Mickelson withdraws from US Open

Mickelson withdraws from US Open

He had a triple-bogey at the par-4, 451-yard No. 4. Johnson played two practice rounds last week after missing the cut at the Memorial.

The triple-bogey left the world's third-ranked golfer at 2 over early in his round. Pagel will be the chief referee for the U.S. Open, who can make immediate decisions that would stand. In his last nine major appearances, he has nine top-40 finishes, including two victories.

"Last year we did not anticipate pinch points with the bridges (at Oakmont) and it took us too long".

Rickie Fowler is off to a great start in pursuit of his first major title.

"The courses where Kaymer won his majors play very similar to Erin Hills, and with a bit of luck on his side, we think there's a chance the German can make it major number three in Wisconsin". Brian Harman (through 12), Patrick Reed (9) and Ernie Els (9) are at four under.

"It [his playing] depended on when she had the baby or when we could have it", said Johnson in a press conference. But if that happens, there will be those who say the USGA is rigging the system to let Mickelson play.

First, there is the matter of trying to figure out Erin Hills.

No other people were involved in the incident and local law enforcement is now investigating.

The blimp, operated by Florida-based AirSign, was being used for advertising as it floated above the tournament and had been airborne for several hours before it went down, authorities said. The blimp went down in an open field near the course.

The U.S. Open was at Olympic Club, Oak Hill and Southern Hills for the first time from 1955 to 1958. But the forecast for the weekend is more tentative.

"This is a drivers' course and, even if the 138 bunkers are unusual and penal, it is hard to see anyone but a boomer coming through on a rain-softened layout".

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"We've enhanced the technology so we'll be able to have a quick look". On a mammoth 7,693-yard course, an incredibly heavy rough-sorry, fescue-lines a wide open fairway without any trees in sight, and known for its unpredictable gusts of wind.

Westgate sports book manager Jeff Sherman said the U.S. Open usually generates half the betting handle of the Masters, but the action has been down this year because of the new course. He made the birdie.

The timing could be flawless. The 28-year-old has claimed one win this year at The Honda Classic and has been placed in the top 10 five times.

If there's a tie after 72 holes, the U.S. Open is the only major championship with an 18-hole Monday playoff.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) spent part of Tuesday mowing the high fescue grass that posed one of the biggest challenges to golfers.

Only a lengthy weather delay - and there have been several already this week - would have given the five-time major victor a chance of being at the ceremony and then flying by private jet from California to Wisconsin. He grasped at both back pockets and realized he didn't have a pen.

Charley Hoffman and J.B. Holmes are in a group of four at 3 under.

"I'm excited to come back and defend this week", he added.

Jordan Spieth is 1 under after his first six holes. It did not end well.

When played at its maximum length of 675 yards, it will be the second-longest hole in U.S. Open history.

The starting and finishing holes are par fives, also unusual.