June 10 (Reuters) – Steeped in history, the iconic East Course at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania will stage the U.S. Open for a fifth time when this year’s edition starts on Thursday with the opening round.
Designed by amateur golfer Hugh Wilson and opened for play in 1912, Merion has long been hailed as one of the premier courses in the United States and has hosted a total of 18 United States Golf Association championships.
June 10 (Reuters) – Merion Golf Club has been linked with some of the most iconic moments in championship golf and Tiger Woods will aim to add a chapter of his own when he competes there in this week’s U.S. Open as the overwhelming favourite.
A host of other in-form players can lay claim to being genuine contenders for the year’s second major, which begins on Thursday, but Woods is widely viewed as the likeliest winner based on his outstanding record and the often dominant form he has shown this season.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It all came down to 20 minutes of dominance by the Chicago Blackhawks as they shut out the Los Angeles Kings in the final period for a commanding lead in the Western Conference Finals.
The Stanley Cup champion Kings, who now trail the best-of-seven series 3-1, were unable to apply any concerted pressure on the Blackhawks when it mattered most, late in the game, and they now head to Chicago for Saturday’s Game Five facing elimination.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Chicago Blackhawks pushed the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings to the brink of elimination from the Western Conference Finals with a thrilling 3-2 victory in Game Four on Thursday.
Top-seeded Chicago twice trailed in a high-energy encounter of hard hits at Staples Center before taking the lead for good when right wing Marian Hossa scored with a slapshot early in the third period.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Luke Donald gave himself a timely boost for next week’s U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club by piling up 13 birdies in his last two rounds at the Memorial Tournament, which ended at Muirfield Village on Sunday.
The former world number one has not produced winning form so far this season but believes his game is running into good shape as he prepares for the year’s second major championship.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Matt Kuchar has been steadily ticking off his golfing ‘bucket list’ and victory at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday gave him a massive confidence boost as he eyes his top priority – winning a major title.
The tall American enhanced his status as one of the favorites for the June 13-16 U.S. Open as he triumphed for a sixth time on the PGA Tour, fending off a late challenge by compatriot Kevin Chappell with a closing four-under-par 68.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Tiger Woods ended a largely forgettable week at the Memorial Tournament languishing joint 65th in a field of 73, and conceding that he needs to clean up every aspect of his game before the upcoming U.S. Open.
A five-times winner at Muirfield Village Golf Club where he was the defending champion, Woods struggled with his putting on lightning-fast greens for all four rounds as he finished up a distant 20 strokes behind winner Matt Kuchar.
DUBLIN, Ohio, June 2 (Reuters) – Ice-cool Matt Kuchar held off a late challenge from fellow American Kevin Chappell to clinch the Memorial Tournament by two shots on Sunday and become the PGA Tour’s second multiple winner this year.
Leading by two going into the final round at Muirfield Village Golf Club, the 34-year-old Kuchar was never caught as he fired a four-under-par 68 in the high-profile event hosted by Jack Nicklaus.
DUBLIN, Ohio, June 2 (Reuters) – Ten-times major winner and Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam has been selected as the honoree of next year’s Memorial tournament, at 42 the youngest ever to receive the accolade, organisers said on Sunday.
Regarded by many as the greatest female golfer of all time, Swede Sorenstam won 89 tournaments worldwide, 72 of them on the LPGA Tour where she accumulated a record eight player of the year awards.
DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) – Trying to trust unpredictable winds was the biggest problem for the players in Saturday’s third round at the Memorial Tournament, as Americans Matt Kuchar and Kevin Chappell found out to their cost.
Kuchar bogeyed the par-five 15th after his three-wood second shot drifted unexpectedly to the right of the green, ending up in a creek he never realized was there.