Complete coverage of the 2010 US Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2010, 7:59 am
U.S. Open Pebble Beach flags

June 20, 2010
Tiger, Lefty and Ernie can’t make Open charge
Mell: Coming Up Empty
Hoggard: Last Man Standing
Mistakes dash U.S. Open hopes of Big 3
McDowell holds on, wins U.S. Open
Havret takes the long road to U.S. Open success
Herman misses chance for low round
Shag Bag: The silver lining
Johnson’s horrific day opens door for others
Watson says farewell to Open at Pebble Beach
Shag Bag: Smiles have disappeared
Tiger Tracks: Woods flirting with wrong numbers
Shag Bag: The Harmon circle
Tiger Tracks: Tiger's best comebacks remembered
Shag Bag: Keeping an eye on Watson
Shag Bag: Mickelson and Palmer? A historic pair?
Shag Bag: Johnson yields to only one other long hitter
Punch Shots: Who will win the 110th U.S. Open?
Tiger Tracks: Woods and those 'awful' greens
Shag Bag: Unfriendly final rounds
TV ratings up 22 percent for third round
Shag Bag: Dustin goes deep

June 19, 2010
Johnson builds 3-shot lead, Woods 5 behind
Pondering Sunday at Pebble
Mickelson falters on moving day
Command Performance
Tiger makes eight birdies, shoots 66 in Round 3
Much of moving day at Open about holding on
Johnson not surprising Woods with his solid play
Tiger goes on early birdie binge at Pebble
USGA’s Fay: Tiger wrong to criticize greens
Pebble Beach's beauty unparalleled

June 18, 2010
Tiger travels in middle of pack at Pebble Beach
Pebble’s tricky 14th hole causing fits at U.S. Open
Japan’s Ishikawa impressive in U.S. Open debut
Shag Bag: McDowell’s Pebble advantage
Shag Bag: McDowell helps those on the cut line
Tiger Tracks: Details of Tiger's business losses
Shag Bag: Watson fighting to prolong his final U.S. Open
Shag Bag: De Jonge starts fast again
Tiger Tracks: The drought's over; Tiger birdies
Woods makes first two birdies at U.S. Open
Another day reveals something more about Tiger

June 17, 2010
Tough opening day all around at Pebble
Amateur's flawless round ruined by quad
Shag Bag: Westwood, caddie keep mood light
Shag Bag: Importance of 1st after Round 1
Woods makes turn at 1 over on tough day at Pebble
Tiger Tracks: Tiger and Ernie getting along fine
Allenby happy playing Open after wrist injury
Cabrera-Bello thrives, others struggle at U.S. Open
Tiger Tracks: It is our business
Coffin: Mickelson Derailed in Round 1
Tiger Tracks: A little help
Shag Bag: Weir excels at the 'toughest third shot' in golf
Shag Bag: Allenby a triple threat at U.S. Open
Shag Bag: Beautiful at Bethpage
U.S. Open is underway under clearing skies
Tiger of old threatens to make U.S. Open appearance

June 16, 2010
Hoggard: For the Man Who Has it All
Shag Bag: High-profile return for Swafford
Relaxed Westwood
Shag Bag: 'Just another tournament’ for Compton
Pebble now an intimate meeting of land and sea
Shag Bag: The cat is out of the bag
Shag Bag: The innocence of youth
Shag Bag: Giant slayer shares U.S. Open memories
Pebble’s 17th defined by Nicklaus, Watson
Hoggard: Erin Go Open
Shag Bag: Mickelson's geared-down game plan
Tiger Tracks: A quick nine
Under the radar, Glover goes for another U.S. Open

June 15, 2010
Shag Bag: Weathermen
Perseverance pays off for Stanford grad
Mell: Mickelson spectacular in success, failure
Els' streak reaches 18
Tryon eager to make comeback starting at US Open
Tiger says game is progressing
Tiger Tracks: Woods ‘excited’ about game
Rich Lerner: Hooks and Cuts
Westwood seeks major breakthrough
Shag Bag: Night and day at Pebble
Tiger Tracks: Tiger done after a dozen
Shag Bag: Oh, Ricky
Tiger Tracks: Early start for Woods
Picturesque Pebble can be a rocky road

June 14, 2010

Teenager gets one-day caddie thrill at Pebble
Mell: Demoralizer to Demoralizing
Top 10 Pebble Beach Moments
Shag Bag: Mickelson doesn't have to win to be new No. 1
Pebble Beach has short history of great champions
A Different Animal

June 13, 2010
Shag Bag: Pebble forecast: Tough as always for a U.S. Open

June 12, 2010
Tiger tales: Memories of majors’ biggest win ever
Shag Bag: Pebble on my mind
Johnson impresses with great power, little fanfare
A look at past U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach

June 11, 2010
Woods grouped with Westwood, Els to start U.S. Open
Shag Bag: Prepping for a major
Shag Bag: Fun with U.S. Open groupings

June 9, 2010
Gretzky, Wahlberg struggle at U.S. Open Challenge
Junior Golf: Top juniors fail to make U.S. Open

June 8, 2010
Punch Shots: Is Pebble Beach the best U.S. Open venue?
Shag Bag: Oddsmaker: Mickelson should be U.S. Open favorite
U.S. Open without Rose raises questions
John Hawkins: Nine for the Open
Shag Bag: Compton finds answers
Shag Bag: The wonder of U.S. Open qualifying
U.S. Open sectional qualifying results

June 7, 2010
Hoggard: The Old Fashioned Way
Love, Lehman in U.S. Open; Rose, Fowler out
Shag Bag: Rickie the rock star
Shag Bag: Fowler's quest for U.S. Open bid
Romo withdraws from U.S. Open qualifying

June 5, 2010
USGA may adjust Open qualifier

June 2, 2010
Singh accepts special exemption into 2010 U.S. Open
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Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''

Full-field scores from the Mitsubishi Electric Championship

First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

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The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

“What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

Full-field scores from the Career Builder Challenge

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After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.