U.S. Open sticking with 18-hole playoff format

June 15, 2017

ERIN, Wis. – It’s the longest playoff format in golf, and it’s not going away anytime soon. The U.S. Open bills itself as a grueling test, and that notion extends to how it decides a winner in the event of a tie. While the other three majors employ sudden death (Masters), a three-hole aggregate (PGA […]

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Davis on issues of last two Opens: 'We're human'

June 15, 2017

ERIN, Wis. – The last two U.S. Opens, to put it mildly, have not exactly gone according to plan for the USGA. But chief executive Mike Davis insists the organization has learned from its recent miscues and is hoping for a “nice, smooth” tournament this week. Erin Hills is a new venue for the USGA, […]

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Garcia eyeing more majors after Masters breakthrough

June 14, 2017

ERIN, Wis. – Two months after his watershed victory at the Masters, Sergio Garcia is still basking in the title of “major champion.” But rather than rest on his laurels, he’d like to add to his accolades this week at the U.S. Open. Garcia will tee it up in hopes of emulating Tiger Woods (2002) […]

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Players: Bunkers will be extra hazardous

June 14, 2017

ERIN, Wis. – Rickie Fowler is statistically the best bunker player on the PGA Tour, gets up and down about 75 percent of the time. Don’t expect that figure to be that high this week at Erin Hills, where the shape and sand have turned the bunkers into real hazards.  “We’ve become accustomed to having […]

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No Tiger, (likely) no Phil for first time since 1994

June 14, 2017

ERIN, Wis. – With Phil Mickelson hanging on to the slim chance of a poor weather forecast and a lengthy delay on Thursday at Erin Hills and Tiger Woods on the mend from another back surgery earlier this year, this week’s U.S. Open marks an interesting milestone. For the first time since the 1994 Masters, […]

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Tough walk: Players saving energy at Erin Hills

June 14, 2017

ERIN, Wis. – Thanks to modern technology, the idea of Erin Hills being a bona fide “big ballpark” can be quantified. As one caddie explained early Wednesday at the U.S. Open, he took more than 30,000 steps to round this week’s venue during a practice round on Tuesday. Balancing those inherent physical demands with the […]

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Bones on site at Erin Hills, hoping for lightning

June 14, 2017

ERIN, Wis. – While Phil Mickelson’s status for the U.S. Open grows increasingly doubtful with each updated forecast, his caddie is still showing up for work on the off chance his boss makes his tee time. Jim “Bones” Mackay scouted Erin Hills Tuesday, and he planned to walk the course again Wednesday while watching Jordan […]

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Davis: Fescue cut had 'zero' to do with criticism

June 14, 2017

ERIN, Wis. – Mike Davis wanted to make a point abundantly clear Wednesday at the U.S. Open. The perception that the USGA trimmed the deep fescue on four holes at Erin Hills in response to a few vocal players on social media? Simply not true. “It’s not as if we don’t listen to feedback from […]

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USGA moves to help rules officials

June 14, 2017

ERIN, Wis. – After last year’s debacle at the U.S. Open, the USGA has introduced two new measures that it hopes will allow rules officials to expedite the decision-making process. John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of championships and governance, said that there will be four on-course video review locations at Erin Hills. The […]

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USGA working on better communication with players

June 14, 2017

ERIN, Wis. – To say the USGA’s relationship with a portion of the PGA Tour’s membership has been strained in recent years is an understatement. At the 2015 U.S. Open, many among the field lashed out at Chambers Bay’s greens that were far less than green; and last year’s final-round ruling that nearly cost Dustin […]

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