U.S. Open tracker: Day 1 at Chambers Bay

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 18, 2015, 1:45 pm

The 115th U.S. Open takes place this week at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. GolfChannel.com is tracking the men's second major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional U.S. Open coverage, click here for full-field scores and click here for our Tiger Tracker. And click here for "Live From" air times. All-times for the U.S. Open tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


11:45PM: That's it for Day 1: Here's a final look at the leaderboard, we'll be back again tomorrow with more updates.


11:10PM: At least he can joke about it.


10:57PM: Tiger shoots 80. Some unreal stats.


10:50PM: Spieth, Day finish at 2 under par: Solid starts for two of the favorites coming into the week.


10:40PM: (Jaw drops)


10:35PM: Amateur Brian Campbell is closing strong: Two birdies in a row and he's one off the lead.


10:20PM: Big names on the course at +1 include ... Kevin Kisner, Justin Rose, Billy Horschel, Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker.


10:10PM: Finally, a birdie. Tiger's now beating Fowler by a stroke.


10:05PM: Day rebounds with a birdie on 16. He's back to 3 under par, along with Ben Martin (thru 15).


9:50PM: Down, but not out: Some late miscues by Spieth and Day, but they're still only three off the lead.


9:38PM: Just keeps getting worse. And he still has four holes left.


9:34PM: Another birdie for Day, and he's only one stroke behind Stenson and DJ.


9:20PM: Just a reminder, Hammer is 15 years old.


9:15PM: At 7 over par, Rickie Fowler's had an awful day, but he almost aced the par-4 12th.


9:10PM: Here comes Jordan: That's three birdies in a row for Jordan Spieth ...


9:01PM: Yeesh, not pretty ...


8:57PM: Day's going low: Jason Day adds another birdie on No. 12 to get to 3 under, two off the lead.


8:45PM: Look at that club fly! ICYMI, Tiger let his club go after hacking out of the rough on No. 8.


8:30PM: That's a birdie for Spieth. After a short putt on the 11th, Spieth reaches under par for the first time in Round 1.


8:25PM: Some thoughts on Henrik Stenson, who shot a career-low in the majors on Thursday, a 5-under 65.


8:20PM: Pick up the pace. That's what rules officials have told the Tiger-Rickie-Louis trio, according to the TV folks.


8:15PM: Jordan Spieth has been steady. The Masters champ is at even par through 10 holes, with one birdie and one bogey.


8:14PM: And lest we forget about Rickie Fowler ... he turned in 8 over par.


8:08PM: Tiger Woods turns in 4-over 39. No big numbers on his card (four bogeys, no birdies), but lots of bad swings and poor putts.


8PM: Amateur Brian Campbell is 3 under through seven holes. The 22-year-old Illinois senior made it through local and sectional qualifying to reach Chambers Bay.


7:52PM: Tiger Woods manages to save par at the par-5 eighth, despite a wayward tee shot and his club flying from his hand after impact on his second shot. Rickie Fowler, meanwhile, doubled the eighth. Tiger is at 4 over, Rickie at 5 over.


7:47PM: Jason Day is on the move. He makes a 25-footer for birdie at the ninth to turn in 2 under 33.


7:39PM: The saga continues for Tiger Woods off the tee on No. 8.


7:35PM: Jordan Spieth birdies the par-5 eighth to get back to even par for the tournament.


7:22PM: Some analysis of Rory McIlroy's opening-round 2-over 72.


7:15PM: Another bogey for Tiger. Woods drops to 4 over through six holes.


7:10PM: Jordan Spieth makes his first non-par. Unfortunately, it's a bogey at the sixth to drop to 1 over.


6:58PM: Ben Martin is off to a great start. Par-birdie-eagle has him at 3 under through three holes.


6:46PM: Meanwhile, there are 32 players currently under par, including amateur Beau Hossler, of Olympic Club fame in 2012. Starting at the 10th, he turned in 1-under 34.


6:39PM: Another bogey for Tiger Woods. He's 3 over through four holes.


6:28PM: In case you missed it, U.S. Senior Open champion Colin Montgomerie opened in 1-under 69 today.


6:22PM: Four holes, four pars for reigning Masters champion Jordan Spieth.


6:19PM: For the record, Sergio had 33 putts in an opening-round, even-par 70.


6:14PM: Not that there would be anything wrong with a few tears on the first hole of your U.S. Open debut, but ...


6:06PM: Ian Poulter said he would let us know his feelings on Chambers Bay after the event is over. After a double on his first hole, we probably have our answer.


5:55PM: Just like that ... Tiger is 2 over after two holes.


5:38PM: Our feel-good story of the tournament is in the clubhouse with a 7-over 77. Not bad for a 15-year-old.


5:35PM: And we have our first "Oh ... Tiger," from Tiger, after he sprays his approach right on No. 1. Only took two shots.


5:30PM: Tiger, Rickie and Louis are off, all down the middle of the fairway. Rickie gets a mock "overrated" chant from the fans.
5:23PM: You can't birdie them all ... if you don't birdie the first. 2013 U.S. Open champ Justin Rose hits his approach to two feet on hole No. 1.


5:19PM: And ... Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Jason Day are off. Big Cat coming up soon.
5:13PM: Definitive proof that "Seinfeld" stands the test of time, Fox just quizzed Cole Hammer on the 90's, only question he got right was, "What is Seinfeld's first name?"
4:58PM: Perks of being Tiger Woods: Warming up and watching your swing on the big screen that overlooks the range.
4:53PM: Meanwhile. world No. 1 Rory McIlroy had a rough finish, bogeying two of his final three holes for a 2-over 72 on Day 1. Agrees with Phil that the short putts are the toughest because it is "tough to commit to your lines" on these greens.


4:42PM: Reminder: Henrik Stenson is No. 5 in the world. He just freshened up everyone's memory birdieing four of his final five holes to tie DJ at 5-under 65.


4:26PM: Immediately after announcers say he has no imagination, Dustin Johnson hits one out of the fescue on his final hole in what looks like the opposite direction of the green, but uses the slope and the ball ends up 15 feet from the hole. His put comes up short and he makes his only bogey of the day, but is the leader in the clubhouse after a 5-under 65.
4:12PM: She's not wrong.


4:05PM: Bubba, Phil take different approaches to post-round interviews. Bubba doesn't speak. Phil goes classic Phil, "I’m under par the first round of the U.S. Open, I’m pretty pleased." Ends interview with a hug.


3:55PM: Mickelson backs up a bit on the back nine, but still finishes with a 1-under 69, well within striking distance of the career Grand Slam after Day 1.
3:50PM: Bubba not happy after having to wait to hit his second shot on 18: "Wait 30 minutes ... this is pathetic professional golf." Finishes with even-par 70 on Day 1.


3:36PM: Guy who knows just a tad bit about Chambers Bay, Michael Putnam:


3:29PM: Dustin Johnson gets it to 5 under with another birdie. Fourteen bogey-free holes now. While he's lighting it up, only 11 other players are under par. DJ dominating with his Tour-leading length in Round 1.


3:20PM: The first group is in the house. University Place resident Michael Putnam turns in an even-par 70. Putnam, Marcus Fraser (71) and Steve Marino (75) went around in 5 hours and 10 minutes. It's slow going out there.
3:12PM: Lest you forget, the railway adjacent to the 16th hole is active. A train just stopped to watch Phil and Bubba play 16. Here's Rory from a bit earlier:


3:01PM: We have a new leader. Dustin Johnson makes birdie at No. 4 to get to 4 under. Bogey-free through 13 holes. In search of his first major championship. Worth note (tweet prior to last birdie):
2:54PM: Stunning view of the property at Chambers Bay. Those hills also explain the aforementioned stretcher. Joe Buck on the broadcast said the elevation changes while walking the golf course were akin to going up and then back down the 605-foot Space Needle in nearby Seattle.


2:49PM: This is why some of the players have retained a backup caddie. Stay safe, folks.
2:45PM: Just like Phil, Reed plays the front nine without a dropped shot and promptly bogeys his 10th hole of the day. Speaking of Mickelson, who led by himself at 3 under just an hour ago, back-to-back bogeys have him back to minus-1. Serious bunker problems for Lefty on 14. He was lucky to only lose one shot.
2:40PM: Looking for Rory? The world No. 1 is even par through 10 after trading two birdies and two bogeys on his opening nine. Lurking.


2:26PM: Chambers Bay is already showing its teeth. The morning wave expected to have it easier but just eight players find themselves in red numbers. Mike Davis re-emphasized on the broadcast that the golf course is only going to get faster and firmer as the day goes on. This was just from a practice round on Tuesday:
2:20PM: Reed turns in 4-under 31. Dustin Johnson to 3 under par, one shot back. Mickelson, meanwhile, dropped another shot at 13 and is back to 2 under. A look at Reed's spotless opening nine:


2:15PM: The defending champ is off to an interesting start. Martin Kaymer bringing the color, with a bogey, an eagle, a double bogey and a birdie.


2:00PM: Reed it and leap. Patrick Reed has leapfrogged Phil Mickelson for the lead at 115th U.S. Open. Reed at 4 under through eight after back-to-back birdies at 16 and 17.


1:47PM: Course info. Closing hole sounds like driver-wedge.


1:44PM: Bounce-back birdie for Phil at 11. Mickelson back in the lead by himself at 3 under after a beautiful 6-iron approach to the green landed on a hill and tracked to the hole. Birdie putt. Draino.
1:41PM: He's alive. We were worried. We're always worried. Somebody put a bell on him or something.
1:31PM: Big names in the early mix. Seven-way tie at the top of the board. Five of those players reside in the top 17 of the Official World Golf Ranking. What a start.


1:25PM: Phil's first dropped shot comes at the par-4 10th. Second shot wound up on the back of the green and he three-putted from what might as well have been Siberia. Played his first putt nowhere near the direction of the hole and tried to ride a massive slope. Would have been a miracle par. Back to 2-under.


1:19PM: Seventh time is the charm? Your early leader, Phil Mickelson, has finished runner-up at the U.S. Open a record six times. His list of near-misses: 1999 Pinehurst, 2002 Bethpage, 2004 Shinnecock, 2006 Winged Foot, 2009 Bethpage, 2013 Merion.


1:10PM: Like Sergio at Medinah! 15-year-old Cole Hammer, who was visibly emotional starting his round, just took off running in the 12th fairway to see around some kind of mountain after playing his shot. Kid is a little fired up. Par-bogey-par start.


1:04PM: Lefty goes out in 3-under 32. We're all going to go through this yet again on Sunday - aren't we?


12:53PM: Preliminary research reveals an uncanny resemblance:


12:44PM: Have to wonder if ... he ever asked for a Red Ryder when he was a kid.


12:33PM: Is this real life? Phil, Stenson, DJ, Scott all in the mix at the U.S. Open:


12:30PM: What she said.


12:26PM: TAP-IN. That's what 15-year-old Cole Hammer had on his first hole at the 115th U.S. Open, as he left his birdie putt MERE ROTATIONS short. What were YOU doing at 15?


12:20PM: Imagery of what just happened at Chambers Bay:


12:14PM: It's Hammer time. Cole is the third-youngest player to ever compete in a U.S. Open.


12:08PM: World No. 1 made birdie at this hole to get to 1 under (No. 10 was Rory McIlroy's first hole of the day).


11:57AM: "Absolutely the best thing" is how Mark Rolfing referred to an early tee time on Thursday at the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.


11:53AM: Mickelson leads the U.S. Open. We're just going to leave this here:


11:47AM: We're not saying anything ... but we're just saying. Colin Montgomerie (three Champions Tour major championships, zero on the regular circuit) birdies his opening hole.


11:42AM: Conditions are ... perfect, it seems, for the next few hours at Chambers Bay:


11:35AM: Best seat in the house? Kelly Tilghman's view from the 'Live From' set:


11:18AM: Phil co-leads the U.S. Open alongside Cody Gribble after a birdie at No. 3:


11:13AM: Sergio Garcia is seeing red ... even though he's not yet on the golf course. Warming up with a dark red golf ball in advance of his 11:17 tee time.


10:56AM: Meanwhile, a certain lefty is off to a rough start. Bubba, not Phil.


10:50AM: Hey, ma! Look at me! Former Texas teammate of Jordan spieth, Cody Gribble is the early leader at the 115th U.S. Open:


10:35AM: Hear from Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA, on the Thursday setup:

 


10:29AM: The No. 1 player in the world has arrived and is warming up on the range:

 


10:22AM: On 'Live From' the U.S. Open, John Feinstein reported that players were given an emergency phone number to call if, when out on the course, they fall and need help, because "that's how difficult" Chambers Bay is to walk.

 


10:15AM: The pin locations for the opening round:

 


10:03AM: The first group is off, led by Michael Putnam. Only 51 more to go ...


9:55AM: Phil Mickelson is warming up for his first round at 10:33 a.m. ET


9:50AM: The course setup for Thursday looks like this:

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Spieth shares Hartford lead; Rory 1 back

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 10:35 pm

Just a few miles north but light years removed from the difficulty of Shinnecock Hills, the PGA Tour returned to week-in, week-out normalcy with the Travelers Championship. Here's what happened in the first round at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.:

Leaderboard: Zach Johnson (-7), Jordan Spieth (-7), Rory McIlroy (-6), Peter Malnati (-6), Brian Harman (-6)

What it means: The two biggest names in the field, Spieth and McIlroy, are looking for a boost of confidence after missing the cut in the U.S. Open. Their scores look good, but McIlroy won't be happy about closing with a bogey.

Round of the day: Johnson and Spieth both put up 7-under 63s. Johnson, after a relatively pedestrian 2-under front nine, caught fire on the back, making six consecutive birdies on holes 11-16. A three-putt bogey at the 17th ended the run, and he parred the last for his 63. Spieth, the defending champion, put up two birdies and an eagle on the front and four more birdies on the back. Like Johnson, he had only one blemish, a bogey-5 on the drivable par-4 15th when he hooked his drive into the water.

Best of the rest: McIlroy, Malnati and Harman each shot 64. Malnati eagled the 15th and followed that with birdies at 16 and 17 and a back-nine 29. Harman had a rare birdie on the 444-yard 18th for his 64, but McIlroy threw away a shot at the closing hole to fall out of a share of the lead. His right foot slipped as he was hitting his approach shot, and he missed the green. After taking a drop to get away from a sprinkler head, he was unable to get up and down.

Biggest disappointment: Bubba Watson, a two-time winner of this event, could manage no better than an even-par 70. Two-under through 11 holes, he bogeyed three of the next four.

Shot of the day: Can we safely say that Spieth likes the bunkers at River Highlands? Last year he got up and down from one at the 18th hole to get into a playoff, then he holed out from the same bunker to win the playoff. On Thursday he worked his magic at the par-5 sixth hole, sinking his sand shot for eagle.

Biggest storyline going into Friday: Most eyes will be on Spieth and McIlroy, to see if they're over they're U.S. Open funks and gearing up for The Open Championship.

NBC Sports Group to Showcase Top Players in Women's Golf With Comprehensive Coverage of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, June 25-July 1

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJune 21, 2018, 9:35 pm

Golf Channel and NBC to Combine for More Than 40 Hours of News, Tournament and Instruction On-Site from Kemper Lakes Golf Club, Most in Tournament History 

KPMG Ambassador Phil Mickelson to Join Golf Central on Monday, June 25 Live from Soldier Field 

Condoleezza Rice and Olympians Nancy Kerrigan, Hilary Knight and Maia Shibutani to Headline KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit Wednesday, June 27

 

ORLANDO, Fla., June 21, 2018 – Featuring one of the strongest fields of the year, NBC Sports Group will dedicate more than 40 hours of comprehensive on-site news, tournament and instruction coverage of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – most in tournament history – Monday, June 25 - Sunday, July 1. Taking place at Kemper Lakes Golf Club near Chicago, the third LPGA Tour major of the season will be headlined by World No. 1 Inbee Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn, No. 3 Lexi Thompson, ANA Inspiration champion Pernilla Lindberg and defending champion Danielle Kang. In 2017, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship was the most-watched women’s major championship of the year. 

Through the partnership with KPMG, the PGA of America and the LPGA Tour, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship has been elevated to become one of the most impactful weeks of the year in women’s golf,” said Molly Solomon, executive vice president of content, Golf Channel. “As the broadcast partner for the championship, we strive to elevate our coverage each year to celebrate not only the best players in women’s golf but also female leaders in the workplace through the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit.” 

BROADCAST TEAM: Live tournament coverage of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be anchored by Dan Hicks, joined by Paige Mackenzie and Gary Koch in the broadcast booth. Tom Abbott will report from an on-course tower, with Kay Cockerill, Jerry Foltz and Mark Rolfing walking the course. Steve Sands will conduct player interviews. 

NBC SPORTS GROUP TO IMPLEMENT POPULAR “PLAYING THROUGH” ENCHANCED COMMERCIAL BREAKS: Making its debut on NBC at the Ryder Cup in 2016, Golf Channel and NBC will implement the popular “Playing Through” enhancement in an effort to elevate the viewing experience for fans tuning in to the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. NBC Sports Group is partnering with several national advertisers to present select commercial breaks in utilizing “Playing Through,” which will employ a split-screen model for a select number of national commercial breaks. This enhanced break will display both the commercial with audio as well as a continuous feed of the tournament action. 

COMPREHENSIVE ON-SITE NEWS COVERAGE: Golf Channel’s signature news programs, Golf Central and Morning Drive, will provide comprehensive, wraparound news coverage throughout the week, produced on-location at Kemper Lakes Golf Club. In addition to daily shows, Golf Central will present special player news conference shows Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26 and 27, at 5 p.m. ET. 

Rich Lerner will anchor Golf Central’s live coverage alongside LPGA major champion Karen Stupples and Arron Oberholser beginning Wednesday, June 27, with Lisa Cornwell reporting and conducting player interviews. Chantel McCabe will set the stage each day on Morning Drive with on-site interviews and analysis, with Paige Mackenzie joining her Monday-Wednesday. 

PHIL MICKELSON TO JOIN GOLF CENTRAL LIVE FROM SOLDIER FIELD MONDAY, JUNE 25: Kicking off KPMG Women’s PGA Championship week will be the KPMG Windy City Skills Challenge, taking place at Soldier Field in Chicago on Monday, June 25. KPMG Ambassadors Phil Mickelson and Mariah Stackhouse along with athletes from the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Fire, Red Stars and Skywill be conducting a special clinic and skills challenge event with local youth organizations. Mickelson will join Golf Central live from Soldier Field on Monday following the conclusion of the skills challenge. 

SCHOOL OF GOLF ON-SITE AT KEMPER LAKES: School of Golf will air Tuesday at 7 p.m. from on-site at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, with Martin Hall and Blair O’Neal hosting a special short-game episode. Scheduled guests include 2018 U.S. Women’s Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn and her coaches, Golf Channel Academy coaches Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, as well as LPGA major champion Morgan Pressel.  

KPMG WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: Golf Central will offer news coverage of the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, which will be hosted on-site Wednesday, June 27, featuring an assembly of accomplished leaders in sports, business, politics and media to inspire the next generation of women leaders. 66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Olympians Nancy Kerrigan, Hilary Knight and Maia Shibutani will headline the gathering. NBC Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya will serve as master of ceremonies. The summit will be streamed live on Wednesday on Golf Channel Digital. In addition, portions of the summit also will be streamed via Golf Channel’s Facebook Live. 

DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE: Golf Channel Digital will feature expanded editorial content during KPMG Women’s PGA Championship week. GolfChannel.com senior writer Randall Mell will report from Kemper Lakes Golf Club with columns and daily blogs, and Golf Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin will contribute to Golf Channel’s social media platforms with exclusive behind-the-scenes content throughout the week. Golf Channel and NBC also will integrate social media throughout the telecasts, incorporating social media posts from players and fans using the hashtag #KPMGWomensPGA. 

News and tournament action surrounding the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship can be accessed at any time on any mobile device and online via Golf Channel Digital. Fans also can stream NBC Sports’ coverage of live golf via NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports app.

 GOLF CHANNEL / NBC LIVE TOURNAMENT AIRTIMES(all times Eastern):

Thursday, June 28

Round 1

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Golf Channel

Friday, June 29

Round 2

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Golf Channel

Saturday, July 30

Round 3

3-6 p.m.

NBC

Sunday, July 1

Final Round

3-6 p.m.

NBC

 

The PGA of America and KPMG joined forces with the LPGA Tour in 2015 to create a world-class major championship that not only sustains the 60-year legacy of the former LPGA Championship, but also aims to elevate women on and off the golf course. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship provides a platform to inspire the next generation of women leaders through the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and the KPMG Future Leaders Program.

 -NBC Sports Group-

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Garcia (73), Fleetwood (74) off to slow starts at BMW

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 8:30 pm

PULHEIM, Germany – Sebastien Gros carded a 4-under 68 in windy conditions to lead by one shot after the opening round of the BMW International Open on Thursday.

The Frenchman had four birdies to take the lead before the turn, and a six-footer on the 15th hole moved him two ahead. But a bogey on the next hole left the 28-year-old Gros just one ahead of Jorge Campillo, Scott Jamieson, Aaron Rai and Henric Sturehed.

Sturehed eagled the par-5 No. 13 to take the lead in the morning at the Gut Laerchenhof club.

Christofer Blomstrand, Nico Geyger, Mark Tullo, Victor Perez, David Howell and Nicolai von Dellingshausen are a further stroke back on 2-under 70.

Defending champion Andres Romero was among a large group at 1 under, including 2013 winner Ernie Els and three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.

Local favorite and 2008 champion Martin Kaymer shot 72, ahead of Sergio Garcia (73) and Tommy Fleetwood (74).

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Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

“I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.


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“Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

“When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”