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How Tiger Woods limped his way to improbable 2008 U.S. Open win

Jun 11, 2018

Editor’s note: As the U.S. Open returns to Torrey Pines for the first time since 2008, we look back at that event and Tiger Woods‘ playoff win over Rocco Mediate. This story was originally published on June 11, 2018, as part of the 10-year anniversary of that event.
Just 12 feet of tricky terrain remained before the ball began tumbling toward the hole, leaving the Nike swoosh prominent with every revolution.

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U.S. Open 2021: News, tee times, schedule, coverage and analysis from the tournament

7:30 AM ET

The U.S. Open returns to Torrey Pines for the first time since 2008. That year, Tiger Woods famously won the tournament on a broken leg, defeating unlikely challenger Rocco Mediate in an 18-hole Monday playoff.
Woods won’t be here this time while he recovers from his February car accident. Still, there are plenty of storylines, from Phil Mickelson‘s quest to complete the career Grand Slam to the next chapter in Brooks Koepka vs. Bryson DeChambeau.
Here is all the information you need for this year’s third major championship.

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Maguire atop board at LPGA’s Lake Merced stop

11:04 PM ET

Associated Press

DALY CITY, Calif. — Irish rookie Leona Maguire shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday at Lake Merced to take the first-round lead in the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship, the tour’s second straight event on the San Francisco Peninsula.
Lexi Thompson followed her Sunday back-nine meltdown in the U.S. Women’s Open at nearby Olympic Club with a 71, while Michele Wie West rallied for a 73.
Off last week after failing to qualify for the Women’s Open, Maguire had nine birdies and two bogeys.

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Johnson starts strong in S.C., 1 shot shy of lead

7:48 PM ET

Associated Press

RIDGELAND, S.C. — Dustin Johnson got off to a fast start Thursday at Congaree in his home-state Palmetto Championship, shooting a 6-under 65 that left him a shot behind leader Wes Roach.
Johnson, the world’s top-ranked player and a South Carolina native, hadn’t played since missing the cut the last time he teed it up in the Palmetto State at the PGA Championship on Kiawah Island last month.

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PGL seeks PGA Tour meeting after prior rebuffs

4:40 PM ET

The head of the proposed Premier Golf League is hoping to have a conversation with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and has reached out to him this week with hopes of explaining his concept.
Andy Gardiner, the CEO of the Premier Golf League, told ESPN an interview Wednesday that he’s been seeking such a meeting for two years.
“All we want is a conversation,” Gardiner said. “We’ve never been the enemy. But I can understand why we’ve been perceived as such. But we’d love to be friends. I’ve not had that opportunity so far.

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Koepka: DeChambeau beef ‘good for the game’

12:32 PM ET

When asked Wednesday what his issues are with Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka came back with another question.
“How would I characterize it? I don’t know where you want to start, like I guess — where do you want to start?” Koepka said during a news conference from the Palmetto Championship at Congaree outside of Ridgeland, South Carolina. “That’s more my question.”
Koepka, the four-time major champion, and DeChambeau, the reigning U.S.

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Cabrera extradited to Argentina for assault trial

6:31 PM ET

Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES — Argentine golfer Angel Cabrera was extradited from Brazil to his homeland on Tuesday to face trial on charges he assaulted three former partners.
Cabrera, who has won both the Masters and the U.S. Open, has been in jail since January when Brazil’s federal police arrested him on an Interpol warrant.
Cabrera, 51, had spent months on the run from an Argentine case involving assault claims filed by former girlfriend Cecilia Torres Mana. Her case was unified with those of former wife Silva Rivadero and former partner Micaela Escudero.

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Finland’s Korhonen won’t travel for U.S. Open

1:05 PM ET

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — Mikko Korhonen of Finland withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday because of travel concerns getting to Torrey Pines.
He was replaced in the field by Cole Hammer, the first alternate from the Columbus, Ohio, qualifier that featured the strongest field.
Korhonen has never played in the U.S. Open. The 40-year-old earned one of the 10 spots awarded to European Tour players.

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U.S. Open qualifying: Fowler rallying; Grace in

9:00 PM ET

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Already facing a long day, Rickie Fowler found the road even tougher Monday in 36-hole qualifying as he tried to avoid missing the U.S. Open for the first time in 11 years.
Fowler was among 685 players seeking 54 spots in nine qualifiers across eight states to fill the field for the U.S. Open, which starts June 17 at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

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Armitage wins European Open by two shots

Jun 7, 2021

Associated Press

Marcus Armitage shot a 7-under 65 on Monday to win the three-day European Open by two shots.
The Englishman, who was at par after the opening round and 1-under after the second, made six birdies and an eagle to get 8-under 216 for his first European Tour title in his 71st appearance.

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The 33-year-old Armitage bogeyed the 16th hole after a misjudged putt from more than 100 feet and produced a remarkable chip to save par on the 17th after an overly cautious tee shot.

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Fowler falls short in bid to qualify for U.S. Open

11:13 AM ET

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Rickie Fowler came up just short — one roll of the ball — in his last shot at avoiding sitting out another major when he failed to get through U.S. Open qualifying Tuesday.
Fowler had five holes to play Tuesday morning in the rain-delayed qualifier at Brookside and The Lakes, and he needed three birdies. From over the back of the 18th green, his chip was about a full turn short before peeling away to the right.
That left him 1 shot out of the 5-for-4 playoff for the remaining spots in the U.S.

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Premier Golf League set for 2023 launch

11:50 AM ET

The £250 million Premier Golf League (PGL) is planning to launch in January 2023, with further plans to be revealed later this week, PGL boss Andy Gardiner has said.
The PGL, a new project run by British-based World Golf Group, would include 18 tournaments targeting the top 48 male players in the world with each event offering prize money far exceeding those currently on the PGA Tour.

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Gardiner said each competition would be worth $20m (£14m) with the winner picking up a $4m prize and last place receiving $150,000.

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