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Jul 12, 2015

Spieth sparks debate on best British Open build-up

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth’s decision to compete in this week’s PGA Tour event in the United States has cast a spotlight on the best way to prepare for the British Open — whether or not to play links golf in advance.

Many of the biggest names in the game opted to tee it up at the Scottish Open in Gullane while tuning up for the third major of the year but Spieth preferred instead to get his competitive juices flowing at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois.

Jul 12, 2015

Links courses underpin this year’s majors

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After this year’s four majors are consigned to the record books, golf fans will reflect on a most unusual season when three of them were played on British-style links courses — including two on American soil.

Chambers Bay in Washington State hosted the June 18-21 U.S. Open while Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin will hold the PGA Championship for a third time when it stages the final major of 2015 from Aug. 13-16.

Jun 23, 2015

Feature – Chambers Bay a controversial Open venue for players

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Masters champion Jordan Spieth gave Chambers Bay a worthy winner at the U.S. Open after a riveting final round but the greens on the links-style layout did not meet with universal player approval.

Especially on the lower part of the course adjacent to the waters of Puget Sound, poa has mixed in with the dominant fescue grass on already slick and heavily contoured greens, creating a blotchy look and some very uneven and unpredictable putts.

Jun 22, 2015

Johnson adds another chapter to major missed putts

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – The unexpected ecstasy of Jordan Spieth’s one-shot win at the U.S. Open resulted from the agony of Dustin Johnson’s missed putt from four feet, yet another example of a bitter major finish.

From the three-footer Doug Sanders missed at the 1970 British Open to Kim In-kyung’s horseshoe out of the cup from a foot at the 2012 Kraft Nabisco, golf’s elite events are littered with squandered putts from short distances on the final hole.

Jun 22, 2015

Chambers Bay a controversial Open venue for players

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Masters champion Jordan Spieth gave Chambers Bay a worthy winner at the U.S. Open after a riveting final round but the greens on the links-style layout did not meet with universal player approval.

Especially on the lower part of the course adjacent to the waters of Puget Sound, poa has mixed in with the dominant fescue grass on already slick and heavily contoured greens, creating a blotchy look and some very uneven and unpredictable putts.

Jun 22, 2015

Spieth wins U.S. Open after Johnson three-putt

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Masters champion Jordan Spieth added another chapter to golf’s record books with a nerve-jangling, one-shot victory at the U.S. Open on Sunday after Dustin Johnson blew his chance to force a playoff by three-putting the last.

American young gun Spieth sank a curling 28-footer to birdie the 16th and forge three ahead, then shrugged off a double-bogey at the 17th before becoming just the sixth player to slip into a green jacket and hoist the U.S. Open trophy in the same year.

Jun 22, 2015

Spieth’s major focus comes up trumps once more

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Blessed with a game fit to match his winning personality, American young gun Jordan Spieth’s meteoric rise to the upper echelons of the golf world continued with a second successive major victory at the U.S. Open on Sunday.

Aged just 21, Masters champion Spieth arrived at Chambers Bay at the start of the week with his sights set on a possible calendar grand slam of all four majors and he now leaves the Pacific Northwest halfway towards that unique target.

Jun 22, 2015

Oosthuizen turns back clock to sizzle over closing stretch

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – For a stunning seven-hole stretch at the U.S. Open on Sunday, South African Louis Oosthuizen was ‘in the zone’, feeling the thrill of major battle for the first time in three years.

The former British Open champion rebounded superbly from a messy run of three consecutive bogeys early on in the final round at Chambers Bay as he piled up six birdies over the closing run of holes, including five in a row from the 12th.

Jun 22, 2015

Golfer Jordan Spieth seals heart-stopping win at U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Masters champion Jordan Spieth added another chapter to golf’s record books with a nerve-jangling, one-shot victory at the U.S. Open on Sunday after a wildly fluctuating final round of high drama.

The American young gun sank a curling 28-footer to birdie the 16th and forge three ahead, then shrugged off a double-bogey at the 17th before becoming just the sixth player to slip into a green jacket and hoist the U.S. Open trophy in the same year.

Jun 22, 2015

Johnson two ahead at Open, McIlroy closes with 66

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Big-hitting Dustin Johnson used power and precision to move two shots clear midway through the U.S. Open final round on Sunday as a thrilling charge by Rory McIlroy ultimately fell short.

Johnson, one of four players tied for the lead overnight in the year’s second major, birdied the fourth and eighth to reach the turn at six under for the tournament, being staged at a sun-drenched Chambers Bay,