2011 U.S. Open field

By Associated PressJune 10, 2011, 6:28 pm

BETHESDA, Md. – Players who have qualified for the 111th U.S. Open, to be played June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club (players listed only in the first category for which they are eligible. a-amateur):

U.S. Open champions (10 years): Graeme McDowell, Lucas Glover, Angel Cabrera, Geoff Ogilvy, Michael Campbell, Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk.

U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up: a-Peter Uihlein, a-David Chung.

Masters champions (5 years): Charles Schwartzel, Phil Mickelson, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson.

British Open champions (5 years): Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington.

PGA champions (5 years): Martin Kaymer, Y.E. Yang.

Players Championship winner (3 years): K.J. Choi, Tim Clark, Henrik Stenson.

Top 10 and ties from 2010 U.S. Open: Gregory Havret, Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Brandt Snedeker, Alex Cejka, Dustin Johnson.

Top 30 players from the 2010 PGA Tour money list: Steve Stricker, Luke Donald, Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Jeff Overton, Bo Van Pelt, Bubba Watson, Camilo Villegas, Ryan Palmer, Robert Allenby, Bill Haas, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane, Anthony Kim, Charley Hoffman, Rory McIlroy, Nick Watney, Adam Scott, Heath Slocum.

2010 Tour Championship field: Ryan Moore, Kevin Streelman, Kevin Na, Martin Laird.

Top 15 from the 2010 European Tour money list: Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari, Robert Karlsson, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Edoardo Molinari, Alvaro Quiros.

Top 10 players on the 2010 PGA Tour money list through May 23: David Toms, Mark Wilson, Aaron Baddeley, Rory Sabbatini.

Multiple winners of PGA Tour events from June 20, 2010, through June 12, 2011: Jonathan Byrd.

Top two players from 2010 Japan Golf Tour money list, provided they are in the top 75 at the end of 2010: K.T. Kim, Hiroyuki Fujita.

Top 50 from the world ranking published on May 23: Matteo Manassero, Ryo Ishikawa, Peter Hanson.

Top 50 from the world ranking published on June 13: TBD.

Sectional qualifying (36 holes): Do-Hoon Kim, Scott Barr, Kenichi Kuboya, Sang-Moon Bae, Kim Dae-Hyun, Nicolas Colsaerts, Shane Lowry, Maarten Lafeber, Thomas Levet, Robert Rock, David Howell, Stephen Gallacher, Alexander Noren, Marcel Siem, Robert Dinwiddie, Johan Edfors, Andreas Harton, a-Russell Henley, Chez Reavie, Brandt Jobe, Robert Garrigus, Justin Hicks, Nick O’Hern, a-Patrick Cantlay, Marc Turnesa, John Senden, D.A. Points, Marc Leishman, Kevin Chappell, Tim Petrovic, Scott Hend, Webb Simpson, a-Brad Benjamin, S.K. Noh, Kirk Triplett, Jon Mills, Fred Funk, Ty Tryon, Will Wilcox, Sunghoon Kang, Michael Putnam, Scott Piercy, Andres Gonzales, Fredrik Jacobson, Sergio Garcia, Brian Gay, Chad Campbell, Briny Baird, Todd Hamilton, Harrison Frazar, Greg Chalmers, Matt Richardson, Geoffrey Sisk, a-Cheng-Tsung Pan, Chris Williams, Adam Hadwin, Jason Dufner.

Local (18 holes) and sectional qualifying: Ryan Nelson, a-Brett Patterson, Adam Long, Chris Wilson, Bennett Blakeman, Chris Deforest, Jesse Hutchins, Elliot Gealy, Michael Tobiason Jr., Bubba Dickerson, Christo Greyling, David May, Joey Lamielle, a-Michael Barbosa, Sam Saunders, a-Bud Cauley, Michael Smith, Alexander Rocha, John Ellis, Wes Heffernan, a-Scott Pinckney, Matthew Edwards, a-Beau Hossler, a-Steven Irwin, Brian Locke, a-Michael Whitehead.

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By Tiger TrackerSeptember 25, 2018, 1:15 pm

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Euros wearing yellow ribbons to honor slain golfer

By Will GraySeptember 25, 2018, 12:51 pm

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – European Ryder Cup team members will wear yellow ribbons this week to honor Celia Barquin Arozamena, who was murdered last week while playing golf.

Arozamena went to school at Iowa State, but she was a native of Spain and won the European Amateur Championship in July. She was attacked and killed Sept. 17 while playing a round by herself at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa.

European captain Thomas Bjorn wore one of the ribbons while addressing media Tuesday at Le Golf National, and he explained that the decision to honor Arozamena came out of a discussion between Ryder Cup Europe and her mother.


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“The golfing family extends beyond what we are trying to do this week,” Bjorn said. “It’s nothing about us, but it’s just more about that the golfing family gets touched by these things all over the world. It’s terrible when things like this happen.”

Arozamena considered Ryder Cup stalwart and fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia one of her idols growing up, and the two met when she was a child. Garcia sent condolences out via social media last week, saying he was “heartbroken” over her death.

“Such a great prospect for the game of golf she was, but also a wonderful person,” Bjorn said. “When you speak to Sergio and [Spaniard] Jon [Rahm] about it, they couldn’t talk highly enough about her. We felt like that was appropriate for the week.”

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Spieth, Reed in different groups during Tuesday practice

By Rex HoggardSeptember 25, 2018, 12:38 pm

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – Tuesday’s U.S. groupings at the Ryder Cup may give a glimpse into what potential pairings we will see this week at Le Golf National.

In the day’s first foursome, Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Patrick Reed played together. The second group included Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas; and the anchor group was Bubba Watson, Tony Finau, Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson.

Whether those groups will make up captain Jim Furyk’s version of the team’s pods, however, remains to be seen. Given that half of his team has never played Le Golf National, Furyk said he tried to match players on Tuesday with those who had some experience on the course.


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“Today is really about trying to learn the golf course and hit some solid golf shots,” Furyk said. “There may be some pairings out there and there's some groups there isn't. Just want them concentrating on their own game right now. They are very aware of who they will be playing with this week and they are very aware of some of the options they have.”

Given the success of previous pairings and some relatively obvious choices, it seems there are some likely options for the U.S. Woods and DeChambeau have become regular practice-round partners and at the Tour Championship they experimented with the other player’s golf balls on Tuesday.

It also seems likely that Spieth-Thomas and Fowler-Johnson will be paired in some form this week.

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Le Golf National nothing like wide open Hazeltine

By Will GraySeptember 25, 2018, 12:00 pm

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – The layout at Le Golf National has a distinctly European feel, and captain Thomas Bjorn hopes to keep it that way at the Ryder Cup.

Gone are the wide fairways and short rough of Hazeltine, where the Americans bombed and gouged their way to their first team victory in nearly a decade. This week players will encounter one of the tightest and most demanding tracks on the European Tour, where water lurks around nearly every corner.

“Well this is a tough golf course, to start with,” Bjorn said Tuesday. “I like the idea of a golf course that’s set up like a championship golf course. You’ve got to identify guys that are hitting the golf ball well. Identify guys that are playing good golf that week.”


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Unlike the other recent Ryder Cup host venues on this side of the Atlantic, Le Golf National is somewhat of a known entity in that it annually hosts the European Tour’s French Open. It’s a tournament that Ryder Cup rookies Tommy Fleetwood and Alex Noren have won each of the last two years, while teammates Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia both cracked the top 10 in June.

That should give the Europeans an advantage when it comes to familiarity, and Bjorn’s plans for course setup included a desire to ensure the experience factor for his players would still be relevant this week amid larger-than-normal grandstands.

“There’s guys on this team that have played a lot of French Opens. I don’t want them to show up and it’s a completely different golf course to what they are used to,” Bjorn said. “This is very similar to what it is normally.”

Despite the similarities in setup, there will still be plenty of adjustments for the American squad. Justin Thomas was the only U.S. player to make the trek for this year’s French Open, and captain Jim Furyk admitted that only six of his 12 players had seen the course at all prior to this week.

“We’re just trying to figure it out,” Furyk said. “Europe knows this golf course well. They have played the French Open here. We’re trying to figure out the setup and what they have in store for the week.”