June 11, 2013 |
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Tiger Woods held his mandatory news conference Tuesday at noon, said his mandatory stuff and now we are ready to play the U.S. Open. The event begins Thursday. It will be played at historic Merion Golf Club, a place that will test the willpower, shot-making and souls of all, including the spectators who will have to navigate through the rough and mud. Woods was asked about the history here, about how, or if, he hopes to fit into that legacy. Among other things, there are plaques commemorating Bobby Jones' final victory in his sweep of the grand slam of golf in 1930, with his U.S. Amateur title.
February 21, 2009 |
Question: Many PGA Tour events move among different golf courses; why is this one settled in so firmly at the Riviera Country Club? Answer: .A few years ago a charitable foundation donated land for a course and a to-die-for clubhouse in Palm Desert to the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic for permanent use as host venue. Currently not among the pros' popular tournaments, the Hope, after a gale-force misadventure in 2007, returned the course to the foundation, but most of the top players were already gone with the wind -- in 2008 only three of the top 30 in the world entered.
June 6, 2008 |
In a prelude to next week's U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, and also to Father's Day, HBO offers the worthwhile "Back Nine at Cherry Hills: The Legends of the 1960 U.S. Open." The hourlong documentary, which premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m.
February 14, 2007 |
Nestled comfortably under a tree branch, beside a bed of flowers, is a new brass plaque embedded in stone just behind the fourth-tee box at Riviera Country Club. The inscription quotes Ben Hogan: "The greatest par 3 hole in America." There's not a drop of water to worry about, or a tree or a ditch either. It's simply 236 yards of straight-ahead trouble, if you can measure misery in yardage. Hogan would routinely hit a three-wood there, more if the wind was blowing in.
February 22, 2005
*--* YEAR WINNER 1926 Harry Cooper 1927 Bobby Cruickshank 1928 MacDonald Smith 1929 MacDonald Smith 1930 Denny Shute 1931 Ed Dudley 1932 MacDonald Smith 1933 Craig Wood 1934 MacDonald Smith 1935 Victor Ghezzi 1936 Jimmy Hines 1937 Harry Cooper 1938 Jimmy Thomson 1939 Jimmy Demaret 1940 Lawson Little 1941 Johnny Bulla 1942 Ben Hogan 1944 Harold McSpaden 1945 Sam Snead 1946 Byron Nelson 1947 Ben Hogan 1948 Ben Hogan 1949 Lloyd Mangrum 1950 Sam Snead 1951 Lloyd Mangrum 1952 Tommy Bolt 1953 Lloyd
April 18, 2004
I learned to play golf using a set of old Ben Hogan wood-headed clubs ("The Toink! Heard 'Round the World," by Martin J. Smith and Patrick J. Kiger, March 28). I thought the Big Berthas were appalling when they came out. Not only are they hideous monstrosities, but they take all the skill out of the game. There's no way you can miss when using those things. Give me a set of old-school wooden heads; they require skill. Jenn Fujikawa Redondo Beach