1. Struggle or bust We are conditioned to seeing suffering at the U.S. Open, the unrelenting course setups of years past priming the masses for the sight of more frustration. When it doesn’t happen? We scream. No other major championship has set itself up for this kind of scrutiny. The Masters at Augusta National has
CROMWELL, Conn. — My favorite Jim “Bones” Mackay story isn’t about the time he tended the flagstick for Phil Mickelson‘s 70-yard wedge shot on the final hole at Torrey Pines, or when he walked off the last green at Muirfield, emotionally spent, his arm draped around the man he’d helped to a long-elusive Open Championship
Jim “Bones” Mackay was at Erin Hills early last week, scouting the U.S. Open venue even though he knew it was unlikely that Phil Mickelson, his longtime boss, would play in the tournament. It turns out that scouting mission would be Mackay’s last in a 25-year run with Mickelson during which Lefty would win 41
The PGA Tour is beefing up its anti-doping policy by adding blood testing and bringing its list of banned substances in line with the World Anti-Doping Association. The revised policy takes effect in October, at the start of next season. Blood testing will allow the tour to detect any use of human growth hormone, which
Tiger Woods said Monday he is getting “professional help” to deal with medications used for back pain and sleep issues. The 14-time major champion, who is recovering from April 19 back surgery and on May 29 was arrested on DUI charges, took to Twitter on Monday to make the announcement. By TW pic.twitter.com/AuX6PEgNQ1 — Tiger
Dustin Johnson missed the cut at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, Wisconsin, this week, but that hasn’t stopped one Las Vegas sportsbook from making him the favorite to win The Open. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook on Monday opened Johnson as the 10-1 favorite. Per ESPN Stats & Information, the favorite hasn’t won this
ERIN, Wisc. — As we assess Rickie Fowler’s U.S. Open performance at Erin Hills, let’s get a few things out of the way early: If you’re critical of Fowler because you feel his level of fame outweighs his accomplishments, or because he dates a lot of beautiful women, or because you think he appears in
FORSYTH, Ill. — Thailand’s Chorphaka Jaengkit won the Decatur-Forsyth Classic on Sunday for her first Symetra Tour title, beating Tiffany Chan by a stroke. Jaengkit closed with a 2-under 70 for a 12-under 204 total at Hickory Point. The 24-year-old former Grand Canyon University player made a 35-foot birdie putt on 16 to take the
ERIN, Wis. — I want the U.S. Open back. I want a U.S. Open where fairways are the width of hotel corridors and greens are the consistency of trampoline webbing. I want a U.S. Open where some poor person in the production truck is forced to hover his finger over the mute button all day,
ERIN, Wis. — You know how the U.S. Open is supposed to be a test of patience? And how the caddie’s job is about keeping the stressed-out golfer as calm as possible in conditions that are right on the edge of unfair? Yeah, throw that all out the window. If you shot even par or
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Lexi Thompson shot a 64 on Saturday on the Blythefield layout reduced to a par of 69 because of flooding, giving her a one-stroke lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic. The fifth hole was played as a par 3 instead of a par 5 because of the flooding from overnight rain.
ERIN, Wis. — What do you call it when the caddie is an active player who has won a major championship but is actually caddying for his son with the same name as him? I call it the greatest, most dysfunctional Caddie Confidential EVER! There’s no way to hide the fact that Davis Love III
ERIN, Wis. — Some of golf’s biggest names received an introduction to Cameron Champ‘s prodigious length off the tee early during this U.S. Open week. Ernie Els watched the amateur smoke a ball past him on the 18th hole of a practice round and then asked nobody in particular, “Who hit that?” Louis Oosthuizen witnessed
ERIN, Wis. — A disastrous U.S. Open for Rory McIlroy and Jason Day ended early on Friday as the two major championship winners missed the cut at Erin Hills — badly. McIlroy and Day needed low rounds to have any chance of advancing to the weekend, but both missed the projected cut by numerous shots.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers backup quarterback Derek Anderson was struggling with his fundamentals and technique. He wasn’t getting the results or consistency he wanted, and it was becoming a grind even though he still was playing at a high level. His game was a mess. So he got help from a coach. Not Panthers
NFL players, executives and alumni fill the offseason with everything from side jobs to business openings to rounds of golf. As the 2017 U.S. Open continues this week from Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wisconsin, our curiosity got the best of us: Which NFL players are scratch golfers, which ones have played at major