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Mickelson falters at finish, praises USGA for Pebble Beach setup

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- With a triple bogey on the 18th hole on Saturday, Phil Mickelson finished a round of 4-over 75 that eliminated any chance he had to capture his first U.S. Open.

After receiving a standing ovation from the gallery in the packed grandstands, the San Diegan did something most unusual: He praised the U.S. Golf Association.

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Phil Mickelson's US Open drama: birdies, bogeys, seagulls, oh my!

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- The ball-hunting seagull should have been the hint for Phil Mickelson that he was going to have a wild back nine on Friday at Pebble Beach.

There were birdies all around, and bogeys, too, as Mickelson recorded only three pars on the incoming nine, and he still managed to be on the fringe of contention in the U.S. Open.

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Is dramatic comeback in Tiger Woods' weekend plans at US Open?

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Tiger Woods made his move at the U.S. Open just as the weekend rounds were coming into sight.

Woods went the wrong way.

Finishing with back-to-back bogeys Friday left Woods "a little hot" and behind a lot of truer contenders. It wasn't enough to draw a concession speech, not when his even-par total safely kept him above...Read more

US Open: Tiger Woods begins his hunt at Pebble Beach

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Tiger Woods' pumped his fist once his putt dropped. The crowd roared its approval. Then he marched to the next tee box as his playing partners cleaned up their putts.

Classic U.S. Open form by Woods at this sacred venue, right?

Not exactly. His highlight Thursday resulted in a mere yet unexpected par on the 14th hole, ...Read more

Rose knows it's a long road despite opening round lead at U.S. Open

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Justin Rose isn't quite on top of the world yet, but he is on top of the leaderboard at the U.S. Open and that's good enough for now.

"I wouldn't say it's exhilarating, because I feel like my mind-set is I am in a 72-hole tournament," Rose said Thursday evening under cool, slate-gray skies just off the 18th green. "This ...Read more

With 65, Rose leads US Open scoring onslaught on benign Pebble Beach

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- There would be no debacle, nothing to distract golf lovers from fully enjoying the visual bounty that is the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The U.S. Golf Association took extensive measures to ensure that for the first round of the 119th U.S. Open on Thursday.

It showered the course with abundant water, and the weather did ...Read more

Tiger Woods' 2000 US Open win was stunning, but Pebble Beach is always tough puzzle to solve

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Blame the expectations on the U.S. Open in 2000.

The images of Tiger Woods carving up Pebble Beach Golf Links with freakish accuracy with his irons and otherworldly putting is the lasting impression of how dominant Woods can be while playing on the Monterey Peninsula.

In arguably his greatest triumph among 15 major wins...Read more

Seeking US Open three-peat, Koepka finds more motivation in perceived slight by Fox TV

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- It would seem the quarry would be bare of rock chips for Brooks Koepka to place on his broad shoulders.

Incredibly, after four major golf victories in fewer than two years, Koepka keeps finding more. It helps that he's got thousands of social media miners to help him.

On Tuesday at Pebble Beach, where Koepka will try to...Read more

Reaching US Open has its own rewards for career amateur Stewart Hagestad

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- The magnetic pull for most golfers of Stewart Hagestad's caliber is simply too strong to resist.

The path usually goes something like this: Play in national-level junior tournaments; secure a scholarship to a top-25 university golf program; upon graduation, play anywhere they offer checks to prepare for that first shot ...Read more

Can USGA change course of criticism about recent US Open setups?

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It was one of the most shocking, incongruous moments in 118 editions of the U.S. Open.

Last June, in the third round at Shinnecock Hills, Phil Mickelson watched his 18-foot putt trickle past the cup at the 13th hole. As the ball began to gain speed down the slope, the five-time major winner loped after it like a parent chasing a runaway toddler...Read more

US Open preview: Can Tiger win and all else you need to know

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- As the U.S. Open returns to what its organizers call "the cathedral of American golf," here are 10 things you need to know heading into next week's championship at Pebble Beach that begins Thursday:

1. Tiger's chances: If Jack Nicklaus is willing to say Tiger Woods is the favorite, why argue? Woods' win at The Masters ...Read more

Tiger Woods biographer partners with production company to adapt book into TV series

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Jeff Benedict watched Tiger Woods win the Masters at Cheers, where everybody knows your name but not necessarily your published works.

Benedict, who co-authored the 2018 best-seller "Tiger Woods," was vacationing with his family near Boston's Faneuil Hall as the final round neared a dramatic conclusion. Desperate to find a ...Read more

Jordan Spieth, others fall short as Kevin Na pulls away to win Charles Schwab Challenge

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kevin Na survived an afternoon tee time in less-than-favorable conditions on Thursday afternoon. He made it through a fan's "cackle" during a bunker shot on No. 11 during Saturday's round that led to a double-bogey.

Nothing could derail him this week, though, not on a course that he's mastered over the years.

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Kevin Na is the 54-hole leader at Colonial, but Jordan Spieth, Jim Furyk in hunt

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- C.T. Pan has played plenty of golf with Jordan Spieth.

He's not the least bit surprised that Spieth continued his standout Charles Schwab Challenge on the greens, rolling in more bombs on Saturday afternoon.

Spieth made a 29-footer for birdie on No. 1, a 21-footer on No. 2 and a 37-footer on No. 7 for a third consecutive ...Read more

Jordan Spieth on fire with putter at Colonial, lurking behind leader Jonas Blixt

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jordan Spieth has made more than 300 feet in putts already this week.

He drained a 46-footer on No. 4 in Round 1 for a birdie, and then topped that by draining a 50-footer for birdie on No. 10 in Round 2. Two holes later on Friday, Spieth dropped in a 47-footer for birdie on No. 12.

As Spieth said, "Certainly a good couple...Read more

The top-ranked players struggled, but Jordan Spieth shined on Day 1 at Colonial

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jordan Spieth doesn't need vindication.

He knows he's getting closer to his old form on the golf course and isn't overly concerned with outside critics or voices wondering what's wrong with the one-time darling of the sport.

"It doesn't really bother me at this point," Spieth said of being asked constantly about his so-...Read more

Harold Varner III struggles to 81 in final round of PGA Championship

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Harold Varner III is a regular guy, and Sunday he found himself doing something a lot of regular guys have done.

Searching for a golf ball in the woods at Bethpage Black.

Problem was, he was in the final pairing of the PGA Championship, tied for second and playing alongside the tremendous Brooks Koepka, who began the round...Read more

Jordan Spieth falls short of career Grand Slam, but is excited about his play at PGA Championship

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Jordan Spieth fell short at the PGA Championship in his bid to become the sixth player in golf history to compete the career Grand Slam, but he felt encouraged with his game over the four rounds at Bethpage Black.

"This is the best I've felt in quite a while," Spieth said Sunday after a 71 led to a 278 total and a tie for ...Read more

Brooks Koepka watches lead shrink, but holds on to win second straight PGA Championship

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Brooks Koepka watched a 7-stroke lead in the PGA Championship dwindle to one on Sunday on a shaky back nine at Bethpage Black, but he eventually outlasted his good friend Dustin Johnson and won the year's second major by two.

The drama involving Koepka on a windy day came right down to the 18th hole, where he pulled his tee...Read more

Not many 'thumbs up' for Mickelson's video or his play in PGA Championship

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- The Phil Mickelson videos keep getting stranger, and the scores aren't getting any lower.

Mickelson tweeted a tongue-in-cheek video on Saturday morning in which he talks about how many thumbs-up he wanted to produce in the third round of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. It opened with him doing thumb exercises on his...Read more