SELECT COMPANY: Jim Furyk Is Eighth Player to Win Both the U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open; 73-Year-Old Mike ‘Fluff’ Cowan Carries the Bag of the Mild-Mannered Champion

Furyk and Fluff have done it again! — PGA TOUR Champions (@ChampionsTour) July 12, 2021 Congratulations to Jim Furyk, 51, for winning the U.S. Senior Open in his first attempt. And major kudos to his longtime caddie Mike “Fluff” Cowan who is still carrying for Furyk at the spry age of 73! For those … Read more

NOTEWORTHY: No Lefty Has Won the U.S. Open or U.S. Senior Open (But That Could Change Today)

Embed from Getty ImagesPHIL MICKELSON IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE BEST LEFTY in golf history. But the six-time major winner has not won the U.S. Open. No one has come closer without winning. Phil has finished runner-up six times, in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2013. Southpaw Phil is not alone, as the USGA wrote in … Read more

U.S. Senior Open Notebook: Ageless Tom Watson Sets Enviable Record

Embed from Getty Images AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW, Steve Stricker won the U.S. Senior Open in record-setting fashion this past weekend in South Bend, Indiana. Good for Steve. But I wanted to mention Tom Watson. I continue to marvel at Watson’s play as he nears 70. It was a decade ago Watson nearly won the … Read more

Golf on TV: Quicken Loans National, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, HNA French Open

PGA TOUR Quicken Loans National Course: TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm / Yardage: 7,107 / Par: 70 Purse: $7.1 million Winner’s share: $1.278 million Defending champion: Kyle Stanley TV Schedule: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel) Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel); 3-6 p.m. (CBS Sports) Embed from Getty Images LPGA TOUR KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Course: … Read more

USGA, Bernhard Langer and Scott McCarron Issue Statements to Address Anchoring Controversy

THERE HAS BEEN CONTROVERSY in recent days as to whether Bernhard Langer and Scott McCarron are anchoring their long putters in violation of the Rules of Golf. “During Fox’s broadcast of the U.S. Senior Open last week,” reported Steve Eubanks at, “camera angles of Langer and McCarron, who uses a similar style, appeared to … Read more

Kyle Stanley: ‘It’s Hard to Win Out Here, So Tough to Do It Again’

IT WAS A LONG WAY BACK for Kyle Stanley after a promising start to his pro career, which included his first PGA Tour victory at Phoenix in 2012. Five years removed from his only tour title was like an eternity for Stanley. Parts of his game and much of his confidence disappeared during that period. … Read more

Low Scores at the U.S. Senior Open; Kirk Triplett Leads; Hale Irwin Shoots Age

Kirk Triplett watches his tee shot on the 6th hole. (Copyright USGA/Jeff Haynes) THE SECOND ROUND IS IN PROGRESS at the U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. Kirk Triplett is the current leader at 11 under after a 67 on Friday. Triplett was the first-round leader with a blistering 62. (Par … Read more

An Enigmatic Player Who ‘Lives Down to Expectations’

FOLLOWING IS A GOLF ANECDOTE. As you read it, consider the identity of the player on the range. “Do you ever play out here?” [I said to a player who was hitting balls on the back of the range]. He looked at me like that was the dumbest thing he’d ever heard.  Then he said, … Read more

Return to Oakmont Highlights USGA Championship Schedule

(The following edited content was supplied by the USGA in a news release.) By USGA FAR HILLS, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) confirmed the sites and dates for its 2016 championship schedule. Pennsylvania will host four USGA championships, increasing its total to 87, the most of any state. The Keystone State’s 2016 … Read more

Flashback Friday: Chi Chi and Me at the Puerto Rico Open

Eileen Earley (Ogilvy), Hall of Famer Chi Chi Rodriguez and yours truly at a reception at the Gran Melia Golf Resort. (image: Rob Hayashida) THEY’RE PLAYING THE PUERTO RICO OPEN this week, which reminds me of my trip to the island six years ago. There have been many unexpected perks to running this blog. A … Read more