Archives: Golf

  • Phil Mickelson starts strong at U.S. Open

    associated press

    Published: Thu, Jun 13, 2013

    Late-arriving Lefty takes an early lead ARDMORE, Pa. -- So much for getting a good night's sleep. Phil Mickelson arrived at Merion Golf Club about four hours before his 7:11 a.m. tee time and still managed to shoot a 3-under-par 67 at Thursday's opening round of the U.S. Open. "I might...

  • The U.S. Open: Top storylines and players to watch

    Kevin Dunleavy

    Updated: Wed, Jun 12, 2013

    Thursday-Friday » 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 - 7 p.m., ESPN; 3 - 5 p.m., NBC Saturday-Sunday » 1:30 - 7:30 p.m., NBC Storylines to watch 1The course » Since it was chosen, Merion Golf Club has been under scrutiny for its distance (its 6,996 yards make it the shortest major championship venue in...

  • Jim Williams: ESPN and NBC have U.S. Open covered

    Jim Williams

    Updated: Tue, Jun 11, 2013

    The U.S. Open Championship returns to the iconic Merion Golf Club in suburban Philadelphia this week and expect the scores to soar. This an old-school golf course designed in 1910 by Hugh Wilson. The narrow fairways and the lighting-fast greens will challenge the world's best golfers. After...

  • Tiger Woods hopes to replicate Ben Hogan's U.S. Open triumph at Merion

    Kevin Dunleavy

    Updated: Tue, Jun 11, 2013

    Hopes to copy Hogan's win at Merion in 1950 Coming 16 months after a head-on collision with a bus which nearly cost him his life, Ben Hogan's 1950 U.S. Open victory at Merion was moving enough to inspire a movie, "Follow the Sun," and an iconic photograph -- fans lining the 18th fairway,...

  • Bad weather brings soft course at Merion for U.S. Open

    Kevin Dunleavy

    Updated: Tue, Jun 11, 2013

    Low scores expected on soggy Philly course After Monday's deluge, the sun came out Tuesday at Merion Golf Club. But there was little illumination of the central question of the day: How will the historic course in the suburbs of Philadelphia hold up during the 113th U.S. Open? With more...

  • Masters winner Adam Scott enters U.S. Open with a new perspective

    associated press

    Updated: Mon, Jun 10, 2013

    Comes into U.S. Open as a major champion ARDMORE, Pa. -- Adam Scott can understand why so many people thought he would have a hard time getting over his epic collapse in the British Open. They didn't understand his master plan of trying to get better instead of just trying to get better...

  • Variety and elegance in Outer Banks golf courses

    Kevin Dunleavy

    Updated: Mon, Jun 10, 2013

    Area's golf scene loaded with upscale amenities When Bryan Sullivan moved with his family to the Outer Banks in 1979, there were only two golf courses in the area, including one operated by his father. For a 14-year-old with golfing aspirations, Seascape Golf Links was a perfect training...

  • Potomac Shores brings elite golf course to the public

    Kevin Dunleavy

    Updated: Mon, Jun 10, 2013

    When the economy went belly-up, there were hidden benefits for golfers in Northern Virginia, as an ambitiously-conceived private course near Dulles Airport with Jack Nicklaus' name attached quickly transformed itself into a public facility, the 1757 Club. Three years later and 40 miles to the...

  • Great Bear golf course back from hibernation

    Kevin Dunleavy

    Updated: Wed, Jun 5, 2013

    Brings some sizzle to Poconos golf scene Golfing in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania is a retro experience, maybe too much so. While the area has a bounty of modestly priced, finely manicured, scenic courses, there is sameness to the traditional layouts, bare-bones...

  • Webb Simpsons tries to adjust to ban on anchored putters

    Kevin Dunleavy

    Updated: Tue, Jun 4, 2013

    Simpson tries to adjust to anchored putter ban As the reigning U.S. Open champion, Webb Simpson will be in demand next week when the tournament is played in Ardmore, Pa. As the reigning champ who uses a putting method that likely will be banned by the sport in 2016, the questions will be more...