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Jun 16, 2015 | 09:07 AM

Wide Open

With two days to go before the start of the U.S. Open nothing seems certain except uncertainty. The pundits are pulling their punches, no one willing to predict whether the winning score at first-time host Chambers Bay will be ten under, even par, or ten over, and there is no clear favorite to take the title. British bookie Ladbrokes has Rory McIlroy at 7-1 and Jordan Spieth at 8-1. Then it’s a jump up to 16-1 for Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, and Justin Rose. Rickie Fowler is at 20-1 and no other player is better than 25-1. The title defender Martin Kaymer is a 40-1 shot while floundering Tiger Woods is at 66-1 (the same odds as Byeong-Hun An). Past U.S. Open Champions Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els, and Geoff Ogilvie get no respect at 100, 150, and 200-1, respectively, and experience with the links brand of golf presented by Chambers doesn’t seem to count for much as Scotsman Stephen Gallacher goes off at 300-1 and veterans Colin Montgomerie and Darren Clarke tip the scales at 1000-1. The real one to beat will be the golf course, a grueling eight-mile walk with several extremely steep hills. This year more than ever, it seems the U.S. Open Champion will be the last man standing.

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Jun 15, 2015 | 06:31 AM

U.S. Open Week Is Finally Here!

Has there been a major championship with as much build-up as this week’s U.S. Open? It's the first time the tournament is coming to the Pacific Northwest, to a new golf course (and quite a wild one, at that!) that’s entirely fescue; plus it's the first big test for the Fox Sports team. That’s a lot to look forward to, so here’s what you need to know about when to watch. (All times Pacific.)

 

Thursday, June 18     9 a.m.-5 p.m.        Fox Sports 1

                               5-8 p.m.                        Fox

 

Friday, June 19         9 a.m.-5 p.m.        Fox Sports 1

                               5-8 p.m.                       Fox

 

Saturday, June 20     11 a.m.-7 p.m.      Fox Sports 1

                               4-7 p.m.                       Fox Deportes

 

Sunday, June 21       11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Fox

                               7-10:30 p.m.               Fox Deportes

 

Monday, June 22       11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.    Fox

Playoff, if necessary   11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.    Fox Deportes

Furthermore, Golf Channel will air more than 60 hours of coverage from Chambers Bay. Along with the daily Morning Drive, there will be Golf Central all afternoon and evening Monday-Wednesday, and then in the morning and late evenings on tournament days. Plus, there’s a Tournament Preview Roundtable show on Wednesday, June 17, from 4-5 p.m.

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Jun 12, 2015 | 09:28 AM

A U.S. Open For You

There’s a lot of pre-tournament talk about Chambers Bay, the municipal course outside Tacoma, Washington, where the U.S. Open will be held next week. Observers and players are calling it quirky, calling it a links, calling it difficult—but if you’re lucky, you can call it yours. “The Chambers Bay Challenge” is a way for you to win a two-night trip to the Open venue for two, plus a chance to win $1 million. Golfers who play at participating courses managed by KemperSports (which also manages Chambers Bay) while the Open is going on June 18-21 and get a hole-in-one on a designated hole will win the all-expense-paid trip. Then, once there, if they make an ace on Chambers’ 17th, they’ll walk away with the million. For more information and to see the list of participating courses, go to kempersports.com.

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Tiger Woods

Jun 11, 2015 | 02:24 PM

Tiger's Ranking Drops

No, not just his Official World Golf Ranking, which continues to plummet (he now stands at 181); his spot on the Forbes' list of "The World's Highest Paid Athletes." Woods dropped three spots to No. 9 with $50.6 million and for the first time in years wasn't golf's top earner. That went to Phil Mickelson, who landed at No. 8 on the list $200,000 ahead of Woods. At his peak in 2009, Woods was the top-paid athlete with $110 million. In fact, he was No. 1 for much of his career, but even if he were still in his prime winning majors, it's doubtful he would have surpassed this year's No. 1, boxer Floyd Mayweather, who earned a staggering $300 million. Other golfers on the list include No. 12 Rory McIlroy ($43.8 million), No. 82 Justin Rose ($20.2 million), No. 85 Jordan Speith ($19.8 millioin), and No. 96 Billy Horschel ($19 million). Forbes factors in earnings derived from salaries, bonuses, and prize money, as well as endorsements and licensing income between June 2014 and June 2015 and does not deduct for taxes or agents’ fees. 

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