U.S. Open 2012: All Eyes On Tiger Woods At The Olympic Club

The Olympic Club in San Francisco hosts the 112th U.S. Open from June 14-17, and all eyes will be on the Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson threesome on Day 1. Also: U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying results

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The U.S. Open And Father's Day: Memories To Last A Lifetime

The U.S. Open is special in its own right, in part because of its Father's Day weekend tradition.

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Tiger Woods Back On Track, But Will It Mean U.S. Open Success?

Is Tiger Woods back? He's relaxed and ready for the U.S. Open, but we'll have to wait and see what it means as play gets underway on Thursday.

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U.S. Open Live Streaming 2012: How To Watch Online

The second major of the golf season gets underway on Thursday morning as the 2012 U.S. Open begins from the Olympic Club in San Fransisco. Because the event is being held on the west coast, cable television and internet broadcasts, which usually cater to the east coast, will show each round from close to the beginning. There are multiple live streaming options online, depending on your internet provider and your viewing preferences.

USOpen.com will begin a live stream following their morning marquee group at 10:33 a.m. ET, 7:33 a.m. local time. They'll also have a stream that follows an afternoon group, starting at 4:29 p.m. ET. There are also multiple viewing options on WatchESPN.com, with ESPN3 coverage starting at 12 p.m. ET. They will have a marquee group feed, a feed for the 8th and 18th holes, and a stream that is a mirror of ESPN's television coverage. There is a two-hour gap in ESPN3's coverage, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., while NBC is doing live television coverage.

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2012 U.S. Open Picks: Tiger Woods Back Among Favorites

Tiger Woods may be favored, but the real winner this week could be a golf course that eats the U.S. Open field alive.

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Andy Zhang Taking In U.S. Open Experience, Getting Used To Autographs

At 14-years-old, Andy Zhang is the youngest player in U.S. Open history and living out a dream as part of a whirlwind week.

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'Where's Tiger?': Woods The Main Attraction On Wednesday Morning

Even on a Wednesday morning, Tiger Woods draws fans in droves at the U.S. Open.

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U.S. Open 2012: Chip Kelly Gets Front Row Seat For The Tiger Woods Show

SAN FRANCISCO -- There aren't many instances where Oregon football coach Chip Kelly goes relatively unnoticed, or plays second fiddle, but Wednesday morning was one. As Tiger Woods, Patrick Cantlay and Casey Martin meandered around Olympic Club for a U.S. Open practice round, Kelly followed closely behind, part of the entourage trailing the group. As all eyes focused on Tiger, Kelly was able to almost seamlessly blend in, laughing and holding conversation while strolling around the difficult Lake Course.

The reason Kelly was there is simple: Casey Martin, Tiger's old Stanford teammate and current head coach of the University of Oregon golf team, scored a practice round with Tiger. Both are Nike guys, obviously, and the grouping was a natural fit -- Cantlay, an incredibly talented amateur, rounded out the threesome, as well.

No word on if Kelly had any tips for the group, but we can go ahead and assume his advice would have something to do with speeding up the pace of golf.

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U.S Open 2012: Will An Englishman Finally Win Another Major This Week?

Many have tried, yet no English-born player has won a major in more than 15 years. Will that trend change this week at the U.S. Open?

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U.S. Open 2012: Olympic Club Is A Cruel Mistress

A look at The Olympic Club's finishing holes, and what makes the course such a difficult test.

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Shhhh! Tiger Says No Talking At U.S. Open

Tiger Woods expects to grind out his first two rounds at Olympic Club in virtual silence, despite his star-studded grouping with Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson.

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U.S. Open: Struggling Rory McIlroy More Likely To Win Than Hot Dustin Johnson

History favors defending champion Rory McIlroy more than last week's winner, Dustin Johnson, to win the 2012 U.S. Open.

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U.S. Open 2012 Tee Times And Groupings: Rating The Notable Trios

The 2012 U.S. Open will get underway on Thursday at The Olympic Club. The tee times and groupings for the opening rounds were released last week and, as to be expected, some of the groupings are significantly more intriguing than others. Let's take a look at some of the more notable groupings and see how interesting they seem. We'll go through the highlights, wave by wave.


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First Wave Off No. 1 Tee

The first wave off of the first tee is decidedly underwhelming, with little star power to speak of. Two of the groupings are somewhat notable, however.

11:10 a.m.: Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson: Besides being notable for being the only grouping in the tournament featuring a guy named Retief, this could be considered the "throwback" group. Names you recognize, but the group somehow totally lacks name value. Two Stars (Out of Five)
11:32 a.m.: Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson: Probably the most compelling grouping in the first wave on the first tee, any of these three players could make a surprising run on the notoriously difficult front nine. Two and a Quarter Stars

The first wave off the first tee on Thursday gets like One Star (It's not a fun or exciting group in any way.)

First Wave Off No. 9 Tee

Now we're talkin'! Let's get us some of that sexy, sexy star power.

10:33 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson: Holy crap, are you kidding me? This is the casual golf fan's dream. The two biggest names in the tournament and the only pro golfer named Bubba. Fantastic. You also get a notable lefty and a notable "haha are you serious with that swing" swing. This is definitely the most fun group to watch in the early rounds. If you don't agree, you're just being silly. Five Stars. All of the stars.
11:06 a.m.: Carl Pettersson, Charl Schwartzel, Charles Howell III: If not for that group listed above, this would be a pretty compelling grouping. As it is, it should still be interested to see whether any of these three can put together a solid string of holes on the easier back nine. Three Stars

Second Wave Off No. 1 Tee

The afternoon waves get underway with a set of groupings that features a lot more star power than the morning front-nine group, including the top three golfers in the world, all in one convenient location.

4:29 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood: The world's top three ranked golfers in one trio. It'll be interesting to see how well they handle the rough front nine, but it may have plenty of entertainment value just in case they all self-destruct early. Four and a Half Stars
5:02 p.m.: Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera: This is possibly the ultimate group of really great, world-class golfers that are totally overshadowed by the marquee groupings. One of these guys could surprise you and any of the three could conceivably win. Nobody's going to be watching them, though. Three Stars
5:13 p.m.: Martin Laird, Ben Crane, Anders Hansen: We all know what Laird and Crane are capable of. It's just a question of whether they'll do it. Three and a Quarter Stars

Second Wave Off No. 9 Tee

4:25 p.m.: Martin Kaymer, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose: Another compelling group that likely won't get much air time over the first two rounds, but could feature a breakout performance. Two and a Half Stars
4:36 p.m.: Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar: All three of these players have looked great recently. Will they continue their strong play? They certainly have an advantage in starting on the back nine. Three Stars
4:47 p.m.: Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner: This is another trio that has looked great lately, and this could be considered the "pun grouping" as sportswriters will both love and fear a victor out of this group. Will Dufner duff it? will Day have his Day? Sportswriters from coast to coast are just hoping they won't have to type "Oosthuizen" a hundred times over the course of the tournament. Three and Three-Quarter Stars
4:58 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa, Dustin Johnson: If the PGA has a Justin Bieber at the moment, it's Rickie Fowler. Beyond just the haircut and the buzz, golf's wunderkind is looking for a chance to prove he's a legitimate threat. The U.S. Open may be the place he breaks through to the upper echelon. Four and a Quarter Stars

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2012 U.S. Open: Storylines Abound With All Eyes On Tiger, Rory

While most eyes will be on Tiger and Rory, this week's U.S. Open Championship has its fair share of storylines to choose from.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012: Recent Success Possibly Bad Omen For Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy

The 2012 U.S. Open will get under way next week and the very best golfers in the world will compete for the most prestigious USGA championship in a week universally considered the toughest test in golf. Two players are attempting to enter the tournament with some momentum. The only problem is that momentum may not necessarily be a good thing.

No golfer in history has ever won a tour event and the U.S. Open in back-to-back weeks. That could be a frightening omen for Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy is just beginning to return to form and has taken over the lead at the St. Jude Classic as of Saturday. If he holds on for the win, it may not be the best thing for him, historically speaking. He isn't really thinking about that right now, however. He's just focusing on how he's performing at the moment.

"I saw a lot of positive signs with my ball striking. ... This is really what I wanted heading into next week," he said. "For the time being, my mind is focused on trying to win this tournament."

Lee Westwood, meanwhile, just captured the Nordea Masters title in Sweden on Saturday. Although the tournament was a European Tour event rather than a PGA event, he will attempt to win the first major of his career next week.

Regardless of whether history plays a part in the performances of Westwood or McIlroy next week, they will both have their work cut out for them as they compete against a stacked field.

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U.S. Open Golf 2012: USGA Will Utilize Split-Tee Start

Typically, most golf tournaments will roll with two-tee starts with a large field of golfers. It help speeds things up a bit and makes sure something is going on for virtually every hole. The PGA Tour and LPGA tour have been using this method for quite a while, but the USGA will utilize this method for the U.S. Open.

This year at The Olympic Club, however, the USGA will break further from tradition with golfers going off the first and ninth tees. Because the ninth tee is right below the clubhouse, it was only logical to have players start either one of the first two rounds there instead of shuttling them to No. 10. The USGA employed this strategy at both the 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur and 2007 U.S. Amateur championships conducted at Olympic.

"I don't think it's going to make a real difference," USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said at the April 30 media day. "The reality is everybody has to start on the [second] nine one time. And everybody has to start on the [first] nine before the cut is made. I think it will balance out."

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All Clear For Phil Mickelson At U.S. Open: Cell Phones Prohibited From Olympic Club

Good news for Phil Mickelson: no cell phones allowed at U.S. Open.

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2012 U.S. Open: Jury Still Out If Tiger Woods Is 'Back'

It's a question you've heard plenty of times in the past 72 hours, and a question you'll hear at least 72 more times until the first golfers tee-off next Thursday at The Olympic Club.

Fair or not, asking if Tiger Woods is "back" will be what fuels the attention and TV viewership for the 2012 U.S. Open.

With two PGA Tour victories this season, including last week's dramatic victory at the Memorial, it's an easy angle to play; not only because it may be true, but also because we're all so desperate for the Tiger Woods of old.

On Woods' chances next weekend, CBSSports.com's Steve Elling doesn't quite see it that way:

It's harder to handicap than ever before, really. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Five years ago, Woods was winning around 1½ majors a year on average. Now nobody can be sure whether he'll even make the weekend.

In March, Woods won at Bay Hill to snap a 30-month victory drought in official PGA Tour play, and took a huge header as the favorite at the Masters. In three consecutive events, he finished T40 or worse, as bad as any stretch of his career.

Depending on where you look, Woods is either this 2012 U.S. Open favorite, or right atop the list. He's a legitimate contender but, until he wins his 15th major tournament, it's probably not a safe bet to say that one of the most dominate golfers the sport has ever seen is back to his pre-2009 form.


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