News for Friday, June 13, 2014
Tee times: U.S. Open, Round 3 at Pinehurst No. 2
Here are the tee times and pairings for Saturday's third round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
Erik Compton tightens focus, makes U.S. Open cut at Pinehurst
Heart-transplant recipient Erik Compton’s second major-championship appearance, this week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst, is purely about golf. “If I play well, it will help other people because it is on a big stage,” he said.
Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner headline stars missing 2014 U.S. Open cut at Pinehurst No. 2
Bubba Watson fell one shot short of making the cut at the 2014 U.S. Open, as did Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan, Jason Dufner and Charl Schwartzel.
Brooke Henderson fires 62 to win Women's Porter Cup
In a tune-up for next week’s U.S. Women’s Open, Brooke Henderson shot a final-round bogey-free 9-under 62 at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y., to win the second annual Women’s Porter Cup.
Rory McIlroy climbs, but might change game plan to catch Martin Kaymer
Rory McIlroy was pleased with his 2-under 68, but sitting nine shots back of Martin Kaymer, his conservative game plan for the week might need to be thrown out the window.
By the numbers: Martin Kaymer strong in several stats at Pinehurst in 2014 U.S. Open
A look at the numbers finds Martin Kaymer performing well at the U.S. Open in several statistics, understandable given his six-shot lead, plus Pinehurst's strengths and (relative) vulnerabilities.
Shad Tuten contines to hold lead at Southeastern Amateur
Shad Tuten fired a third-round 66 and will carry a one-shot lead into the final round at the 85th Southeastern Amateur at the Country Club of Columbus.
Babineau: Well, Lefty, there's always next year . . .
Phil Mickelson's putter woes continued on Friday at Pinehurst No. 2, leading to a 3-over 73 and is likely done in his chase to complete the career grand slam – at least for this year. The countdown to Chambers Bay starts now . . .
Add U.S. Open contention at Pinehurst to Brendon Todd's big 2014 season on PGA Tour
Brendon Todd is in his first major, but he hardly blinked when he saw a U.S. Open leaderboard at Pinehurst with his name nestled beneath that of runaway leader Martin Kaymer.
Amateur notes: Cory Whitsett falls short; Matthew Fitzpatrick makes cut at U.S. Open
Cory Whitsett fires a 1-under 69, but comes up one shot short of making the cut at Pinehurst No. 2. Meanwhile, Matthew Fitzpatrick grinds out 73 and is the only amateur to make the cut at the 2014 U.S. Open.
Rude: Is the U.S. Open over? No way, not by a long shot
Martin Kaymer is in complete control of the U.S. Open, but they don't crown champions after 36 holes. Pinehurst No. 2, as well as the players chasing, might have something to say about Kaymer taking the champion's hardware back home to Germany.
U.S. Open Tracker: Martin Kaymer stretches lead at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014
Martin Kaymer posted a 65 to start the U.S. Open with the lead – and a record for an Open round at Pinehurst No. 2 at that despite an afternoon tee time. He hits the course early Friday to try and expand that margin.
Kevin Kisner gives his dad the ultimate Father's Day gift
Kevin Kisner gave his dad the ultimate Father's Day gift on Friday. Kisner pulled his father, Steve, out of the gallery to caddie the last couple of holes knowing he wouldn't make the cut at the U.S. Open.
U.S. Open: The equipment counts at Pinehurst
The closest equipment counts at the U.S. Open were in irons, where Titleist edged TaylorMade 35-31, and putters, where Odyssey nosed Titleist 50-47.
Lucas Glover debuts graphite-shafted Bridgestone putter
Lucas Glover used a new graphite-shafted, Bridgestone True Balance TD-03 putter at the U.S. Open.
Notes: Journeyman Fran Quinn makes the cut; Adam Scott breaks par at Pinehurst
Fran Quinn made a move at leader Martin Kaymer early in his second round, but settled for a 4-over 74 that left him 2 over for the tournament and playing the weekend with his son on the bag.
Canadians Taylor Pendrith, Garrett Rank share Monroe lead
Two Canadians are camped atop the Monroe Invitational leaderboard entering the final round: recent Kent State graduate Taylor Pendrith and mid-amateur Garrett Rank.
Austin Connelly claims FJ Invitational title
Austin Connelly shot a final round 3-under 67 Friday to claim the FJ Invitational at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
Martin Kaymer in a world of his own after another 65 at Pinehurst
Martin Kaymer thought that 8 over would be a good score come Sunday. Being at a record-breaking 10 under after 36 holes has even surprised the German himself.
Elizabeth Wang wins Rolex Girls in wire-to-wire fashion
Elizabeth Wang completed a wire-to-wire victory at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship June 13 at The Country Club of Rochester (N.Y.).
VIDEO: Jeff Rude breaks down Round 2 at mid-day
Jeff Rude sits down with David Dusek to chat about Martin Kaymer's record-breaking opening two rounds at the U.S. Open and what to expect for the rest of the day.
Hunter Mahan, Jamie Donaldson hit wrong golf balls at U.S. Open
After Hunter Mahan had done some good work to get back into the U.S. Open, hitting the wrong ball in the 18th fairway proved costly for the standout player.
Even at eight back, Dustin Johnson has plan for U.S. Open at Pinehurst
Dustin Johnson is among those looking for a fight with Martin Kaymer at the 2014 U.S. Open, although Kaymer is threatening to run away from the field. "My approach won't change at all," insisted Johnson.
Short game helps Brooks Koepka make big move at Pinehurst
Brooks Koepka needed only 27 putts on Friday at Pinehurst, carding a 2-under 68 and vaulting well up the leaderboard heading into the weekend.
Maura Ballard steps down at Rutgers afters 21 years
Maura (Waters) Ballard, who competed as a student-athlete at Rutgers before guiding the Rutgers golf programs for the past 21 years, has decided to step down as head women’s golf coach.
Former Houston assisant Chris Hill named head coach at Pacific
Pacific has announced Chris Hill as head men’s golf coach. Hill will head to Pacific after working at Houston for the past four years.
Friday's hole-by-hole yardages at Pinehurst No. 2
A look at how the USGA set up the course for Friday play at the 2014 U.S. Open.
VIDEO: From maddening to magical, Duke's Friday hole out
Only time will tell how much of an impact Ken Duke’s ninth hole in Friday’s second round will have on his U.S. Open, but safe to say that it immediately wins the door prize for wildest par of the championship.
VIDEO: Alter-egos of Spieth, Woodland, Mahan
Look what Jordan Spieth, Gary Woodland and Hunter Mahan sent over to Golfweek prior to teeing it up at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. In this compilation video, comedian Anthony Anderson makes a guest appearance as his alter-ego, as well.
What's up with Pinehurst's 'not rough' areas? A primer for U.S. Open
It’s not clear wheter Pinehurst No. 2 creates as much trouble for errant tee shots in the U.S. Open as officials had anticipated. USGA executive director Mike Davis had thought the sandy areas would create a clean shot one-third of the time. In Thursday's first round, a clean recovery seemed possible about 80 percent of the time.
Golfweek's 2014 Father of the Year: Optimist, caregiver Craig Dolch
The optimist: In caring for his ailing son, Craig Dolch perseveres amid a heart-wrenching daily trial. Dolch is a clear choice as Golfweek's 2014 Father of the Year.