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Jun 18, 2015

Mickelson makes fast start at U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson, who is yearning to complete a career grand slam of the four majors by winning his first U.S. Open, made a fast start to seize the early lead in the opening round on Thursday.

The American left-hander, a runner-up at the U.S. Open a record six times, birdied the third, fifth and eighth holes in firm, fast running conditions on the links-style Chambers Bay layout to reach the turn in three-under 32.

Jun 18, 2015

U.S. Open gets underway at Chambers Bay

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – U.S. Open organizers were preparing for the likelihood of four days of mainly sunshine as the 115th edition of the year’s second major got underway on the links-style Chambers Bay layout on Thursday.

Local PGA Tour professional Michael Putnam struck the first shot on the par-four opening hole and England’s Jason Palmer began proceedings at the par-four 10th to launch the first U.S. Open to be played in the Pacific Northwest.

Jun 18, 2015

Golf-115th U.S. Open gets underway at Chambers Bay

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington, June 18 (Reuters) – U.S. Open organisers were preparing for the likelihood of four days of mainly sunshine as the 115th edition of the year’s second major got underway on the links-style Chambers Bay layout on Thursday.

Local PGA Tour professional Michael Putnam struck the first shot on the par-four opening hole and England’s Jason Palmer began proceedings at the par-four 10th to launch the first U.S. Open to be played in the Pacific Northwest.

Jun 18, 2015

Divided feelings among players on U.S. Open venue

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Former champion Graeme McDowell describes it as “a fantastic test” but other players are less effusive about the links-style Chambers Bay layout for this week’s U.S. Open.

The par-70 course that stretches along Puget Sound features the biggest elevation changes ever seen at a U.S. Open and with luck of the bounce likely to be commonplace on undulating fairways and greens, it will test players to the full.

Jun 17, 2015

Rose says he is ‘doing all the right things’ at majors

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Winning the 2013 U.S. Open gave Justin Rose a massive confidence boost in his ability to handle pressure and he believes it is only a question of time before he claims a second major crown.

The English world number five has landed two more victories on the PGA Tour since his major breakthrough at Merion and heads into this week’s U.S. Open at the links-style Chambers Bay with his game in sparkling order.

Jun 17, 2015

Players set for ‘comprehensive’ Open test, says USGA chief

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Whether the players love or hate Chambers Bay, they will face a “comprehensive test” in firm and fast conditions at this week’s U.S. Open, says United States Golf Association chief Mike Davis.

The links-style layout, constructed on a site along Puget Sound on land formerly used as a rock quarry and also as a sand and gravel mine, was baked hard during an unusually dry and warm May, and sunny weather has been forecast for the next four days.

Jun 17, 2015

Veteran Janzen back at U.S. Open after seven-year absence

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Twice former champion Lee Janzen will be competing in his first U.S. Open in seven years this week at Chambers Bay, having earned his spot the hard way.

The 50-year-old American booked his place in the season’s second major after leading the way in a sectional qualifier in New York eight days ago, though many of his rivals wondered why he had even bothered to tee it up as a senior golfer.

Jun 17, 2015

Mickelson says father time no problem in U.S. Open quest

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson celebrated his 45th birthday at Chambers Bay on Tuesday but said he feels no sense of time beginning to run out as he continues his career-long bid to win a first U.S. Open.

The American has been a runner-up at his national championship on six occasions, most recently in 2013 when he finished two shots behind Justin Rose, and he is yearning for the chance to complete a career grand slam of the four majors.

Jun 16, 2015

Kaymer happy to cede U.S. Open spotlight to Spieth, McIlroy

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – Martin Kaymer will defend his U.S. Open title this week at Chambers Bay but is happy for players such as Masters champion Jordan Spieth and world number one Rory McIlroy to command the spotlight.

Germany’s Kaymer confirmed his status as one of the game’s very best by coasting to his second major victory, by eight shots in last year’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst, though he has since failed to replicate that commanding form.

Jun 16, 2015

Struggling Woods dwells on positives ahead of U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) – It has been seven years since Tiger Woods won the last of his 14 major titles and he heads into his week’s U.S. Open with his game under a glaring question mark after struggling for most of this season.

As ever, though, the former world number one preferred to dwell on the positives when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday at Chambers Bay, saying that he was happy with his tournament preparations.