CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Tiger Woods doesn’t feel as old at the oldest championship in golf. Back at the British Open for the first time in three years, Woods broke from his tradition on Tuesday morning. Instead of being among the first on the tee for practice, he didn’t show up at Carnoustie until his news conference just before lunch. Then, he played nine holes with Masters champion Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau. This was not a case of a 42-year-old needing his rest.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — One was about power. The other was about patience. Brooks Koepka has a game for the U.S. Open no matter the course, no matter the test, no matter the circumstances. He never lost hope when he began his title defense with a 75 and was 7-over par midway through the second round. He didn’t lose his mind in the most punishing third round of a U.S. Open in nearly two decades. And with a cool head and a hot putter, he didn’t give anyone a chance down the
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Dustin Johnson at least gets one more round to try to redeem himself in the U.S. Open. So does the USGA. The best players in the world were no match for a Shinnecock Hills course that even the USGA conceded got out of hand Saturday. Putts were rolling some 50 feet by the hole and over the green. No one from the final 22 groups could match par. Phil Mickelson intentionally broke a rule on the 13th when he trotted to his ball rolling by the cup and swatted it with his
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Dustin Johnson handled the worst of the weather and wound up as the sole survivor to par at the U.S. Open, taking a four-shot lead into the weekend at Shinnecock Hills with plenty of reminders of how it can all go wrong. Some of them from Johnson’s own experiences. Most came from the final hours Friday in pristine weather from those trying to catch him. Johnson endured the wind and two hours of rain that made Shinnecock play even longer by dropping only