Stories for June 2011
Thursday, June 30
explains why the U.S. Amateur Public Links remains the premier everyman’s tournament.
Players like J.J. Spaun are the reason that the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship is so magnificent.
WAPL Round of 16
Emily Tubert (pictured) and Brianna Do come from very different families, but both were joined by their fathers in the Round of 16 at the Women's Amateur Public Links.
Qualifying medalist Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, advanced to the quarterfinals in the Women’s U.S. Amateur Public Links, winning two matches Thursday at Bandon Dunes’ Bandon Trails course.
Scott leads early at AT&T
Adam Scott is making his late decision to play the AT&T National look like a good one. After a 4-under 66, he shares the early lead with Hunter Haas.
In the introduction to “Those Guys Have All the Fun,” the authors make a point of saying the book is “not the history but the story of ESPN.” In truth, it’s neither, owing to a tactical mistake the authors made early on.
Sicily glosses over its rough spots with spectacular sights, tastes – and now golf.
Men's coaching news
Casey Lubahn has been named the men’s head coach at Michigan State, athletic director Mark Hollis announced Thursday.
Woods advances at WAPL
A second-round victory in U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links match play didn't come easily for Cheyenne Woods, who had to don her rally cap at the 12th hole to advance.
England’s Graeme Storm shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 Thursday to share the lead with Australia’s Richard Green after the first round of the French Open.
Katie Burnett set the pace early at the Women’s Eastern Amateur, and never looked back.
The USGA has announced pairings and tee times for the first two rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open to be played next week at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Bob Hope Classic is just the latest tournament to replace a celeb's name with corporate identification.
Shakeups at Callaway
As if generating more revenue and eliminating losses aren't challenging enough, Callaway Golf Co. has another pressing task: Re-energizing its brand.
Here are thumbnail bios for the 20 low scorers from the 44th PGA Professional National Championship.
Vogel back to Florida
T.J. Vogel, once one of the nation’s top recruits, is transferring to Florida after two seasons at USC, sources confirmed to Golfweek. The move brings Vogel, of Cooper City, Fla., closer to home.
Wednesday, June 29
The name Bob Hope has been synonymous with the PGA Tour in Palm Springs, Calif., for decades, but that legacy is coming to an end.
David Hutsell won the 44th PGA Professional National Championship on Wednesday, beating Faber Jamerson with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
says Scott Kammann, 38, is not only the oldest player at the Amateur Public Links, but has one of the best histories.
At the ripe old age of 38, Scott Kammann is the oldest player in the field at the U.S. Amateur Public Links. James Achenbach says he has come up against some great players in his day.
5 things: AT&T National
Tiger Woods won't be in the field at the AT&T National, but Nationwide winner Erik Compton will. He is among Sean Martin's list of players to keep an eye on this week at Aronimink.
The Western Golf Association and the Women’s Western Golf Association have announced a new partnership, effective in 2012, in which the WGA will provide administrative support for WWGA championships.
Callaway Golf appointed Anthony S. “Tony” Thornley as interim president and chief executive June 29 after George Fellows resigned for what the company called personal reasons.
Women's Amateur Public Links
After winning the ACC Championship and garnering medalist honors at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, Wake Forest's Cheyenne Woods is rolling through match play at Bandon Dunes.
Two things struck me from Erik Compton’s news conference Wednesday. Both involved spirit, on course and off.
Global golf takes on an entirely new meaning with 15-year-old Julie Yang, who is rolling at the Publinx.
Toy Box: Titleist unveils 712 series irons
A dozen or more Titleist staff players at this week’s AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club are expected to play new Titleist 712 irons for the first time. James Achenbach has the details.
Hate to be Rude
Tiger Woods won’t make the same mistake again and return to golf too soon after being injured. Smart move, writes Jeff Rude.
Inside the July 1, 2011 issue of Golfweek:
Bethpage in Barclays rota
Bethpage Black is back on golf’s landscape, this time as a playoff event. The Barclays has signed a four-year extension through 2016 as title sponsor of the FedEx Cup playoff event by the same name.
says signing pictures of himself at AT&T National was just another first for UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay.
Autograph-seekers usually ask indiscriminately for players’ scribbles. They often don’t know who’s signing their hat or flag. It’s quantity over quality.
In his second full year on the PGA Tour, Gary Woodland has reason to feel like a rookie for the rest of the season. That’s not a bad thing, either.
Austria’s Markus Brier has joined 11 British players in booking their places in the British Open through final qualifying.
Tiger Woods has been hired as a pitchman for a Japanese heat rub used to relieve muscle and joint pain.
No player at the U.S. Publinx has more experience at Bandon Dunes than Kevin Rei, who caddied there the past two summers.
Woods medals at WAPL
In her first U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links appearance, Cheyenne Woods – Tiger’s niece – claimed medalist honors at Bandon Dunes and will enter match play as the No. 1 seed.
Tuesday, June 28
says a competition at Bandon Dunes highlights players with differing links-golf experience.
Sally Watson arrived at Bandon Dunes, turned to her father, Graham, and said: “I can’t believe we just traveled 25 hours and it pretty much looks like we could’ve driven five minutes.”
Everything in Tom Lewis’ life seems to be golden at the moment; for 2005 U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell, it’s just the same old brass.
Cabbage to Charlotte
Ryan Cabbage, a longtime assistant with the men’s and women’s teams at Auburn, has been tabbed to lead the men’s program at Charlotte.
Tiger Woods still rehabbing
Tiger Woods said Tuesday at Aronimink that he is making progress in his recovery from left-leg injuries, but won’t return to competition until he is fully healthy. Sean Martin reports.
Maybe the 65 that David Paeglow shot in the first round of last year’s PGA Professional National Championship was exactly what he didn’t need.
Tiger Woods will hold a news conference Tuesday at Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia, site of this week’s AT&T National, where he is expected to discuss his future plans.
James Achenbach with news and notes from the equipment trailer at the Travelers Championship.
MSU's Puryear resigns
Sam Puryear, who has been the head coach at Michigan State for the past four years, has resigned to care for an ailing family member.
Tip Sheet: AT&T National
A week after losing by one at the Travelers Championship, Ryan Moore is a popular pick to hoist the trophy this week at Aronimink. Who else could win at the AT&T National?
Seve Ballesteros’ legacy certainly won’t be limited to the golf course.
explains why Emma Talley left Sunriver, Ore., before the Tournament of Champions ever began.
Emma Talley left Sunriver, Ore., before the Tournament of Champions ever began thanks to a U.S. Women's Open invite.
Monday, June 27
says Randy Lein's dismissal from Arizona State proves the new era in college golf is here to stay.
Randy Lein's dismissal from Arizona State proves the new era in college golf is here to stay.
Club-fitting series: Part V
Johnny Miller on senior golfers: "Most senior golfers shouldn’t carry anything lower than a 5-iron. That’s what I’ve seen. Fairway woods and hybrids are a senior’s delight."
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
The Golf Coaches Association of America has released its list of Ping All-America selections for NAIA. Oklahoma Christian's Oscar Stark is among 10 players on the First Team.
Darrell Crall, who for the past 15 years has served as executive director of the Northern Texas PGA Section, has been tabbed to lead Golf 2.0.
2012 PGA Championship
The 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is still more than a year away, but South Carolina and PGA executives already are anticipating the windfall it’ll create for the state.
Jeff Sorenson can’t say he won’t know what to expect heading into the final two rounds of the 44th PGA National Professional Championship at Hershey Country Club.
Connor Black, of Katy Texas, shot 1-over 285 (69-72-70-74) at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago to win the Western Junior by two shots.
Emma Talley, of Princeton, Ky., shot even-par 216 (72-72-72) at Westhaven Golf Course in Franklin, Tenn., to win the AJGA’s Franklin Junior by three shots.
Justin Emil, who spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt, has been named head coach at Rice, the school announced June 27. Emil replaces Drew Scott, who resigned in the spring.
has given a verbal commitment to UCLA.
Alison Lee, of Valencia, Calif., has verbally committed to UCLA for the fall of 2013. She is ranked No. 5 by Golfweek in the class of 2013.
offers five reasons why the U.S. Walker Cup team is shaping up to be very dominant.
As the summer rolls on, the best American amateurs are playing well and have to be making GB&I guys a bit worried about the Walker Cup in September. Here are five reasons why:
breaks down the contenders for this year’s U.S. Walker Cup squad.
Walker Cup watch list
British golfers hold the top three spots in the world rankings, the first time that’s happened in the 25-year history of the rankings.
Sunday, June 26
Compton wins Mexico Open
After a long journey, two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton won on the Nationwide Tour Sunday, virtually guaranteeing that he will earn a PGA Tour card for 2012.
Keeping up with Yani
As Yani Tseng raises the bar on the LPGA, winning the Wegmans LPGA Championship by 10 strokes on Sunday, the question looms: Can the others keep up? Beth Ann Baldry reports.
5 Things: Travelers
Sean Martin offers five things from the Travelers Championship, where Fredrik Jacobson won for the first time on American soil.
John Huston finally slowed his normally quick pace as he walked the 18th fairway at En-Joie Golf Club. It was time to soak in some adulation after a long drought and it felt so very good.
Tseng wins Wegmans LPGA
In another dominating performance at Locust Hill, Yani Tseng routed the field at the Wegmans LPGA Championship by 10 shots. At 22, she became the youngest player to win four majors.
Jacobson wins Travelers
Fredrik Jacobson shot 66 in the final round of the Travelers Championship Sunday, holding off Ryan Moore and John Rollins to win his first American title.
Rory McIlroy is grabbing all of the headlines, but Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson deserve some ink for their recent play.
Tournament of Champions
One of the summer's strongest junior events, the Rolex Tournament of Champions, kicks off this week. Golfweek takes a quick look at the field, which includes sixth-ranked Shun Yat Hak.
An advocate of less is more, Bill Murchison III has used as little as a 7-iron in a round, saying "I wanted to learn to be more creative." His creativity led to a 2-over 73 in the first round of the 44th PGA Professional National Championship.
Pablo Larrazabal birdied the fifth playoff hole to beat fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia and win the BMW International Open on Sunday.
LPGA adds Canadian event
Manulife Financial, a Canadian financial-services company, will serve as sponsor of a new LPGA tournament in 2012, Golfweek has learned.
Korean Hwang Jung-gon outlasted Kim Kyung-tae and Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa to win the Japan Golf Tour Organization's Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open in Kasaoka, Japan.
Saturday, June 25
Mark Wiebe shot a 4-under 68 in the second round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open on Saturday, taking a two-shot lead over John Huston in a bid for his second straight Champions Tour victory.
Fredrik Jacobson sank a 31-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to finish with a 63 at the Traveler’s Championship on Saturday, taking a one-shot lead after his third consecutive bogey-free round.
Tseng leads by five
Yani Tseng has extended her lead at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, leaving her just one round away from becoming the youngest person to reach four major titles.
says Emma Lavy's family made the most of her trip to the Women's Western finals.
When Trevor Lavy found out that his daughter Emma had made it to the final at the Women’s Western Amateur, he decided to pull out all the stops. As in, hire a private plane, round up a cheering section, and head south to Sawgrass Country Club as soon as possible.
Tanco wins Women's Western
After a yearlong struggle, junior standout Victoria Tanco ripped through the Women's Western Amateur, winning the 36-hole final, 13 and 12.
Uihlein wins Northeast Am
If there was one player that didn't need to impress the Walker Cup selection committee, it was Peter Uihlein, who ran away with the Northeast Amateur title Saturday.
Mark Foster shot a 6-under 66 Saturday to lead Sergio Garcia and four others by two strokes at the BMW International Open.
How impressive was Patrick Cantlay's opening 36 holes at the Travelers? Take a closer look.
Organizers say the winner’s purse for next month’s British Open will rise to $1.43 million, an increase of $79,800 over the 2010 figure.
Minnesota director of golf
John Harris has resigned as director of golf at the University of Minnesota, director of athletics Joel Maturi announced Friday.
Friday, June 24
Cantlay soars at Travelers
For a 19-year-old who followed low-amateur honors at the U.S. Open with a record-breaking 60 at the Travelers Championship, Patrick Cantlay is as understated as can be. Sean Martin explains.
After seeing her lead disappear in the morning session, Yani Tseng fought her way back into a place where she’s been plenty comfortable this year.
Am Cantlay leads Travelers
Patrick Cantlay, 19, shot a course-record 10-under 60 on Friday to take a four-shot lead at the Travelers Championship. Cantlay earned low amateur honors at last week's U.S. Open.
John Huston and Mark Wiebe shot 7-under 65s on Friday to share the lead after the first round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
The Golf Coaches Association of America has announced its Ping Division I All-America teams for the 2010-11 season.
Uihlein leads NE Am
Peter Uihlein emerged Friday as the leader of the birdie barrage otherwise known as the third round of the Northeast Amateur. A 7-under 62 put him three shots ahead of his closest pursuer.
Golfweek Junior Notebook
Emma Talley tied the AJGA record for most consecutive AJGA wins (three), winning in Kentucky for her ninth career victory. That and more in this week's Junior Notebook. . .
Blomqvist finds her game
Minea Blomqvist wears a lot of hats in life: Mother, professional golfer and, some might say, social genius. After back-to-back rounds of 69 at the LPGA Championship, she trails by two.
Andrew Putnam and Will Collins turned the Wannamoisett Country Club course into a bird sanctuary during Friday’s third round at the 50th Northeast Amateur Invitational.
PGA Tour rookie Jim Renner, a New England native, shot a 7-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead after the rain-delayed first round at the Travelers Championship.
has given a verbal commitment to South Carolina
Katelyn Dambaugh, runner-up at last year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior, has verbally committed to play for South Carolina for the fall of 2013.
George Coetzee of South Africa birdied four of his last six holes Friday for a second straight 5-under 67, putting him in a tie for the lead with Henrik Stenson at the midway point of the BMW International Open.
Andrew Tredway has resigned as Mercer's head men's coach to become the men's assistant coach at Louisville.
says British Amateur champ Bryden MacPherson was disqualified from the Northeast Am because of a "stupid mistake."
This year’s Northeast Amateur Invitational came to an abrupt end Friday morning for Australian Bryden MacPherson, who the week before won the British Amateur Championship. It was simply because he did the right and honorable thing and showed integrity, which is the cornerstone for the game of golf.
At some point, there is going to have to be a limit to all this sexiness in women's golf. Ashley Crain weighs in.
With fewer British Open qualifying spots, lesser-known players are missing their chance.
Thursday, June 23
Chris Whitten has been hired as the Michigan head men’s golf coach, the university announced Thursday. Whitten replaces Andrew Sapp, who left to become the head coach at his alma mater, North Carolina.
Like so many before him, at any level, at any tournament, Luke Guthrie found just how tough it is to come back from a record-setting round with an equally strong performance.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Paula Creamer in the first round of the LPGA Championship.
Michael Bradley had a one-stroke lead when first-round play in the Travelers Championship was suspended for the day Thursday.
Yani Tseng profile
While the golf world is quick to crown Rory McIlroy as the game’s most talented, most promising twentysomething, it may be time to take a closer look at 22-year-old Yani Tseng.
The Rules of Golf today are as much about golf equipment as they are playing the game, with regulations surrounding clubs and balls dominating rules discussions in recent years.
With Verdura, renowned developer gives a luxurious lift to Sicilian golf
says Luke Guthrie followed a recent trend by backing up a record round with a 10-shot swing.
One thing that has become constant in the Northeast Amateur Invitational over the past dozen or so years: shoot a tournament-record round and be in store for a 10-stroke swing.
Henrik Stenson shot an 8-under 64 in poor weather Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the BMW International Open.
says the latest tale of Pebble Beach might be the most successful yet.
“Let There Be Pebble” arrived as unexpectedly as Shivas Irons showing up on the first tee at Burningbush, ready to share golf’s mystical and metaphysical secrets.
Club-fitting series: Part IV
There are two opposing schools of thought on driver length. One maintains that drivers should be shorter for accuracy, the other says drivers should be longer for distance. Who's right?
The happiest guy at the Travelers? Ben Curtis, who awoke early and finished before the horn sounded.
From 1974 to 1994, Deane Beman presided over the growth of the PGA Tour. Adam Schupak explains how he converted a great game into a big business
After 19 seasons directing the Arizona State men’s team, Randy Lein has learned that his contract will not be renewed for the 2011-12 season.
Wednesday, June 22
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy is confident he can handle the pressure that comes with being considered the heir apparent to Tiger Woods.
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Illinois senior Luke Guthrie sets course record at Wannamoisett to take commanding five-shot lead at the Northeast Amateur Invitational in Rhode Island.
In this YouTube video, a 9-year-old Rory McIlroy showed that he was just as charming then as he was during his impressive victory at the U.S. Open last weekend.
Five Things: Wegmans LPGA
This is the make-or-break part of the LPGA season, with three majors in six weeks. Beth Ann Baldry gets you ready for the Wegmans LPGA Championship.
Preparations for the U.S. Girls’ Junior at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club will continue as normal.
Hate to be Rude
Don’t rush to judge Rory McIlroy on one major title, regardless of how convincing it might have been. Jeff Rude reports.
Over the previous 49 years, the Northeast Amateur Invitational has attracted plenty of players who not only were amateur superstars, but also tons of those who have gone on to stardom at the professional level.
previews the two big amateur tournaments on this week’s schedule, the Northeast Amateur and Rice Planters.
The Wildman previews the two big amateur tournaments on this week’s schedule, the Northeast Amateur and Rice Planters.
Protecting classic courses
Golf hurtles toward a pivotal point in its history: How can the game protect the classic courses and grow while advances in equipment require longer courses?
explains why for the first time in tournament history, the Northeast Amateur will use a 54-hole cut.
Fifty is the number at this year’s Northeast Amateur Invitational at the par-69, Donald Ross-designed Wannamoisett Country Club.
Inside the June 24, 2011 issue of Golfweek:
Tiger Woods said on his Twitter account Wednesday that he will miss next week’s AT&T National in Philadelphia. Woods’ foundation is the beneficiary of the event.
When Rory McIlroy walked onto the first tee Sunday at the U.S. Open, he briefly acknowledged one golf official and quickly extended his hand to warmly greet two others, USGA executive director Mike Davis and USGA president Jim Hyler.
Tuesday, June 21
The incredible story of Scott Hend, whose desire to compete took him all over the globe – with his wife and kids.
Brittany Lincicome LPGA
Once dogged by negative thoughts, Brittany Lincicome is one of the leading contenders at this week’s Wegmans LPGA after changing her attitude on the course. Beth Ann Baldry explains.
James Achenbach with equipment news from the PGA Tour.
Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson have won the CVS Caremark Charity Classic with a record-setting two-round total of 24-under par 118 at the Rhode Island Country Club.
Travelers Championship picks
One of our fantasy experts likes Hunter Mahan this week at the Travelers Championship. See who else could play well at TPC River Highlands.
Lavner: Lyle's St. Jude visit
For Jarrod Lyle, the pain of visiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is personal. He knows the patients’ stories all too well. After all, he lived them himself not that long ago.
The PING All-America teams for NJCAA Division I have been announced by the GCAA:
Goble hired at Baylor
Jay Goble, who has spent the past three seasons as the assistant coach at Florida, has been named the head women’s golf coach at Baylor.
A look back to Rory McIlroy's journey to the top.
Rory McIlroy has returned to Britain, basking in his record-breaking U.S. Open triumph and ready for a three-week break before he returns to the course to look for a second straight major victory.
Monday, June 20
The Little People’s Golf Championships Association has announced the addition of Titan International as a co-title sponsor of the long-running tournament.
In a continuing push to expand its media exposure, the Asian Tour has partnered with Bloomberg Television to create a highlights show.
Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson combined for a record-tying 13-under 58 on Monday to take the lead after the opening round at the CVS Caremark Charity Classic.
See what the winners had in their bags.
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says the FedEx St. Jude Classic’s business model generates money – and hope – for sick children.
After his victory at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, Harrison Frazar received a hefty check for more than $1 million before thousands in an admiring gallery.
Club-fitting series: Part VII
The 3-wood is the hardest club to design because of the double duty that many golfers expect it to serve. Tom Wishon has a simple solution: Don't use one. Click here to check out our new For Your Game microsite.
Derrey wins Tate & Lyle
Valentine Derrey earned her first professional victory June 17 by winning the LPGA Futures Tour's Tate & Lyle Players Championship.
Valparaiso University has announced the hiring of new head coaches for the men’s and women’s golf teams. David Gring will lead the men while Mat Blair takes the reins of the women’s program.
McGraw, Cantlay win awards
Even though Oklahoma State didn't win the national championship, Mike McGraw guided his Cowboys to many other victories. For that, he wins Golfweek's Coach of the Year award.
The Wildman breaks down the weekend in amateur golf, including a few surprise winners and a player who is falling off the Walker Cup radar.
Ariya Jutanugarn, of Bangkok, Thailand, shot 17-under 271 (67-68-69-67) at Sombery Golf Club in Byron, Minn., to win the Rolex Girls Junior Championship by four shots.
Billy Kennerly, of Alpharetta, Ga., shot 11-under 269 (63-69-67-70) at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., to win the AJGA’s FootJoy Invitational by four shots.
Sunday, June 19
Commentary: Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy turned in one of the most impressive performances in major-championship history, not only collecting his first major but making his Masters collapse nothing more than a prelude to glory.
Video: McIlroy's moment
Rory McIlroy sat down with our partner, TourPlayers.com, to talk about his big victory at Congressional Country Club on Sunday.
The 2011 U.S. Open has wrapped up with a dominant Rory McIlroy performance. Our partners at TourPlayers.com caught up with the likes of Luke Donald and Robert Garrigus to talk about the week at Congressional.
5 Things: Final round
Five things you need to know from Rory McIlroy’s historic win at Congressional Country Club, including setting 12 U.S. Open records. A short memory helped, reports D.J. Piehowski.
Australia's Mathew Goggin won the Wichita Open on Sunday for his second Nationwide Tour title of the year and fourth overall.
At the club in Northern Ireland where Rory McIlroy learned to play golf, they celebrated from the first birdie Sunday.
Records set by Rory McIlroy at the 2011 U.S. Open held at Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Md.
2011 U.S. Open: Rory wins
Rory McIlroy finished the 111th U.S. Open at 16 under and eight shots ahead of the field, setting records and prompting insiders to proclaim that golf has its new superstar.
A tip on distance control from the Faldo academy in Orlando, Fla.
Body Balance for Performance says its agility workouts are ideal for a golfer.
N.C. State’s Albin Choi overcame a four-shot deficit to Chase Wright with eight holes to go, then won a playoff at the Monroe Invitational.
Club-fitting series: Part III
In an era of smaller grooves, how does a golfer find the right configuration of wedges? Titleist's Bob Vokey has an answer.
Club-fitting series: Part II
What’s in store for club matching? Here are four examples of how the process is evolving:
Club-fitting series: Part 1
Why should all golfers be professionally fit for their golf clubs? Because fitting is the No. 1 fundamental for providing consistency throughout a set of clubs.
Commentary: Rory McIlroy
Commentary: Humble and driven, Rory McIlroy showed early that success on the biggest stages was part of his destiny – and will continue to be, writes Alistair Tait.
Matthew Zions of Australia shot a 2-under 69 to win his first European Tour title Sunday at the Saint-Omer Open.
The tee times for the final round at the 111th U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club.
A final round that threatens (or promises) to be a coronation, but you never really know. But some telltale things today will reveal a lot about the day.
2011 U.S. Open: 5 Things
Five things to keep an eye on during Rory McIlroy’s final round at Congressional Country Club.
Saturday, June 18
Our partners at TourPlayers.com caught up with Golfweek personalities Jeff Rude and Alex Miceli to break down the third round.
Our partners at TourPlayers.com caught up with Rory McIlroy after yet another brilliant round at the U.S. Open.
McIlroy simply dominant
It's too early to say if Rory McIlroy could dominate professional golf a la Tiger Woods, but his performance at Congressional certainly has been Tiger-like. Jeff Rude reports.
5 things: U.S. Open
With an eight-shot lead in the U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy is one round away from his first major crown and a slew of records. Sean Martin has five things on the eve of the final round.
Commentary: Garcia, Garrigus
Commentary: While Rory McIlroy energized Congressional Country Club, Sergio Garcia and Robert Garrigus were as dull as a silent movie.
McDowell and McIlroy
Graeme McDowell has several fond memories of his compatriot Rory McIlroy. As D.J. Piehowski writes, watching McIlroy replace him as U.S. Open champion would rank among the best.
Rickie Fowler’s U.S. Open experience was apparently more painful than the scores of 74-73 that left him one stroke outside the cut.
Rory has 8-shot lead
Rory McIlroy set the 54-hole scoring record at the U.S. Open on Saturday and expanded his lead to eight strokes heading into the final round.
Lee Westwood started the day watching Fredrik Jacobsen make putt after putt, eventually turning at a smooth 4-under 32.
While 33 qualifiers made the cut, there are a few that simply played themselves out of the U.S. Open.
Jutanugarn wins Rolex Girls
Ariya Jutanugarn added to her long list of golf accomplishments June 17 with her first AJGA victory. The 15-year-old turned in a record-setting performance at the Rolex Girls Junior.
Matthew Zions of Australia shot a 4-under 67 Saturday to build a three-stroke lead after the third round of the Saint-Omer Open.
Macpherson wins British Am
The final of the 116th British Amateur Championship won’t go down as a classic, but Bryden Macpherson won’t care. Macpherson became just the second Aussie in history to win the championship.
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5 things: U.S. Open
With Rory McIlroy enjoying a six-shot lead and seemingly on his way toward a coronation, Saturday’s telecast should be fascinating to watch. Bradley S. Klein explains.
5 things: U.S. Open
All eyes will be on Rory McIlroy on Saturday at Congressional Country Club. Sean Martin has five things to watch until the leader tees off late in the afternoon, including the play of amateur Russell Henley.
U.S. Open Saturday Blog
All eyes will be on Rory McIlroy Saturday, as he continues his historic U.S. Open run. The Golfweek staffers are at Congressional, keeping you current on all the Round-3 action.
Notables miss Open cut
Rickie Fowler was among a handful of notable players to miss the cut at the U.S. Open. Alex Miceli says it was a product of too many mistakes on a difficult Congressional setup.
Friday, June 17
5 things: U.S. Open
The second round of the U.S. Open was all about Rory McIlroy, but note that Y.E. Yang, who dethroned Tiger Woods at the 2009 PGA Championship, is lurking. Sean Martin has five things to watch.
McIlroy, Pinckney reunite
Arizona State senior Scott Pinckney couldn't wait to get to the U.S. Open. For the golf, of course, but also to meet up with long-lost pal Rory McIlroy. Jeff Rude explains.
2011 U.S. Open: Friday blog
Amateur Russell Henley loves the crowd at Congressional. At even par through two rounds of the U.S. Open, it's easy to see why he is in such good spirits.
Kennerly wins FJ Invite
Billy Kennerly’s first AJGA victory came with a hefty bonus: A spot in the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship. Kennerly went wire-to-wire at the AJGA's FootJoy Invitational.
McIlroy brilliant, but ...
A college softball game would’ve been called by now, to save the losing side further embarrassment. There’s no mercy rule in golf, though. Rory McIlroy will have to earn this.
Field supportive of McIlroy
As Rory McIlroy sets Congressional Country Club on fire, much of the rest of the field is offering something uncharacteristic in the world of pro sports: praise and support. Jim McCabe explains.
Stockton on McIlroy's putting
Dave Stockton, winner of the 1976 PGA Championship at Congressional, is a good man for Rory McIlroy's corner.
Andrea Perrino and Craig Lee shared a one-shot lead after the second round of the Saint-Omer Open.
Alex Stewart made four birdies on his final seven holes to claim the Capital Area Golf Tour Tournament Players Championship, held at Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, Maryland.
When left with the decision to play it safe or go for it, Wilson Bateman took the bolder choice, and ended up with a runaway victory at the CN Future Links Ontario Championship.
Our partners at TourPlayers.com caught up with Rory McIlroy after his brilliant second round that left him at 11 under for the tournament.
2011 U.S. Open: Cantlay
Patrick Cantlay’s rapid rise continued Friday at Congressional Country Club. The young Californian shot 67 to put himself in contention among players at the U.S. Open not named McIlroy.
Sapp to coach UNC
Former Michigan head coach Andrew Sapp will return to his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, to take the helm of the men's golf team.
Enloe returns to SMU
SMU coach Josh Gregory has announced the hiring of former teammate Jason Enloe (pictured) as an assistant coach. Enloe will play two final events on the Nationwide Tour before returning to his alma mater.
The Golf Coach’s Association of America has released its All-America teams for Division II men’s golf. Abilene Christian’s Alex Carpenter previously was named the Division II Player of the Year.
Macpherson vies for British Am
Bryden Macpherson is in position to become only the second Australian to win the British Amateur Championship. Alistair Tait reports.
McIlroy in total control
Rory McIlroy didn't just break records at the U.S. Open on Friday, he is also sitting eight shots ahead of the field as the afternoon groups get close to their tee times.
Tee Times for Round 2
Friday’s second round at Congressional Country Club offers the prospects of unusually low scoring. Bradley S. Klein explains why.
U.S. Open - Round 2
Rory McIlroy is in a familiar spot – out front early at a major. Can he hold on? History is against him, writes Sean Martin. That and four other things to watch for in Friday's second round.
Let’s say you’re Mr. Big Honkin’ Executive at ESPN. We’ll call you BHE for short. The U.S. Open is approaching and you, BHE, have the assignment of choosing the announcers who will call the event.
2011 U.S. Open: Video blog
Our content partners at TourPlayers.com produced plenty of interviews after the end of the first round, including leader Rory McIlroy. See what the players had to say.
Thursday, June 16
Rory McIlroy is becoming a master at these major championships.
2011 U.S. Open: Robert Rock
Uncle Sam clearly was not impressed with Robert Rock’s win at the BMW Italian Open. In fact until 4 a.m. (U.K. time), Rock was unsure if he was going to be able to make the trip to the U.S. for the U.S. Open.
Sergio Garcia might have expressed little interest in the U.S. Open a month ago, but he's already in solid position.
2011 U.S. Open: 5 Things
Five things you need to know from the first round of the U.S. Open Championship at Congressional Country Club, including an impressive leaderboard.
Mickelson at the U.S. Open
Phil Mickelson saw no shortage of Congressional real estate on a less-than-stellar day at the U.S. Open, but he never failed to entertain with his gutsy playing style. Jeff Babineau explains.
2011 U.S. Open: First round
The U.S. Open is all about tough courses and high scores, and exhausted, drained players often talk openly about their experiences. They should be rewarded for their candor.
One of the problems fans have when attending a golf tournament is that they can only follow the action on one hole.
Expectations. Everyone has them, whether you are setting the bar high or placing it low, you have an idea, walking to the tee box, how you believe you are going to play.
Top players stumble
World No. 1 Luke Donald was the latest top player to fall victim to U.S. Open conditions. As Jeff Rude writes, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer followed suit with high numbers.
U.S. Open preview
For D.C. golfers, conservative or liberal, politics isn’t the only game in town. Martin Kaufmann explains.
It’s a cold, damp Friday night in April, and the golf course – all 36 holes – is still struggling to emerge from winter’s chill. But inside Congressional Country Club, the joint is jumping.
Hoping for a last-minute spot in the U.S. Open, alternate Blake Biddle had to settle for a front-row seat instead.
Watson draws a crowd
The first round didn't end as strong as it began for Bubba Watson, but D.J. Piehowski says the budding YouTube star has the game – and galleries – to back up his shenanigans.
Lower wins Toms Award
Six years after Justin Lower's father and older brother were killed in a car accident, the recent Malone graduate still keeps them in his memory on the golf course. He was recently named the David Toms Award winner.
British Am semifinals
The semifinals at the British Amateur will feature the can't-miss match-up of Michael Stewart (pictured) and Tom Lewis. Alistair Tait says it's too bad it's only the semis.
Hilton Head stop saved
The Heritage, one of the PGA Tour’s iconic stops, was in dire need of a title sponsor to continue its existence. With the help of Royal Bank of Canada, the event shored up its future on Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Q&A: John Peterson
In the latest edition of Wildman's Summer, Asher Wildman catches up with John Peterson, the 2011 NCAA medalist and recent LSU graduate. Find out what Peterson has to say about an NCAA Championship, LSU and the Walker Cup.
Blog from Congressional
The U.S. Open is under way at Congressional, and Golfweek staffers are on the ground bringing you the latest. Check back throughout the day for constant updates.
provides five things to keep an eye on during U.S. Open coverage.
When following the U.S. Open on screen, whether digitally or visually, here are 5 Things to look for about how the course is playing. Plus, check out the cool flyovers courtesy of our partners at USOpen.com.
5 Things: U.S. Open Round 1
The menacing 10th hole is just the beginning of a tough back nine at Congressional. That and four other storylines to look for during Round 1 of the U.S. Open. FIVE THINGS
Wednesday, June 15
Alex Miceli and Jeff Rude preview the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional in Bethesda, Md., breaking down a tournament with plenty of storylines.
The romance started in 1971 at Merion and continues to this year at Congressional. Ah, the U.S. Open . . .
2011 U.S. Open: Notebook
U.S. Open sights and sounds: Congressional is looking to find its legacy, while Lucas Glover has some fun at the expense of an odd Tiger Woods headline.
Hate to be Rude
It takes a special kind of golfer to sleep on a 54-hole lead in a major championship and go on to win. With Tiger Woods out of the hunt, it’s increasingly rare. Jeff Rude explains.
Stewart Cink already feels a little snake-bitten this week.
Ernie Els played with Christo Greyling on Wednesday, and not just because the 1997 champ has good vibes here.
Notes from U.S. Open
Players are making final preparations on the eve of the U.S. Open in Bethesda, Md. Check back often for live reports from Congressional.
Emiliano Grillo could have been playing an amateur golf tournament in upstate New York on Wednesday. Instead he came down to the nation's capital for the slim chance of playing in the U.S. Open.
Alex Johnson learned a valuable lesson about links golf in his opening round of the match-play stages of the British Amateur Championship: Links golf doesn’t respect a five-hole lead.
2011 U.S. Open: Video blog
Exclusive Golfweek partner, TourPlayers.com, is releasing an entire series of "90 Seconds With..." this week at the U.S. Open. So far today: Luke Donald, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. Check out the videos:
Kelly Crawford, the women's coach at the University of Iowa, has resigned after five seasons with the program. A search for her replacement will begin immediately, the school said.
For serious golf-course geeks, one of the highlights on the calendar is the annual U.S. Golf Association press conference on the Wednesday of the U.S. Open.
David Trainor, an associate head coach at Kentucky, has been named the head coach at the University of Akron.
The U.S. Open will return to Shinnecock Hills in 2018, heading back to a course that produced one of the most embarrassing final rounds in the tournament’s history.
Inside the June 17, 2011 issue of Golfweek:
While several of the top amateurs are playing at the U.S. Open at Congressional, I thought I’d fill you in on where you can find most of the others.
Notes from U.S. Open
Players are making final preparations on the eve of the U.S. Open in Bethesda, Md. Check back often for live reports from Congressional.
When the 111th U.S. Open Championship gets under way Thursday at Congressional Country Club, the first tee will have a different look to it for the first time in more than 20 years.
Tuesday, June 14
Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel met 17 years ago as juniors in South Africa. Now they own two major titles.
Ping is tapping an iPhone app to connect consumers with the right putter.
Compared with some venues of the past century-plus of U.S. Opens, Congressional Country Club might not stir the emotions of golf fans. That'd be a mistake.
5 Things: U.S. Open Tuesday
Rory McIlroy is playing his first major since his Masters meltdown. Tuesday he revealed a friendship with LeBron James, another star athlete who has had trouble securing a championship.
Phil Mickelson discusses his continuing quest to win the U.S. Open after five runner-up finishes and previews his meeting with President Obama.
Beau Hossler profile
The youngest player in the field this week at Congressional? That'd be Beau Hossler, 16, who is hoping to turn junior success into a stellar debut at the U.S. Open. D.J. Piehowski explains.
Pride drove Tom Lewis into the match-play stages of the British Amateur Championship.
Can Mickelson finally win
Is this the year that Phil Mickelson, five times a U.S. Open runner-up, wins the national championship? Jeff Rude with the highlights from Lefty’s presser.
2011 U.S. Open: McDowell
Even an affable, easygoing guy like Graeme McDowell can succumb to the burden that comes with being a first-time U.S. Open champion.
Wednesday at U.S. Open
Russell Henley, a recent Georgia graduate, finished T-16 as an amateur at last year's U.S. Open, and he's back again. Tune in at noon to ask Henley your U.S. Open questions during our live chat.
Wednesday at U.S. Open
Do you have questions about what it's like to play in the U.S. Open? Ask Middle Tennesee State's Brett Patterson, who will stop by for a live chat at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.
2011 U.S. Open: Ernie Els
The Ernie Els at this U.S. Open is far different from the player who won the Open at Congressional in 1997. He’s 41 now, not 27. He doesn’t putt as well. He believed then; now he’s hoping.
Katie Brophy has been named the head women’s coach at Georgetown, the school announced June 14. Brophy spent the past five seasons serving as an assistant coach at Indiana.
Johnny McDermott profile
One-hundred years ago, Johnny McDermott became the youngest U.S. Open champion. It was a career that ended a short time later, when he was put in a mental hospital.
For those viewers not satisfied with 30 hours of live U.S. Open coverage, DirecTV has you covered.
Fantasy Tip Sheet
This may be the most wide-open U.S. Open in years, but our Golfweek fantasy experts say Steve Stricker and Lee Westwood are the favorites this week at Congressional.
Nathan Smith eyes a fourth Mid-Am title, because playing the Masters never gets old
Nathan Smith may not make any money for his on-course exploits, but he outperforms many PGA Tour players in at least one category: number of Masters invitations received.
Golfweek senior writer
Do you have U.S. Open questions? Join Golfweek senior writer Sean Martin for a Live Chat from Congressional Country Club Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Monday, June 13
5 Things: Ready to shine
The appeal of the U.S. Open is its, well, openness. With qualifiers coming from throughout the country, many lesser-known names typically make the field. Get to know a few here.
Calle Nielson, who just finished her senior year at Virginia, claimed the Women’s Southern Amateur on June 10, dispensing Meagan Roberts in the final, 4 and 3.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Tiger Woods '13: Motion capture
The outfit can be a bit snug, and you might look like a guy ready to jump on a Velcro wall, but Ian Poulter and Edoardo Molinari came away impressed after a motion-capture session with EA Sports. Check out Golfweek's exclusive access to the session:
British Amateur qualifying
The opening round of qualifying at the British Amateur might have provided GB&I Walker Cup captain Nigel Edwards with more questions than answers. Alistair Tait explains.
Villainous professional wrestler George Zaharias, an 8 handicap, met Mildred Didrikson when they were paired together during the first two rounds of the 1938 Los Angeles Open.
Ken Venturi put Congressional Country Club on the golfing map when he stumbled into a heat-induced stupor after winning the 1964 U.S. Open.
2011 U.S. Open: 10 storylines
The die-hard golf fans will be tuning in to the U.S. Open regardless of who happens to be in the lead, but here are 10 storylines that just might draw in golf’s casual viewers in a Tiger-less major and give the regulars something to talk about.
says UCLA's Patrick Cantlay has a good chance of sweeping college golf's player of the year awards.
Will UCLA's Patrick Cantlay sweep college golf's player of the year awards?
Dick’s Sporting Goods has partnered with the PGA Tour’s Birdies for the Brave campaign for an in-store fundraising drive through July 4.
In a move significantly bolstering its presence in the Northeast, Dallas-based ClubCorp announced the acquisition of three golf properties in the eastern area of Long Island, New York.
looks at four players who need a strong summer in amateur events to earn a Walker Cup nod.
With all the talk of Walker Cup locks, hopefuls and guys on the bubble, I thought I’d offer up four guys who deserve a closer look as the summer begins.
2011 U.S. Open: Players hit the range early to take advantage of good weather, which might become a problem later in the week.
Brad Adamonis' father is smiling from above after his son earned a spot in the 2011 U.S. Open.
2011 U.S. Open
Pitch your questions to U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein, as he answers questions live on Golfweek.com at 3:30 p.m. EST.
Sunday, June 12
Five things to take away from Kyle Thompson's clutch victory at the Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C.
We’re one week into the summer amateur season. Here’s a look at how the race for Walker Cup spots stands after the Sunnehanna, Palmer Cup and U.S. Open qualifying:
Tseng wins State Farm
Top-ranked Yani Tseng won what could be the final LPGA State Farm Classic on Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for her fifth victory this year.
Kyle Thompson won the Rex Hospital Open for the second time in five years, birdieing the final hole Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Scott Brown, Troy Kelly and Martin Flores.
Harrison Frazar has won his first PGA Tour title in his 355th tournament, beating Robert Karlsson with a par on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday at the St. Jude Classic.
Mark Wiebe parred the third playoff hole following a weather delay and won the Greater Hickory Classic on Sunday when James Mason missed a four-foot par putt.
Smith wins Sunnehanna
Nathan Smith rallied from a five-shot deficit and cruised through a three-man playoff to win the Sunnehanna Amateur for the first time.
Rock wins Italian Open
Robert Rock completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Italian Open on Sunday to earn his first European Tour title, shooting a 5-under 67 fend off a charge by Thorbjorn Olesen.
2012 Hyundai event
Avoiding a clash with the NFL Playoffs, the PGA Tour has called an audible to make its 2012 season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions end on a Monday.
England’s Lauren Taylor, headed to Baylor University in the Fall of 2012, is the new Women's British Amateur Champion after defeating France’s Alexandra Bonetti 6 and 5 at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland.
Saturday, June 11
U.S. wins Palmer Cup
Behind stellar play from Andrew Yun, the United States won five of the eight final-round singles matches to claim the Palmer Cup at The Stanwich Club in Connecticut.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot her second straight 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Mindy Kim in the LPGA State Farm Classic.
Robert Karlsson shot a 2-under 68 Saturday to remain atop the leaderboard through three rounds at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. The lead would have been greater if Karlsson hadn't finished bogey-bogey.
Will Collins will take a two-shot lead in the final round of the Sunnehanna Amateur, and will try to hold off longtime friend Lee Bedford for the title on Sunday.
2011 U.S. Open stories
We've got a sizable crew on the ground at Congressional and we'll provide complete coverage of our national championship at all hours. Don't miss our preview coverage, our fantasy game and a thorough list of stories on the course itself.
Bob Tway moved a step closer Saturday to his first Champions Tour title, firing a 5-under 67 to maintain a one-shot lead after the second round of the Greater Hickory Classic.
Steve Williams, who has been on the bag for 13 of Tiger Woods' 14 major championships, was working with Adam Scott at Congressional.
Tim Clark has withdrawn from the U.S. Open with an injury to his left elbow that keeps bothering the South African.
Overnight leader Robert Rock stretched his lead to two shots at the Italian Open on Saturday, shooting a second straight 4-under 68 in a bid for his first European Tour title.
2011 U.S. Open: Battle of '31
Five days. Four regulation rounds. Two 36-hole playoffs. 144 holes. 1,179 strokes. George Von Elm and Billy Burke changed the face of the U.S. Open with their epic showdown in 1931.
2011 U.S. Open: Ken Venturi
2011 U.S. Open preview: Ken Venturi was nearly broke, his first marriage was collapsing and he was written off by the golf world, but a victory in the 1964 U.S. Open changed all of that.
Golfweek's fantasy game
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Players who have qualified for the 111th U.S. Open, to be played June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club.
A look at some of the anniversaries of this year's 111th U.S. Open, to be played June 16-19 at Congressional.
2011 U.S. Open players
A capsule look at 20 notable players in the U.S. Open, to be played June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
Quick facts about the course, the history and the players at the 111th U.S. Open golf championship set to begin on June 16 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
A hole-by-hole look at the Blue Course at Congressional Country Club, site of the 111th U.S. Open.
Friday, June 10
Karlsson leads at St. Jude
Robert Karlsson fired a 5-under 65 to vault into the lead at the St. Jude Classic, giving him a legitimate opportunity to pick up his first PGA victory.
Jace Long and Lee Bedford are tied atop the leaderboard at the 58th Sunnehanna Amateur in Johnstown, Pa.
With each week that passes on the LPGA, however, Mindy Kim, 21, builds her case for turning pro early. She’s currently leading the State Farm Classic, two strokes ahead of Yani Tseng and Shanshan Feng.
Lee Westwood, horse trainer Henry Cecil and two cricketers from England's victorious Ashes team are among the sports figures honored by Queen Elizabeth II in her birthday list.
2011 U.S. Open preview: From photos of Congressional's first five honorary presidents to the 36 holes of championship golf, Congressional is packed with something for everyone.
Mindy Kim maintained her two-stroke lead in the LPGA State Farm Classic, following her opening career-low 64 with a 5-under 67 on Friday to reach 13 under.
2011 U.S. Open pairings
The USGA announced its early-round pairings late Friday, and the world's top three players - Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer - are in the same group. To top it off, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson will play together. The full listings . . .
2011 U.S. Open preview
After its third closure for reconstructive surgery in the past 21 years, Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course sports a thematically unified parkland look that should hold up well in the face of the capital’s stifling summer heat, just in time for next week’s U.S. Open.
Bob Tway birdied the 18th hole for a 9-under 63 and a one-stroke lead Friday after the first round of the Champions Tour's Greater Hickory Classic.
Nick Clinard has decided to remain as the head coach at Auburn, despite rumors that he would take an open head coaching position at North Carolina. Clinard recently signed a new deal with Auburn to remain at the helm of the golf prgoram.
Robert Rock shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-shot lead over Chris Wood and Joost Luiten after the second round of the Italian Open on Friday.
The College Golf Combines have been expanded to include a Midwest Combine, and the year will conclude with a College Golf Coaches' Convention Combine in December.
has given a verbal commitment to Vanderbilt.
John Voetsch of New Vernon, N.J., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Vanderbilt.
The United States maintained a 4.5-3.5 lead over Europe during foursomes at the Palmer Cup Friday morning, played at the Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn.
Isabelle Beisiegel profile
Isabelle Beisiegel made history last month as the first woman to earn status on a men's professional tour. Julie Williams says that doesn't mean Beisiegel doesn't have plenty of women's golf to keep her busy.
Bratton to lead OSU women
Alan Bratton (right) has been selected as the new head women's golf coach at Oklahoma State. Bratton spent the past seven years as an associate head coach for the Cowboys.
Golfweek Women's All-Americans 2011
Golfweek Men's All-Americans 2011
Golfweek Junior Notebook
Mariel Galdiano, 12, became the third-youngest in history to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, which will be played at the lengthy Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.
Ryo Ishikawa departed for the U.S. Open on Friday after apologizing to fans and sponsors for driving with an international driver's license that wasn't valid in Japan.
Barkley to play lefty
It’s hard to tell sometimes when Charles Barkley is joking, but it’s also hard to watch him play golf. So was he serious when he said he would consider playing lefty at next month's Lake Tahoe celebrity event?
says the British Amateur is noticeably lacking in U.S. players, and the championship will suffer because of it.
The British Amateur is noticeably lacking in U.S. players, and the championship will suffer because of it.
Thursday, June 9
Long leads Sunnehanna
It’s not often that the key shot in a really good round of golf – like the 64 Jace Long shot in the first round of the Sunnehanna Amateur on Thursday – is one of the shortest of the day. Mike Dudurich explains.
Mindy Kim shot a career-low 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round lead of the LPGA State Farm Classic on Thursday.
Mathis leads FedEx St. Jude
David Mathis had six birdies and one late bogey Thursday to move to the top of the FedEx St. Jude Classic leaderboard with a 65. He leads a group of five players tied for second.
Lehman's Open woes
2011 U.S. Open preview: After playing in the final twosome for four straight years in the 1990s, Tom Lehman's open wounds have healed with time.
Inside the June 10, 2011 issue of Golfweek:
USC put together four wins on the season, including back-to-back wins at the Pac-10 Championship and the NCAA West Regional.
Marta Silva Zamora set a Georgia women’s scoring record at 71.51.
Patick Cantlay, a freshman at UCLA, won four times in 12 starts this year to finish the season ranked No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
Oklahoma State won eight tournaments in 13 starts to finish the season as the No. 1-ranked team in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings for the third consecutive season.
The United States leads Europe, 3-1, after opening four-balls on Thursday at the Palmer Cup, a two-day college event that matches top college players from the United States and Europe.
Mackenzie Boydston, of Keller, Texas, shot 1-under 143 (73-70) at The Golf Club of Dallas to win the Texas Junior Golf Tour’s DBU Patriot/Dallas Championship by three shots.
Johnny Jones, of Flower Mound, Texas, shot 1-over 141 (67-74) at The Golf Club of Dallas to win the Texas Junior Golf Tour’s DBU Patriot/Dallas Championship by one shot.
Fred Funk hasn’t been happy with his golf game over the last seven months, and even considered dropping off the pro tour until he straightened things out.
Robert Rock birdied his last five holes for an 8-under 64 to join fellow Englishman Chris Wood with the lead after the first round of the Italian Open on Thursday.
says SMU's commitment to incoming head coach Josh Gregory has raised the bar in college golf.
SMU's commitment to incoming head coach Josh Gregory has raised the bar in college golf.
Walker Cup race
As summer amateur events get under way, Ron Balicki takes a look at Patrick Cantlay and other players in the running for selection to the 2011 U.S. Walker Cup team.
Player's diary: Reality check
Nicole's diary: Learning to the love life off the course is Nicole's new goal
Wednesday, June 8
Defending champion Christie Kerr, reigning Player of the Year Yani Tseng and last week’s winner Brittany Lincicome headline a loaded field at what could be the final LPGA State Farm Classic.
5 things: FedEx St. Jude
It's a steamy week in Tennessee as Lee Westwood looks to defend his FedEx St. Jude Classic title, then back it up with a U.S. Open victory. Ryan Lavner has five things before the first round.
Tip Sheet: FedEx St. Jude
Defending champion Lee Westwood is a favorite at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Check out who else Golfweek's fantasy experts have pegged for success for the week leading up to the U.S. Open.
says what began as one player's donation became a corporate affair at Gaylord Sports.
If it were pro football, the give-away department would be one of the first stats you’d peek at, hoping your favorite team wasn’t there.
Tuesday, June 7
Michael Whitehead was still getting over the sting of losing out on his shot to play in the U.S. Open when his phone rang Tuesday in Texas with news that took a little while to digest.
Ekey works to help 'Bama
If there’s anything Kathleen Ekey has learned in the past month, it’s to appreciate life’s gifts – no matter how they’re packaged. The Futures Tour winner is organizing an initiative to help victims of this spring's storms in Alabama.
The PGA Tour has been spending a lot of time in South America, and not just because of the Olympics.
Stricker triumphs with Titleist gear
Stricker triumphs with Titleist gear.
Since the invention of the steel golf shaft – when shafts first became hollow – golfers and clubmakers have tried to improve the performance of shafts by stuffing devices inside of them.
FIND YOUR RANGE OF MOTION BEFORE MOVING TO NEXT LEVEL
How does a golfer start a fitness program? How does any person, regardless of his or her golfing ability, get in shape to become a better or more consistent player?
Higdon leaves for NASCAR
David Higdon, the LPGA’s chief communications officer, is leaving the women’s tour for a position with NASCAR. Higdon has been with the LPGA since 2009.
Three tips from Haney
Hank Haney has three simple tips that any amateur golfer can follow. James Achenbach explains.
Woods out of Open
Injuries to Tiger Woods' left knee and Achilles' tendon are bad enough that he has decided to skip the U.S. Open for the first time since 1994.
says a big risk by Bud Cauley paid off Monday at U.S. Open sectional qualifying.
Bud Cauley took a chance with his options to play in this year’s U.S. Open. Then he made his decision pay off.
Local caddie enters St. Jude
Kip Henley is trading in Brian Gay's bag to pick up his own sticks for this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Monday, June 6
Karsten Creek Golf Club did a number on Andres Echavarria. Nevermind that the redshirt senior won the Gator Invitational.
Saunders earns Open trip
Sam Saunders knows that his grandfather - Arnold Palmer - has helped him garner some PGA Tour starts. On Monday, he earned his spot on the U.S. Open by himself.
Congrats to Augusta State on the NCAA title, but there were more storylines in Stillwater than the Jags second straight title. Asher Wildman's weekly Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down:
U.S. Open qualifying in Ohio
On a day that most Tour professionals, like Keegan Bradley, don't look forward to, there are those who are simply living out a dream to try and make the U.S. Open - like Kris Kitt and Kaikala Wilson.
Souris Valley Golf Course, a popular muni in Minot, N.D., has more water holes than ever. The Souris River that bisects the course has spilled its banks and flooded most of the 18 holes. The course, part of the Minot Park District, might not fully open this season, golf professional Steve Kottsick said.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
National Rounds Played Report
Total number of rounds played in the U.S. declined 5.9 percent year-to-date, following a difficult April that produced a nearly 17 percent drop.
says Callaway discovered how much it’s “liked” when a Facebook promotion drew a 400-percent spike in new fans.
With social-media marketing all the rage these days, Callaway Golf officials crafted a fairly simple campaign they hoped would spark activity on their Facebook page.
Jobe lights up Columubs
If you’re looking for someone to buy you an Ohio lottery ticket, Jim McCabe suggests Brandt Jobe. After his exciting finish at the Memorial, Jobe qualified for the U.S. Open behind a 62.
Rika Park feature
Four years ago, Rika Park moved to the U.S. from Japan and spoke zero English. Now she's rolling through her final summer of junior golf before heading to the University of Miami.
Oklahoma State women's golf coach Annie Young has announced her resignation.
Vijay Singh has failed to show up for his tee time in a U.S. Open qualifier. It's likely his streak of playing in every major championship for the last 17 years is about to end.
Carrie Forsyth guided the second-ranked Bruins to the program’s third national championship last month, the second under her watch. The feat earned her Coach of the Year honors, as Georgia's Marta Silva Zamora was named Golfweek's Player of the Year.
U.S. Open Sectionals
A total of 13 sectional qualifiers will take place Monday, with approximately 90 qualifying spots available for next week’s U.S. Open at Congressional. RESULTS
Tiger Woods has chosen to stay with agent Mark Steinberg, ending his 15-year relationship with IMG in the process.
Hall of Famer Betsy King has qualified for U.S. Women's Open, finishing second in a 36-hole sectional qualifier at Alta Mesa Golf Club in Arizona.
Sunday, June 5
5 Things: Memorial
Phil Mickelson showed some signs of life, Brant Jobe had almost a career four days and Steve Stricker didn’t cry winning for the first time since John Deere last year.
Column: Unlikely domination
Augusta State is David in many respects, but on Sunday, its coach and five players showed that a team that is Division II in all other sports can take down Goliath.
Stricker wins Memorial
Despite a few struggles down the stretch, Steve Stricker held on to win Jack Nicklaus' tournament, the Memorial, by one shot over Matt Kuchar and Brandt Jobe.
Relative unknown JB Park vaulted himself into the lead with a 3-under 68 to win the JGTO Citibank Cup on Sunday at the Shishido Hills Country Club in Ibarakai, Japan.
Five things to take from Steve Wheatcroft's record-setting week on the Nationwide Tour:
Brittany Lincicome made a 4-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic for her first victory in two years.
Bob Gilder rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18, then watched Mark Brooks bogey the hole to escape with a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Principal Charity Classic.
Sakura Yokomine took advantage of Satsuki Oshiro's dismal final round to win the Japan LPGA's Resort Trust Ladies in Miyota, Japan.
Reed leads way for Jags
Behind another strong performance from Carter Newman, Augusta State topped Georgia, 3-2, on Sunday to win the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive year.
After his win at the Wales Open, you can add Alex Noren’s name to the growing list of good young players coming through the European Tour ranks.
Balicki: McGraw optimistic
Balicki: Mike McGraw doesn't like losing, so Saturday left a bad taste in his mouth. But the glass-half-full coach of Oklahoma State is already looking forward to next season.
U.S. Open qualifying
Today, four players who have won on the Tour in 2011 and seven major winners will try to qualify for the U.S. Open.
Olympic course design
While golf won't join Olympic competition until 2016, the discussion over course choice - and architect - is heating up. Is a team of Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam a shoo-in for the job?
Elliot Saltman hit a hole-in-one at No. 17 for the second time during the Wales Open at Celtic Manor, repeating the ace he made in the first round with another Sunday.
Tom Watson has been selected as the next honoree at the Memorial Tournament.
Unheralded Swede Alexander Noren captured his second European Tour title by winning the Wales Open on Sunday, shooting a 1-under 70 for a two-stroke victory.
UCLA star freshman Patrick Cantlay highlights five Jack Nicklaus Award honorees presented by the GCAA.
Rory McIlroy, one of Ireland's ambassadors to UNICEF, chose Haiti as his first trip.
NCAA men: A peach battle
We can only hope that Stillwater stays vibrant today as a pair of Georgia teams prepare for battle.
Saturday, June 4
Mark Brooks has put himself atop the leaderboard heading into the final round of the Principal Charity Classic, shooting a 4-under 67 on Saturday for a one-stroke edge over Mark Calcavecchia.
5 Things: Stricker's round
A day after an ace, Steve Stricker picks up two eagles to take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Memorial.
NCAA men: Georgia advances
Georgia gets out quick and holds off Duke's charge on the back nine to secure a spot in today's championship match with Augusta State.
Eagle highlights round
A day after a hole-in-one, Steve Stricker picks up two eagles to extend his commanding lead at the Memorial.
NCAA men: Cowboys fall
In a match that went to extra holes, defending national champion Augusta State silenced Karsten Creek with an upset of host Oklahoma State in the NCAA semifinal round.
Cristie Kerr birdied the final hole for a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead Saturday over Catriona Matthew after the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Balicki's take: Well, Wrong Ron is bound to be Right Ron as a team from Georgia will definitely be the winner of this year's NCAA Championship.
Prince back in good health
After an immune disease kept her sidelined for months, Kendall Prince is back on the course with a new perspective and a full schedule. CJ Lotz explains.
Alexander Noren has maintained his lead at the Wales Open after a third round in which defending champion Graeme McDowell slumped to an 81 and fell 11 strokes off the pace.
Saturday's live blog
As the semifinal matches get underway at Karsten Creek, we caught up with a couple of major players in the quest to field the Walker Cup team this summer.
Gregory leaves for SMU
After building Augusta State into a national-championship program, Josh Gregory is returning to his alma mater, SMU, where he will replace Jay Loar as men's golf coach.
says Erynne Lee put a grooves debacle behind her to qualify again for the U.S. Women's Open.
History wasn’t going to repeat itself for Erynne Lee this year during U.S. Women’s Open qualifying.
Friday, June 3
For a change, the Bay Course at Seaview won a round at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
5 things: The Memorial
The Memorial leaderboard is crowded at the top – at least beneath Steve Stricker, who separated himself Friday with an ace at No. 8. Alex Miceli has five things from Round 2.
If there were a Cinderella Story at the NCAA Championship this week, it would be Ohio State. The Buckeyes, ranked No. 28 entering the championship, finished stroke play in sixth place and drew a first-round match with top-ranked Oklahoma State.
For the second time in the past three NCAA Championships that have included a match-play ending, Georgia is playing in the semifinals.
The trend of playing old foes during the match-play portion of the national championship seems to be a recurring theme for Augusta State, the defending national champion.
Steve Stricker had a hole-in-one on his 17th hole Friday in the Memorial to break out of a big pack and build a three-shot lead going into the weekend.
The semifinals at the NCAA Championship will feature a rehashing of last year's final between Oklahoma State and Augusta State.
Jim Strickland and Warren Vickers, both of Scottsdale, Ariz., won the Charlie Coe Invitational on Friday, combining for a three-day total of 199.
Mark Brooks battled through hot, breezy conditions Friday to shoot a 6-under 65 for a two-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia and Peter Senior in the Principal Charity Classic.
Karen Chung, of Livingston, N.J., shot 7-under 209 (68-70-71) at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., to win the AJGA Thunderbird Invitational by six shots.
Brad Dalke, of McKinney, Texas, shot 5-under 211 (73-68-70) at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., to win the AJGA Thunderbird Invitational by one shot.
Duke’s Tim Gornik won his match in Friday’s NCAA Championship quarterfinals with the type of play that always prevails in golf’s biggest tournaments.
Match Play recap
Led by Tim Gornik, the eighth-seeded Duke Blue Devils knocked off top-seeded UCLA in the first round of match play at the men's NCAA Championship. MATCH RECAPS
This week’s Wales Open pales sadly in comparison to last week’s BMW PGA Championship.
Muirfield's 14th and 15th
The holes couldn't be more different, but that's the allure of holes 14 and 15 at Muirfield Village, writes Jim McCabe.
John Kline Super Senior
Don Addington, 80, closed the John Kline Super Senior with a 4-under 67 to win his age division by 11 shots. James Achenbach says that kind of play isn't surprising out of Addington.
Four days after qualifying for his first U.S. Open, Alexander Noren overcame windy conditions to shoot a 4-under 67 Friday and lead defending champion Graeme McDowell by one stroke after the second round of the Wales Open.
Men's NCAA Championship
Our Golfweek staffers are filing reports from the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship. Check back often for the latest news from Karsten Creek.
Augusta State junior Patrick Reed has accepted a sponsor exemption into next week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic on the PGA Tour. Reed will play the event as a professional, a source tells Golfweek.
John Powers will take over as head coach at St. Bonaventure, associate athletic director Steve Campbell announced Thursday.
Martin's Walker Cup picks
With stroke play over at the NCAAs, many players are now focusing on the amateur season. Here's a look at Sean Martin's most recent Walker Cup Watch List.
Ping First-Team All-America honorees for Division I men’s have been announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America following the stroke-play portion of the NCAA Championships.
UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay was named the winner of the Phil Mickelson Award Thursday by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The award, presented by the Phil and Amy Mickelson foundation, recognizes the most outstanding freshman in men’s Division I golf.
Thursday, June 2
5 things: NCAA Championship
The final round of stroke play at the NCAA Championship can be a stressful one, as Augusta State found out Thursday. Sean Martin wraps up the day with five things.
Oklahoma State may be the favorite in Stillwater, but Illinois has proved it can't be overlooked.
The excitement is just beginning at the NCAA Championship as the field was narrowed to the top eight teams for match play. Ron Balicki breaks down the remaining field.
Another seven mile walk is in the books and so is the stroke play portion of this national championship. What an exciting finish it was at Karsten Creek, as Duke squeaked out the final spot in match play by a single stroke over 2009 national champion Texas A&M.
Peterson wins NCAA title
LSU's John Peterson (right) ended his college career with an individual title at the NCAA Championship. Sean Martin says it proves how far Peterson has come in the past 13 years.
Staff picks: NCAAs
The final 8 is set at the NCAA Championship. Golfweek’s staff covering the event this week at Karsten Creek – Lance Ringler, Asher Wildman, Ron Balicki and Sean Martin – have made their picks.
South African journeyman Keith Horne led the Wales Open after shooting a 7-under 64 in the opening round Thursday, with defending champion Graeme McDowell trailing by three strokes at Celtic Manor.
5 things: The Memorial
The first round of The Memorial was peppered with low scores, a spirited title defense, a scorecard mishap and solid play from Midwest native Steve Stricker. Alex Miceli has the details.
Rory McIlroy is making a detour before going to the U.S. Open. The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland is going to Haiti early next week as part of his work with UNICEF.
Rory McIlroy gets to play only three regular PGA Tour events this year. He showed Thursday why he made sure the Memorial was one of them.
Joost Luiten’s U.S. debut came to a crashing halt when he was disqualified after the first round of the Memorial.
For Ai Miyazato, one year removed from a pivotal victory at the ShopRite and a No. 1 ranking, it’s been a sobering season, and golf has had little to do with it. Beth Ann Baldry explains.
Kim plays through pain
After injuring his Achilles during the Big Ten Conference Championship, Lion Kim is fighting through postseason on one leg.
Bradley at The Memorial
Keegan Bradley moved straight from a victory at the Byron Nelson to a spot in the Memorial. Jim McCabe says the whirlwind stretch for this youngster ends Monday with U.S. Open qualifying.
Golfweek Junior Notebook
Brad Dalke was questioned for his early commitment to Oklahoma, but as he says the decision helped take pressure off his game, which showed this week at the Thunderbird.
I’m fairly certain the most interesting field in golf is at U.S. Open sectional qualifying.
NCAA Championship Round 3
Our Golfweek staffers are filing reports from the third round of the NCAA Championship. Check back often for the latest news from Karsten Creek.
Cal's An to turn pro
Cal freshman Ben An, the 2009 U.S. Amateur champion, told Golfweek he’s “95 percent certain” that he’ll turn pro after this year’s U.S. Amateur.
The marquee group in the afternoon draw of The Memorial Tournament’s first round just took a little bit of a hit.
Wednesday, June 1
By just about any standard, Georgia Tech has had an outstanding season.
5 things: NCAA Championship
Despite plenty of big-name alumni, Georgia Tech has never won an NCAA Championship. The Yellow Jackets top the team leaderboard as Sean Martin delivers five details from Round 2.
Another seven miles are in the books, and my feet are tired. I can only imagine what it must be like to carry a golf bag on your back at the same time.
Luke Donald arrives at Memorial as the No. 1 player in the world, the first time since 2005 that the top-ranked player at Jack's Place isn't named Tiger.
Anderson excels at NDSU
At North Dakota State, Amy Anderson finds her comfort level while emerging as a top player nationally. Beth Ann Baldry explains.
Couples, LaCave reunite
It appears Fred Couples and caddie Joe LaCava haven't separated – at least not for two days this week.
Marta Silva Zamora of Georgia has won the Honda Sports Award as the top woman in college golf.
There’s little doubt that esteemed Shadow Creek boasts a higher class of golf clientele than most, Exhibit A being one of its visitors last week, a certain former Washington executive now residing in Crawford, Texas.
NCAA Men: Oklahoma State
Peter Uihlein shot 69 Wednesday, but Oklahoma State likely will enter the final round of stroke play near the cut line at the NCAA Championship. Sean Martin reports.
Golf and gaming
A dramatic golf landscape and value pricing help put remote mesquite on the map. Martin Kaufmann explains.
Fall Series Starts With New Program Challenge
The USGA will return to Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y., for the first time in 100 years for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Nassau previously hosted the 1903 U.S. Amateur and the 1914 U.S. Women’s Amateur.
Ladies, sign up for new Women's Challenge!
Nancy Scranton and Charlotta Sorenstam captain teams for new Women's Challenge.
Plainfield West 9 defends title
Plainfield West 9 defends title. Registration now open.
reports that All three winners on the major men’s tours rolled to victory with Odyssey putters.
All three winners on the major men’s tours rolled to victory with Odyssey putters.
NCAA Championship Round 2
Our Golfweek staffers are filing reports from the second round of the NCAA Championship. Check back often for the latest news from Karsten Creek.
writes that The Prairie Club, the ambitious golf resort project developed in the Sandhills of north-central Nebraska, needed a mulligan.
Paul Schock is one of the most accomplished amateur golfers in South Dakota history. But when it comes to The Prairie Club, the ambitious golf resort project that he developed in the Sandhills of north-central Nebraska, Schock acknowledges that he needed a mulligan.
Inside the June 3, 2011 issue of Golfweek:
Hate to be Rude
How did Luke Donald, a 5-foot-9 Englishman, rise to the top of the world ranking? An impeccable short game and intense dedication. Jeff Rude reports.