Hunter Mahan had a pair of shafts at his feet for alignment. At one point, Mahan dropped his club after an errant shot, and Sean Foley moved in for more instruction. Reflective and honest, Mahan said Tuesday he is thankful for a life he described as ''incredible'' because there rarely has been any stress on or off the golf course.
Steve Desimone says he's the luckiest guy on the earth, having spent that last 37 years living a dream as the men's golf coach at California. The 67-year-old capped his career on Monday evening when Cal bowed out of the NCAA tournament at Eugene Country Club in Oregon. With his players and own kids looking on, Desimone walked off the green to applause.
Steve Stricker gets busier as he gets older. One of the PGA Tour's most respected players will be a vice captain for the U.S. team under Davis Love III at the Ryder Cup this year at Hazeltine. Stricker is also getting ready to host his own tournament, the inaugural Champions Tour stop in Madison sponsored by American Family Insurance in late June.
This isn't necessarily the busiest time of the year for Jeff Hall, though it might be the most complicated. Hall is the managing director of rules and competition for the USGA, and as the final stage of qualifying gets going for the U.S. Open, his job is to crunch numbers to figure out how many spots to allocate Monday to the 10 qualifying sites across America. Two sectional qualifiers are done.
Oregon sophomore Aaron Wise bounced back from a tee shot in the water with a birdie putt and a ferocious fist pump, closing with a 1-over 71 on Monday to win the NCAA title by two shots and give the Ducks a chance at the team championship. Wise, who is turning pro after the NCAA ends at Eugene Country Club, is the first Oregon player to win the individual title.
Gregory Bourdy of France shot 67-68 at Walton Heath on Monday and led 13 players who earned spots at the U.S. Open qualifier in England. Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington seemed certain to join them until the Irishman finished bogey-bogey, three-putting the 18th green, to miss the playoff by one shot. This will be the third straight year Harrington misses the U.S. Open.
(Reuters) - France's Gregory Bourdy led 13 players into the field for the U.S. Open golf championship next month at Oakmont Country Club in the International Sectional qualifier at Walton Heath in Surrey, England on Monday. Four-time European Tour winner Bourdy shot rounds of 67 and 68 to finish nine-under-par, two shots clear of Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg, to lead the qualifying event for the U.S. Open which takes place outside Pittsburgh starting on June 16. Irishman Padraig Harrington, announced last week as one of Darren Clarke’s vice-captains for this year’s Ryder Cup, bogeyed his final two holes to miss out on the playoff by one shot.
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