Phil Mickelson zinged Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.
Tiger Woods fell out of contention with a 77.
Before the first shot of the Match Play Championship, and before the first snowfall, Hunter Mahan was asked for three players with the best reputation in match play.
Webb Simpson shot a 2-under 68 in the third round to grab the clubhouse lead at 3 over Saturday, forced to sweat out the afternoon with a pack of notable names on the course just ahead of him.
Tiger Woods finally brought the buzz back to the very thing that made him famous – winning.
Ten years after he last contended in a major, no longer in the top 100 in the world, Darren Clarke delivered his defining moment Sunday in the British Open when he held off brief challenges from Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to win golf’s oldest championship.
Is Rory the next Tiger? The answer is “No.” Tiger was the greatest confluence of performance and persona golf has ever seen. But Rory is well on his way to becoming the next great player in the game.
Notes from the U.S. Open. Rory McIlroy shot an impressive first-round 65. Many players found the opening 199-yard, par-3 10th hole a little daunting. Congressional is the second longest course in U.S. Open history.
Majors change their champions. But Graeme McDowell, last year’s winner, feels like just another player at the U.S. Open. Repeating will be tough, given his performance this year.