June 18, 2016 - 11:27am
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Former U.S. Open champ Michael Campbell tried to demonstrate how quick the fairways are at Oakmont earlier this week. He executed it to perfection, as a ball he threw from the fairway wound up in the hole.

Michael Campbell, who won the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, is at Oakmont this week working as a commentator for Fox Sports Asia.

Earlier in the week, he was showing viewers just how fast the roll out is on fairways on the course. To demonstrate, he threw a golf ball from the middle of the fairway on the first hole and let it run out.

Well, quite frankly, Campbell could not have executed it any better.

Check out this Hail Mary that ends up in the bottom of the cup:


U.S. Open: Michael Campbell throws ball from fairway into hole
June 18, 2016 - 9:54am
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It's still early on Saturday at Oakmont in the 116th U.S. Open, but it already feels like there's been a week's worth of highlights.

If you're not tuned into the U.S. Open this morning, you're missing out -- big time.

Along with Rory McIlroy making a huge move up the leaderboard early in his second round, it seems the rest of the field is trying to squeeze in as many highlights in as short amount of time as possible.

In a span of less than 1 hour there have been three eagle hole-outs at Oakmont.

First, check out this pitch-in from an awkward lie from Romain Wattel:


Not long after that, Japan's Yusaku Miyazato did this on No. 18:


And, not to be outdone, France's Gregory Bourdy went from fairway to bottom of the cup on No. 11:


All this action and the day, really, has just begun! 

U.S. Open: Three eagle hole-outs in less than 1 hour
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia hit into the ditch on No. 9 and nearly lost his footing getting out.

At the U.S. Open, many fans are looking at Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, or maybe even Andrew Landry as favorites to win at Oakmont on Sunday. 

What about Sergio Garcia? 

The winner of the Byron Nelson this year is quietly hanging around the leaderboard at 2-under, two shots back. However, his round (and tournament) could have gone horribly wrong on his final hole of the day, the par-4, 9th. 

After an errant tee shot put him in the ditch, Garcia had to punch a shot back into the fairway and climb out of the thick hazard.



Then, he found himself staring at bogey after his third shot landed some 50-feet from the cup.  

And then this happend...



Yea, it was just for par, but maybe...just maybe...the golfing gods are on Sergio's side at Oakmont. The Spaniard has never won a major, despite finishing second four times in his career, most recently in 2014.

Could this finally be the tournament for the kid that famously dueled Tiger at the PGA Championship...in 1999!!?? 

Sergio Garcia goes sideways, still makes par at Oakmont
June 17, 2016 - 4:26pm
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As the weather cleared at Oakmont, Friday thankfully was a full day of action. The players took advantage of the soft scoring conditions and hit some shots that wouldn't otherwise be possible.

Here's a collection of the best shots from first and second round action on Friday at the U.S. Open:

How about this slam dunk from Matt Marshall?





Jim Furyk seems to always play well in his home state of Pennsylvania. Check out this bomb from off the green.



2007 U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera shows you can still make birdie if you miss the fairway.



Phil Mickelson may be the best wedge player of all time, and he showed it off here with this near hole-out.



Jamie Donaldson showed off his short game chops with this chip-in.



As the drama picks up over the weekend, there's no doubt plenty more highlights are in store for golf fans everywhere!

Top shots from Friday at U.S. Open
June 17, 2016 - 9:37am
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Amateur Scottie Scheffler fired a 69 in the first round of the U.S. Open, but seemed to be more concerned with his sister Callie's intern status. Callie got a week off from her internship -- her second week on the job -- to caddie for her brother this week at Oakmont.

OAKMONT, Pa. -- Scottie Scheffler had some worries on his mind last night after becoming only the third amateur in U.S. Open history to shoot a round in the 60s in the rain-soaked first round at Oakmont, but they weren't about golf. He was worried about his sister's internship.

Scheffler's 1-under 69 made him the leader in the clubhouse yesterday because only nine of the field of 156 golfers ever reached the clubhouse after play was suspended three times for rain delays that left half the field never teeing off. Such incessant stoppages and inclement conditions made life difficult for everyone. But when you're 19 and playing at the U.S. Open with your sister on your bag, the only thing you really have to worry about is her job.

"There was a lot that we had to go through today with the weather and everything, the stop and go and trying to stay loose and stuff like that, so it was very important to me (to have his sister caddying)," Scheffler said. "I'm glad she was able to get the week off to come help me out. She's a week into an internship, and she's already asking for a week off. Hopefully she doesn't get in trouble."

That seems as unlikely as her brother's performance yesterday. The Schefflers, you see, are a golfing family, Scottie entering his third year on Texas' golf team while Callie is a senior member of the women's golf team at Texas A&M. Even her internship has a golf link as it turns out, and that link provided more name recognition to the company she's working for on one rainy afternoon than it might have otherwise earned all summer.

"She's interning for WorldLink," the teen-age U.S. Open leader explained. "The only way I know it, it's another college golfer's dad that she's working for. I think that was the big reason why she was able to get off work today. She's pursuing a graduate degree in marketing right now, so she's got a year to finish that up at A&M and a year left in college golf."

How many days her brother has left at his first U.S. Open is difficult to know, but if he can put together a second round like his first it will last more days than he might have expected.

Playing with calm control and putting with confidence, Scheffler was one of only seven golfers under par when play was halted. Andrew Landry, an obscure professional ranked 624th in the world, was atop the leaderboard at 3-under but wasn't able to stroke in a 10-foot birdie putt on his final hole before play was suspended, something he seems likely to do in today's early-morning hours, so technically Scheffler was the first-round leader when night fell.

What Scheffler will be doing today is not golfing, because it's unlikely there will be enough time for him to tee off in the second wave of the second round as scheduled with half the first round yet to begin. Where that leaves him remains to be seen but angst ridden didn't seem likely.

"I hope we'll be able to get in 18 tomorrow," he said. "(Someone) is shaking his head no. So we're not going to get in 18 tomorrow. That will be another adjustment for us. I don't know if we'll be teeing off at 7 at night or we'll be starting out at 6:30 in the morning.

"I was just excited to get done on 18. I tapped in like a 2 1/2-footer kind of quickly, which maybe wasn't the smartest idea. I wanted our group to get done so we didn't have to come back in the morning, because we were up at 4 a.m. this morning.

"Honestly, I really wanted to watch the basketball game tonight. I wanted to get done so I could stay up late to watch that."

When you're 19 and leading the U.S. Open, that's what's on your mind. Not winning a major or making golf history. What's on your mind is your sister's internship and the Cavaliers-Warriors game. That's the innocence -- and the comfort -- of youth.

"The experience ... I can't even describe it right now, but I didn't really let the magnitude of what's going on kind of get to me," Scheffler said. "I'm glad we got here a little early this week to kind of get used to everything, because this is something I've never experienced before.

"There's a lot more stuff going on than what I'm used to at an amateur tournament. We've got courtesy cars and security and a bunch of people around. The people don't really bother me. It's just the other stuff that kind of goes on. It doesn't bother me, it's just something I'm not used to, like how we're going to get to the course tomorrow is going to be a struggle because we've got to dodge thousands of fans. That's something I've got to figure out when I'm done here."

As he answered questions about the magnitude of playing in the Open, Scheffler's proud parents stood in the background. They were beaming in the way any parent would as they watched not only their son but also their daughter being interviewed about their unexpected U.S. Open star turn.

Each spoke not only about the kind of day you dream of when you're young and all things are possible, but as if there was really nothing shocking about it. It was, after all, just golf.

"Once we got on the course, I was fine," he said. "She's caddied for me in a couple of pro events before so we both kind of knew the drill. Definitely the preparation between those events and coming into this one really helped to get everything settled in.

"The atmosphere around here is a little different than what we're used to, but having the experience behind us in the other two events was really helpful, especially with her caddying. She knows how to caddie out here. It's very different than any other place. I don't think we got in any trouble today, which is a good start."

Callie the Caddie didn't and neither did Scottie the U.S. Open leader. They avoided trouble, which is what must be done to survive Oakmont. Then they went to watch basketball and waited to see what happens next.

This article was written by Ron Borges from Boston Herald and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. 

U.S. Open: Amateur shoots 69, worried about caddie sister's internship
Oakmont Country Club
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Did you know that the Pennsylvania Turnpike cuts right through Oakmont Country Club?

By Tim Bannon
Chicago Tribune

The venerable Oakmont Country Club, host to this week's U.S. Open, is considered one of the most challenging golf courses in the world.

It's also the only one with the Pennsylvania Turnpike slicing right through it.

When it opened in 1904 in western Pennsylvania, a railroad cut across the property. Years later, the turnpike was built on the railroad line, and now holes one and nine through 18 are on the west side of the highway and holes two through eight are on the east side.

"It's a unique feature in that it's there," Tom Marzlof, a senior design associate with Fazio Designs, a golf course design company, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

This is the ninth time Oakmont has hosted the U.S. Open, more than any other course in the country.

And it's not the only course with a major road running through it. Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia, where the 2013 U.S. Open was held, is split by two-lane Ardmore Avenue.

But this is no mere avenue. The 550-mile-long Pennsylvania Turnpike averages approximately 42,000 vehiles a day.

"It's really difficult to even tell there's a highway there when you're up on the golf course," Mike Houser, an engineer project manager for the Turnpike, told the Post-Gazette. "That's never been an issue, never been a discussion and never been a problem as far as we know."

The two sides are now connected by a walking bridge. In 2003, Oakmont built a new pedestrian bridge meant to ease crowd congestion.

This article was written by Tim Bannon from Chicago Tribune and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Why does the Pennsylvania Turnpike cut through the U.S. Open?