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Rory McIlroy U.S. Open will be remembered as one of the greatest major performances in golf history. Watching it was surreal.
Rory McIlroy won the 2011 U.S. Open on Sunday in dominating fashion. Then, like the rest of the world these days, he took to Twitter to celebrate.
Thanks to everyone for all the messages over the past few hours. It was a very special week for me. Proud to be a major champion!less than a minute ago via Twittelator Favorite Retweet ReplyRory Mcilroy
That came hours after he had actually won the trophy, and after afew beers from the top of the trophy. So he was probably feeling in a pretty good mood at the time of this tweet. But it goes to show how gracious Rory McIlroy is, and how good of a face he will be for golf moving forward. He was very polite when he lost the lead at the Masters in April, and he was even more polished in victory on Sunday.
Rory McIlroy is enjoying a loot of new found fame with his win at the 2011 U.S. Open on Sunday. But one of the greatest spoils of his victory will be the actual paycheck that comes with it. According to SB Nation, McIlroy will take home $1.44 million with his victory, a top prize which is up just about $100,000 from last year.
How about the payouts the rest of the rest of the US Open field earned? Runner-up Jason Day earned $865,000, while Robert Garrigus, Kevin Chappell, Y.E. Yang and Lee Westwood each picked up $364,241. Love that single dollar tacked on to the end of each. Head here to see the complete list.
To be fair, those three all got that extra dollar because their prize money was the average of the alloted prize money for the third, fourth and fifth place finishers. That's how they settle a tie. But this has been a pretty good week for McIlroy, all the records he got, the noterirty of being the next big thing in golf, and o yeah, a cool $1.4 mil. Not bad for four rounds of golf.
The big story from the 2011 U.S. Open was Rory McIlroy and his record setting win. There is no disputing that. But if he hadn't been in the field, we would have actually had a pretty interesting Championship pm our hands. Behind McIlroy, there was a pretty interesting race for second place and beyond. Let's see how the rest of the field finished.
Rory McIlroy: -16
Jason Day: -8
Kevin Chappel: -6
Robert Garrigus: -6
Lee Westwood: -6
Y.E. Yang: -6
Peter Hanson: -5
Sergio Garcia: -5
If you didn't like to watch Rory McIlroy run away with the U.S. Open and smash all of the records in the process, then you might have ejoyed the more compelling fight for second place. Jason Day ended up winning that spot, and a hefty pay-day, with a dynamite final round. It is the second major in a row that Day has made a charge to the top in the last 18 holes. But it was Rory McIlroy's Championship to win the entire time.
Rory McIlroy's 2011 U.S. Open victory was dubbed "historic," and it wasn't hyperbole. The 22-year old Northern Irishman completed another under-par round on Sunday, and was able to top several U.S. Open records in the process. He didn't get all of them, but he did get some.
McIlroy broke the record for the lowest score at a U.S. Open, doing so in a landslide. His 16-under par score was four strokes higher than Tiger Woods, who had previously set the record at Pebble Beach in 2000. He also set another major record with the lowest aggregate score in the tournament. His four-round stroke total of 268 topped Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Janzen and Jim Furyk, who all were at 272.
Those ended up being the only two scoring records McIlroy broke, but he threatened several others. He was three strokes behind Woods for the lowest score in a Major (Woods was -19 at the 2000 British Open), and three strokes behind Davis Love III for the lowest stroke total (Love finished with a 265 at the 2001 PGA Championship). Most impressively, McIlroy only three-putted once the entire weekend, and while this isn't something that is tracked, that's probably a record too.
If it seems like fans and media alike have been talking about Rory McIlroy non-stop for the last four days, well, that's because they have been, and with good reason. The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland just finished eviscerating the 2011 U.S. Open field and Congressional Country Club over the past 96 hours. The wire-to-wire winner shot 65-66-68-69 as he set or tied 12 Open records. His first three putt, and only three putt, occurred on his 71st hole. It now seems silly to even mention his epic Masters collapse, as the youngster showed absolutely no signs of faltering in dominating the 111th edition of the United States Open.
Kevin Chappell and Robert Garrigus were the top Americans on the board, finishing tied for third at six-under for the tournament. McIlroy's weekend partner Y.E. Yang also finished tied for third after shooting a final round 71. Aussie Jason Day shot a 68 on Sunday to sneak into second place for the second straight major. Lee Westwood will be shipping Day his majors bridesmaids dress.
Below is final leaderboard Top 10 for the 2011 U.S. Open. The top eight players are automatically invited to the 2012 Masters, and the top ten players are automatically invited to the 2012 U.S. Open, to be held at the Olympic Club in Daly City, California. For the full final leaderboard, click here.
1. Rory McIlroy: -16
2. Jason Day: -8
T3. Y.E. Yang: -6
T3. Kevin Chappell: -6
T3. Robert Garrigus: -6
T3. Lee Westwood: -6
T7. Peter Hanson: -5
T7. Sergio Garcia: -5
T9. Charl Schwartzel: -4
T9. Louis Oosthuizen: -4
As he has done all four rounds of this 2011 United States Open, Rory McIlroy continued his mastery of Congressional on his Sunday front nine, and now stands just nine holes from his first major championship, at the ripe old age of twenty-two. McIlroy was two-under on the front, with two birdies and seven pars, carding a 34. His playing partner, Y.E. Yang, also shot two-under on the front nine, an impressive feat considering the infant onesie he is sporting on the course.
Masters champion Charl Schwartzel has stormed up the leaderboard, courtesy of a five-under round through 17 Sunday holes. Louis Oosthuizen is also five-under for the day, and stands at five-under for the tournament.
Below is the current leaderboard as, of 5:30 P.M. For full coverage of the leaderboard, click here.
1. Rory McIlroy: -17
2. Y.E. Yang: -8
3. Jason Day: -7
T4. Fredrik Jacobson: -6
T4. Lee Westwood: -6
T6. Peter Hanson: -5
T6. Kevin Chappell: -5
T8. Charl Schwartzel: -4
T8. Louis Oosthuizen: -4
If his competitors had hoped Rory McIlroy would repeat his Masters Sunday performance and meltdown, they are in for a rude awakening. McIlroy began his final round at the 2011 U.S. Open with a birdie, and is now 15-under for the tournament. McIlroy has a nine shot lead over his closest competitors, playing partner Y.E. Yang and perpetual majors bridesmaid Lee Westwood.
The low round of the day currently belongs to South Korean Sang Moon-Bae, who had six birdies and two bogeys on his way to a final round 67. Four other players in earlier pairings carded a 68.
Below is the current leaderboard as, of 4:00 P.M. For full coverage of the leaderboard, click here.
1. Rory McIlroy: -15
T2. Y.E. Yang: -6
T2. Lee Westwood: -6
T4. Fredrik Jacobson: -5
T4. Jason Day: -5
T6. Louis Ooosthuizen: -4
T6. Steve Stricker: -4
T6. Sergio Garcia: -4
T6: Robert Garrigus: -4
Saturday's third round of the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club saw not only a record breaking performance (yet again) by tournament leader Rory McIlroy, but a record setting performance by his contemporaries in the field. 26 subpar rounds were carded in the third round, breaking the record of 24 set in 1990 at Medinah. The multitude of low scores, not just on Saturday but throughout the entire tournament, has the USGA defending the selection of Congressional for this year's Open. Via Joseph White, sports writer for the Associated Press:
"I don't think we're going to try to trick Mother Nature," said Tom O'Toole, chairman of the USGA's championship committee. "This is what we've got in 2011. You come to the U.S. Open in the District of Columbia or Maryland in June, that's the dice you roll. That's what we got with a soft golf course. It's not coastal California. It's not Long Island, Shinnecock, where the course is built on sand. It's a heavy soil golf course."
OK, so if you weren't listening, this is not the course's fault. Blame Mother Nature. And don't ask again. Or else you'll get this response:
"It's our position that the golf course was more forgiving this week because of the weather that we experienced," O'Toole said. "Not because Congressional is not a worthy golf course for the U.S. Open. It's a big, long, difficult golf course. These players caught it on a week when it's very soft."
Well, Mr. O'Toole, get ready for weather to cause yet one final kink in your plans. Rain is expected sometime Sunday afternoon, meaning the 111th edition of the United States Open may not be completed until Monday. Mother Nature, wreaking havoc on Father's Day. Go figure.
By now, unless you have been living under a rock, you have watched or seen clips of Rory McIlroy's brilliant play through the first three rounds of the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. McIlroy has broken numerous records through his first three rounds, the latest being the lowest three round total through 54 holes in the 111 year history of the Open (119). His strong play is eliciting equally strong quotes from his golfing counterparts:
"Rory has proved in playing the majors so far that he is comfortable making the scores and he's managed to lead after 18 holes, 36 holes and 54 holes and 63 holes, so now all he has to do is get another nine holes and it looks like this will be the one," said three-time major champion Padraig Harrington. "What is he, 22 years old? If you are going to talk about someone challenging Jack [Nicklaus'] record, there's your man.
"Winning majors at 22 with his talent -- he would have 20 more years so probably 100 more majors in him where he could be competitive. It would give him a great chance."
Pretty strong words from a veteran golfer and major winner. Harrington isn't the only McIlroy contemporary who thinks highly of the 22-year-old from Northern Ireland. It almost seems like everyone below Rory on the leaderboard is actually rooting for the kid to win, something I don't think you would have ever said during Eldrick Woods' domination of the PGA Tour. Heck, even the media seems to be openly and blatantly rooting for McIlroy.
Rory, for your sake, I sure hope you win today, because I am frightened to see the aftermath of what would be one of the most epic collapses in not only golf history, but sports history.
Unless Congressional Country Club is home to a collapse of historic proportions in Sunday's final round of the 2011 U.S. Open, Sunday will serve as a day long coronation of Rory McIlroy, next golf wunderkind. But, in case I just typed the ultimate jinxing sentence, why not list all the pairings and tee times for the final round, you know, just in case:
9:30 a.m. - a-Brad Benjamin, Wes Heffernan
9:40 a.m. - Todd Hamilton, Alexandre Rocha
9:50 a.m. - Justin Hicks, J.J. Henry
10 a.m. - Sangmoon Bae, Anthony Kim
10:10 a.m. - Christo Greyling, Phil Mickelson
10:20 a.m. - Scott Piercy, Charley Hoffman
10:30 a.m. - Kenichi Kuboya, Kevin Streelman
10:40 a.m. - Luke Donald, Bubba Watson
10:50 a.m. - Marcel Siem, Matteo Manassero
11 a.m. - Adam Hadwin, Edoardo Molinari
11:10 a.m. - Brian Gay, Ryo Ishikawa
11:20 a.m. - Jeff Overton, Michael Putnam
11:30 a.m. - Lucas Glover, Robert Rock
11:40 a.m. - Bud Cauley, Gary Woodland
11:50 a.m. - Chez Reavie, Retief Goosen
Noon - Gregory Havret, Robert Karlsson
12:10 p.m. - Alexander Noren, Johan Edfors
12:20 p.m. - Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer
12:30 p.m. - Sunghoon Kang, Seung Yul Noh
12:40 p.m. - Rory Sabbatini, Dustin Johnson
12:50 p.m. - Ryan Palmer, John Senden
1 p.m. - Charl Schwartzel, Marc Leishman
1:10 p.m. - Dohoon Kim, Bill Haas
1:20 p.m. - Alvaro Quiros, a-Russell Henley
1:30 p.m. - Louis Oosthuizen, Steve Stricker
1:40 p.m. - Graeme McDowell, Harrison Frazar
1:50 p.m. - Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker
2 p.m. - a-Patrick Cantlay, Peter Hanson
2:10 p.m. - Kevin Chappell, Webb Simpson
2:20 p.m. - Heath Slocum, Davis Love III
2:30 p.m. - Brandt Jobe, Henrik Stenson
2:40 p.m. - Bo Van Pelt, Kyung-Tae Kim
2:50 p.m. - Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar
3:00 p.m. - Fredrik Jacobson, Robert Garrigus
3:10 p.m. - Lee Westwood, Jason Day
3:20 p.m. - Y.E. Yang, Rory McIlroy
One final note: USGA, you do know we're playing this Open on the east coast, right? I'm not quite sure we need to keep having the leaders tee off after 3:00 p.m. EST. Live coverage of the final round begins at 1:30 p.m. on NBC.
This is all about Rory McIlroy. He's burning up the U.S. Open leaderboard, dropping silly scores, and playing the role of rock star, showered in chants from the gallery.
McIlroy finished three under par for the day Saturday. After three rounds, the 22-year-old is 14 under par -- the lowest anyone has ever been at the U.S. Open -- and has an eight-stroke lead.
McIlroy only birdied four holes on a day that a lot of the field went low. But with the commanding lead that he has, Rory doesn't need birdies. If he avoids mistakes, that will be plenty.
Meanwhile, Lee Westwood and Jason Day played some terrific golf, each shooting up the leaderboard with matching 65's, six under par. The pair are tied for third. Y.E. Yang rebounded from an ugly start to finish at one under par and hold onto second place. It looks like these gentlemen will duke it out for second place, unless Rory unravels. After these first three days, it's hard to conceive that happening -- even given his meltdown at the Masters.
Below is the leaderboard heading into Sunday at Congressional. For full coverage of the leaderboard, click here.
1. Rory McIlroy (-14)
2. Y.E. Yang (-6)
T3. Lee Westwood (-5)
T3. Jason Day (-5)
Rory McIlory entered the day barely within site of the field on the U.S. Open Leaderboard. His start to the third round suggests that gap might continue to grow through the weekend. McIlory is one under through his first five holes at Congressional on Saturday. If this continues, the results will not be pretty.
Robert Garrigus is another golfer to watch today. The big hitter is two under through his first six holes to move into a tie for second. And Fredrik Jacobson is five under through 15 holes to jump from T26 to T2.
Y.E. Yang, who started the day in the best (plausible?) position to catch McIlroy, is one over so far.
Below is the current leaderboard as of 5:10 P.M. For full coverage of the leaderboard, click here.
1. Rory McIlroy (-12)
T2. Robert Garrigus (-4)
T2. Y.E. Yang (-4)
T2. Fredrik Jacobson (-4)
3. Matt Kuchar (-3)
Rory McIlroy started the third round so far ahead on the U.S. Open Leaderboard that playing out the weekend seemed like a futile exercise. The early results from Saturday seem to indicate the same as McIlroy has avoided giving away anything, moving to one under through eight holes.
At this point, avoiding bogey's should be enough for McIlroy to pull away. He's currently 12 under par.
But a pair of contenders have emerged in Lee Westwood and Jason Day. Westwood is burned up the course with a minus six to jump from T26 to T2. It was the lowest round of his career. But despite going birdie-birdie-birdie on 13, 14 and 15 he's still seven shots back. Day is into the clubhouse with 65 to get into the mix.
Y.E. Yang, who started the day in the best position to take on McIlroy, has stumbled a bit early, at one over through his first eight.
Below is the current leaderboard as, of 5:40 P.M. For full coverage of the leaderboard, click here.
1. Rory McIlroy (-12)
T2. Lee Westwood (-5)
T2. Jason Day (-5)
T4. Y.E. Yang (-4)
The leaders will still not tee off for another thirty minutes or so, but it appears Friday evening's heavy rains have softened up the course, as players with early tee times are beginning to post impressive scores. Webb Simpson is in the clubhouse after shooting a 66 on Saturday, and now stands tied for eight on the leader board. Bill Haas was three under on the day, shooting a 68, and climbed to plus-1 for his Open.
No less than ten players still on the course are under par for the day, meaning Rory McIlroy might have a lot more competition today and Sunday than he would have liked or expected. Or, perhaps, if McIlroy is indeed ready to make "the leap", perhaps the youngster has a "moving day" round of 64 or 63 in him, giving him an insurmountable lead come Sunday.
Below is the current leaderboard as, of 3:15 P.M. For full coverage of the leaderboard, click here.
1. Rory McIlroy: -11
2. Y.E. Yang: -6
T3. Jason Day: -2
T3. Matt Kuchar: -2
T3. Brandt Snedeker: -2
T3. Zach Johnson: -2
T3: Sergio Garcia: -2
T3: Robert Garrigus: -2
T3: Henrik Stenson: -2
The leaders will still not tee of for several hours, but that matters little to American Webb Simpson, who is having quite the Saturday at Congressional. Simpson shot four-under on the front nine, carding birdies at the fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth holes. He carried the hot streak over to the back nine, scoring a birdie on the tenth, before bogeying the eleventh. After starting the day in 56th place, Simpson has jumped to 15th on the leader board, and even for the tournament.
Who the heck is Webb Simpson? Excellent question. The 26-year-old played his golf at Wake Forest, where he was a three-time All-American and 2008 ACC Player of the Year. In 80 career PGA tour starts, Simpson has made 48 cuts, finishing in the Top 10 nine times and Top 25 twenty-three times, but has not yet won a tour event.
Even with his stellar Saturday, Simpson is still 11 shots behind Open leader Rory McIlroy. But between his play and fashion sense, Simpson has given fans something entertaining to watch as they await the leaders hitting the course in the late afternoon.
While Rory McIlroy was torching Congressional on Friday, several big names in the world of golf (old and young alike) were struggling to make the cut. The official cut line ended up being +4, with those golfers at four and over moving on in the Open, and anyone shooting five over or worse being bounced. The most notable golfer, at least in this humble blogger's opinion, to miss the cut was three time major champion Ernie Els. Els, the winner of the Open the last time it was at Congressional Country Club in 1997, shot a 73/75 to finish +6, two shots above the cut line.
But not to worry Ernie, you have plenty of company. Georgetown Waterfront trick-shot artist Rickie Fowler missed the cut by one shot. Fellow "Golf Boy" Hunter Mahan also missed the cut. Ian Poulter, 2004 U.S. Open champion, love the threads, but you too are taking a seat on the weekend. Jim Furyk - sorry sir, nothing to see here, you need to move on. David Toms, K.J. Choi and Geoff Ogilvy - I hear there are some great restaurants in Bethesda. You might want to go check them out.
Of the golfers who managed to make the cut by the skin of their teeth, the two I will be most closely following are Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson. Both were a stroke from sitting out the rest of the Open, but now have absolutely zero pressure on them as they make their Saturday trek around the course. Good things could happen.
Friday evening's weather delay caused several groups to finish their second rounds bright and early Saturday morning. With those rounds now completed the USGA has released the tee times and pairings for the third round, "moving day" if you will, at Congressional Country Club. The first group hits the course at 10:00 A.M., with leaders Rory McIlroy (-11) and Y.E. Tang being the last to tee off, at 3:50 P.M. Full list of tee times and pairings below:
10:00 A. Hadwin, C. Greyling
10:10 R. Karlsson, B. Watson
10:20 W. Simpson, B. Haas
10:30 L. Donald, A. Kim
10:40 K. Streelman, G. Havret
10:50 S. Kang, W. Heffernan
11:00 S. Bae, K. Kuboya
11:10 M. Manassero, D. Johnson
11:20 R. Goosen, (a) B. Benjamin
11:30 J. Henry, M. Siem
11:40 J. Hicks, C. Reavie
11:50 H. Frazar, C. Hoffman
12:00 R. Sabbatini, L. Glover
12:10 T. Hamilton, M. Putnam
12:20 A. Rocha, G. Woodland
12:30 J. Overton, S. Piercy
12:40 M. Kaymer, G. McDowell
12:50 R. Ishikawa, P. Harrington
1:00 B. Gay, D. Kim
1:10 E. Molinari, S. Stricker
1:20 B. Cauley, J. Day
1:30 F. Jacobson, L. Westwood
1:40 K. Chappell, P. Mickelson
1:50 P. Hanson, B. Van Pelt
2:00 J. Edfors, H. Stenson
2:10 L. Oosthuizen, (a) R. Henley
2:20 M. Leishman, A. Noren
2:30 C. Schwartzel, S. Noh
2:40 J. Senden, (a) P. Cantlay
2:50 B. Jobe, R. Palmer
3:00 D. Love III, H. Slocum
3:10 R. Rock, A. Quiros
3:20 K. Kim, M. Kuchar
3:30 B. Snedeker, Z. Johnson
3:40 S. Garcia, R. Garrigus
3:50 Y. Yang, R. McIlroy
Through 12 holes, Y.E. Yang is still six strokes behind Rory McIlroy in the second round of the U.S. Open at Congressional. Yang is five-under par.
There has not been much movement at the top of the leaderboard as Robert Garrigus, Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson and Brandt Snedeker are at two-under and are done with their rounds. Heath Slocum and Ryan Palmer are also at two-under par, but are still playing.
The projected cut line for the U.S. Open is four-over par and plenty of notable golfers are in jeopardy of missing the cut. Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Ernie Els and Fred Funk are all over four-over par as of now.
Play was suspended for about 40 minutes due to inclement weather in the Bethesda area. Golfers left the course around 4 P.M. A heavy downpour came through Congressional, but the sun returned around 4:45 P.M. and play continued.
For complete leaderboard coverage, click here.
Y.E. Yang is doing the best that he can to cut into Rory McIlroy's lead, but he might have to wait to continue.
Yang is five-under par through nine holes and is now just six strokes back of McIlroy, but inclement weather in the Bethesda area has forced the U.S. Open to suspend play as of around 4 P.M.
The players are not being removed from the course, but are being told to stop playing, so perhaps the weather will pass quickly. Players are holding in vans for the time being.
Below is the current leaderboard as of 4 P.M.
1. Rory McIlroy: -11 final
2. Y.E. Yang: -5 through 9
T3. Robert Garrigus: -2 final
T3. Sergio Garcia: -2 final
T3. Zach Johnson: -2 final
T3. Brandt Snedeker: -2 final
T3. Heath Slocum: -2 through 10
T8. Kyung-tae Kim: -1 final
For full leaderboard coverage of the U.S. Open, please click here.
Since Rory McIlroy finished his record-setting round earlier Friday, the rest of the U.S. Open field is struggling to keep up at Congressional.
McIlroy leads the field with a 11-under par, eight strokes ahead of Y.E. Yang, who is three-under par through four holes and is shooting an even for the day so far.
The projected cut line as of now is three-over par and several notable golfers are threatening to miss the cut, including Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, local favorite Fred Funk and the current No.1 ranked player in the world, Luke Donald.
Below is the current leaderboard as of 3 P.M.
1. Rory McIlroy: -11 final
2. Y.E. Yang: -3 through 5
T3. Brandt Snedeker: -2 final
T3. Robert Garrigus: -2 final
T3. Sergio Garcia: -2 final
T3. Zach Johnson: -2 final
T3: Heath Slocum: -2 final
T8: Kyung-tae Kim: -1 final
For full coverage of the leaderboard, click here.
For a while there, Rory McIlroy had the lowest score of any player ever to play in a U.S. Open. He came to the 18th tee at 13-under par, but came back to earth a little bit after that. He hooked his drive into the fans on the left side of the hole, and despite a pretty solid lie and a shot at the right side of the green, he over turned his approach shot and put it in the water just before the green. He made double bogey on the final hole, but still wound up with an incredible second round 66 coming of his first round 65. He is now 11 under par for the tournament, and holds a nine stroke lead over Y.E. Yang, who has yet to start his round. Here is a quick look at the top of the leader board.
1. Rory McIlroy: -11 final
2. Y.E. Yang: -3 tees off at 1:35
T3. Zach Johnson: -3 through 17
T3. Ryan Palmer: -2 tees off at 2:19
T3. Louis Oosthuizen: -2 tees off at 1:35
T3. Robert Garrigus: -2 final
T3. Sergio Garcia: -2 final
For a complete scoreboard, click here.
There's a forula to winning at the U.S. Open. Make par, and take advantage of birdies when they make themselves available. If you try to chase birdies, you end up with bogies, and you find yourself at the bottom of the leaderboard. Unlike other tournaments where parisn't a bad score, par is a good score at the U.S. Open. Rory McIlroy is a perfect example of that. So far on his back nine, Rory is just sticking to the fairways, hitting the greens in regulation, and taking pars. He just birdied the 14th hole and now stands at 11-under par. For some perspective, the most under par anyone has ever been in a U.S. Open is 12, and that was Tiger Woods back in 2000. Here is the rest of the top of the leaderboard.
1. Rory McIlroy: -11 through14
T2. Zach Johnson: -3 through13
T2. Y.E. Yang: -3 tees off at 1:35
T4. K.T. Kim: -2 through 16
T4. Ryan Palmer: -2 tees off at 2:19
T4. Louis Oosthuizen: -2 tees off at 1:35
T7. Robert Garrigus: -1 through 15
T7. Sergio Garcia: -1 through14
For a complete scoreboard, click here.
If you are a fan of big names, you have to be happy with the leader board after round one of the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional. Sure, Tiger Woods isn't in the field, and Phil Mickelson isn't performing as well as you'd like, but everyone who has a stake in the championship after 18 holes is a name you are probably familiar with, and that is really all you can ask for. Here's a look at the leaders after Day 1.
|1||-||Rory McIlroy||-6||7:55 am ET||-||65||-||-||-||65|
|T2||-||Charl Schwartzel||-3||8:06 am ET||-||68||-||-||-||68|
|T2||-||Y.E. Yang||-3||1:35 pm ET||-||68||-||-||-||68|
|T4||-||Alexandre Rocha||-2||7:00 am ET||-||69||-||-||-||69|
|T4||-||Scott Hend||-2||7:22 am ET||-||69||-||-||-||69|
|T4||-||Kyung-tae Kim||-2||7:22 am ET*||-||69||-||-||-||69|
|T4||-||Sergio Garcia||-2||7:44 am ET*||-||69||-||-||-||69|
|T4||-||Louis Oosthuizen||-2||1:35 pm ET*||-||69||-||-||-||69|
|T4||-||Ryan Palmer||-2||2:19 pm ET*||-||69||-||-||-||69|
Here are the complete pairings and tee times for Friday's second round action at Congressional Country Club.
Tee Number 1
7:00 AM BRZ Alexandre Rocha, USA Bubba Dickerson, USA Andres Gonzales
7:11 AM USA Michael Putnam, USA Patrick Cantlay (a), ENG Robert Dinwiddie
7:22 AM AUS Scott Hend, USA Robert Garrigus, AUS John Senden
7:33 AM KOR Seung-yul Noh, SCO Stephen Gallacher, USA Jason Dufner
7:44 AM RSA Retief Goosen, USA David Toms, USA Steve Stricker
7:55 AM NIR Rory McIlroy, USA Phil Mickelson, USA Dustin Johnson
8:06 AM RSA Charl Schwartzel, USA Zach Johnson, RSA Trevor Immelman
8:17 AM AUS Geoff Ogilvy, USA Nick Watney, USA Lucas Glover
8:28 AM RSA Rory Sabbatini, AUS Robert Allenby, USA Ryan Moore
8:39 AM JPN Kenichi Kuboya, USA Briny Baird, ENG David Howell
8:50 AM USA Charley Hoffman, KOR Sang-Moon Bae, SWE Alexander Noren
9:01 AM USA Brian Locke, USA Bennett Blakeman (a), USA Brett Patterson (a)
9:12 AM USA David May, USA Chris Wilson, USA Beau Hossler (a)
12:40 PM USA Harrison Frazar, USA Chad Campbell, USA Marc Turnesa
12:51 PM USA Justin Hicks, KOR Sunghoon Kang, GER Marcel Siem
1:02 PM USA Brian Gay, FRA Thomas Levet, FRA Gregory Havret
1:13 PM USA Heath Slocum, USA Russell Henley (a), BEL Nicholas Colsaerts
1:24 PM USA Stewart Cink, ARG Angel Cabrera, IRL Padraig Harrington
1:35 PM KOR Y.E. Yang, JPN Ryo Ishikawa, USA Anthony Kim
1:46 PM ENG Luke Donald, GER Martin Kaymer, ENG Lee Westwood
1:57 PM USA Bill Haas, USA Jonathan Byrd, USA Webb Simpson
2:08 PM USA Bubba Watson, AUS Adam Scott, SWE Robert Karlsson
2:19 PM USA Scott Piercy, USA Sam Saunders, USA Tim Petrovic
2:30 PM USA Brad Benjamin (a), USA Matthew Edwards, USA Zach Byrd
2:41 PM USA William Cauley, USA Adam Long, USA Michael Barbosa (a)
2:52 PM USA John Ellis, USA Michael Whitehead, USA Will Wilcox
Tee Number 10
7:00 AM AUS Scott Barr, NLD Maarten Lafeber, USA Ty Tryon
7:11 AM TW Cheng-Tsung Pan (a), ENG Matthew Richardson, USA Geoffery Sisk
7:22 AM KOR Kyung-tae Kim, USA Bo Van Pelt, USA Ben Crane
7:33 AM SWE Peter Hanson, SCO Martin Laird, USA Mark Wilson
7:44 AM ESP Sergio Garcia, ESP Alvaro Quiros, ESP Miguel A. Jimenez
7:55 AM ITA Matteo Manassero, ITA Edoardo Molinari, ITA Francesco Molinari
8:06 AM USA Todd Hamilton, JPN Hiroyuki Fujita, USA Kevin Na
8:17 AM USA Rickie Fowler, USA Hunter Mahan, ENG Ian Poulter
8:28 AM USA Brandt Snedeker, AUS Aaron Baddeley, COL Camilo Villegas
8:39 AM ENG Robert Rock, KOR Do-Hoon Kim, USA Kevin Chappell
8:50 AM CAN Jon Mills, DEN Andreas Harto, USA Scott Pinckney (a)
9:01 AM USA Ryan Nelson, USA Elliot Gealy, USA Steve Irwin (a)
9:12 AM USA Christopher DeForest, CAN Wes Heffernan, USA Chris Williams (a)
12:40 PM USA Chez Reavie, IRL Shane Lowry, KOR Dae-Hyun Kim
12:51 PM AUS Greg Chalmers, USA Kirk Triplett, USA Brad Adamonis
1:02 PM AUS Marc Leishman, USA Kevin Streelman, GER Alex Cejka
1:13 PM NZL Michael Campbell, USA Fred Funk, USA David Chung (a)
1:24 PM USA Matt Kuchar, ENG Paul Casey, KOR K.J. Choi
1:35 PM RSA Louis Oosthuizen, NIR Graeme McDowell, USA Peter Uihlein (a)
1:46 PM SWE Johan Edfors, SWE Henrik Stenson, SWE Fredrik Jacobson
1:57 PM USA Davis Love III, RSA Ernie Els, USA Jim Furyk
2:08 PM AUS Jason Day, USA J.J. Henry, ENG Justin Rose
2:19 PM USA Ryan Palmer, USA Jeff Overton, USA Gary Woodland
2:30 PM USA Brandt Jobe, USA D.A. Points, AUS Nick O'Hern
2:41 PM RSA Christo Greyling, CAN Adam Hadwin, USA Joey Lamielle
2:52 PM USA Michael Tobiason Jr., USA Jesse Hutchins, USA Michael Smith
If you thought that Rory McIlroy was hot during his 6-under 65 in the first round of the 2011 U.S. Open, then his performance so far in round two is almost unheard of. McIlroy is now four under par on the front nine, and sits at a ridiculous 10-under par. His shot of the day so far (though I doubt it will be usurped) was a hole out from the fairway for an eagle two on the eighth hole. People were very worried about how McIlroy would respond after the Masters letdown this Spring, but he appears to being doing alright for himself. Here's a quick look at the leaderboard as it stands now.
1. Rory McIlroy: -10 through 9
2. Zach Johnson: -4 through 8
T3. Robert Garrigus: -3 through 10
T3. Y.E. Yang: -3 tees off at 1:35
T5. Sergio Garcia: -2 through 8
T5. Charl Schwartzel: -2 through 8
T5. Ryan Palmer: -2 tees off at 2:19
T5. Louis Oosthuizen: -2 tees off at 1:35
For a complete scoreboard, click here.
The first round of the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club is in the books, and it was a banner day for Rory McIlroy, who fired a six-under 65 to put himself atop the U.S. Open leaderboard after Round 1. McIlroy had three straight birdies to get himself going and has a three-shot lead on the rest of the field.
There is a familiar contender lurking, though. Charl Schwartzel, who ended up as the 2011 Masters champion after McIlroy's final-day meltdown, finished strong with four birdies in his final nine holes to eventually finish at three-under. Schwartzel is tied for second place with Y.E. Yang, who set the early pace by firing a three-under in the morning.
Six players are right behind those two at two-under par, including Sergio Garcia, an accomplished pro who barely even qualified for the tournament. Twelve others, including defending champion Graeme McDowell are tied at one-under. Overall, 21 players shot under par on Day 1, compared to just 13 last year. There are still a few more stragglers on the course that could add to that number.
Here is a complete leaderboard of all the players under par:
For the second straight Major, Rory McIlroy has set the early pace. After leading for the first three rounds at the Masters, McIlroy has one-upped himself with a fantastic opening round at the 2011 U.S. Open live from Congressional Country Club. McIlroy fired a six-under 65 on one of the world's toughest golf courses and is the runaway leader by three shots after Round 1.
McIlroy had six birdies and no bogeys on the day. He hit a sparkling 17 of his 18 greens in regulation and only missed the fairway five times. He got things going at the turn, getting birdies on 17 and 18, then following it up with a birdie on the first hole. He also had birdies on No. 4 and No. 6 before finishing up with three straight par puts.
McIlroy's partner, Phil Mickelson, visibly struggled, hitting the ball in the water, double-bogeying his first hole and finding himself in deep rough often. He ended up with a three-over par 74, and even that was a pretty big accomplishment. He is nine shots off the lead.
The 2011 U.S. Open has a new leader, and it's a familiar face to anyone who watched high-level golf this year. Rory McIlroy, who led for three rounds at the Masters before collapsing on the final day, has surged to the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard 10 holes into his round. A birdie on 10 put McIlroy at four-under par, one shot ahead of Y.E. Yang and Rory Sabbatini.
McIlory, who is playing with the struggling Phil Mickelson, got things going with a birdie on No. 12 (his third hole of the day). He then also birdied No. 17 and managed to birdie the difficult Par-5 18th before completing a streak of three straight birdies on No. 10.
Sabbatini has also been sharp early, with three straight birdies on No. 12, 13 and 14. He is two holes behind McIlroy. Sergio Garcia is also on the comeback trail and is at two under after barely qualifying for the tournament. Here are your leaders:
It has not been a good start to the 2011 U.S. Open for Phil Mickelson. It began when he hit his first shot, a tee off the Par-3 tenth hole, into the water on Thursday, and it has continued. Mickelson is currently at +2 on the day and is far off the U.S. Open leaderboard.
Mickelson hit a double-bogey on his first hole and has not recovered. After hitting a birdie on the par-4 12th hole, Mickelson bogeyed 14. He missed a golden opportunity to get one back on 15 when he missed an easy birdie putt. To make matters worse, Lefty's poor start comes on his 41st birthday.
Mickelson has never won a U.S. Open, and things aren't looking good so far in 2011. The five-time U.S. Open runner-up is the odds-on favorite this year without Tiger Woods in the field. He also has a chance to surpass Woods in total earnings this year, which would make him the highest paid athlete on the planet.
Mickelson currently is the fifth-highest paid athlete in the world, behind Woods, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and Roger Federer. Lefty is also currently the fifth-ranked golfer in the world.
Defending U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell went into the clubhouse two strokes back of the lead on Thursday. He shot a 70 on the par 71 course at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, putting him at -1 for the day.
Five other golfers went into the clubhouse tied with McDowell, including Stewart Cink and Davis Love III. He trails Y.E. Yang, who leads the pack at -3, and Louis Oosthuizen and Ryan Palmer, who both sit at -2.
McDowell overcame a bogey on the first hole with birdies on two, a par-3, and six, a par-5. He then parred every hole on the back nine.
McDowell hopes to become the first golfer to win back-to-back U.S. Open championships since Curtis Strange did it in 1988 and 1989. Last year the Northern Ireland native became the first United Kingdom native to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin of England won it in 1970.
Luke Donald came into the week with a lot of expectations, based mostly on his newly acquired No.1 ranking. But in the first day of the 2011 U.S. Open, he did not play very well at all, and unless something miraculous happens, might have played his way out of contention. Donald finished with a +3, 74, and is currently six shots behind the leader.
It wasn't just Donald that disappointed either, the other two members of his threesome played well beneath their abilities as well. Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, the second and third ranked golfers in the World, finished at +4 and +3 respectively. I don't think anyone was expecting this threesome to come out and shoot a combined +10 over par. Just goes to show you how wide open this field truly is. Here are the current leaders.
1. Y.E. Yang: -3 Final
T2. Fransisco Molinari: -2 through 2
T2. Louis Oosthuizen: -2 Final
T2. Ryan Palmer: -2 through 17
T5. Trevor Immelman: -1 Through 1
T5. Sergio Garcia: -1 Through 3
T5. Johan Edfors: -1 Final
T5. Henrik Stenson : -1 Final
T5. Graeme McDowell: -1 Final
For a complete scoreboard, click here.
Some of the first off the tee are coming into the clubhouse, and the leaderboard on the first day of the 2011 U.S. Open is starting to take shape. Oddly enough, it doesn't include any of the three from the "power group." Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kymer, the top three players in the World are in the same group and are a combined eight over par. Not so good. But there are some players playing well so far, and that includes a couple of Americans. Here are the top ten as it stands right now.
T1. Bubba Watson: -3 through 15
T1. Ryan Palmer: -3 through 14
T1. Y.E. Yang: -3 through 17
T4. Davis Love III: -2 through 16
T4. Johan Edfors: -2 through 17
T4. Henrik Stenson: -2 through 17
T4. Louis Oosthuizen: -2 Final
T7. Patrick Cantlay: -1 through 1
T7. Johan Edfors: -1 through 16
T7. Chez Reavie: -1 Final
T7. Graeme McDowell: -1 Final
T7. Stewart Cink: -1 Final
For a full scoreboard, click here.
The 2011 U.S. Open is in full swing now, and an American is atop the U.S. Open leaderboard early on in Thursday's action. Ryan Palmer, a 34-year old from Texas, is off to a fast start, with three birdies in his first 10 holes to go into sole possession of first place at three-under par.
A group of three is right behind Palmer at two under, including Chez Reavie, Johan Edfors and Jeff Overton. A host of others sit back at one-under, including defending champion Graeme McDowell. Here is an updated leaderboard.
Luke Donald is the No. 1 player in the world, and heading into the week, was a favorite to win the 2011 U.S. Open. He started his round today on the incredibly difficult par three tenth, and threw a dart a few feet from the hole. He birdied that hole, and the next, and looked like he was going to come through and win his first major tournament.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the front nine. Donald went six over par over a six hole stretch starting on the 13th hole, culminating with a double bogey on the 18th. Heading onto the front nine (his back nine) Donald was sitting at four over par. He has birdied the first hole on the front nine, so maybe he will be able to get back into form and start to climb back into things. But this is an incredibly difficult tournament, and you don't want to start off the week by digging yourself into a hole (pun intended) like this.
Your leaders, as I write this, are Jeff Overton, Ryan Palmer, Johan Edfors, Louis Oosthuizen and Chez Reavie at 2-under par.
A lot of the field has already teed off in the first round of the 2011 U.S. Open, and like always, it is proving to be a pretty difficult test. As I type, there are only nine players under par, and no one is more than one stroke below. Of the nine players under par, Luke Donald, the current No. 1 player in the world, is probably the biggest name.
Donald was 2-under par through three holes, but a bogey on the fourth hole dropped him back to just 1-under. Some of the other big names under par are Stewart Cink, Nick O'Hern and the Big Easy, Ernie Els.
On the flip side, just about half of the field that has teed off is over par. Just goes to show you how difficult the U.S. Open is. Unlike some of the other majors, the winner of this tournament is never too far away from par (Tiger Woods in 2000 notwithstanding). So if you like low scoring golf, this might not be for you, but it should continue to be a great test of the golfers' ability.
First-round action at the 2011 U.S. Open is now underway live from Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. Several groups are on the course as we speak, and most of the rest will begin later in the day. Here is a full list of 2011 U.S. Open pairings and tee times for Thursday's first-round action.
The 2011 U.S. Open gets underway live from Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. on Thursday, June 16. The most prestigious golf tournament in the world (well, at least arguably) is returning to Congressional for the first time since 1997, and this year, the field is wide open with Tiger Woods sitting out due to injury. We already noted where you can watch the action on TV, but there is also a live stream online. Here is where you can watch the 2011 U.S. Open live streaming telecast.
Players have already begun their rounds, so that stream is where you can catch the action. ESPN will begin its coverage at 10 a.m., and will go until 3 p.m. It will also pick up at 5 p.m. and go until 7 p.m. NBC's coverage is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Phil Mickelson has a chance to overcome past failure in the 2011 U.S. Open, but how concerned is he with doing that? Should he really be concerned with his legacy, or has he already accomplished enough to forget those failures?
The 2011 U.S. Open from Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. is set to begin on Thursday, and there are many ways for fans to watch all of the action. Tickets are, predictably, sold out, so unless you happen to have a front-row seat to all the action, you will have to view the event on television. Luckily, we have all the information you need for that. Here is the 2011 U.S. Open TV Schedule for Thursday's first-round action:
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.: First-round action on ESPN and ESPN3.com. Chris Berman will anchor the coverage, with Curtis Strange as the hole announcer and Andy North as the on-course reporter. Mike Tirico and Paul Azinger will be on the 18th hole, and Scott Van Pelt, Terry Gannon and Sean McDonough calling the other holes.
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.: First-round action on NBC. Bob Costas will anchor the coverage, with Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller live from the 18th hole. Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen will be the on-air reporters, and Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Dottie Pepper will be the on-course reporters.
6:30 p.m.: In case you missed the action, Chick Hernandez and Gary Williams will anchor post-round coverage on Comcast SportsNet.
Coming into the 2011 U.S. Open this week at Congressional Country Club, the No. 1 player in the World is Luke Donald. If you're not a huge golf fan, you might not immediately recognize that name. He's certainly had his fair share of success on the PGA Tour and abroad, but he has yet to win that one, career defining tournament. According to Teddy Greenstein and Jeff Shain of the Los Angeles Times, Donald would trade that ranking for some success in Major Tournaments.
"Being No. 1 is a great achievement," Donald said, "but if you ask me, if I would swap that for Phil [Mickelson's] record, sure, I would love to take his [four] majors and the number of victories he has had."
I know it's hard to pick the winner of a tournament like this, but Donald certainly has to be one of the favorites. The U.S. Open is so difficult that it comes down to who is the best and most consistent ball striker. You don't have to birdie every hole, but getting on the green in regulation, and ultimately making pars, is what wins this tournament year in and year out; and Donald can certainly do that.
The Tiger Woods-less U.S. Open needs a young American, or even an old one to step their game up at Congressional Country Club this weekend.
Everybody take a deep breath. It's gonna be OK. Despite Tiger Woods' absence from this weekend's US Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, the major PGA tournament will still make money.
Lots of money.
According to Forbes.com 's Sports Money blog, overall revenue from the US Open will decrease between one and three percent due to Woods' absence, which is negligible compared to the 5-10% decrease the tournament could have expected if Tiger skipped the tournament before 2009.
The lack of impact can be attributed to several factors. For starters, general fan interest in Tiger has waned since the superstar stopped winning tournaments and slipped to the number 15 ranking in the world. He also no longer has the same impact on tournament sponsorship now that most corporations wouldn't touch his public image with a ten-foot pole.
Another reason for the lack of impact is the fact that nearly all tournament revenues are made far in advance of the actual event. Forbes.com spells it out pretty well here:
To put a dollar value on these percentages, consider that the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines netted the USGA approximately $50 M in profits on revenues of nearly $100 M ($20M in ticket sales, $15M each for corporate hospitality and merchandise, $5M in food and beverage, and $40M from domestic and international TV revenue). Hence, 90-95% of the revenues were earned well before 2 weeks of the event.
Fred Funk grew up just inside the Beltway, in College Park, MD. He served as the head golf coach for the University of Maryland for a little while before joining the PGA Tour. He is as close to a home town favorite as you are going to get in the upcoming U.S. Open, and despite some lacklsuter performances recently, he expects to compete this weekend, according to Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.
“I’m not here just to walk two rounds or four rounds and just show up,” Funk said. “I want to be able to be competitive, and I truly believe I can still be competitive when I’m playing well and feeling good.”
If you don't already have a favorite golfer and you are trying to find someone to latch onto for this week, Fred Funk is your guy. First of all, he is from the area so that helps. Secondly, he is among the nicest and most entertaining guys on tour. Finally, and maybe least importantly, he doesn't hit the ball very far, so he's the most like you or I on the PGA Tour. He is the definition of a golf everyman, and he is the man I will be rooting for hardest at the U.S. Open.
It was a huge day Sunday in Turin, Italy for Robert Rock of England. Rock completed a wire-to-wire run at the BMW Italian Open, capturing his first European Tour title after nine years and 209 events on the circuit. Rock also netted a cool €250,000 check with the win, and secured a place in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club this week, his first career berth in a United States Open.
Rock shot a five-under 67 Sunday, finishing 21 under for the tournament, narrowly beating Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark and countryman Gary Boyd by one stroke. Olesen shot an obscene 62 on Sunday, while Boyd carded a not-too-shabby 66.
As it turns out, the Englishman is a former teaching professional, and credited his win to putting advice he found in an old coaching manual:
"My putting had been letting me down so when I read the book I decided to use some of the tips in it," said Rock. "It helped me considerably."
Rock will tee off from Hole #1 at 2:19 p.m. Thursday, alongside Kevin Chappell of Scottsdale, Arizona and Korean Dohoon Kim.
The Tiger Woods saga continues. Just days after announcing via twitter that he will not be playing in the 2011 U.S. Open, Ron Sirak of Golf Digest is reporting Woods' friend and caddie Steve Williams will be on Adam Scott's bag when Scott tees off Thursday at Congressional Country Club. No offense to Adam Scott, the young Australian slowly making his way back up the world rankings, but the story here is what does this mean for Tiger Woods? Sirak, who notes he has covered Tiger for 16 years, offers his thoughts:
Could this mean that Tiger is going to shut it down for the year to get his left leg healthy? Could it mean that Woods is going to have yet another operation on his knee, perhaps even a knee replacement? With three more majors to play this year, and with Scott rediscovering his once-promising form, it would seem odd he would sign on a caddie for just one tournament.
Sirak also makes sure to point out Steve Williams doesn't need to loop at Congressional for the paycheck, meaning he more than likely will caddie for Scott at all the 2011 majors, further adding to the intrigue surrounding Tiger's return. As with everything in Tiger Woods' life, I'm sure there is more to come on this story in the days and weeks ahead.
The United States Golf Association sure knows how to create some exciting, compelling and just plain fun pairings for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open. Don't forget their sense of humor either, letting the golfers begin either their morning or afternoon round at Congressional's 10th tee, a par-3 over water. What a bunch of jokesters.
Back to their excellence in formulating pairings. In addition to the traditional pairing of defending Open champion, amateur champion and British Open champion, the USGA created a gallery-moving force this year, teaming Phil Mickelson with Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson. Those groups are great, and have been discussed, but frankly I'm more interested in what the USGA did in grouping major champions and countrymen together.
Three former Masters champs will play together: 2011 winner Charl Schwartzel, 2008 winner Trevor Immelman (both from South Africa) and 2007 champ Zach Johnson. The threesome of Padraig Harrington, Angel Cabrera and Stewart Cink has won a combined six major championships. The group of veteran winners I am most interested in? Ernie Els, winner of the Open last time it was held at Congressional in 1997, Davis Love III (1997 PGA winner) and Jim Furyk, U.S. Open champion in 2003.
I can't claim to be an expert on U.S. Open pairings, so I am not sure if this is the first time they have done this, but the USGA also created some specific international pairings. Sergio Garcia, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Alvaro Quiros, all from Spain, will play together in rounds one and two while Italians Matteo Manassero, Edoardo Molinari and Francesco Molinari will also play together (the Molinaris are in fact brothers). I like these groupings, but I am a little curious what the golfers think of them? I'd kill my brother after two holes of golf, let alone two rounds in the DC heat and humidity.
A full list of tee times can be found here.
Defending U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell will begin his 2011 U.S. Open very early. McDowell will tee off at Congressional Country Club at 7:55 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, and will be joined by amateur champion Peter Uihlein and British champion Louis Oosthuizen. The group will start on the first hole Thursday and the 10th hole Friday.
It's tradition for the defending champion to be paired with the amateur champion and the British champion, so that will continue here. McDowell won the 2010 U.S. Open by shooting even par through four rounds to finish one stroke up on Gregory Havret and two strokes up on Ernie Els. He got the win despite shooting three-over par on the final day, as his work earlier in the tournament ended up being enough. He is currently ranked No. 8 overall in the most recent world rankings.
A full list of tee times can be found here.
The 2011 U.S. Open tee times and pairings have been announced for the first two days at Congressional Country Club, and the likely most interesting group will tee off on the 10th hole Thursday and first hole Friday at 1:35 p.m. Rory McIlroy, arguably the most colorful player on the tour, is paired up with Phil Mickelson, possibly the most accomplished player in the field, and Dustin Johnson.
This is the group that will likely attract most of the gallery. McIlroy is a rising star that has captivated audiences recently, and is fresh off a trip to Haiti. Mickelson, with four Major championships, is the most accomplished golfer in the field after Tiger Woods pulled out due to injury. Johnson, meanwhile, has four career PGA Tour wins.
Having Mickelson and McIlroy in the same group may convince fans to come out to Congressional for the first two days. For a full list of pairings, click here.
The tee times for the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club have been announced for Thursday and Friday's first- and second-round action, and there are several heavy hitters in the same groups. The one to watch on Day 1 involves the top three players in the world: Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer. That group will tee off from the 10th hole on Thursday and the first hole on Friday at 8:06 a.m.
Donald is currently the world's No. 1 player, while Westwood and Kaymer are ranked right behind him. Those three are also the last three men to hold the world No. 1 ranking. To have them all in the same group right away should definitely add to the intrigue on the first two days of the tournament.
For a full list of pairings, click here. The 2011 U.S. Open from Congressional Country Club will be from June 16-19.
Tiger Woods has decided to withdraw from the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md, announcing the news on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon. In a longer statement posted on his website, Woods said that his knee and achilles injuries, which have limited him to just nine holes of golf since the 2011 Masters in April, have yet to heal.
"I am extremely disappointed that I won't be playing in the U.S. Open, but it's time for me to listen to my doctors and focus on the future," Woods said. "I was hopeful that I could play, but if I did, I risk further damage to my left leg. My knee and Achilles tendon are not fully healed. I hope to be ready for AT&T National, the next two majors and the rest of the year."
Tiger Woods will not be playing in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md after all. Woods, who has battled knee and achilles problems since competing in the Masters in April, announced he will be sitting out the 2011 U.S. Open.
Not playing in US Open. Very disappointed. Short-term frustration for long-term gain.
Woods had consistently maintained that his goal was to be recovered in time to play in the event. But then he withdrew after nine holes at the 2011 Players Championship on May 12 with pain in his knee and achilles. He maintained that he wanted to play in the U.S. Open in a press conference on May 24, but Jack Nicklaus let it slip before the Memorial that Woods had told him he wasn't sure he would actually recover in time. As it turned out, he hasn't.
The 2011 U.S. Open is scheduled for June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club.
There were a number of surprises on a day of qualifying for the 2011 U.S. Open. First, Sergio Garcia, who wasn't even expected to even participate in qualifying, instead participated in his sectional qualifying and survived a seven-way playoff in which four players qualified. Meanwhile, Vijay Singh, fresh off shooting a 65 at the final round of the Memorial, didn't even bother to show up to his qualifying round, putting his 67-major streak in serious jeopardy.
There were 11 qualifying sites around the country. Garcia qualified in Memphis in a surprise, while Singh withdrew from his qualifier in Columbus. Among the others that qualified for the U.S. Open include Sam Saunders, who is Arnold Palmer's grandson, and Maryland native Fred Funk. David Duval, Rocco Mediate and Ben Curtis.
The 2011 U.S. Open will take place from June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md, returning to that site for the first time since 1997.
Tiger Woods has consistently reiterated his desire to play in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. from June 16-19, despite injuries that have kept him out since the Masters, excluding a nine-hole debacle at the Players Championship. But there's a possibility his own faith in himself is waning.
In a press conference prior to his event, the Memorial Tournament, Jack Nicklaus let it slip that Woods told him he wasn't sure he would be healthy in time for the U.S. Open. Here's a transcript of Nicklaus' remarks.
Q. Given Tiger's injuries lately, how would you assess now, I know you get asked this all the time, but how would you assess his ability to --
JACK NICKLAUS: I would have no clue. Tiger called me Friday and he was trying to -- he said, I tried up until today to see if I'm going to be able to come and play, but I can't. He said, I'm still hobbling, and he said, I don't know whether I'm going to make the U.S. Open or not.
Nicklaus went on to say that he "suspects" Woods will indeed play, but that he wasn't so sure and knows nothing more beyond what is written. Still, this is definitely a story that bears watching as the event gets closer.
Tiger Woods spoke at a press conference this morning about the upcoming AT&T National, a tournament that he hosts. And while that was talked about, there were other issues that dominated the press conference, specifically Tiger's injured knee, and his availability for upcoming tournaments, including the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional in Bethesda.
Tiger says that he had been resting, and had spent the last week or so in a boot and on crutches. The boot to help with his ailing Achilles tendon, and the crutches to prevent any back pain that may stem from limping on a walking boot. But he also said that he is doing everything he can to get ready for Congressional, and that his doctors are confident that he will be able to play in the U.S. Open.
Towards the end of the press conference he was asked probably the most important question; is there any way that you could see yourself not playing at Congressional? "Yeah, there is, absolutely. But I'm not going to say that I'm looking at it that way. I'm certainly looking at it that with the proper treatment, the proper rehab I'll be ready. And that's what I'm trying to do."
He was asked about his long term thoughts about the knee, but he said that his only focus is on the U.S. Open, "anything beyond that, I don't know."
He was asked if he needed to be pain free to play in the U.S. Open and quipped that he hadn't been pain free in a long time. So he might be ready to play, but he isn't going to be completely healed.
He had yet to address the Memorial tournament that starts a week from Thursday, and while he wouldn't rule it out, he did say that it was doubtful. Based on how much he talked about playing at Congressional and making that his focus, it seems that he isn't really even thinking about playing at that tournament.
Despite tweeting that he would donate $1 million to the Tiger Woods foundation if no one asked him about his knee during the press conference, it was the first question he got. The tournament organizer responded with, "there goes the donation," but then Tiger was free to talk about what everyone wanted him to.
So we can expect to see tiger at the 2011 U.S. Open. But it doesn't appear that he will be at full strength, or maybe even able to complete the tournament. But if you have tickets, you will most likely see him there.
UPDATE: As it turns out, Sergio Garcia withdrew from a British Open qualifying round, not a U.S. Open qualifying round, Barry Svrluga reports. Garcia, at this moment, is still enrolled in a June 6 sectional qualifying tournament for the U.S. Open, but could also withdraw from that. Nevertheless, he has not yet been ruled out of the U.S. Open. The original entry follows.
Sergio Garcia, arguably one of the most accomplished golfers on the PGA Tour to never win a major championship, will not be getting his first at the 2011 U.S. Open. Garcia has withdrawn from a qualifying match due to an infected fingernail, reports Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post:
Among those not in the Open: @TheSergioGarcia, who announced this morning he withdrew from a qualifier with an infected fingernail.
It will be the first major championship without Garcia in the field since he burst on the scene to challenge Tiger Woods at the 1999 PGA Championship. Garcia has nine top-five finishes in the four major championships, but has yet to break through and win one.
Garcia has been on a major downswing since a banner year in 2008. He dropped all the way down to 74th on the PGA Tour money list in 2009, and was equally awful in 2010, eventually skipping the Ryder Cup to take a break. He has not won a tournament since the 2008 Players Championship. He is currently ranked 73rd in the world, which is why he needed to go through qualifying to even be eligible to play in the U.S. Open.
When Tiger Woods limped off the course at the 2011 Players Championship, his immediate future, particularly in terms of the upcoming 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, looked to be in doubt. But Tiger claims that there was no further damage done to the knee that he originally injured at the Masters, and that he fully expects to be part of the U.S. Open when they tee 'em up in June.
Bummed that my left leg has me on the sidelines, but I want, and expect, to be at the US Open. Will do all I can to get there.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyTiger Woods
Whether or not he can be effective is an entirely different story. but if you had already bought tickets for the U.S. Open in the hopes of seeing Tiger there, it doesn't seem like you'll be disappointed.
Tiger Woods withdrew from the 2011 Players Championship after just nine holes because of pain in his knee and achilles tendon, two injuries that have lingered with him since his performance in the 2011 Masters. Prior to the Players Championship, Woods said he was absolutely going to be healthy in time for the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. next month, but this recent news may throw that into question.
When he was asked about the severity of his injuries, Woods said he really didn't know how long he would be sidelined.
When Woods will return from this latest injury remains unknown.
"I don't know," Woods said. "I just finished nine holes. Give me a few days to see what the docs say and we'll take a look at it."
He has over a month to heal, so one would think he would be OK to play, but he also admitted that he was having trouble walking. Stay tuned.
Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the 2011 Players Championship after shooting a six-over in his first nine holes, citing multiple injuries. Woods could never get anything going, firing a 42 on the front nine, and was clearly limping as he left the course. Via Jason Sobel:
Breaking news: Tiger Woods withdraws after nine holes at The Players Championship, citing multiple injuries after shooting 6-over 42.
It's the second straight year Woods has withdrawn from the Players Championship. Last year, he had a neck injury and did not play. This year, he has been suffering from a sprained MCL and an achilles injury.
The big question now is whether he will be healthy in time for the 2011 U.S. Open, to be held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda in about a month. Prior to the Players Championship, Woods told Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post that he would be ready, without question. This latest injury, though, at least creates some doubt over whether Woods will ultimately play. It seems hard to believe that he would miss the U.S. Open, but time will tell.
It's essentially official: Tiger Woods will be healthy in time for the 2011 U.S. Open. Woods played a nine-hole practice round Tuesday in preparation for this week's Players Championship and affirmed that he would be ready to go when the U.S. Open heads to Congressional Country Club next month.
In an interview prior to his practice round, he said he was never worried the ailments would keep him out of next month's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. "That was never a problem," he said.
Woods has not played since the Masters, an event in which he made a late charge for the lead on the final day, only to come up a bit short. Later in the interview, he stressed the importance of maintaining his health to be in peak performance for the four Majors, which explains his absence from the tour recently.
The 2011 U.S. Open Championship will take place at Congressional Country Club, and we know how many players will be competing to make it to the tournament. The U.S. Golf Association has announced that it has accepted 8,300 applicants to the tournament, 65 of which are exempt from qualifying. One hundred and fifty six players will ultimately make up the field.
All of those applicants came through an online process. The 65 players exempted include nine past champions. The following will eventually be added:
The number of fully exempt golfers will increase with the inclusion of the top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking, the top 10 money leaders on the 2011 PGA Tour and the top five money leaders on the 2011 European PGA Tour, all as of May 23. The winner of The Players Championship (May 12-15) also receives an exemption, as does any multiple winner of official PGA Tour co-sponsored events between June 20, 2010, and June 12, 2011. For 2011, the top 50 players from the World Golf Ranking as of June 13, 2011, will also receive exemptions.
Local qualifying will be from May 16-19, with 18 holes over 111 sites. Sectional qualifying will take place on June 6, with 36 holes in locations in Japan, England and the United States. There are two international locations and 11 U.S. locations. The actual U.S. Open Golf Championship is from June 16-19.
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