Tiger Woods shoots 4-under 66 at Greenbrier Classic

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These days, it's news when Tiger Woods has a few good holes.

So there was a bit of buzz Thursday morning when the former No. 1 player birdied three of the first seven at the Greenbrier Classic.

But a double-bogey heading for home quieted the chatter as Woods stood at 1-under through early first-round play on the Old White Course.

Woods would ...Read more

Bubba Watson wins his second Travelers Championship

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CROMWELL, Conn. -- Bubba Watson defeated Paul Casey with an 8-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win his second Travelers Championship on Sunday at TPC River Highlands.

Watson loves the course, the vocal, loyal spectators and the Travelers Championship, which was his first PGA Tour victory in 2010.

"... I kept grinding it out," ...Read more

Harman takes one-stroke lead over Watson, DeLaet at Travelers

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CROMWELL, Conn. -- University of Georgia Bulldogs Brian Harman and Bubba Watson competed in the final group Saturday. Displaying an abundance of determination and stellar shots, Harman didn't retreat against the No. 5 player in the world.

Harman was the top dog.

His 5-under par 65 gave him sole possession of the lead after the third round of ...Read more

Bubba Watson maintains 2-stroke Travelers lead after second-round 67

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CROMWELL, Conn. -- Bubba Watson said different wind conditions and more difficult pin positions made TPC River Highlands a different course Friday.

What remained the same was Watson's name atop the Travelers Championship leaderboard.

He made three birdies and 15 pars for a 3-under 67 in the second round for a total of 11-under 129. He held a ...Read more

Bubba Watson holds 2-shot lead at Travelers

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CROMWELL, Conn. -- Undaunted by the fact that the dogleg right ordinarily calls for a more conservative tee shot, Bubba Watson pulled the signature hot-pink driver from his bag at the ninth hole Thursday afternoon and whaled the ball on a straight line, cutting the corner, toward the green. It traveled 354 yards, setting up a relatively easy ...Read more

USGA's Mike Davis agrees with Chamber Bay's critics, to a point

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- He heard it all ... the players likening the greens to various vegetables, their lost respect for the USGA and the talk of spectators being treated like the dirt they were trampling around in all week at Chambers Bay as they were trying to catch a glimpse of the U.S. Open.

As executive director of the USGA, Mike Davis...Read more

Coordinator Danny Sink reflects on US Open at Chambers Bay

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The show is over, but the conductor can't leave.

At least not until everything is put back in place.

That's the job of Danny Sink, the championship coordinator of the U.S. Open golf championship that ended Sunday at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

He was the first person from the USGA to arrive at Chambers Bay, in October 2012, and ...Read more

Billy Horschel apologizes for U.S. Open outburst

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It was not a great week for the golf course at Chambers Bay -- especially the greens -- which endured heaps of criticism from players struggling through the U.S. Open.

But on Monday, one of the biggest critics offered a partial apology.

Billy Horschel, who made disparaging comments about playing and viewing conditions at the Washington venue, ...Read more

Spieth's ascent means millions in Under Armour media exposure

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BALTIMORE -- Jordan Spieth's U.S. Open victory means millions of dollars in media exposure for Under Armour, which scored a marketing coup in January when it extended its endorsement deal with the player for another 10 years.

Spieth on Sunday became the sixth golfer to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year, joining the likes of Jack ...Read more

Jason Day's health improves but game suffers at Chambers Bay

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- Jason Day's bout with vertigo took a positive turn in the final round of the U.S. Open. The fight for his first major championship, however, spun in the wrong direction just before the turn Sunday at Chambers Bay.

Day hit one of his better shots of the final round on the par-3 ninth hole, knocking his tee shot to 4 ...Read more

Billy Horschel torches USGA over Chambers Bay greens, design

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- The players in the U.S. Open did not go quietly into the sunset on Puget Sound. Some torched Chambers Bay and its dying greens, and none more so than Billy Horschel.

The reigning FedEx Cup champion stepped to the podium after his final round of 3-under 67 and said he had been waiting all week to blow up about what he ...Read more

Jordan Spieth wins US Open in dramatic fashion

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- How good must it feel to be Jordan Spieth?

The king of Augusta and now the ruler of Chambers Bay.

And all after he seemingly was headed to an 18-hole playoff, at best. But when Dustin Johnson three-putted the 18th hole from 12 feet, missing a 4-footer that would have sent him into an 18-hole playoff Monday, Spieth ...Read more

Golfers give poor reviews of Chambers Bay course, USGA says it's just fine

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- After a few days of hearing varying -- and increasingly critical -- descriptions of the greens at Chambers Bay, Larry Gilhuly responded with one of his own.

"Smooth as a billiard table," said Gilhuly, the Agronomist for the West Region of the USGA, which means he helped head up the team that prepared the course for ...Read more

Jason Day overcomes vertigo, surges into tie for lead at US Open

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- Do you believe in miracles?

That might be overstating what Jason Day did Saturday in the third round of the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, but it certainly bordered on miraculous.

One day after he collapsed to the ground on his final hole from vertigo and needed assistance just to walk to the scoring area, the popular ...Read more

McIlroy, Mickelson fade at US Open

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- Rory McIlroy sounded like a dreamer caught in that hazy state between warm sleep and cold reality.

"I'll need something spectacular tomorrow," McIlroy admitted Saturday. "If I can hit the ball like I did today and have one of my best-ever putting rounds, I still have a chance."

So it has come to this for McIlroy ...Read more

Fans find their favorite perch at Chambers Bay

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- Terry deJager of Whidbey Island isn't a bad guy, but he did confess a certain enjoyment Saturday in watching the fourth hole at Chambers Bay golf course "eat people alive."

Leaning against a fence on the east rim of the golf course, deJager and his wife, Cheryl, had a helicopter-style view of the uphill par-4 monster ...Read more

Phil Mickelson loses ground on US Open leaders but remains hopeful

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- The cheer that turned into a standing ovation from the grandstand overlooking the ninth hole when Phil Mickelson merely tugged at his cap proved that he always will be a star attraction in the world of golf.

Mickelson, though, appears resigned to a supporting role in the 115th U.S. Open after a slog of a second round ...Read more

Tiger Woods misses cut at US Open

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- They roared away. They roared anyway.

Tiger Woods walked onto his last green of the second round of the U.S. Open on Friday, some of his final steps in the worst tournament of his professional career, when the gallery adjacent to the ninth hole stood and cheered.

Woods obliged with a tip of the cap. They cheered on, ...Read more

Jordan Spieth overcomes struggles at 18th hole, moves up leaderboard

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- Jordan Spieth stalked off the 18th green, ignoring the applause for him from the packed grandstand on the finishing hole at Chambers Bay.

Even the ultra-controlled Spieth couldn't hide his anger about the debacle he'd just endured, his face twisted into a hard glare as he headed for the No. 1 tee.

Playing the back ...Read more

Jason Day's status at US Open unclear after collapsing on course

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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- On a bluff overlooking the No. 9 fairway, Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler stood shoulder-to-shoulder, arms crossed, looking down at the most memorable scene from the U.S. Open's second day.

There below Woods and Fowler was Jason Day, the Australian golfer and friend of Woods who was lying on the fairway surrounded by ...Read more