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Victory Parade Provides Inspiration for U.S. Open Golfers

PITTSBURGH, PA – —The noise afterwards, It rises up like a storm, As if you were the Thunder God himself. Proximo to Maximus the Gladiator— Like a scene from Gladiator, the roar of adulation rang from Erie to Allentown and from Scranton to Akron. No mere coliseum could match it. Conquering heroes were returning home, and this is Pittsburgh. When you play...

Closing the Deal – The Best U.S. Open Finishing Stretches

OAKMONT, PA – “It’s the hardest golf course I’ve ever played,” said pretty much every golfer in the field this week at the 2016 U.S. Open. Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Andrew Sullivan, Phil Mickelson: the list was endless. Mighty Oakmont, Henry Fownes’s knuckle-dragging, slavering-jawed, razor-sharp taloned grassy guillotine is the hardest major championship venue...

Future U.S. Open Venues Through 2026

With today’s announcement that Oakmont and Shinnecock Hills will host the 2025 and 2026 U.S. Opens respectively, that fills up all spots available for the next ten years. Here is a list of all future U.S. Open venues through 2026. 2017 – Erin Hills Golf Club, Erin, WI 2018 – Shinnecock Hills Country Club, Southampton, NY 2019 – Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble...

Laconic Phil Mickelson Ready for Shot at Elusive U.S. Open Title at Oakmont

OAKMONT, PA – We’ve had our ledes written for 17 years, but still haven’t been able to use them. “Phinally Phil!” “Phillin’ Groovy!” “Mickel-slam!” – they all lay useless in a seldom used Microsoft Word file I call “The Well of Lost Plots,” where bits of articles that end up on the cutting room floor are collected, perhaps to be recycled sometime, perhaps never...

The Thin Green Line – Oakmont’s Swing Holes Could Decide 2016 U.S. Open

OAKMONT, PA – They’re called “half-par holes” be cause they play either much easier or much harder than the par on the scorecard states, and they are often the key to winning a golf tournament. Be it stroke play or match play, the ability to negotiate the razor thin edge between a birdie (or even eagle) or a triple bogey is the difference between having your name...

The U.S. Open Comes Back to Oakmonster – Golf’s Toughest Test on Golf’s Toughest Course

—Friends to Jay: “Who’s going to win the U.S. Open this year?” Jay to Friends: “Oakmont, that’s who.”— Of all the major championship venues I’ve seen in my career as a sports writer – and I’ve see everything from Augusta to Pebble and back – Oakmont is my favorite. Cresting the hill of the second fairway, when the great grassy ski slope unfolds before you...

Everything you Need to Know About Shooting a 63 in a Major Championship

HAVEN, WI – With a tip of the hat and a golf clap to Una Jones of the PGA of America, here’s everything you need to know about the magic number – 63, now accomplished 27 times. HIROSHI IWATA JOINS CLUB 63 With a 9-under-par 63 in the second round, Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata tied the all-time 18-hole scoring mark in a major championship. Additionally...

Jay’s Plays Shows on Golf News Net – Tom Rinaldi, Jeff Shelley of Cybergolf, Gamble Sands G.C.

Jay’s Plays on the Golf News Net Radio Network, U.S. Open Recap and Tournament Coverage! Tom Rinaldi of ESPN – Tom Terrific talks turkey about Chambers Bay and the Open leaderboard. Cybergolf’s Jeff Shelley – Jeff talks First Green and its wild success with the USGA. Dave Christiansen of Gamble Sands GC in Brewerton, WA – a fantastic...

Speechless in Seattle – Dustin Johnson’s Inexplicable 3-putt Hands Chambers Bay U.S. Open to Jordan Spieth

[Editor’s Note: Bringing back an old favorite column, Jay writes this U.S. Open wrap-up in the form of a Father’s day letter to his 91-year old Dad.] SNOQUALMIE, WA – Dear Dad: For the 11th year in a row, because of the U.S. Open I’ll miss seeing you for Father’s Day. I’m really sorry for that, and I wish it were different. The tradition of the tournament...