Tag Archives: 2013 U.S. Open

Sep
5
2013
By Stephanie Wei under General
Bev Norwood (the guy in the middle) ordering a drink at the media hotel during the U.S. Open

Bev Norwood (guy in the middle) ordering a drink at the media hotel during the U.S. Open

The first time I met Bev Norwood was in the media center at the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational. I was a rookie on the beat and still trying to figure out the whole covering the Tour thing, so I was relieved when the first person I ran into after checking in was John Paul Newport from the Wall Street Journal.

Then, Bev, a longtime publicist at IMG, appeared and JP introduced us and told Bev to take care of me. Almost immediately, Bev moved my seat from the slums in the back corner of the media center to the a first class seat in the second row near all the veteran, established writers.

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Jul
11
2013
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour
Phil

Phil warming up for the upcoming Open Championship

Phil Mickelson took advantage of the ideal conditions at Castle Stuart on Thursday morning — 70-plus degrees, no wind, and not a cloud in sight — and fired an opening six-under 66 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Mickelson’s game appears to be shaping up quite nicely for next week’s Open Championship, and while others, including U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, are playing practice rounds at Muirfield to prepare, Phil prefers to play competitively the week before a major.

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Jun
19
2013
OW! My elbow!

OW! My elbow!

It was no secret Tiger Woods played the U.S. Open in pain. His left arm was clearly agitated as he grimaced his way to a mediocre finish last week at Merion.

Last year at the AT&T National, the tournament he hosts at Congressional Country Club, he won with ease and passed Jack Nicklaus for second in all-time PGA Tour career wins — but we all know Woods only cares about leapfrogging Nicklaus in majors. This time around, he will be watching from the sidelines, according to an announcement on Tuesday via his website, TigerWoods.com:

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Jun
17
2013
By Stephanie Wei under US Open
This one's for you, Dad.

This one’s for you, Dad.

Wow, what a week! The U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club looked like it might turn into a farce at the start of the week, with the record-high rainfall and potential wash-out on Thursday, but in the end, everything worked out and the USGA and course walked away as the biggest winners. In fact, I might go as far to say that it was the best one I’ve seen in the past five years — four of which I covered and one that I spectated.

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Jun
15
2013
By Stephanie Wei under US Open
So close!

So close!

Despite a bogey on the monstrous par-4, 521-yard 18th, Phil Mickelson, who has come up just short five times at the U.S. Open, shot a solid even-par 70, one-under total, on Saturday at Merion, giving him a one-shot edge over Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel and Steve Stricker. Sunday’s final round is not only Father’s Day, but it’s also Phil’s 43rd birthday.

Phil, who is campaigning for Father-of-the-year, flew across the country in his private jet twice earlier this week to attend his daughter’s eighth-grade graduation. The return flight was a redeye from San Diego to Philadelphia just a few hours before he teed off on Thursday.

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Jun
15
2013
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Sergio Garcia was preparing to tee off the 11th, his first hole in the third round of the U.S. Open, when a spectator hollered, “fried chicken” as he was about to hit. <cringe> As expected, Sergio has received grief from vociferous Philly fans at Merion this week, and when security asked if he wanted the hecklers tossed out, he’s declined

But that might be the least of Garcia’s troubles.

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Jun
14
2013
By Stephanie Wei under US Open
Ugh. Done.

Well, I guess Kevin Chappell is done with that ball!

62? No way. Let’s be real: That was never going to happen. Those who suggested 62 was a possibility clearly have never played Merion, or don’t realize the USGA always figures out a way to protect par. This was never going to turn into Congressional, Part Deux. Merion is in a different class.

Turned out to 67 would be the low score at the halfway mark at the U.S. Open — one posted by Phil Mickelson on Thursday and the other by Billy Horschel on Friday, who both happen to share the 36-hole lead at one-under. And while 62 didn’t happen, perhaps an even more impressive feat was achieved: hitting 18 greens in regulation. 

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Jun
14
2013
By Stephanie Wei under US Open
Tiger's elbow played a leading role

Tiger’s elbow played a painful role

It wasn’t pretty, nor was it easy — it’s the U.S. Open, after all — but despite an elbow injury, which was originally thought to be his wrist, Tiger Woods dug deep to shoot an even par 70, three-over 36-hole total, trailing clubhouse leader Billy Horschel by four strokes.

In Thursday’s rain-delayed first round, Tiger looked like he injured himself after hitting a shot in Merion’s extremely penal and thick rough. Turns out it’s been nagging him since last month’s Players Championship, which Woods won for the second time in his career. (You know, that same tournament where he was paired with Sergio Garcia that reignited all the drama.)

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Jun
13
2013
By Stephanie Wei under US Open
Kiss the putter, baby!

Kiss the putter, baby! (USA Today Sports Eileen Blass)

Heading into Merion, Sergio Garcia was naturally a bit nervous for the reception from the notoriously vociferous Philly crowd, but he knew he had to deal with the consequences of his “fried chicken” comment. The U.S. Open is always the most mentally grueling test in golf without distractions. If he had shot 80, it would have been no surprise and even understandable.

Garcia encountered the predicted troubles, but not per se by the occasional heckler — the spectators were tamer than kittens, relatively speaking. On his first tee, the 11th — no, that’s not a typo; it’s a logistical thing — there was a lone “boo.” 

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