1. Move promptly: Proceed quickly to your ball and be ready when it’s your turn to hit. 2. Play promptly: Take 30 seconds, maximum, to hit your shot. 3. Be quicker on the greens: Read it. Hit it. Tap it in. Go to the next tee. 4. Treat the rules with discretion: Take no more than 3 minutes to look for balls and take relief. 5. Do your housekeeping on your own time: Start the
round with tees, markers, balls and a ball-mark repair tool in your
pocket. Replace headcovers while you walk. Write down scores on the next
tee. Don’t make others wait. 6. Be cart smart: Drop off your partner and drive to your ball. When you leave the cart, take three clubs, not one. Park behind greens. 7. Be a good teammate: Know your playing partners' strengths and weaknesses; help them when it’s convenient, move on when it’s not. 8. Play the right course for your ability level: Choose a set of tees with a rating of 142 minus your handicap index. Or just tee it forward. 9. Demand accountability from the course you play: Ask them to set up the course properly and, most importantly, to manage the tee sheet responsibly. 10. Accept responsibility: Recognize that slow play isn’t just the other guy’s fault.
If you are ever considering going pro, here is some useful information. Phil Mickelson, four time major winner, has a handicap index of +5.2. Here are some of his scores from Whisper Rock, a course he is a member at.
Other Tour pros that are members there include Martin Kaymer (+4.6), Geoff Ogilvy, (+4.2), and Paul Casey (+3.9)
A very good golfer would have a low digit handicap such as 3,2, or 1. A scratch handicap would be a 0. Almost all touring pros will have a handicap with a + in front. Supposedly at one point in time, Tiger Woods was a +10.
The United States Golf Association today unveiled a new
public education campaign around the theme of “While We’re Young,” a new
positioning to raise awareness across the golf community of the challenges and
solutions to the pace-of-play issues in the game of golf. Borrowing the iconic
line from the character played by Rodney Dangerfield in the classic 1980 film
Caddyshack®, the campaign takes a lighthearted and comedic approach to
encourage golfers of all skill levels and golf course facilities to join a
movement to improve pace of play and reduce the time it takes to play the game.
According to industry research, the time that it takes to
play golf is a principal driver that adversely impacts enjoyment of and
discourages participation in the game. In a recent study by the National Golf
Foundation (NGF), 91 percent of serious golfers are bothered by slow play and
say it detracts from their golf experience; more than 70 percent believe pace
of play has worsened over time; and half acknowledged that they walked off the
course due to frustration over a marathon round of golf. USGA research shows
that the golfer is just one component within a complex, integrated system that
determines pace of play in the game. Golf course design, course setup and
player management also contribute to longer playing time.
(Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. - June 18, 2013)
Turf Evolutions, an industry leader in alternative turf solutions for
golf, athletic fields and landscaping needs, has
completing the installation of its surface at TPC Sawgrass as part of a
continuing relationship with the home course of THE PLAYERS
Championship and the PGA TOUR.
TPC Sawgrass is
renovating its practice facility and the adjacent PGA TOUR Academy
through June 17, with an artificial surface replacement at the back of
the reworked tee box and at a hitting area for the
Academy, totaling approximately 6,500 square feet.
The PGA TOUR Academy regularly uses beginner instruction on the artificial surface to allow starting players some forgiveness.
Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst after draining a par putt at the 18th.
Here are the upcoming venues for the next seven U.S. Opens with the years previously held. Chambers Bay, in Washington State, and Erin Hills, in Wisconsin, will host the tournament for the first time in 2015 and 2017. Next year the Open will return to Pinehurst in North Carolina, known for its crown greens. In 1999, Payne Stewart beat Phil Mickelson at Pinehurst by one shot, the first of six runner up finishes for Mickelson.
The USGA is expected to lose around 10 million dollars with the U.S. Open being held at Merion Golf Club this year. Due to Merion being much smaller than most U.S. Open venues, ticket sales were limited to 25,000 per day, down from the more standard 40,000-45,000. This will lead to less revenue in concessions and merchandise purchases.
Weather could also play a potential factor in lost revenue with severe weather expected for Thursday, Friday, and Monday, in the event of a playoff.
Even with the losses, Merion is a historical venue that the USGA wanted to return to at least one more time. Bobby Jones capped off the Grand Slam at Merion in 1930 at the U.S. Amateur, Ben Hogan won the Open in 1950 in a playoff, and Lee Trevino defeated Jack Nicklaus in a playoff in 1971 to win the Open.
“The place is just magical,” USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said. “From a golf standpoint, you could easily say it’s a landmark.”
Not much golf is expected to be played Thursday at the 113th U.S. Open due to severe weather with the possibility of a derecho storm.
There could be some really high winds with us,
potentially damaging winds, even some hail,” USGA Executive
Director Mike Davis said in a press conference at Merion Golf
Club yesterday. “It depends on what hits us or how lucky or
unlucky we are.”
A flood watch has been posted across eastern Pennsylvania and a derecho, a rare event characterized by winds of at
least 58 miles per hour creating a line of
damage at least 240 miles long, is also possible, the U.S. Storm prediction center said.
Bobby Jones is one of only four players with four U.S. Open victories.
U.S. Open has been played since 1895. Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Bobby
Jones, and Willie Anderson hold the most titles with four victories
each. Tiger Woods has won three. The tournament has widely been
dominated by Americans until recently, which has seen winners from
England (Rose), Ireland (McILroy and McDowell), Argentina (Cabrera), Australia (Ogilvy),
New Zealand (Campbell), and South Africa (Goosen).
Tiger Woods: 7-2 (3 Time U.S. Open winner)
Rory McILroy: 16-1 (2011 U.S. Open winner)
Adam Scott: 20-1 (2013 Masters winner)
Matt Kuchar: 22-1
Graeme McDowell: 25-1 (2010 U.S. Open winner)
Phil Mickelson: 25-1 (5 time U.S. Open runner-up)
Luke Donald: 28-1
Jason Day: 33-1
Sergo Garcia: 33-1
Jim Furyk: 40-1 (2003 U.S. Open winner)
Keegan Bradley: 40-1
Louis Oosthuizen: 40-1
Steve Stricker: 40-1
Webb Simpson: 50-1 (Defending champion)
Angel Cabrera: 66-1
Matteo Manassero: 66-1
"A difficult golf course eliminates a lot of players. The U.S. Open flag
eliminates a lot of players. Some players just weren't meant to win
the U.S. Open. Quite often, a lot of them know it."
- Jack Nicklaus
The full groupings and pairings have been released for the 113th U.S. Open Championship at Merion Golf Club beginning Thursday, June 13th.
Some of the interesting groups include:
Tiger Woods, Rory McILroy, Adam Scott (#1,#2,#3 in world rankings)
Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker (#4,#5,#6 in world rankings)
Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Keegan Bradley (All American)
Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Tim Clark (All South African)
Sergio Garcia, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington
Ian Poulter, Jason Dufner, Boo Weekly
Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manassero, Jason Day
Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer
Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, Zack Johnson
Ernie Els, Webb Simpson, Steven Fox (a)
Tiger Woods, Rory McILroy, and Adam Scott will be paired together for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open at Merion. The top three in the world rankings will go off at 1:14pm on Thursday at 7:44am on Friday.
Woods enters the tournament with four wins on the season and will be looking to earn his 15th major title and first since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. McILroy has slumped lately with equipment changes but will look to regain the form he had in winning the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional. Adam Scott enters looking to win back to back majors after taking the Masters in April.
It is no doubt the marquee pairing of the week and will help the tournament earn big ratings for rounds one and two.
In 1910, the Merion Cricket Club decided to open two new golf courses and selected 32 year old member Hugh Wilson to design them. Wilson, who had never before done this, traveled to Scotland and England for seven months to study the design of British courses. The East course was opened in 1912 and the West course in 1914.
Several features of Merion East, where the U.S. Open will be played, are derived from British courses, including the Scottish style bunkers. The layout covers only 126 acres, considered extremely small for a golf course.
Merion has since held 18 USGA competitions, the most of any course. Bobby Jones won the U.S. Amateur in both 1924 and 1930, when he completed the first "grand slam" which then consisted of the British Amateur, the British Open, the U.S Open, and U.S. Amateur.
You will definitely be seeing something new at the U.S. Open this year. Wicker baskets will be used in place of flags at Merion Golf Club. The exact origin of this tradition has never been verified, but the baskets have been used at Merion since 1916, and is used in the club's logo.
The baskets will be visible no matter what, however, they will not give the player an indication of which way the wind is blowing at the green.
The player that wins the U.S. Open will receive a wicker basket to add to their trophy case.