Golf: U.S. Open

Ryan Palmer on the U.S. Open

June, 14, 2013
Ryan Palmer joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett live from the U.S. Open to discuss the course, greens, weather and golf tradition.

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Lee Trevino on the U.S. Open

June, 13, 2013
Lee Trevino joins Galloway & Company to discuss about his experience at the U.S. Open in 1971, as well as his opinions about this year's U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.

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Jordan Spieth makes U.S. Open move

June, 16, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- For most of the week, Andy Zhang and Beau Hossler have been the main attractions in the pool of amateur players at the U.S. Open. Hossler continues to stay around the leaderboard, but Zhang is done after rounds of 79-78.

Besides Hossler, two other amateurs made the cut: Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay. On Saturday, Spieth had a 1-under-par 69 to take his three-day total to 7-over par. It was his first round in the 60s in a major.

"Looking back, I felt like I played really well today," Spieth said. "I hit most of the fairways and most of the greens and my putter felt good. I only missed one or two shots, so that's just what a U.S. Open does."

Regardless of how Spieth plays in the final round, he's already secured something more valuable. By making the cut here at Olympic, he is exempt into the second stage of Q-school in the fall, where he will try to earn his PGA Tour card as an amateur.

"Watching the scores yesterday, that was the main thing on my mind, not necessarily playing on the weekend," said the Dallas native who just finished his freshman year at Texas.

If Spieth stays another couple of years, Hossler will join him on the Longhorn golf team in the Fall of 2013.

On Sunday, Spieth will be in a battle with his future teammate as well as Cantlay for low amateur. It will be an exciting second act.

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Jordan Spieth holding own at U.S. Open

June, 14, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jordan Spieth only got into the U.S. Open after PGA Tour pro Brandt Snedeker withdrew with a rib injury. The Texas freshman and former Dallas Jesuit phenom is so far making the most of his first major championship appearance.

Starting on No. 9 at Olympic Club due to the routing that has players going off the first and ninth tees, Spieth parred his first two holes. A bogey at No. 11 dropped him to 1 over, but he got that shot back with a birdie at the short par-3 15th hole.

He gave another one back with a bogey at the monstrously long par-5 16th hole that measures 670 yards but again rebounded with birdie at the shorter par-5 17th hole.

The 18-year-old made the turn at even par with the most difficult stretch of holes -- Nos. 1-6 -- still ahead.

Kevin Maguire is the senior golf editor for He can be reached at

Colt Knost prepares for challenging U.S. Open

June, 12, 2012

Former SMU golfer Colt Knost, who won the 2007 U.S. Amateur at Olympic Club, chatted with Michael Collins about the challenges this week at the U.S. Open.

Old American to host local Open qualifier

May, 10, 2012
The U.S. Open local qualifier will tee off at 7 a.m. Monday morning at Old American Golf Club in The Colony. The field will play 18 holes on the Tripp Davis/Justin Leonard designed course with the chance to advance to sectional qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Open, which will take place June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Tony Romo won't make U.S. Open run

April, 17, 2012
IRVING, Texas – Tony Romo will not attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open after all.

Romo said he has elected to skip the May 14 local qualifier at Old American Golf Club in The Colony.

According to the USGA’s Web site, Romo was listed in the upcoming field, but the quarterback said the application to play in the event was not made by him.

Romo has attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open numerous times and reached the sectional qualifying in Houston two years ago. He did not make it out of local qualifying last year.

The Cowboys started the supervised offseason program on Monday, however, Romo and a high percentage of teammates had been working out at Valley Ranch on their own for more than a month.

“The workouts have been great,” Romo said. “The intensity and focus have been great to see.”

Tony Romo to make another run at U.S. Open

April, 16, 2012

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is making another run at his favorite offseason golf event -- the U.S. Open.

Romo, who advanced to sectional qualifying two years ago, will play in the local qualifier on May 14 at Old American Golf Club in The Colony. If he advances, sectional qualifying will again be in Houston. He filed his entry under the name "Antonio" Romo.

He didn't make it out of local qualifying last year, shooting a 9-over 81.

The U.S. Open is June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Earlier this year, Romo was paired with Tiger Woods at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, finishing tied for 17th in the best-ball team competition.

Who's Michael Whitehead? Let's find out ...

June, 15, 2011

Rick Reilly essay on Michael Whitehead, the golfer who was the alternate out of qualifying in Dallas who will replace Tiger Woods in the U.S. Open.
There are a gaggle of Dallas-Fort Worth area golfers in the U.S. Open, which starts Thursday at Congressional Country Club.

And a few are playing together for the first two rounds. That includes Thursday's 7:28 a.m. (Dallas time) tee time involving J.J. Henry and Jason Day. Both call Fort Worth home. Day, the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship winner who made a great run at the Masters, plays much of his golf at Colonial and Henry went to TCU and is a huge supporter of the university.

Southlake's Y.E. Yang, a major champion, tees off with Dallas' Anthony Kim at 6:55 a.m. on Thursday off the No. 10 tee.

We'll keep you posted on how the local guys do.

U.S. Open

DALLAS -- It is not every day you see a major champion carry his own golf bag, but that's what Todd Hamilton did Monday.

The 2004 British Open winner, Hamilton finished 5-under in the 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Dallas Athletic Club to advance to the U.S. Open at Congressional on June 16-19.

Michael Smith had the low score at 7-under with rounds of 69 and 64. Hamilton had rounds of 67 and 68.

Dallas' Harrison Frazar and Greg Chalmers, who lives in Colleyville, claimed the final two spots in a playoff. They beat Michael Whitehead with pars on the first playoff hole after they finished 4-under over two rounds.

Jordan Spieth, the recent Jesuit grad who electrified the crowd two weeks ago at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, finished three shots out of a playoff with rounds of 71-68.

"It just really wasn't my day today," Spieth said. "I'm glad I was able to fight back but I've got a lot more years to [qualify]."

Hamilton carried his own bag in part because, "there's one less guy in the way," and while he might like to carry it at Congressional he said he will opt for a caddie.

"If you're at the level that a lot of us are and you're not exempt, you've got to try to do it," Hamilton said said of going through qualifying. "It's a very prestigious event. You never know when you'll catch lightning in a bottle."

Hamilton played Tiger Woods' event at Congressional a few years ago.

"It's going to be a little more exacting," Hamilton said. "The USGA demands a premium in all aspects of the game, but this is a good start. You can't play well at Congressional if you don't do well here."

Advancing to the Open for Frazar, who has battled hip and back injuries over recent years, was special.

"It's a confidence boost for me," Frazar said. "Right now I'm looking for confirmation I've got a pretty good golf game. I'm starting to see things click."
DALLAS -- Jordan Spieth shot a 71 in his first 18 holes at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Dallas Athletic Club on Monday.

Spieth, who finished tied for 32d at the HP Byron Nelson Championship two weeks ago, will need to turn it on for his second 18 if he is to make the U.S. Open field at Congressional from June 16-19.

He is tied for 30th entering his second round.

Anthony Broussard, James Byrne, Hudson Johnson, Greg Chalmers and Alex Kang had the low rounds of the morning with 66s.

Former British Open champ Todd Hamilton shot a 67.

There are four spots available for the 71-man field, plus two alternates.