Top 10 Hardest Open Venues

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 16, 2009, 4:00 pm
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No. 10 ' Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Curt Byrum: In my opinion, it's the best golf course in America. I love the links style and I love all the factors of being seaside like that. It's a phenomenal venue for any major championship but for the U.S. Open its perfect.
Corey Pavin: Shinnecock is one of my favorites, obviously, and a golf course that gets pretty windy out there and requires a lot of shot making and thinking. You have to place the ball in certain places. It's not about hitting 18 greens, its about leaving it in the right spot. It's a wonderful golf course and stands the test of time as well.
The Country Club

No. 9 ' Brookline Country Club

John Hawkins: Brookline is a beautiful piece of property. It's just as old school as old school gets.
Martin Davis: Brookline is a sentimental course, I mean it's the course that really kicked off golf in America at the 1913 U.S. Open where Francis Ouimet, a caddie who lives across the street, beats the two greatest British professionals of their day in a playoff. It's a difficult course. I'm not sure it's big enough anymore, (but) it's certainly tough enough.

No. 8 ' Merion Golf Club

Lee Trevino: Don't you worry about Merion (hosting the 2012 U.S. Open), because Merion has a lot of holes that bend. They'll have those fairways 22 yards wide if that, and they'll have that grass up about a foot high going into those little bitty greens and those bunkers in front of those greens. It will be absolutely fabulous watching this.
Oakland Hills

No. 7 ' Oakland Hills Country Club

Jeff Rude: They called it a monster, you know, 'Hogan slays a monster.' That reads like a fairytale, brings a monster to his knees. Ben Hogan's like a mythical character anyway and now he's dealing with a monster.
Jamie Diaz: The U.S. Open changed a lot when they went to Oakland Hills in 1951, that's when the U.S. Open turned into this torture chamber for various reasons but Robert Trent Jones the architect took it upon himself to make the hardest golf course and update the game to challenge the best players. I think they felt at that time the setups were starting to get too easy and I guess maybe the U.S. Open wanted its own identity and it became the hardest major championship.

No. 6 ' Pinehurst No. 2

Jerry Kelly: Everyone wants to see us struggle and that's fine, they're the majors, we deserve to struggle once in awhile.
Jim Furyk: It looks like you flip the bowl over on every green and the edges fall off.
John Hawkins: Domed greens? The USGA shouldn't be allowed within 50 miles of a domed green because of what they do to a green.
Pebble Beach Golf Links

No. 5 ' Pebble Beach Golf Links

Curtis Strange: Conditions are the No. 1 ingredient that Pebble Beach has to offer, or challenge us. The fog, which is always cool and damp, the ball doesn't go as far. Wind is a heck of a part of the equation, and then you have some of the smallest greens you ever want to play.
Tom Kite: It's (par-3 7th) a little downhill wedge...and yet one person in the last 30 players in the (1992) U.S. Open hit that green in regulation.
Olympic Club

No. 4 ' Olympic Club

Tom Lehman: It's probably the hardest driving golf course of the bunch. Olympic to me was always about how do you get the ball in the fairway because the fairways have so much slope.
Dave Shedloski: Whats great about Olympic is what is hard about golf and that's to know you have to shape a shot into an area that may look like you need to go the other way.
Bethpage Black

No. 3 ' Bethpage State Park ' Black Course

Rand Jerris: The designs in and of itself is a challenge, but under U.S. Open conditions it presents as true a test of golf as any other course.
Bob Bubka: Back in 2002, United States Golf Association, and much credit to David Faye, made the choice of selecting a public golf course to contest our national championship. Bethpage Black had been legendary for many years but really wasn't up to snuff, the quality that it needed. They brought in Reece Jones, who by the way donated all his services, to bring Bethpage up to a standard required to hold our National Open. Reece did a wonderful job, the golf course was unbelievable. It was a bear, a bear of a golf course.

No. 2 ' Oakmont Country Club

Tiger Woods: If you're 10-handicaper, there's no way you're breaking 100 out there. Very simple.
Curtis Strange: It's a grand ole place but you can learn to hate it in a second. It can really eat you up.
Winged Foot

No. 1 ' Winged Foot Golf Club

Mike Johnson: Ever since Dick Schaap dubbed it the 'Massacre at Winged Foot,' we've all had a fascination with Winged Foot as one of those diabolically difficult golf courses. And let me tell you, it earns every accolade of that.
Curtis Strange: On a day to day basis, under U.S. Open conditions, Winged Foot is the toughest.
Dave Marr: Jack Nicklaus said it was the 18 most difficult finishing holes in golf.
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CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 12:50 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:

1 Jon Rahm -22 $1,062,000
2 Andrew Landry -22 $637,200
T3 Adam Hadwin -20 $306,800
T3 John Huh -20 $306,800
T3 Martin Piller -20 $306,800
T6 Kevin Chappell -19 $205,025
T6 Scott Piercy -19 $205,025
T8 Brandon Harkins -18 $171,100
T8 Jason Kokrak -18 $171,100
T8 Sam Saunders -18 $171,100
T11 Harris English -17 $135,700
T11 Seamus Power -17 $135,700
T11 Jhonattan Vegas -17 $135,700
T14 Bud Cauley -16 $106,200
T14 Austin Cook -16 $106,200
T14 Grayson Murray -16 $106,200
T17 Andrew Putnam -15 $88,500
T17 Peter Uihlein -15 $88,500
T17 Aaron Wise -15 $88,500
T20 Ricky Barnes -14 $57,754
T20 Stewart Cink -14 $57,754
T20 Brian Harman -14 $57,754
T20 Beau Hossler -14 $57,754
T20 Charles Howell III -14 $57,754
T20 Zach Johnson -14 $57,754
T20 Ryan Palmer -14 $57,754
T20 Brendan Steele -14 $57,754
T20 Nick Taylor -14 $57,754
T29 Lucas Glover -13 $36,706
T29 Russell Knox -13 $36,706
T29 Nate Lashley -13 $36,706
T29 Tom Lovelady -13 $36,706
T29 Kevin Streelman -13 $36,706
T29 Hudson Swafford -13 $36,706
T29 Richy Werenski -13 $36,706
T36 Jason Dufner -12 $27,189
T36 Derek Fathauer -12 $27,189
T36 James Hahn -12 $27,189
T36 Chez Reavie -12 $27,189
T36 Webb Simpson -12 $27,189
T36 Tyrone Van Aswegen -12 $27,189
T42 Bronson Burgoon -11 $18,983
T42 Ben Crane -11 $18,983
T42 Brian Gay -11 $18,983
T42 Chesson Hadley -11 $18,983
T42 Patton Kizzire -11 $18,983
T42 Hunter Mahan -11 $18,983
T42 Kevin Na -11 $18,983
T42 Rob Oppenheim -11 $18,983
T50 Alex Cejka -10 $14,025
T50 Corey Conners -10 $14,025
T50 Michael Kim -10 $14,025
T50 Kevin Kisner -10 $14,025
T50 Sean O'Hair -10 $14,025
T50 Sam Ryder -10 $14,025
T50 Nick Watney -10 $14,025
T57 Robert Garrigus -9 $13,039
T57 Tom Hoge -9 $13,039
T57 David Lingmerth -9 $13,039
T57 Ben Martin -9 $13,039
T57 Trey Mullinax -9 $13,039
T57 Brett Stegmaier -9 $13,039
T63 Scott Brown -8 $12,449
T63 Wesley Bryan -8 $12,449
T63 Brice Garnett -8 $12,449
T63 Sung Kang -8 $12,449
T67 Talor Gooch -7 $12,095
T67 Tom Whitney -7 $12,095
T69 Matt Every -6 $11,623
T69 Billy Hurley III -6 $11,623
T69 Smylie Kaufman -6 $11,623
T69 Keith Mitchell -6 $11,623
T69 Rory Sabbatini -6 $11,623
T69 Chris Stroud -6 $11,623
75 John Peterson -5 $11,210
76 Abraham Ancer -4 $11,092
77 Ben Silverman 4 $10,974
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.