Fore Long Island
Long Island golf courses and golfers mixed with a splash of PGA and other pro tours.
There was, of course, only one real winner all week at the U.S. Open. No one came anywhere near Rory McIlroy, only the seventh player in 111 U.S. Opens to lead from start to finish without being tied. Consider that his emphatic response to those who scribbled a thought such as this in a compilation of winners and losers at the...Read more »
Here is what they were saying about Rory McIlroy, as he was about to become the U.S. Open champion: Graeme McDowell, defending U.S. Open champion: “He’s the best player I’ve ever seen. I didn’t have a chance to play with Tiger when he was in his real pump. This guy is the best I’ve...Read more »
Marc Turnesa of Rockville Centre, the only local golfer in the U.S. Open, had a strong back nine after the rough start on Congressional (he hit his first-ever Open shot into the water and made double bogey on the 210-yard 10th).
He shot par for the back nine and finished the first day 5 over, which was not all...Read more »
Some observations and thoughts (emphasis on the former) from the first round here at Congressional Country Club:
Pack a lunch if you're walking from the 17th green to the 18th tee. They built a new tee for the 523-yard par 4 finishing hole and, man, it is back there. Way back by the fence. The hole is downhill, though, and the players...Read more »
Marc Turnesa of Rockville Centre will always remember that his first shot ever in a U.S. Open went in the water. That's what happens when one of the nines starts with a par 3.
Turnesa began on No. 10, a par 3 with about a 200-yard carry over a pond. With light rain just starting to fall, his ball fell just short and right...Read more »
Here's a copy of the current story about the return of the Open to Long Island. USGA officials are particularly happy to have the chance to let people see Shinnecock for the world-class course that it is, not as the object of derision it became in 2004, when the USGA admittedly "let the course get away from us." The U.S....Read more »
You have to wonder when we will see Tiger Woods again this season, if at all. He must really be hurting to have dropped out of the U.S. Open, which he announced today. The last time the Open went on without him was 1994, when he was 18 and had yet to win the U.S. Amateur (which got him into the 1995 Open at Shinnecock).
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