US Open Golf

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American Airlines Lost the Wrong Guy's Bags

Golfer Michael Buttacavoli withdrew from chance at US Open after his clubs misplaced

(Newser) - To compete in the qualifying rounds for the US Open, you sort of need your golf clubs—which is why one pro golfer is fuming at American Airlines for his now-squashed chances to make the cut. USA Today reports Michael Buttacavoli withdrew Monday from his last chance to play in... More »

Is Tiger Done? He's Nearly Dead Last at US Open

A 15-year-old beats him soundly

(Newser) - Tiger Woods' second round of the US Open is over, and you will currently find his name second from the bottom on the leaderboard . Which means that out of 156 golfers, he is tied for 154th place. Some are still playing, and it's possible one or two more might... More »

15-Year-Old Gets Choked Up Teeing Off at US Open

Cole Hammer wipes away a tear

(Newser) - The veterans teeing off at the US Open today might consider that first shot business as usual, but for one very-much-not-veteran golfer, it was anything but. Cole Hammer is just 15, the third youngest golfer to qualify for the major, and he clearly struggled with his emotions before his initial... More »

Golfer Cans Her Caddie Mid-Round

Jessica Korda unceremoniously dumps Jason Gilroyed at US Open

(Newser) - Jessica Korda isn't exactly clinging to the old adage about dancing with the one who brought you: The golfer started yesterday's US Women's Open with caddie Jason Gilroyed, but right after the ninth hole it was boyfriend Johnny DelPreti who was schlepping her clubs, reports Yahoo's... More »

Tiger Woods Shares Lead at US Open

But Beau Hossler, a kid in braces, isn't far behind

(Newser) - Tiger Woods hasn't won a major in four years, but he's in contention to change that this weekend. Heading into the final two rounds, Woods shares the lead at 1-under with Jim Furyk and David Toms, notes the Golf Channel . It would be his 15th major if he... More »

14-Year-Old to Play US Open

Andy Zhang to be youngest competitor ever

(Newser) - The field at this week's US Open will have a fresh face—very fresh. Andy Zhang, 14, will be the youngest competitor in the history of the tournament, the Golf Channel reports. Zhang was the second alternate, making the field after Paul Casey bowed out with an injury. "... More »

NBC Slammed for Dropping 'Under God' From Pledge

Network issues apology amid Twitter fuss

(Newser) - NBC sparked a furor on Twitter after it omitted the words “under God” from of the Pledge of Allegiance during its US Open coverage—twice. In the pre-taped segment, kids recited the pledge as patriotic images appeared on screen. The first time, the words “under God” and “... More »

Cops Squeeze Lemonade Stand, Issue $500 Fine

You can sell parking spots in US Open neighborhoods, but not lemonade

(Newser) - A group of kids got a bitter lesson in American justice when they were hit with a $500 fine for operating a lemonade stand without a license. The real rub? The profits were earmarked for a charity to fight pediatric cancer. Officials said they cracked down on the stand, set... More »

Tiger, Elin Barely Civil at Daughter's Party

They do what they have to for kids

(Newser) - Relations are apparently so frosty between Tiger Woods and still-wife Elin Nordegren that the two were barely civil to one another at a recent birthday party for their 3-year-old daughter, Sam, reports Radar . The bash was the second thrown for Sam because Woods missed her first party to attend the... More »

Woods Will Be Back Before Masters, Ex-Coach Thinks

'I don't know who this guy is,' Butch Harmon says of cheating Tiger

(Newser) - Tiger Woods will be back on the golf course by March, his former coach says, adding that he’s been “shocked” by the infidelity storm surrounding the world’s top player. “If you want to put a timetable on it,” Butch Harmon tells the Guardian . “I’... More »

Fallon Beats Tiger at His Own Wii Game

They faced off in Times Square

(Newser) - Tiger's not so tough in the virtual world. Jimmy Fallon crushed the champion golfer in Tiger's own Nintendo Wii game at Times Square this morning, the New York Post reports. Woods conceded on the third and final hole, after shooting a double-bogey and a bogey.  They played on the... More »

Glover Takes US Open Title

(Newser) - Lucas Glover hung on today as golf's elite struggled to catch him, winning this year’s US Open at Bethpage Black, NBC Sports reports. A birdie on the 16th hole put Glover two shots ahead of a pack that included David Duval, Phil Mickelson, and Ricky Barnes. Glover did not... More »

Doused, Soused Crowd Taunts Tiger at US Open

Woods could still pull off victory, but it's a long shot

(Newser) - Tiger Woods still has a shot at victory at the US Open, but it would take a record-tying comeback. And to do that Woods would need incredible focus, because some soused spectators have been working on a distracting new hazard at Bethpage Black: extensive heckling. The rowdy crowd may be... More »

Rain Suspends US Open

2nd-round cut pushed to Saturday at earliest

(Newser) - The first round of the US Open lasted just three hours today before rain made Bethpage Black unplayable, reports. Play was suspended until 7:30am tomorrow, though more wet weather is forecast for Long Island. Four players shared the lead at 1 under par, but none had played... More »

After Practice, Tiger Calls US Open Course 'Phenomenal'

(Newser) - Tiger Woods was the first golfer yesterday to play a practice round at Bethpage Black, the Long Island course which hosts this year’s US Open beginning Thursday, Newsday reports. “Obviously the golf course is phenomenal,” he said today. “It’s playing long this week. It’s... More »

Inspire Us, Tiger

(Newser) - Ignore the nonstop gloom and doom of economic news to consider a wonderful thing: Tiger Woods is playing golf again. Woods has been rehabbing his left knee since just after his gutsy 2008 US Open win settled forever the question of whether a golfer could be called an “athlete,... More »

Here's Tiger's Baby

(Newser) - Tiger Woods has released the first images of his new son, Charlie, reports the New York Daily News. In fact, Woods issued a family portrait of himself, wife Elin, daughter Sam, and the new Charlie Axel, who arrived on Feb. 8. Now that Charlie's here, dad expects to be back... More »

Best Sports Stories of 2008

Evil Bill, golden Michael, ailing Tiger, and hapless Lions held our fascination

(Newser) - Every fan has favorite storylines from the year in sports, but a few were universally intriguing, Reid Cherner and Tom Weir write in USA Today:
  1. Michael Phelps' eight golds in the 08/08/08 Olympics gave America a reason to root.
  2. Our favorite hoodied villain, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, finally got his
... More »

Tiger's #1 Ranking in Danger

Woods' injury absence has let rivals get closer, and he won't return until Feb.

(Newser) - Tiger Woods may be the most dominant golfer alive, but his place atop the world rankings is far from secure, Reuters reports. After his incredible US Open victory in June, Woods held a commanding lead over No. 2 Phil Mickelson, but he’s seen that lead dwindle as he recovers... More »

Surprising Rocco Leads Open

Mediate is in a three-way tie, fresh off his play at the US Open

(Newser) - Rocco Mediate, the journeyman-golfer who came out of nowhere to give Tiger Woods a run for his money in the US Open, is picking up where he left off at the British Open, the New Zealand Herald reports. After a first round marked by miserable weather, Mediate is tied with... More »

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