Jun 04, 2013 | 09:22 AM

Longest Day Recap

The highlights from Monday’s final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open:

  • At the main qualifier in Ohio, Charlie Hoffman bounced back from an 81 on Sunday at the Memorial with a 65-68 to take medalist honors, while at 9:02 p.m., Luke Guthrie sank a five-footer on the third playoff hole to eliminate Mike Weir, Steve Flesch, and Jason Kokrak.
  • In Maryland, Lee Janzen was disqualified for wearing steel spikes. (Two of the 11 qualifying sites allowed spikes, nine didn’t—and the USGA claims to champion one set of Rules for all?)
  • D.A. Weibring’s son Matt led the qualifiers in Dallas, but at other sites illustrious offspring weren’t as fortunate: Steve (Hale) Irwin, Andy (Johnny) Miller, and Case (Russ) Cochran all fell short, while the saddest story was Arnold Palmer’s grandson Sam Saunders, who missed by one stroke after his second round included a missed four-inch putt.
  • In Memphis, Scott Langley’s ace helped him punch a ticket to Merion.
  • 54-year-old Jay Don Blake was the medalist at St. Louis, while 18-year-old Gavin Hall tied for first in New York (birdieing his final four holes).
  • Five major champions will not be adding to their trophy cases next week: Davis Love III, Ben Curtis, Justin Leonard, Todd Hamilton, and Trevor Immelman.
  • The “How Did He Get to the Final Stage?” award went to Austin Amaya, whose 90-83—173 brought up the rear in California.
  • In Texas, Ryan Palmer and Zack Fischer went 44 holes before darkness ended their playoff for the last spot: This morning, Fischer won on the 12th playoff hole.
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Jun 03, 2013 | 08:26 AM

Golf's Longest Day Is Today

The U.S. Open at Merion doesn’t tee off until next Thursday, but for about 1,000 golfers, it begins today with sectional qualifying. Golf Channel is calling Monday, June 3, “Golf’s Longest Day,” and they are covering it from dawn to midnight with on-site reporting. From Maryland to Washington state, Florida to California, Golf Channel correspondents will be at all 11 qualifying sites reporting on the action, with others hosting from their Orlando-based studios and streaming at If you’re not actually out there competing for one of the fewer than 70 spots still up for grabs at Merion, it’s the most complete way to keep track of who is.

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May 31, 2013 | 05:46 AM

Follow The Bouncing Ball

If you’ve been impressed by the Nike ads showing Tiger, Rory, and others bouncing golf balls off club faces, well, you ain’t seen nothing yet. For real trick-shot artistry, check out this video of French pro Romain Bechu, which has already recorded nearly 200,000 visits on YouTube. And then start practicing.

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May 30, 2013 | 08:40 AM

Jack’s Grow-the-Game Initiative

To coincide with this week's Memorial Tournament, the new Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues (JNLL), in conjunction with SNAG (Starting New at Golf), will be introduced at select park and recreation facilities in the Golden Bear’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio, as well as in New York, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles. JNLL marks the first time golf will be made available to youngsters as a team sport through local parks and recreation centers, providing a golf learning experience for children ages 5 through 12 in a safe, affordable, accessible environment. Nicklaus believes that with SNAG’s modified equipment and support, plus the active participation of the National Recreation and Park Association, golf can have a competitive footing with soccer, basketball, football, and other team sports. “If golf is not part of the sports introduced and available to them at their local park and recreation facilities, (kids) will play other sports and not golf,” Nicklaus said. “We need to get golf in their local parks and have them play our sport, and I think the team concept is the way to do it."

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