The format is making its second appearance on the European Tour, with the top 32 from each side of the draw after 36 holes of traditional stroke play advancing to the knockout stages over the weekend.
Graeme McDowell was happy to escape Bethpage with only superficial damage as he looks forward to returning to the scene of his greatest triumph.
As Rory McIlroy climbed the hill to the 18th tee at Bethpage Black, he turned to caddie Harry Diamond and said, "I can't remember the last time I played a round of golf without a birdie. I was like, I better birdie this last hole."
After Brooks Koepka blistered Bethpage Black with a seven-under 63, he was asked to name the best hole at one of America golf’s toughest golf courses.
So what’s it going to be? A thoroughbred major winner with killer course management and length to spare? A major virgin with a hot putter and an even hotter wedge? How about a straight-hitting gut-player with a laser-like long game and a brain?
American Brandt Snedeker heads into his Ryder Cup debut an incredible £7m richer after a day to forget for Rory McIlroy in Atlanta – even though it earned the world number one over £2m.
Rory McIlroy made winning the US Open last year look pretty easy but the defending champion knows this year’s championship course will not be set up with a view to further record breaking.
THE sun may or may not come out to play in the Usk Valley this weekend but European captain Colin Montgomerie was certainly saying hip, hip, hip hooray to the prospect of a vastly rejigged Ryder Cup schedule intended to beat the weather.
THERE won’t be a first Irish winner of the US Open this week and the chances are that the Europeans in general will have to wait another 12 months before they can hope to bridge the gap of 39 years since Tony Jacklin emerged triumphant at Hazeltine in 1970.
IT will take Tiger Woods another four weeks at least before he can renew his bid for a 15th major championship and so narrow the gap on Jack Nicklaus at the top of the honours list to three.
THE MANY golfers who will surely be praying for divine intervention as the 109th US Open unfolds over the next two days might well take encouragement from how Bethpage got its name.
PÁDRAIG HARRINGTON isn’t the only Irishman these days struggling to put some decent scores together.
Hurling great Davy Fitzgerald grabbed a shock win over Newlands’ Cian Curley in the South of Ireland Amateur Open Championship at Lahinch today.
ERNIE ELS and Vijay Singh are right on his heels and could overtake him on Sunday night but Tiger Woods has now equalled Greg Norman's record of 331 successive weeks as the world number one.
TIGER WOODS last night came out on the side of Padraig Harrington’s viewpoint, that winning the US Open Championship very often involves playing a lot of boring golf.
Simon Lewis looks at the events that captured the sporting imagination during 2002.
DESPITE Padraig Harrington’s amazing achievements in a relatively short professional career, it seems that only victory in a major championship will satisfy everybody interested in his progress.
The strongest field ever assembled in golf tees off in the United States PGA championship in Minnesota tomorrow.
The US Open is being played on the longest course in its history. At 7,214 yards Bethpage is one yard longer than Congressional was in 1997.
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