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Until this past weekend Graeme McDowell lived in relative obscurity. Having never finished higher than tenth in a major PGA championship and having notched six European Tour wins. Now, with a US Open win under his belt and the Ryder Cup approaching, SkyBet has released a number of very high odds for the rest of McDowell's 2010:
To win another Major in 2010 12/1
To win a Major in 2011 8/1
2011 US Open 33/1
2 European Tour Wins 2010 8/11
To Win WGC Event 2010 14/1
3 European Tour Wins 2010 6/4
4 European Tour Wins 2010 7/1
5 or more European Tour Wins 2010 33/1
Top Points Scorer Europe Ryder Cup 6/1
Max 5 Points 2010 Ryder Cup 20/1
To Hole Winning putt Ryder Cup 20/1
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell shot a 3-over 74 to become the first European to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970 in a tournament that saw some of golf's finest tripped up by sloppy conditions at Pebble Beach. It was the highest final round by the tournament champion in a quarter century. McDowell finished at even par, one stroke up on France's Gregory Havret.
McDowell, the leader for most of the final round, held off a late charge by Havret, but the Frenchman just missed a birdie try on 18 that might have helped him draw even. McDowell was holding steady at 4-under after No. 8, but then shot bogeys on Nos. 9 and 10. By the 14, he was one up on Havret at 1-under.
Dustin Johnson, who was McDowell's playing partner and the tournament leader after three rounds, lost six shots on three holes in the front nine. He finished with a final-round 82 to place tied for eighth overall.
After shooting a 66 in the third round, Tiger Woods shot a 75 in the final round to finish tied for fourth at 3-over with Phil Mickelson, who shot a 73 with the second straight round. The top two golfers in the world were unable to make a move and seemed almost an afterthought throughout the final round.
NBC's John Miller put it succinctly: "I don't know who's leaking more oil, this field or British Petroleum." Topical, Mr. Miller! But it's slathered in truth, because nobody is putting together a great Sunday--especially lately.
Dustin Johnson has righted the ship, but perhaps too late; he's still +7 on the day and three strokes back.
A day after registering eight birdies, Tiger Woods has bogeyed six of the 12 holes he's played today. He's toast.
Ernie Els gave away four strokes in three holes, and it could have been worse. He's at even par now.
Even Graeme McDowell, who has stood atop the field while everybody else faltered, isn't immune from struggle; McDowell bogeyed 9 and 10 and is now at a perilous -2 for the tournament. He leads, but that may be merely temporary.
Let's sum up where Dustin Johnson, who led the U.S. Open after Round 3 by three strokes, stands early in his Round 4 play.
Bad: Dustin Johnson triple-bogeyed the second hole.
Bad: On the third hole, Johnson hit his ball in a hazard. He found it, but only 15 seconds after the five-minute time limit expired. A second consecutive triple-bogey is a real possibility.
Bad: The players behind him -- Graeme McDonald, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson in particular -- are going strong.
Bad: The NBC booth just called Dustin Johnson "Dustin Hoffman."
Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more updates. Also, check in with Ryan Ballengee, who is on the scene at Pebble Beach, at our golf blog, Waggle Room.
Shaun Micheel may not be in a position to win the 2010 U.S. Open, but he has now played the greatest single hole of the tournament. Minutes ago, Micheel shot a double eagle on the sixth hole.
Micheel's second shot is the focus here -- his approach shot rolled on the green and directly into the hole, more than making up for a previous double bogey.
A double eagle is otherwise known as an albatross, and it's even more rare than a hole-in-one:
Between 1983 to 2003, there were 631 aces on the PGA Tour but just 56 double-eagles - and never more than 6 albatrosses in one year.
Consider the number of golfers and the number of holes involved, and also consider that Micheel pulled this off in a major tournament. An incredible feat.
SB Nation's golf expert, Ryan Ballengee, has been covering the U.S. Open live from Pebble Beach. He sat in as Tiger spoke to the media about his exceptional Round 3 performance.
The final stretch of holes, though, were what made Woods a contender for his fourth Open title. After a birdie on the short downhill sixteenth, Woods hit his tee shot on the iconic and devilish seventeenth to about fourteen feet above the hole.
Woods said of the putt that he was simply trying to leave himself without a difficult second putt.
"I told myself to not mess up the momentum, the great round that I had going," Woods said.He didn't. He curled in a putt with six feet of break to get back to even par.
Woods also felt that he psyched himself out of an eagle, which could have given him a 6-under round -- the best of this year's tournament.
After a tee shot that left him near a tree that could scuttle those efforts, Woods said he arrived at his ball happy.
"I thought I had a shot at it, and I was hoping Stevie would give me a good number. When he said 260, he did."
Woods went for it, curling his ball onto the green within twenty feet of the hole. Tiger said he psyched himself out of making the eagle that would have been deafening to the competition behind him. Nonetheless, Woods is clearly happy that his game is back.
"In all of the Opens that I've won, I've had a stretch of nine holes - not just front or back nine, but nine holes - where I made my move," Woods said.
Here's Ballengee's analysis of Tiger's third-round comeback:
Earlier this weekend, Graeme McDowell and Phil Mickelson were the main stories at the 2010 U.S. Open, but Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods took only one day to change the narrative.
Johnson mastered Pebble Beach in Round 3. After playing solid golf in the first and second rounds, Johnson sunk an eagle on the fourth hole and finished the round at 5-under. Johnson now has sole possession of first place by a three-stroke margin. He's never won a major, but has three PGA Tour wins to his name.
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, is playing some of his best golf of 2010. Woods also shot 5-under in Round 3, giving him sole possession of third place. He's five strokes behind the lead, so in order to win the U.S. Open, Woods will need to replicate his Round 3 performance and hope for some help from Johnson and Graeme McDowell, who sits in second place.
Entering Round 4, here is how the top of the leaderboard looks:
1. Dustin Johnson (6-under for tournament)
2. Graeme McDowell (3-under)
3. Tiger Woods (1-under)
T4. Ernie Els (E)
T4. Gregory Havret
6. Phil Mickelson (+1)
T7. Ryo Ishikawa (+3)
T7. Alex Cejka
T7. Tim Clark
Ryan Ballengee is live on the scene at Pebble Beach. Check out his news, updates, and analysis over at SB Nation's golf blog, Waggle Room.
Here are the Sunday tee times, courtesy of USOpen.com. The final three pairings, as usual, will be of the greatest interest. Phil Mickelson tees off with Ernie Els(!) at 4:55 ET, Tiger Woods is matched with total whodat Gregory Havret at 5:05, and leader Dustin Johnson (-6) is paired with Graeme McDowell (-3); their tee time is 5:15.
During a back nine where nobody seemed to be making a move, Dustin Johnson surged ahead of Graeme McDowell with birdies on 17 and 18 to move to -6. McDowell, at -3, leads third-place Tiger Woods by two strokes. Nobody else is above par heading into Sunday's action.
Woods and Johnson both submitted the top round of the day, each registering a 66 that featured clutch play down the stretch. As mentioned before, Johnson birdied his last two holes. For Woods, it was the last three. Meanwhile, in the rest of the top 10, only two players (Phil Mickelson, Tim Clark) managed to go even -1 on the final three holes, and both did that with birdies on 16.
Tiger's "only" five shots back, but staging large Sunday comebacks like this isn't really his method of success--he's always best protecting leads, not manufacturing them. But then, that was the old Tiger, and there's really no predicting what he'll do Sunday. Just make sure you're watching.
Tiger Woods may be multiple shots out of the lead, but he has stolen the show at Pebble Beach today. After a middling first two and a half rounds, Tiger was scintillating down the stretch today.
Tiger birdied five of his last eight holes today, including a clinical birdie-birdie-birdie on 16, 17, and 18. He even had an eagle putt from 20 after an absurd cut 3-wood from the trees, but the putt was just a hair away from being true.
That pushes Tiger into third place--by himself, at this point in the round--something relatively unthinkable after Tiger came away from the 10th hole at +4 and far off the pace. But this is what Tiger can do, and now the pressure is on current leaders Graeme McDowell and Dustin Johnson.
Coming into today's action, fan favorite Phil Mickelson was tied for second at -1. But while Graeme McDowell and Dustin Johnson have charged ahead of the pack by multiple strokes today, Mickelson's day has gone off in the opposite direction.
Phil The Thrill started his third round with two consecutive bogeys, but a birdie on the Par 3 5th seemed to get him back on track. Then a disastrous ninth hole saddled Phil with a double bogey, dropping him seven shots back at the turn.
A birdie on 11 has pushed Phil back to +1 and tied for fifth place, but his play today resembles his first round (+4) much more than his second (-5). Not good news for Lefty fans.
Tiger Woods entered Saturday shooting 4-over -- seven shots behind the U.S. Open lead. In Round 3, he's matching his bogeys with birdies to remain at par for the day, and as a result, he's moving up the leaderboard.
Through the front nine, Woods has advanced from a tie for 25th to a tie for 19th. We'll know whether he can pose a serious threat to win this tournament once he shoots his back nine.
The U.S. Open, of course, is a very difficult tournament, as it's meant to be. The golfers at Pebble Beach this weekend would agree -- the leader, Graeme McDowell, enters Round 3 with only a 3-under score, and the cut line stood at 5-over.
Each U.S. Open tournament features an especially difficult hole. In 2010, it's the 14th at Pebble Beach. Ryan Ballengee from SB Nation's golf blog, Waggle Room, explains why:
Missed shots that are too aggressive on the left will either be bunkered or in the chipping area. In the chipping area, the player has no option to loft the chip shot for fear of hitting the tree. A misjudged shot will lead to a player falling off the green back in front of the bunker. With the pin hidden by the bunker, it is next to impossible to chip back at the pin. The lone option is to chip to the top right tier and hope to two-putt.
So what of the notion that the 14th is unfair?
My position is that every US Open has a hole like this - the one that can border on unfair. This year, it is a par 5.
Mr. Ballengee is reporting live from Pebble Beach. Follow along with him over at Waggle Room.
Entering Round 3 of the U.S. Open, Davis Love III sat at 7-over -- a full ten strokes behind tournament leader Graeme McDowell. However, Love is having a great Saturday at Pebble Creek thus far, having posted a 5-under through the front 9.
Love shot four birdies, as well as an eagle on the fourth hole, in the front nine alone. He's made par on the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth holes. He's still tied for 13th place, and 5 strokes off the lead, but if nothing else he's put himself in position for a strong finish.
Here are the US Open Round 3 tee times for all golfers near the top of the leaderboard. All times Pacific.
|1:10||L. Glover||S. Verplank|
|1:20||M. Kuchar||P. Harrington|
|1:30||L. Donald||F. Funk|
|1:40||T. Woods||V. Singh|
|1:50||S. Noh||S. Micheel|
|2:00||R. McGowan||J. Dufner|
|2:10||J. Leonard||R. Cabrera - Bello|
|2:20||J. Preeo||J. Allred|
|2:30||C. Schwartzel||M. Kaymer|
|2:40||L. Westwood||T. Clark|
|2:50||G. Havret||A - S. Langley|
|3:00||I. Poulter||K. Choi|
|3:10||S. Kjeldsen||J. Kelly|
|3:20||B. De Jonge||P. Casey|
|3:30||A. Cejka||P. Mickelson|
|3:40||R. Ishikawa||E. Els|
|3:50||D. Johnson||G. McDowell|
Check back with this StoryStream for updates. And for more on the US Open, check in with SB Nation's golf blog, Waggle Room.
After Round 2 of the U.S. Open, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell holds sole possession of the lead after shooting 3-under on Saturday. He compensated for three bogeys with six birdies after shooting par in Round 1. McDowell has never won a PGA Tour event, but he did finish in the top ten at the PGA Championship in 2009.
The biggest story of the day, though, was provided by Phil Mickelson. He suffered through a difficult Round 1, ending up 4-over, but completely turned his game around on Friday. Mickelson shot 5-under in Round 2, putting him in a tie for second place at Pebble Beach. Mickelson has yet to win the U.S. Open, but he has designs on following up his Masters victory with his second consecutive major win.
Elsewhere, Tiger Woods followed up his 3-over Round 1 with a 1-over Round 2. He's vaulted twenty spots since Thursday, which speaks to the difficulty of this tournament.
For more on the 2010 U.S. Open, head on over to our golf blog, Waggle Room.
Entering Round 2's action, Waggle Room's Ryan Ballengee wondered whether Phil Mickelson would be able to "get his act together." Well, through the first nine holes on Friday, Mickelson is answering with an emphatic, "yes."
Mickelson has scored five birdies in the front nine alone to bring him back to par for the tournament. With the back nine left to play in Round 2, he's now tied for fifth overall, jumping up the leaderboard by 61 spots.
Five birdies within nine holes is always impressive, but remember that the course at Pebble Beach is a very, very difficult course.
For more on Mickelson and all things golf, head on over to SB Nation's golf blog, Waggle Room.
Well, noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods will make the cut. But he'll certainly have his work cut out of him during the weekend. Woods shot a 1-over round of 72 during his second round on Friday, recording four bogeys and three birdies, to bring him to 4-over on the tournament. With the cut for the weekend set at 7-over, Woods will keep playing Saturday and Sunday, although Geoff Ogilvy and Rory McIlroy will not be so fortunate, headlining the list of big names on the wrong side of the cut line.
Northern Irish journeyman Graeme McDowell wrapped up a 3-under round of 68 to bring himself to 3-under on the tournament, as well as the top of the leaderboard, with the afternoon groups just teeing off at Pebble Beach. Dustin Johnson put together a very solid 1-under round on Friday to get him to 1-under on the tournament as well, and second place, along with Ernie Els, whose 3-under round matched McDowell's for the best so far on Friday. Japan's 18-year old upstart Ryo Ishikawa is also knotted at 1-under after shooting even on Friday, with Ian Poulter, who has yet to tee off on Friday, rounding out the list of those tied for second place.
Phil Mickelson just began his day, teeing off at 4:36 PM EDT, with room to make up after shooting a 4-over 75 on Thursday.
It hasn't exactly been a triumphant return to Pebble Beach for noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods, who made history at this very course in 2000, when he annihilated the field to the tune of a 15-stroke victory. Pebble Beach is playing much tougher this time around, with Northern Irish journeyman Grame McDowell, whose previous best finish at a major was his tenth-place showing at last year's PGA Championship, leading the way at 4-under through 16 holes of his second round. McDowell has recorded six birdies and two bogeys on the day, after finishing his first round on Thursday at even.
Dustin Johnson, Brendon de Jonge and Alex Cejka make up a troika of golfers who have begun their second rounds who are currently tied for second at 1-under, with K.J. Choi, Mike Weir, Ian Poulter and Rafael Cabrera-Bello also knotted at 1-under, though they have yet to tee off for their second rounds.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods has continued his travails at Pebble Beach, shooting 2-over on the day through 12 holes to bring him to 5-over on the tournament, nine shots off the lead. Phil Mickelson -- who can overtake Woods for the top spot in the world rankings with at least a third-place showing -- is set to tee off at 4:36 PM EDT, after recording a 4-over round on Thursday.
The top two ranked golfers in the world arrived at Pebble Beach and neither came away with a birdie. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time ever that Woods and Mickelson have played a round together on the same course with neither of them having a birdie.
It's ever more disconcerting for Woods given that he made the first 10 greens in regulation. On No. 17, he landed his tee shot on a 222-yard Par 3 nine feet from the hole, but then pulled his birdie shot left.
After a day noted for difficult conditions with no one getting more than 3-under, Shaun Micheel, Paul Casey and Brendon De Jonge are the clubhouse leaders at 2-under.
Tiger Woods' campaign to join the list of four-time champions at the U.S. Open saw some early troubles on the greens, but given the tough conditions seen on the opening round of the U.S. Open, he could be in considerably worse shape.
Woods opened with eight straight pars before bogeying on No. 9 after he missed a 6-foot putt for par. At the halfway point of the round, he was two shots off clubhouse leaders Mike Weir, K.J. Choi, Ian Poulter and Rafael Cabrera-Bello. Woods remained 1-over after 11 holes, with two more pars at 10 and 11.
Compared to his dominant finish at the 2000 U.S. Open, Woods is not faring poorly comparatively. Back then, he was only a stroke ahead of his current pace through nine holes. The only difference that he shot par on all of the first nine.
Pebble Beach has been formidable on this first day of the 2010 U.S. Open. After hard greens throughout practice rounds during week inspired predictions of high scores, that has more or less come to pass on Thursday. Little-known journeyman Steven Wheatcroft currently leads the way at 2-under through seven holes, with a bogey-free round thus far.
K.J. Choi and Steve Stricker headline a group of eight golfers a shot back at 1-under, including Mike Weir, Ian Poulter, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson and Davis Love III (with Choi, Weir, Poulter and Cabrera-Bello having completed their rounds and the rest mostly three holes in).
Phil Mickelson finished at a disappointing 4-over on the day, in a round bereft of any birdies. His playing partners, Padraig Harrington and Y.E. Yang both shot 2-over, as all three former major champs struggled. In other news, noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods has started his day with a pair of pars after teeing off at 4:30PM EDT.
With the morning groups halfway through their opening rounds at Pebble Beach, a quartet of golfers have moved into the early lead at the 2010 U.S. Open. K.J. Choi, Edoardo Molinari, Soren Kjeldsen and David Toms all sit at 2-under, through 13, 13, 13 and 8 holes respectively. Choi started off his round disastrously, bogeying and double-bogeying the first two holes, before bouncing back with five birdies to jump into a share of the lead. Toms and Kjeldsen have both recorded three birdies and a bogey thus far in their rounds, while Molinari has rung up four birdies, to go with two bogeys.
Mike Weir and Ian Poulter lead a pack of golfers a shot back at 1-under, with Jim Furyk, who's been something of a darkhorse pick to win the Open, behind them at even through 12 holes. Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson has struggled on his first day, sitting at 3-under through 11 holes after finding the drink on the 18th hole.
Also of possible interest, noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods will tee off at 4:36 PM EDT, in a powerhouse group that includes Ernie Els and Lee Westwood as well.
With the morning groups just teeing off at Pebble Beach, where are the best places to follow the action at the 2010 U.S. Open live? Glad you asked, because we're here with all your productivity-killing needs.
You can watch on-demand video of highlights and shot packs, as well as a real-time scoreboard from the USGA here, as well as a live-blog of the goings-on at Pebble Beach at Golf.com here. And, off course, our own indomitable Ryan Ballengee of Waggle Room will be at the course, updating throughout the day as the first round unfolds.
And just a reminder: Tiger Woods (along with trendy pick Lee Westwood) will tee off at 4:36 PM EDT today, while Phil Mickelson -- who can overtake Woods for the top spot in the golf world rankings with either at least a top-three finish, depending on how Tiger finishes -- will start his day at 11:06 AM EDT in a group that features former major championship winners Padraig Harrington and Y.E. Yang.
Noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods may be a bit of an enigma off the tees right now, spraying drives right and left since his return from his self-imposed post-Thanksgiving crash exile, but Vegas has still installed him as the favorite to take home the 2010 U.S. Open, according to Golf.com.
Woods leads the field with 4-1 odds to win the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, with the preferred choice of most experts, Phil Mickelson, coming in at 5-1, and Woods' opening round playing partner Lee Westwood the third choice at 10-1.
Woods was also a 4-1 favorite at the Masters this past April, in his first tournament back. While those odds may seem high for someone who's played so little golf -- and been so erratic in his limited appearances -- the past few months, they are much lower odds than Woods would typically get in a major. Indeed, prior to his Thanksgiving Day crash, Woods was regularly nearly even money in the majors, meaning that Vegas thought he was roughly two-and-a-half times more likely to win than they do now.
Although that's not entirely accurate: Vegas doesn't necessarily think that Woods really is the best bet to win at Pebble Beach this weekend, but rather that he'll get too much betting action if they give him worse than 4-1 odds (Vegas generally likes there to be equal action on both sides of a bet).
So is Tiger really the smart money at the U.S. Open? I'm not sure I'd bet on it.
Noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods spoke with the media at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon after completing a U.S. Open practice round at Pebble Beach.
He declined to comment about the state of his marriage, saying that is “none of your business,” which is the proper response, because it’s not. He did, however, talk plenty about golf, which is the reason we’re all here anyway:
“As far as my game, I’m very excited about how it’s progressed since before Memorial then obviously during Memorial and how here it’s gotten better,” Woods said. “The more time I’ve been able to practice and play, it’s starting to solidify and I’m really excited to tee it up on Thursday.”
“Obviously I’m controlling my ball flight, controlling the shape, the trajectory,” Woods said. "If I can’t control my ‘traj’ I can’t hit the ball the right distance and I’m starting to do that and that’s just from playing.
“The more I play, the more I get my feel back,” he continued. “Where I was at the beginning of June is where a lot of those guys are in January and February, the amount of rounds they completed, so I’m starting to get my feel back and I know I have to be patient with it. It’s coming along.”
Woods, a three-time Open champion, also commented on his injured neck that forced him to withdraw from the Players Championship last month:
“The neck is better,” Woods said. “It does get sore from time to time but I can recover. There are no days I couldn’t play.”
Tiger tees off for his first round on Thursday at 4:36 p.m. EDT.
With the U.S. Open set to tee off on Thursday at Pebble Beach, the USGA has released the pairings and tee times for the first two rounds.
Among the notables, Tiger Woods will headline a star-studded group, along with two-time U.S. Open champ Ernie Els and Lee Westwood, possibly the best player not to have won a major. The aforementioned trio will tee off at 4:36 PM ET on Thursday from the first hole, while they'll start their day on the back nine on Friday at 11:06 AM ET. Phil Mickelson -- who can overtake Woods for the top spot in the golf world rankings with a win at Pebble Beach (or at least a tie for third if Tiger misses the cut) -- will be part of another powerhouse opening group, with two-time British Open champ Padraig Harrington and defending PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang. They'll begin their day at 11:06 AM ET on Thursday, and get going at 4:36 PM ET on Friday.
Below is the full list of the first and second round tee times. All times are EDT, with the Thursday tee times listed first, followed by the Friday ones.
Thursday (June 17), hole #1; Friday (June 18), hole #10
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Deane Pappas, South Africa; Gary Woodland, Topeka, Kan.; Paul Sheehan, Australia
10:11 a.m. - 3:41 p.m. - Steve Marino, Tequesta, Fla.; Gregory Havret, France; Charles Warren, Greenville, S.C.
10:22 a.m. - 3:52 p.m. - Toru Taniguchi, Japan; Soren Hansen, Denmark; Edoardo Molinari, Italy
10:33 a.m. - 4:03 p.m. - Francesco Molinari, Italy; Soren Kjeldsen, Denmark; Hiroyuki Fujita, Japan
10:44 a.m. - 4:14 p.m. - Tim Clark, South Africa; K. J. Choi, Korea; Mike Weir, Canada
10:55 a.m. – 4:25 p.m. - Adam Scott, Australia; Geoff Ogilvy, Australia; Robert Allenby, Australia
11:06 a.m. - 4:36 p.m. - Matt Kuchar, St. Simons Island, Ga.; Justin Leonard, Dallas, Texas; Scott Verplank, Edmond, Okla.
11:17 a.m. - 4:47 p.m. - Stewart Cink, Duluth, Ga.; A-Byeong-Hun An, Korea; Lucas Glover, Simpsonville, S.C.
11:28 a.m. - 4:58 p.m. - Ian Poulter, England; Yuta Ikeda, Japan; Henrik Stenson, Sweden
11:39 a.m. - 5:09 p.m. Trevor Immelman, South Africa; Robert Karlsson, Sweden; David Toms, Shreveport, La.
11:50 a.m. - 5:20 p.m. - Jason Gore, Valencia, Calif.; Arjun Atwal, India; Jim Herman, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
12:01 p.m. – 5:31 p.m. - A-Andrew Putnam, University Place, Wash.; Ty Tryon, Orlando, Fla.; Hugo Leon, Chile
12:12 p.m. - 5:42 p.m. - Kent Eger, Canada; A-Alex Martin, Liberty Twp., Ohio; Jon Curran, Hopkinton, Mass.
Thursday (June 17), hole #10; Friday (June 18), hole #1
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Rafael Cabrera - Bello, Spain; John Mallinger, Long Beach, Calif.; Stephen Allan, Australia
10:11 a.m. - 3:41 p.m. - Mikko Ilonen, Finland; Derek Lamely, Ft. Myers, Fla.; James Morrison, England
10:22 a.m. - 3:52 p.m. - Brian Gay, Windermere, Fla.; Simon Khan, England; Bo Van Pelt, Tulsa, Okla.
10:33 a.m. - 4:03 p.m. - Camilo Villegas, Colombia; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Luke Donald, England
10:44 a.m. - 4:14 p.m. - Retief Goosen, South Africa; Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Angel Cabrera, Argentina
10:55 a.m. – 4:25 p.m. - Stuart Appleby, Australia; Rory Sabbatini, South Africa; Stephen Ames, Canada
11:06 a.m. - 4:36p.m. - Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Padraig Harrington, Ireland; Y. E. Yang, Korea
11:17 a.m. - 4:47 p.m. - David Frost, South Africa; Kaname Yokoo, Japan; Eric Axley, Knoxville, Tenn.
11:28 a.m. - 4:58 p.m. - Nick Watney, Las Vegas, Nev.; Hunter Mahan, Colleyville, Texas; Ricky Barnes, Phoenix, Ariz.
11:39 a.m. – 5:09 p.m. - Jason Dufner, Auburn, Ala.; Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand; Ross McGowan, England
11:50 a.m. – 5:20 p.m. - Kevin Na, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; A-Ben Martin, Greenwood, S.C.; Matt Bettencourt, Greenville, S.C.
12:01 p.m. – 5:31 p.m. - Craig Barlow, Henderson, Nev.; Kent Jones, Albuquerque, N.M.; Bobby Gates, The Woodlands, Texas
12:12 p.m. - 5:42 p.m. - Dan McCarthy, Syracuse, N.Y.; A-Joseph Bramlett, Saratoga, Calif.; Travis Hampshire, Tampa, Fla.
Thursday (June 17), hole #1; Friday (June 18), hole #10
3:30 p.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Steve Wheatcroft, Jacksonville, Fla.; A-Morgan Hoffmann, Wyckoff, N.J.; Rikard Karlberg, Sweden
3:41 p.m. - 10:11 a.m. - Marc Leishman, Australia; Rafa Echenique, Argentina; John Rollins, Colleyville, Texas
3:52 p.m. - 10:22 a.m. - Tbd, Far Hills, N.J.; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Shaun Micheel, Collierville, Tenn.
4:03 p.m. - 10:33 a.m. - David Duval, Cherry Hills Village, Colo.; Tom Lehman, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Ben Curtis, Stow, Ohio
4:14 p.m. - 10:44 a.m. - Sergio Garcia, Spain; Steve Stricker, Madison, Wis.; Paul Casey, England
4:25 p.m. – 10:55 a.m. - Bob Estes, Abilene, Texas; Brendon De Jonge, Zimbabwe; Brian Davis, England
4:36 p.m. - 11:06 a.m. - Lee Westwood, England; Ernie Els, South Africa; Tiger Woods, Windermere, Fla.
4:47 p.m. - 11:17 a.m. - Ben Crane, Westlake, Texas; Peter Hanson, Sweden; Jerry Kelly, Madison, Wis.
4:58 p.m. - 11:28 a.m. - Martin Kaymer, Germany; Sean O'Hair, West Chester, Pa.; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa
5:09 p.m. - 11:39 a.m. - Heath Slocum, Alpharetta, Ga.; Oliver Wilson, England; John Senden, Australia
5:20 p.m. - 11:50 a.m. - Mathias Gronberg, Sweden; Azuma Yano, Japan; Harrison Frazar, Dallas, Texas
5:31 p.m. – 12:01 p.m. - Jason Preeo, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; A-Kevin Phelan, St. Augustine, Fla.; Mark Silvers, Savannah, Ga.
5:42 p.m. - 12:12 p.m. - Kenny Kim, Korea; A-Bennett Blakeman, Burr Ridge, Ill.; Blaine Peffley, Lebanon, Pa.
Thursday (June 17), hole #10; Friday (June 18), hole #1
3:30 p.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Terry Pilkadaris, Australia; Rich Barcelo, Reno, Nev.; Gary Boyd, England
3:41 p.m. - 10:11 a.m. - Jean-Francois Lucquin, France; Chris Stroud, Houston, Texas; Gareth Maybin, Northern Ireland
3:52 p.m. - 10:22 a.m. - Simon Dyson, England; J. J. Henry, Fort Worth, Texas; Alex Cejka, Czech Republic
4:03 p.m. - 10:33 a.m. - Michael Campbell, New Zealand; Seung Yul Noh, Korea; Paul Goydos, Coto De Caza, Calif.
4:14 p.m. - 10:44 a.m. - Aaron Baddeley, Australia; Pablo Martin, Spain; Rhys Davies, Wales
4:25 p.m. – 10:55 a.m. - Alvaro Quiros, Spain; Ryan Moore, Spanaway, Wash.; Michael Sim, Australia
4:36 p.m. - 11:06 a.m. - Vijay Singh, Fiji; Dustin Johnson, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Davis Love III, Sea Island, Ga.
4:47 p.m. - 11:17 a.m. - Ryo Ishikawa, Japan; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Tom Watson, Stillwell, Kan.
4:58 p.m. - 11:28 a.m. - Kenny Perry, Franklin, Ky.; Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain; Fred Funk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
5:09 p.m. - 11:39 a.m. - Ross Fisher, England; Brandt Snedeker, Nashville, Tenn.; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa
5:20 p.m. - 11:50 a.m. - Daniel Summerhays, Farmington, Utah; A-Scott Langley, St. Louis, Mo.; Matthew Richardson, England
5:31 p.m. – 12:01 p.m. - Erik Compton, Coral Gables, Fla.; A-Russell Henley, Macon, Ga.; Jason Allred, Scottsdale, Ariz.
5:42 p.m. - 12:12 p.m. - Erick Justesen, Sacramento, Calif.; Jerry Smith, Oskaloosa, Iowa; A-Hudson Swafford, Tallahassee, Fla.
Noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods will face the media at 3PM ET on Tuesday, after completing his practice round at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, according to the LA Times.
Woods played his first practice round at Pebble Beach on Monday, back at the site of his record-setting U.S. Open triumph back in 2000, when he ran away from the field to the tune of a 15-stroke margin. Coming back from his self-imposed exile from the game following the revelation of his multitude of affairs last Thanksgiving, Woods has struggled a bit, particularly off the tees. While he managed an impressive fourth-place finish in his first tournament back at the Masters, his results have been more or less mediocre since then: Woods missed the cut at Quail Hollow, withdrew from the TPC Championship due to a neck injury (after falling out of contention) and a 19th-place showing at the Memorial.
Still, one of Woods' practice partners, Arjun Atwal, has told the BBC that Woods has been back on form the past few days, and, in Atwal's opinion, looks close to rekindling his major championship form. Indeed, given Woods' history at Pebble Beach, it wouldn't be surprising if he has his best finish since his initial showing back at Augusta back in April.
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