Late last year, Ernie Els decided he needed to make some serious changes -- the same ones he used in winning the 2012 Open Championship over a then-stunned Adam Scott. As he chases a third U.S. Open title, he's banking on them.
Phil Mickelson is the much-discussed player who needs a U.S. Open victory this week to complete the career Grand Slam, but he's not the only big name in golf for whom this national championship has proved unreachable.
Finding trends from previous Open victories and previous performances might help predict who will come out on top this week at Pinehurst -- what do the stats say about Phil Mickelson? Rory McIlroy? Justin Rose?
The riddle of Pinehurst is reflected in our senior staff's expert picks -- which range from young up-and-comers to players at their peak including Adam Scott and Bubba Watson to wiley veterans. See all their picks and reasoning right here.
There aren’t many golf stories that, as they say, are too big to write. But we could have one if Phil Mickelson were to win the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, even as World No. 1 Adam Scott might be the favorite.
PGA Tour rookie Hudson Swafford took medalist honors with a 10-under day, one stroke better than J.B. Holmes at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Memphis, Tenn. Alabama rising sophomore Robby Shelton also advanced.
Sometimes in U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying a qualifier isn’t even the story. So it went with the sad tale of Danny Lee, who slid late as Justin Leonard, Seung-Yul Noh and Justin Thomas co-meadaled in Columbus.