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USGA says it regrets distraction caused to Dustin Johnson, US Open field

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The United States Golf Association said Monday it regrets the distraction caused to Dustin Johnson and the rest of the U.S. Open field by waiting until the end of the final round to assess a one-shot penalty that had no bearing on the outcome.

While it is common for penalties to be assessed at the completion of a round, it is not always common ...Read more

Dustin Johnson overcomes all to win US Open

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- It may go down as the only time in U.S. Open history that a crowd lustily produced boos during the trophy presentation ceremony.

That was the strange electricity at Oakmont Country Club late on Sunday evening -- one that you'd usually only feel in a massive stadium, with fans edgy with elation and anger. On this day, there were ...Read more

Despite controversy, Dustin Johnson wins US Open

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- Dustin Johnson brushed aside concerns Sunday over whether he committed a rules violation during the final round of the U.S. Open and played solid golf in rallying from a 4-stroke deficit and winning the national championship at Oakmont Country Club.

Johnson, 31, who finished second in the Open last year, won his first career ...Read more

USGA deducts one stroke from US Open winner Johnson

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The United States Golf Association penalized Dustin Johnson one stroke after his ball moved on the fifth green.

After missing a birdie putt, Johnson, who led the U.S. Open for most of the afternoon, approached his ball for the short par attempt. Before grounding his club, the ball moved.

Playing mate Lee Westwood supported Johnson and said he ...Read more

Bubba Watson excited about chance to play in Olympics

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- So many golfers have begged out of the Olympics, it can be hard to keep track.

But this update is simple: Bubba Watson remains eager to represent the United States in Rio de Janeiro in August.

"For me, if I get in, it's a no-brainer," he told Tribune Newspapers after completing his final round Sunday at the U.S. Open. He shot ...Read more

Lowry grabs 2-stroke lead at US Open as play ends before third round is complete

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- A varied collection of challengers each would like to be the one coming out to the 18th green at Oakmont Country Club on Sunday evening to collect their trophy for the U.S. Open championship, but there's plenty of work to be done before that happens.

With U.S. Golf Association officials continuing their efforts to try to get ...Read more

Dustin Johnson leads US Open after second round is completed

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- Dustin Johnson headed into the third round of the U.S. Open on Saturday afternoon as the sole leader after the field completed the weather-delayed second round at Oakmont Country Club.

Johnson, who shot four under par through 36 holes, held a one-stroke lead over qualifier Andrew Landry, who lost a stroke by shooting one-over-...Read more

While lots of big names struggle, Dustin Johnson thrives at US Open

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- It was a day at the U.S. Open that required a really strong deodorant and plenty of snacks in the golf bag.

It was a 13-hour double shift with hardly a lunch break or change of shirts. It tested fitness and patience, and in the end the man who may have been luckiest was the one who made one single stroke of his ball the entire ...Read more

Oakmont crews work around the clock to undo storm damage

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- Although play was suspended in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday, the course maintenance crew at Oakmont Country Club never stopped working.

Literally, never.

"A lot of guys have not had sleep probably in two days, so it's just trying to get this caught up, get a lot of golf caught up," course superintendent John ...Read more

Landry leads unfinished first round at US Open

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- Andrew Landry was five minutes from freedom. Five minutes from being able to retire to a warm, dry room and reflect on the first round that was and could have been in the 116th U.S. Open.

Then the obnoxious horn blared for a third time on Thursday at Oakmont Country Club, the final brakes put on a rain and lightning plagued day,...Read more

Frustration shows for Jordan Spieth on day of fits and starts at US Open

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- For a handful of golfers, Thursday was not a complete wash.

During the first of three weather delays on the first day of the U.S. Open, Englishmen Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Paul Casey ventured to the media center to watch their country's soccer team take down Wales in Euro 2016. They roared when England scored the last-...Read more

First round of US Open suspended due to inclement weather

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- Play was suspended for a third and final time at 3:51 p.m. EDT Thursday at the U.S. Open due to inclement weather.

The official call made to end competition for the day came at 4:34 p.m. EDT.

With a storm raging on, Andrew Landry sat atop the leaderboard, sporting an impressive 3-under par with one hole to go in his first major...Read more

Odds favor Spieth, Day in US Open

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Jordan Spieth and Jason Day will carry a lot of buzz into this week's U.S. Open.

Spieth dazzled the big crowds and had TV ratings soaring en route to winning the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial Country Club last month.

He birdied the final three holes for a back-nine 30 to shoot a final-round 65 to capture his eighth PGA Tour victory. ...Read more

U.S. Open notebook: Justin Rose fighting back woes

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- Three years after winning his first career major championship at Merion in the U.S. Open, Justin Rose still returns to the club from time to time with "some special friends and to walk down memory lane."

But a more tangible aspect of Rose's victory was the chance to "free yourself up in future major championships," to not have ...Read more

'There is no next Tiger': US Open at Oakmont looms sans Woods

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- Tiger Woods was on top of the golfing world when the U.S. Open last visited Oakmont in 2007.

On Thursday, when the tournament returns to Oakmont for a record ninth time, Woods won't be there. At 40, his own record-setting days seem to be over.

Between these two U.S. Opens at Oakmont, Woods, the enigmatic former No. 1 player in ...Read more

US Open at Oakmont: One tough course awaits

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- William C. Fownes, the son of the man who designed Oakmont Country Club, once admonished club members who had complained that the course was too difficult by saying, "Let the clumsy, the spineless, the alibi artist stand aside."

An offensive remark amid the genteel world of golf? Absolutely, but Oakmont was tough when Fownes ...Read more

Winning at Oakmont could be McIlroy's 'biggest accomplishment'

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- Trepidation. It's the feeling of fear that causes one to hesitate, thinking something bad or unpleasant is going to happen.

It's also the one-word answer used by Rory McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open champion and third-ranked golfer in the world, to describe the prevailing emotion for players heading into the 2016 U.S Open at Oakmont...Read more

Oakmont preparing for rain as US Open nears

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OAKMONT, Pa. -- The players are beginning to take the course at Oakmont Country Club.

With the U.S. Open play beginning Thursday. The greens are playing fast and grounds management considers the course to be in good shape.

But weather forecasts have scattered rain and thunderstorms beginning Wednesday and possibly continuing through Friday. ...Read more

Defending champion Spieth revises US Open prediction

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When he played 27 holes at Oakmont Country Club six weeks ago, Jordan Spieth said he would sign for even par right then and take his chances of defending his U.S. Open title.

But, after a gusty practice round Sunday and nine more holes Monday -- the first day for fans to attend the U.S. Open -- Spieth thinks an acceptable score could be higher ...Read more

For Oakmont superintendent, the course is his baby

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As John Zimmers walks up to the 11th hole at Oakmont Country Club two weeks before the U.S. Open, one of his top assistants asks him if he's heard the comments Jack Nicklaus made about the greens.

Zimmers hasn't heard. The Oakmont grounds superintendent is intrigued.

Nicklaus had spoken publicly the day before at the Memorial and was asked ...Read more