Jun
19
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Tiger Woods played a little bit better in the second round of the U.S. Open — he shot a six-over 76 to post a 36-hole total of 16-over, the highest ever over two days in his career. Following his opening round of 80, it would have taken a miracle for Woods to make the cut.

With the afternoon wave out on the course still, Woods is only beating one player in the field at the moment.

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Jun
19
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Tiger Woods shot ten-over 80 in the first round of the U.S. Open. It was unwatchable — it was just beyond a trainwreck, where you can’t help but stop to gawk, not to mention Woods’ poor play was compounded by that of his playing partners, Rickie Fowler and Louis Oosthuizen, who shot 81 and 77, respectively.

It was simply sad to feel like you were seeing one of golf’s greats hit what appeared to be rock bottom. The three shot a combined 28-over. But the story was Tiger (along with the bad condition of the greens).

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Jun
18
2015
By Nicole Gaddie under US Open

 

Last week, Dustin Johnson withdrew from the PGA FedEx St. Jude Classic, due to “illness.”

“Maybe it [was] the heat or something. I just wasn’t feeling well,” Johnson said.

He had also bogeyed his first three holes and turned in a 38 on the front nine.

But let’s go with the heat theory.

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Jun
18
2015

Henrik Stenson is always quick with the wit, making him one of the favorites with the media when he’s in the interview room (and you’ll see why hopefully after reading this post). Well, lucky for us, Stenson fired an impressive five-under 65 to kick off the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. The Swede holed a 15-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th to put an exclamation on his round and to take a share of the early lead with Dustin Johnson.

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Jun
18
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Phil Mickelson, who is attempting to complete the career grand slam at Chambers Bay, opened with a one-under 69 at the U.S. Open, the one major championship that has eluded him so many times with close calls. Mickelson got off to a very promising start, rolling in three birdies on the front nine and making the turn at three-under.

Although Mickelson, who has notched a record six runner-up finishes at his national championship, lost some momentum on the back nine, he was happy with his round.

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Jun
17
2015

Thank God, it’s finally Wednesday evening the first tee ball will be struck in less than 12 hours. I don’t know about you, but I’m fatigued with all the pre-tourney hype and all the unknowns of this unprecedented U.S. Open at Chambers Bay — long hitters will have an advantage, but wait, they may not; good iron players will play well or maybe not; great lag putters will perform well or perhaps not; and so on and so forth. You get the point.

Either way, I spoke with a bunch of players about their thoughts on the course. I also walked with Matt Every, Billy Horschel, Charley Hoffman and Steve Marino in their practice round on the back nine Wednesday afternoon (which took three friggin’ hours because the group ahead of them ).

Here’s what I’ve learned the past couple of days, along with some interesting tidbits. Read on, my friends.

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Jun
17
2015

We set a new world record on Monday by having FIVE people on Shane Ryan’s “Friends of Tiger” podcast, talking all things U.S. Open (I think). We may or may not have been under the influence (all legal substances, of course) while we taped it, but that’s what made it so…errr…interesting and entertaining. Take a listen and I promise you’ll at least get a kick out of it or just think we’re crazy, especially me. Let’s just say, you can call it “Wei Unfiltered.”

no. 1:

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Jun
17
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

One thing’s for sure: The U.S. Open at Chambers Bay will be a distinctive championship. It’s being held in the Pacific Northwest for the first time, not to mention at a course that is less than a decade old.

The USGA held their annual press conference on Wednesday morning and Executive Director and set-up chief Mike Davis echoed what many players have stated this week — the course lends itself to providing many options in how Davis sets it up, along with giving players various ways to play the shots. “Unique” and “flexible” were words that Davis repeatedly uttered to describe the championship and the course.

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