USGA announces U.S. Open local qualifying sites

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 24, 2015, 10:26 pm

The USGA officially kicked off the chase for its most prestigious trophy with the announcement Tuesday of local qualifying sites for the 2015 U.S. Open.

A total of 111 qualifiers will be played in 43 different states from May 4-21, followed by a series of 12 sectional qualifiers. The U.S. Open will be held June 18-21 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

Last year 24 players made the field at Pinehurst No. 2 after starting in the local stage of qualifying, and Orville Moody remains the last player to win the season's second major after advancing through both local and sectional qualifying, having done so in 1969. Here is a full list of the local qualifying sites:

Monday, May 4
Pete Dye G.C., Bridgeport, W.Va.  

Thursday, May 7
Indiana C.C., Indiana, Pa.  

Friday, May 8
The Club at Admirals Cove (East Course), Jupiter, Fla.

Saturday, May 9
Ka’anapali C.C. (Royal Course), Lahaina, Hawaii

Monday, May 11
Trilogy G.C. at Vistancia, Peoria, Ariz.
Barona Creek G.C., Lakeside, Calif.
Indian Ridge C.C. (Grove Course), Palm Desert, Calif.
Ruby Hill C.C., Pleasanton, Calif.
The Broadmoor G.C. (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Heritage at Westmoor, Westminster, Colo.
Amelia National G. & C.C., Amelia Island, Fla.
Timacuan G. & C.C., Lake Mary, Fla.
TPC Prestancia (Stadium Course), Sarasota, Fla.
Willoughby G.C., Stuart, Fla.
The Legends at Chateau Elan, Braselton, Ga.
Waialae C.C., Honolulu, Hawaii
The Club at SpurWing, Meridian, Idaho
The Hawthorns G. & C.C., Fishers, Ind.
Eagle Eye G.C., East Lansing, Mich.
Edina C.C., Edina, Minn.
Blue Hills C.C., Kansas City, Mo.
Montammy G.C., Alpine, N.J.
Trump National G.C.-Philadelphia, Pine Hill, N.J.
Genoa Lakes G.C. (Lakes Course), Genoa, Nev.
TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev.
Kinsale G. & F.C., Powell, Ohio
The Patriot G.C., Ninety Six, S.C.
C.C. of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Split Rail Links & G.C., Aledo, Texas
Butterfield Trail G.C., El Paso, Texas
Glen Eagle G.C., Syracuse, Utah
The Home Course, DuPont, Wash.

Tuesday, May 12
Hot Springs C.C. (Arlington Course), Hot Springs, Ark.
Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif.
Southern Hills Plantation G.C., Brooksville, Fla.
The G.C. of Georgia (Lakeside Course), Alpharetta, Ga.
Morris Park C.C., South Bend, Ind.
Cherry Blossom G.C., Georgetown, Ky.
Missoula C.C., Missoula, Mont.
Duke University G.C., Durham, N.C.
Beechmont C.C., Cleveland, Ohio
Catawba Island Club, Port Clinton, Ohio
Oak Tree National, Edmond, Okla.
Cedar Creek G.C., San Antonio, Texas
Wine Valley G.C., Walla Walla, Wash.

Wednesday, May 13
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes G.C., Maricopa, Ariz.
Industry Hills G.C. (Eisenhower Course), City of Industry, Calif.
Stanford University G.C., Stanford, Calif.
Shingle Creek G.C., Orlando, Fla.
Stonewall Orchard G.C., Grayslake, Ill.
Panther Valley G. & C.C., Allamuchy Township, N.J.
Elmwood C.C., White Plains, N.Y.
Willowbrook C.C., Apollo, Pa.
C.C. of Scranton, Clarks Summit, Pa.
Colonial C.C., Cordova, Tenn.
Holston Hills C.C., Knoxville, Tenn.
Onion Creek Club, Austin, Texas

Thursday, May 14
La Purisima G.C., Lompoc, Calif.
Southern Dunes G. & C.C., Haines City, Fla.
The Club at Emerald Hills, Hollywood, Fla.
Koasati Pines at Coushatta, Kinder, La.
Pinehills G.C. (Nicklaus Course), Plymouth, Mass.
Norwood Hills C.C., St. Louis, Mo.
Bethpage State Park G.C. (Red Course), Farmingdale, N.Y.
West Shore C.C., Camp Hill, Pa.
Makefield Highlands G.C., Yardley, Pa.
Amarillo C.C., Amarillo, Texas  

Monday, May 18
C.C. at DC Ranch, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Bermuda Dunes C.C., Bermuda Dunes, Calif.
Sunnyside C.C., Fresno, Calif.
Woodway C.C., Darien, Conn.
Hammock Dunes Club (Creek Course), Palm Coast, Fla.
Bent Pine G.C., Vero Beach, Fla.
Camp Creek G.C., WaterSound, Fla.
Flossmoor C.C., Flossmoor, Ill.
Illini C.C., Springfield, Ill.
Crumpin-Fox Club, Bernardston, Mass.
Worthington Manor G.C., Urbana, Md.
C.C. of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
Pinewild C.C. (Magnolia Course), Pinehurst, N.C.
River Landing (River Course), Wallace, N.C.
Twin Warriors G.C., Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.
Mendon G.C., Mendon, N.Y.
C.C. of Troy, Troy, N.Y.
Maketewah C.C., Cincinnati, Ohio
Eugene C.C., Eugene, Ore.
Deerwood G.C., Houston, Texas
Hackberry Creek C.C., Irving, Texas
Hidden Glen G.C., Cedarburg, Wis.

Tuesday, May 19
Pine Tree C.C., Birmingham, Ala.
Oak Creek G.C., Irvine, Calif.
Ironwood C.C. (South Course), Palm Desert, Calif.
Collindale G.C., Fort Collins, Colo.
Orange Tree G.C., Orlando, Fla.
The Harvester G.C., Rhodes, Iowa
Blue Mash G.C., Laytonsville, Md.
Alpine C.C., Cranston, R.I.

Wednesday, May 20
Settlers Bay G.C., Wasilla, Alaska
Sewailo G.C., Tucson, Ariz.
Silverado Resort (South Course), Napa, Calif.
Valencia C.C., Valencia, Calif.
Seagate C.C., Delray Beach, Fla.
Carrollwood C.C. (Pine/Cypress Course), Tampa, Fla.
Timber Banks G.C. & Marina, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Oldfield Club, Okatie, S.C.
Riverton C.C., Riverton, Wyo.

Thursday, May 21
Granite Bay G.C., Granite Bay, Calif.
Old Corkscrew G.C., Estero, Fla.
Crestview C.C., Wichita, Kan.
The Links at Northfork, Ramsey, Minn.
Omaha C.C., Omaha, Neb.

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Spieth, McIlroy to support Major Champions Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:25 pm

Nick Faldo announced Tuesday the creation of the Major Champions Invitational.

The event, scheduled for March 12-14, is an extension of the Faldo Series and will feature both male and female junior players at Bella Collina in Montverde, Fla.

Jordan Spieth, Rory Mcllroy, Annika Sorenstam, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Jerry Pate and John Daly have already committed to supporting the event, which is aimed at mentoring and inspiring the next generation of players.  

“I’m incredibly excited about hosting the Major Champions Invitational, and about the players who have committed to support the event,” Faldo said. “This event will allow major champions to give something back to the game that has given them so much, and hopefully, in time, it will become one of the most elite junior golf events in the world.”

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Rosaforte: Woods plays with Obama, gets rave reviews

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:15 pm

Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reports on Tiger Woods’ recent round at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., alongside President Barack Obama.

Check out the video, as Rosaforte says Woods received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon. 

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Stock Watch: Spieth searching for putting form

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 16, 2018, 1:50 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

RISING

Patton Kizzire (+8%): By today’s accelerated standards, he’s a late bloomer, having reached the Tour at age 29. Well, he seems right at home now, with two wins in his last four starts.

Rory (+7%): Coming off the longest break of his career, McIlroy should have no excuses this year. He’s healthy. Focused. Motivated. It’s go time.

Chris Paisley (+5%): The best part about his breakthrough European Tour title that netted him $192,000? With his wife, Keri, on the bag, he doesn’t have to cut 10 percent to his caddie – she gets the whole thing.

Brooke Henderson (+3%): A seventh-place finish at the Diamond Resorts Invitational doesn’t sound like much for a five-time winner, but this came against the men – on a cold, wet, windy, 6,700-yard track. She might be the most fun player to watch on the LPGA. 

New European Ryder Cuppers (+2%): In something of a Ryder Cup dress rehearsal, newcomers Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton each went undefeated in leading Europe to a come-from-behind victory at the EurAsia Cup. The competition come September will be, um, a bit stiffer.



FALLING

Jordan’s putting (-1%): You can sense his frustration in interviews, and why not? In two starts he leads the Tour in greens in regulation … and ranks 201st (!) in putting. Here’s guessing he doesn’t finish the year there.

Brian Harman’s 2018 Sundays (-2%): The diminutive left-hander now has five consecutive top-10s, and he’s rocketing up the Ryder Cup standings, but you can’t help but wonder how much better the start to his year might have been. In the final pairing each of the past two weeks, he’s a combined 1 under in those rounds and wasn’t much of a factor.

Tom Hoge (-3%): Leading by one and on the brink of a life-changing victory – he hadn’t been able to keep his card each of the past three years – Hoge made an absolute mess of the 16th, taking double bogey despite having just 156 yards for his approach. At least now he’s on track to make the playoffs for the first time.

Predicting James Hahn’s form (-4%): OK, we give up: He’d gone 17 events without a top-15 before his win at Riviera; 12 before his win at Quail Hollow; and seven before he lost on the sixth playoff hole at Waialae. The margins between mediocre play and winning apparently are THAT small.

Barnrat (-5%): Coming in hot with four consecutive top-10s, and one of only two team members ranked inside the top 50 in the world, Kiradech Aphibarnrat didn’t show up at the EurAsia Cup, going 0-3 for the week. In hindsight, the Asian team had no chance without his contributions. 

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Langer not playing to pass Irwin, but he just might

By Tim RosaforteJanuary 16, 2018, 1:40 pm

Bernhard Langer goes back out on tour this week to chase down more than Hale Irwin’s PGA Tour Champions record of 45 career victories. His chase is against himself.

“I’m not playing to beat Hale Irwin’s record,” Langer told me before heading to Hawaii to defend his title at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. “I play golf to play the best I can, to be a good role model, and to enjoy a few more years that are left.”

Langer turned 60 on Aug. 27 and was presented a massage chair by his family as a birthday gift. Instead of reclining (which he does to watch golf and football), he won three more times to close out a seven-win campaign that included three major championships. A year prior, coming off a four-victory season, Langer told me after winning his fourth Charles Schwab Cup that surpassing Irwin’s record was possible but not probable. With 36 career victories and 11 in his last two years, he has changed his tone to making up the nine-tournament difference as “probable.”

“If I could continue a few more years on that ratio, I could get close or pass him,” Langer told me from his home in Boca Raton, Fla. “It will get harder. I’m 60 now. It’s a big challenge but I don’t shy away from challenges.”


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Langer spent his off-season playing the PNC Father/Son, taking his family on a ski vacation at Big Sky in Yellowstone, Montana, and to New York for New Year’s. He ranks himself as a scratch skier, having skied since he was four years old in Germany. The risk of injury is worth it, considering how much he loves “the scenery, the gravity and the speed.”

Since returning from New York, Langer has immersed himself into preparing for the 2018 season. Swing coach Willy Hoffman, who he has worked with since his boyhood days as an as assistant pro in Germany, flew to Florida for their 43rd year of training.

“He’s a straight shooter,” Hoffman told me. “He says, 'Willy, every hour is an hour off my life and we have 24 hours every day.'"

As for Irwin, they have maintained a respectful relationship that goes back to their deciding singles match in the 1991 Ryder Cup. Last year they were brought back to Kiawah Island for a corporate appearance where they reminisced and shared the thought that nobody should ever have to bear what Langer went through, missing a 6-footer on the 18th green. That was 27 years ago. Both are in the Hall of Fame.

"I enjoy hanging out with Hale," Langer says.

Langer’s chase of Irwin’s record is not going to change their legacies. As Hoffman pointed out, “Yes, (Bernhard) is a rich man compared to his younger days. He had no money, no nothing. But today you don’t feel a difference when you talk to him. He’s always on the ground.”