Luke Donald Has a New Swing Coach

Luke Donald (Allison) AS PGATOUR.COM’S HELEN ROSS REPORTED from the BMW Championship, Luke Donald has made tough moves before. He let go of a faithful caddie, who also happened to be his brother, Christian. This season Donald has made a coaching switch, relieving instructor Pat Goss of his long-game duties. Goss has coached Donald since … Read more

Ohio Baby on Pace With Nicklaus’ Majors Record

Courtesy of WITH TIGER WOODS MIRED IN A FIVE-YEAR majors slump and youthful Rory McIlroy shut out in this year’s majors, a fresh new face has emerged to challenge the record 18 professional major victories of Jack Nicklaus. It’s a baby boy who, coincidentally, lives in the Columbus, Ohio, suburbs. (Nicklaus grew up in … Read more

How Phil Did It

ON SUNDAY AT MUIRFIELD, IT WAS 43-year-old Phil Mickelson who shot the round of his life, a scintillating 66, to win the British Open for the first time, his fifth major. Not Tiger Woods, or Lee Westwood, or Adam Scott, or Hunter Mahan, or Henrik Stenson. ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt and Andy North break down … Read more

Justin Rose: ‘Dad Was Inspiration the Whole Day’

By Brian Keogh Brian Keogh is a golf correspondent for The Irish Sun and a contributor to The Irish Times, Golf Digest Ireland and other golf publications. The following excerpt from Brian’s Irish Golf Desk is used with permission. (© USGA/Joel Kowsky) JUSTIN ROSE PUT ON A DISPLAY of sheer class as a golfer and a … Read more

Luckless Lefty

A promising U.S. Open again turned tragic for Phil Mickelson. (© USGA/Jonathan Kolbe) By Matthew Wurzburger PHIL MICKELSON ENTERED THE FINAL ROUND of the 2013 U.S. Open, and quickly faltered. Lefty bookended a birdie on the 4th hole with double bogeys on holes 3 and 5, and saw his lead evaporate. Then came the par-4 10th … Read more

Not-So-Sweet Merion Produces High Scores

Merion was unkind to Tim Clark on Friday. (© USGA/Michael Cohen) THE CONCERN AT THE BEGINNING of the week, as biblical rains fell in Ardmore, was this: How would poor little Merion fare against the world’s best golfers? One glance at the leaderboard as we await the start of the third round tells the story. Merion … Read more

Billy Ball

Billy Horschel fired a 67 at the U.S. Open. (© USGA/Hunter Martin) BILLY HORSCHEL HIT ALL 18 GREENS in regulation in the second round of the U.S. Open on Friday at Merion Golf Club. Horschel’s impressive ball-striking exhibition resulted in a 3-under 67, tying him with Phil Mickelson for low round of the championship. Horschel’s 36-hole … Read more

U.S. Open Spectator Report: For the Love of Golf

Golf fans flock to the U.S. Open. (© USGA/Hunter Martin) PEOPLE, AS IN SPECTATORS, LOVE the U.S. Open. I believe it because I’ve seen it. Yesterday’s dire weather forecast did not keep golf fans away from Merion Golf Club or significantly diminish the crowds, at least not as far as I could tell. We don’t have … Read more

2013 U.S. Open: Round 1 Course Setup

Changing skies over Merion on Thursday. (© USGA/Darren Carroll) FIRST-ROUND PLAY OF THE U.S. OPEN resumed after a nearly four-hour suspension due to thunderstorms. Here’s how the USGA has set up Merion’s East Course for Thursday, taking into account the anticipated storms. (Setup details were provided by USGA Executive Director Mike Davis.) Green Speeds – Today’s … Read more