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

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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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Jun 10, 2015 | 09:33 am

In His Own Words

Not many people have the talent or the time to write their own riveting obituary, but that's just what golf-writing and broadcasting legend John Derr (left in photo) did a few weeks before his death on Saturday at age 97. His local Southern Pines, N.C., paper, The Pilot, published it yesterday, preceded by an editor's note that said, "In true journalist fashion, John Derr didn’t leave the writing of his obituary to others. We reprint here his self-written obituary, with the only the date of death filled in by us." Derr started his obit with, "John Derr, 97, veteran golf reporter, died June 6, 2015. Beginning in 1935, Derr reported 62 Masters tournaments from Augusta, including the first CBS telecast in 1956, observing play from the tower behind the 15th green." He ended it with, "John Derr loved life as a reporter. He considered that as one of life's most valuable professions. 'A reporter can no longer be a fan,' he used to say, "but you can be the eyes of those who are not present. They depend on you to tell them what's happening … do it well.' He did." Yes, he did.

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Jun 09, 2015 | 08:36 am

Who's In/Who's Out

Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open is now complete and among those who’ve played their way to Chambers Bay next week are a pair of two-time champions, 50-year-old Lee Janzen, who was medalist at the New York site, and Retief Goosen, who clinched the last of eight spots in Memphis. Former world number one Luke Donald shared the medalist honors in Florida and Billy Hurley III was co-medalist in Maryland. In Georgie, where only three spots were available, Roberto Castro took the last of them, edging his brother Franco by a single stroke. Michael Putnam, whose home is less than two miles from Chambers Bay, shared medalist honors in Ohio with Arnold Palmer’s grandson Sam Saunders as Bryson DeChambeau, the newly minted NCAA Champion, took another of the 15 spots. The long list of notables who failed to make the field includes Robert Allenby, Stewart Cink, Ken Duke, Harris English, Rory Sabbatini, Kevin Streelman, David Toms, and Johnson Wagner, while Steve Stricker will miss his first U.S. Open since 2005. 

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