Lone Star State is big enough for both new and old Valero Texas Open hosts: Westin La Cantera and TPC San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- That big, 1,001-room hotel that sits behind the 16th green was quite the As the TPC San Antonio and JW Marriott opened up last year, it meant the Westin la Cantera had to step aside to make room at the top. I just wrote a fe… more »

We know who Bob Costas doesn't want to win the U.S. Open

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(OAKMONT, PA) -- NBC's Bob Costas is a nervous man right now. Right now, it looks like two possibilities: Tiger Woods - whom Costas no doubt wants in the booth with him tonight with the trophy. Then there is Angel Cabrera. Costas has to be nervou… more »

A triple to start off vs Tiger? Best thing that could have happened to Baddeley...well not really

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OAKMONT, Pa. - This triple bogey start by Aaron Baddeley, worse than Sergio's last stand vs. Tiger at Hoylake last year, is the best thing that could have happened to him. Actually the best thing would have been Tiger making triple...but see where I'… more »

Low scores, high humidity early at Oakmont as Tiger & Baddeley set to duel at U.S. Open

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OAKMONT, Pa. - There's an unusually high amount of humidity at Oakmont this morning. That's not a metaphor or anything. Seriously, I think we've got storms coming this afternoon...and I don't mean storms of birdies. We could be rained out, at least f… more »

Prophetic Aaron Baddeley had the right attitude all along at Oakmont; Now it's him vs. Tiger at U.S. Open

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OAKMONT, Pa. - Looking back on all the players I've spoken with this week, either one-on-one or in a reporter mob (usually around Rory Sabbatini, Zach Johnson or Ian Poulter), one thing has been evidently clear: Those who came in with the mindset tha… more »

Defending U.S. Open and Oakmont champ Ernie Els likes Bubba Watson's chances, but Tiger is in control

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OAKMONT, Pa. - All aboard the Bubba Wagon! Bubba Watson is in the driver's seat, but many are expecting his inexperience to show this weekend. I don't think so. He'll be near the top Sunday. Sound crazy? After Ernie Els' round today, he told… more »

Tiger still the favorite and other U.S. Open thoughts

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OAKMONT, Pa. - A few U.S. Open thoughts before bedtime. Of all the players ahead of Tiger Woods on the leaderboard heading into the weekend, only David Toms has won a major... Can whoever led the charge to cut the trees down at Oakmont run for pub… more »

Jim Furyk states the obvious everyone has forgotten at U.S. Open: Oakmont members are all probably terrible

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OAKMONT, Pa. - If you've been watching enough U.S. Open coverage, by now you know the Oakmont Country Club membership is proud of it's difficult golf course. They even say it's harder on a daily basis than it is at the Open and the USGA actually makes it… more »

Friday morning U.S. Open update: Furyk, Singh, Mickelson fall, Tiger ready to pounce

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OAKMONT, Pa. - This leaderboard at the U.S. Open as events unfold Friday morning looks like it’s Tiger’s for the taking. Amongst other crazy ideas, I'm looking for Woods to be leading the tournament by day’s end with a 70 or 71 in the afternoon… more »

Mickelson hacks his way through the rough, saves enough energy for another jab at U.S. Open: "Oakmont is the USGA's wet dream"

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OAKMONT, Pa. - Phil Mickelson has been candid - borderline delirious - with comments he’s made about Oakmont and the tournament setup this week – possibly returning the favor for the wrist he hurt in the ridiculously high rough here a few weeks back… more »

Mickelson grinding, Poulter is the afternoon fan favorite. U.S. Open P.M. update

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OAKMONT, Pa. - Bummed out you can't get live updates on the U.S. Open? The media covering the event don't have it much better. Everyone is whining about a bad WiFi connection in the tent. Basically, here's whats going on in the P.M. rounds if you can… more »

U.S. Open update: morning players go low. Dougherty leads, Garcia blows up, Tiger is close

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OAKMONT, Pa. - Morning tee times are finishing up around noon and scores are lower than expected at this year's U.S. Open. A half-inch of rain last night and overcast skies have also prevented the course from firming up too fast. Morning players have… more »

Let's stop comparing exclusive Oakmont Country Club to hard-working Pittsburgh steel workers during U.S. Open week, please

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OAKMONT, Pa. - After Oakmont this week, the next three U.S. Opens will be staged on public venues: Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach and Bethpage Black. The U.S.G.A. also announced this week the 2014 Open will be held at Pinehurst No. 2 - public as well.… more »

Rain at Oakmont means scores won't be as high as many predicted

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Blogger's note: since posted, the report from the USGA is a half-inch of rain. Officials expect slower greens at least Thursday and maybe later in the week. OAKMONT, Pa. - There may be no prettier sight than all the rain pouring down right now at Oak… more »

How do you like your U.S. Open caddie? Monty wants one that "knows the course and will keep his mouth shut"

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OAKMONT, Pa. - Colin Montgomerie has come painfully close in too many majors, including last year's U.S. Open where he bogeyed the final hole, and the last time it was staged at Oakmont in 1994 where he lost in a playoff. Monty hopes a little local h… more »

Mickelson upgrades to long pants over shorts at U.S. Open, but wrist injury is still there

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Oakmont, PA -- Phil Mickelson teed off for a practice round just before 8 am this morning at the US Open in Oakmont. He only made it nine holes. Afterwards, he spent the morning on the practice green with short game coach Dave Pelz, his caddie Bones,… more »