US Open Golf News and Updates – June 8, 2013

US Open 2013: Why Tiger Woods Will Win

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Regardless of whether or not you agree with his lifestyle off the course, you have to admit that Tiger Woods is the best golfer of our generation.

By far.

Tiger has won as many majors as Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Nick Faldo combined. Only the immortal Jack Nicklaus has more Masters and major championships than Tiger does. Tiger is also tied for second place with Hale Irwin for the most U.S. Open championships of all-time.

Not only is Tiger the best golfer of our generation, he could be the best golfer ever by the time he decides to call it quits.

Let’s take a look at some reasons why Tiger Woods will win this year’s U.S. Open.

History

Woods is going to have a lot of motivation in this year’s installment of the U.S. Open. With a win, he could move himself into a five-way tie for the most U.S. Open championships of all-time. Tiger’s already won three other Opens and has finished in the top four on seven different occasions.

Historically, he’s very comfortable in this tournament. This could be the year that Tiger gets his trophy back.

Field’s lack of dominance

Since Tiger first won the U.S. Open in 2000, the only other two-time winner is Retief Goosen (‘01, ‘04). The Goose, however, hasn’t won anything on the PGA Tour since 2009 and is ranked number 155 in the world. There is nobody else in the field who has dominated the tournament, other than Tiger.

Of the past five winners, the only one who has won another major is Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (PGA Championship ‘12). Although he’s never played at Merioncompetitively, the gamblers in Las Vegas still like his chances to win.  Woods’ odds currently sit at 4-1 to win the U.S. Open.

…More at US Open 2013: Why Tiger Woods Will Win – Bleacher Report

U.S. Open: A look at the field at Merion

Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., is the site of the 2013 U.S. Open.
Photo by Associated Press

Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., is the site of the 2013 U.S. Open.

ARDMORE, Pa. — The 150 players in the the 113th U.S. Open, to be played June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club. Players listed only in the first category for which they are eligible. (a-amateur). Six spots remain open for players exempt through the June 10 world ranking. Alternates will fill the rest of the spots.

U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONS (10 years): Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Lucas Glover, Tiger Woods, Angel Cabrera, Geoff Ogilvy, Michael Campbell, Jim Furyk.

U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPION AND RUNNER-UP: a-Steven Fox, a-Michael Weaver.

MARK H. MCCORMACK MEDAL FOR 2012: a-Chris Williams.

MASTERS CHAMPIONS (5 years): Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Phil Mickelson.

BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONS (5 years): Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington.

PGA CHAMPIONS (5 years): Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Y.E. Yang.

PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER (3 years): Matt Kuchar, K.J. Choi.

BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER: Matteo Manassero.

TOP 10 and TIES FROM 2012 U.S. OPEN: Michael Thompson, David Toms, John Peterson, Jason Dufner, Casey Wittenberg, John Senden, Kevin Chappell, Lee Westwood.

…More at Here are images from sectional qualifying for the 2013 US Open at Merion. – Golfweek.com

2013 U.S. Open tee times for Thursday and Friday at Merion

Ardmore, Penn. — Par 70 — 6,996 Yards

Round 1 (No. 1), Round 2 (No. 11) — All times Eastern

6:45AM-12:45PM: Cliff KresgeRoger Tambellini, TBD

6:56AM-12:56PM: TBD,  Yui Ueda,  John Parry

7:07AM-1:07AM: Nick Watney, Peter Hanson, Hunter Mahan

7:18AM-1:18PM: Lucas GloverPaul CaseyBill Haas

7:29AM-1:29PM: Aaron BaddeleyRory Sabbatini, David Lingmerth

7:40AM-1:40PM: George CoetzeeMartin Laird, Marcel Siem

7:51AM-1:51PM: Jerry KellyCharley Hoffman, John Huh

8:02AM-2:02PM: Henrik StensonRyan MooreRobert Garrigus

8:13AM-2:13PM: TBD,  Simon Khan, Ted Potter Jr.

8:24AM-2:24PM:  Shawn Stefani, a- Michael Kim, Nicholas Thompson

8:35AM-2:35PM: Chris DoakAndrew Svoboda, Douglas LaBelle II

8:46AM-2:46PM: Kevin SutherlandMatt Weibring, Randall Hutchison

8:57AM-2:57PM: a-Cory McElyea,  Ryan Nelson,  John Hahn

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12:30PM-7AM: David TomsDarren ClarkeJose Maria Olazabal

12:41PM-7:11AM: Geoff OgilvyAngel Cabrera, Paul Lawrie

12:52PM-7:22AM: Luke DonaldLee Westwood, Martin Kaymer

1:03PM-7:33AM: Jim FurykGraeme McDowellZach Johnson

1:14PM-7:44AM: Tiger WoodsRory McIlroyAdam Scott

1:25PM-7:55AM: Thongchai Jaidee, G. Fernandez-Castano,  Thorbjorn Olesen

1:36PM-8:06AM: Webb Simpson, a- Steven Fox, Ernie Els

1:47PM-8:17AM: TBD, Joe Ogilvie,  Luke Guthrie

1:58PM-8:28AM:  Josh Teater,  Yoshinobu Tsukada, Eddie Pepperell

2:09PM-8:39AM: Edward Loar, Morten Orum Madsen,  Jung-Gon Hwang

2:20PM-8:50AM: a-Max Homa, Russell Knox, Matt Bettencourt

2:31PM-9:01AM: Adam Hadwin,  John Nieporte,  Jim Herman

2:42PM-9:12AM:  Brandon Brown, a-Grayson Murray,  Jesse Smith

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Round 1 (No. 11), Round 2 (No. 1)

7AM-12:30PM: Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Nicolas Colsaerts

7:11AM-12:41PM: Phil MickelsonSteve StrickerKeegan Bradley

7:22AM-12:52PM: Matt KucharJustin RoseBrandt Snedeker

7:33AM-1:03PM: Louis OosthuizenCharl SchwartzelTim Clark

7:44AM-1:14PM: Sergio GarciaStewart CinkPadraig Harrington

7:55AM-1:25PM: Ian PoulterJason DufnerBoo Weekley

8:06AM-1:36PM: Rickie Fowler,  Matteo Manassero, Jason Day

8:17AM-1:47PM: Y.E. YangFredrik JacobsonHiroyuki Fujita

8:28AM-1:58PM:  Scott Stallings, John Peterson, Robert Karlsson

8:39AM-2:09PM: Jay Don BlakeBrandt JobeMichael Campbell

8:50AM-2:20PM: David Hearn, TBD, Jaco Van Zyl

9:01AM-2:31PM: a- Kevin Phelan,  Wil Collins, TBD

9:12AM-2:42PM: a- Cheng-Tsung Pan,  Mackenzie Hughes,  Geoffrey Sisk

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12:45PM-6:45AM: Justin HicksDavid Howell,  Brian Stuard

12:56PM-6:56AM:  Brendan Steele,  Estanislao Goya,  Peter Hedblom

1:07PM-7:07AM: Marc LeishmanJohn SendenMarcus Fraser

1:18PM-7:18AM:  Scott Langley, a- Chris Williams,  Morgan Hoffmann

1:29PM-7:29AM: Michael Thompson, a- Michael Weaver, Casey Wittenberg

1:40PM-7:40AM: K.J. ChoiFrancesco MolinariCarl Pettersson

1:51PM-7:51AM: Scott PiercyKevin ChappellJamie Donaldson

2:02PM-8:02AM: Bo Van PeltKevin StreelmanD.A. Points

2:13PM-8:13AM:  Branden Grace,  Sang-Moon Bae, Russell Henley

2:24PM-8:24AM:  Hideki Matsuyama, Billy Horschel, Jordan Spieth

2:35PM-8:35AM: Mathew Goggin, Steven Alker, Alistair Presnell

2:46PM-8:46AM:  Matt Harmon, a- Gavin Hall,  Bio Kim

2:57PM-8:57AM:  Zack Fischer, Ryan Sullivan,  Brandon Crick

…More at 2013 US Open tee times for Thursday and Friday at Merion – CBSSports.com

 

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