U.S. OPEN


DirecTV U.S. Open Experience

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
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Chambers Bay Golf Course

Chambers Bay – Click for more…

Thanks to the PR for DirecTV for sending in the information about their “Open Experience” this week.  DTV has some very cool coverage over several channels which blows away regular single channel TV viewing of what may be the carnage at Chambers Bay.

From DirecTV:

Fans can watch the world’s best golfers take on the unforgiving Chambers Bay course at the 2015 U.S. Open on four different TV channels when they tune into DIRECTV’s U.S. Open Experience, beginning Thursday, June 18.  The four-screens-in-one HD mix channel and interactive app are part of DIRECTV’s expanded coverage of this year’s second major.

Each channel of the U.S. Open Mix (701 & 205) is in HD and fully produced with its own announcers, and will include:

  • The network feed from Fox Sports (702)
  • Featured Group (703): This Thursday’s groups are:  Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Angel Cabrera, teeing off at 7:33 a.m. PT; and Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Louis Oosthuizen at 2:28 p.m. PT.
  • Featured holes (704) are the 12th and 15th
  • U.S. Open 360 (705), an all-access look from the grounds of Chambers Bay – behind-the-scenes to action on the course.

Loading times for the interactive app will be even faster this year.  Users can select the red button to bring up a list of features alongside the broadcast video that include:

  • Player Scorecard
  • Contains key bio info, player headshots, scores and stats

New this year – Additional Stats

The top 10 players will have the following stats made available on their scorecard:

  • Their best finish at the U.S. Open
  • Their finish at The U.S. Open 2014
  • The number of titles they’ve won at the U.S. Open
  • Player Bio

Allows users to get player bio info, access to their scorecard or add player to their favorites list

  • Pairings and Tee Times
  • All the groups and tee times for the current round

Mix Broadcast dates: June 18-21 Times in PST

6/18   9 a.m. – 5 p.m.   FS1

          5 p.m. – 8 p.m.   FOX Sports

6/19   9 a.m. – 5 p.m.   FS1

          5 p.m. – 8 p.m.   FOX Sports

6/20   11 a.m. – 8 p.m. FOX Sports

6/21   11 a.m. – 8 p.m. FOX Sports


Chambers Bay Scorecard

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
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While enjoying the U.S. Open this week, here’s a Chambers Bay scorecard you can use to follow along and get to know the flow of the course.

Chambers Bay Scorecard

Chambers Bay Scorecard

And check the following link if you’d like to see a few Chambers Bay photos.

Chambers Bay Golf Course

Chambers Bay – Click for more…


Chambers Bay Photos

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
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With the 2015 Masters Tournament in the books and the U.S. Open coming up sooner than we think, tour pros and media are now in Chambers Bay mode.  Chambers Bay is the location of the 2015 U.S. Open.  Some players and caddies are now playing “recon” rounds at the course, and media are starting to post their Chambers Bay material.

That said, I thought it would be a good time to remind any HOG readers that I have a gallery of some Chambers Bay photos for those who are wondering what the course looks like.

Chambers Bay Golf Course

Chambers Bay – Click to see the HOG Chambers Bay Photo Gallery

Foolish folks are calling Chambers Bay “America’s St Andrews.” This is about as dumb a statement as I’ve ever heard or read. First, St Andrews is a town in Scotland, not a golf course. Are these pundits saying that Chambers Bay golf course is America’s version of a town in Scotland? I believe the comparison they are trying to make is between St Andrews and the OLD COURSE, which is IN St Andrews. Having spent much time on both courses I must say the two are hardly similar. In fact they’re more dissimilar than they are similar. If I had to compare Chambers Bay to a course in or near St Andrews I would compare it to the Castle Course, but even that is a stretch.

Click the photo above or the following link for more Chambers Bay pictures.  I have a bunch more I’ll try to dig up and post later.


U.S. Open Commentary

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, June 16th, 2014
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryU.S. OPENUSGA

Greetings from 33,000 feet, the day after the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst’s #2 course came to a conclusion. While flying to the next Hooked on Golf Blog World Tour stop I’m attempting to write on my Google Nexus 7 tablet, which is working okay, albeit a bit slow and clunky on the typing end.  Can’t use my laptop.  Not enough room as Delta has cut down on space.  No I’m not  in first class.  I’m on a golf blogger budget.  I apologize in advance for typos and autocorrect errors.

Below are a few comments on this year’s U.S. Open, the players and the venue.

Pinehurst #2

This is the first major championship other than the Masters where the golf course may have been the biggest star.  This Donald Ross design had recently been restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.  Gone was the rough and in its place was native sand with small grass clumps and bushes.  The edges were much more rugged and purposefully unkept.  The ground was hard and brown, like Scottish links courses.

In short it was a beautiful example of modern minimalist golf design.  I especially liked seeing puffs of dust when players would hit from the fairway.  That is real golf folks.  Not the over-watered, overly-green salad bars most of american golf courses have become.  Easy on the ranch dressing please.

Barring the scoring of the winner, German golfer Martin Kaymer, I think the United States Golf Association’s setup produced what they wanted, a couple of players at or just below par.

Martin Kaymer

Raise your hand if you thought Martin Kaymer would win. If you thought he would lap the field, quit your day job and go into sports betting or perhaps fortune telling.

After starting the tournament with two five-under 65’s, Kaymer was untouchable.  He would have had to melt down in Normanesque fashion for anyone else to have a chance.  That didn’t happen.

Kaymer looked to be playing a different course than the rest of the field.  The German golfer was flying down the autobahn in a Porsche 911 while the rest of the field was driving a 1993 Buick on Louisiana State Road 85.

Final winning margin: seven strokes.

Kaymer now has two majors (2011 PGA Championship) and THE PLAYERS (always write that in ALL CAPS, that’s what they do) Championship win earlier this year.

Phil Mickelson

With Tiger Woods out of the tournament while still recovering from back surgery, Phil Mickelson was star the ever-predictable golf media glommed onto.  I think many golf scribes already had their stories written for when Phil won the U.S. Open and completed the career grand slam.  That didn’t happen.

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy was the Las Vegas odds favorite to win.  He did play some solid Open golf, but like most of the field could not get close enough to threaten.  He was on the dance floor but could not hear the band.

Rickie Fowler

Better known for his apparel than his golf game, Rickie Fowler might have claimed a major championship if Kaymer was not in the field.  The golfer/traffic cone gained respectability tying for 2nd place.  His Sunday orange outfit was subdued compared to the usual “traffic cone” look. This orange and white combo had more of a cream sickle look.  Fortunately the cream sickle didn’t melt. That could have been messy.

Eric Compton

Mentioned about 45.2 billion times in the broadcast was the story of Eric Compton.  What a story, having reached a tie for 2nd place having undergone TWO heart transplants.

The guy has a lot of heart.  I’ll be here all week. Try the veal.

Cut

Interesting to note who missed the cut.  Some very big names failed to make the weekend including Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, and El Gato (Angel Cabrera).  Luke Donald can only be described as a major disappointment.


2014 U.S. Open Final Leader Board

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, June 15th, 2014
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryU.S. OPENUSGA
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POS PLAYER TO PAR R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL
1  KAYMER, Martin -9 65 65 72 69 271
T2  COMPTON, Erik -1 72 68 67 72 279
T2  FOWLER, Rickie -1 70 70 67 72 279
T4  BRADLEY, Keegan +1 69 69 76 67 281
T4  DAY, Jason +1 73 68 72 68 281
T4  KOEPKA, Brooks +1 70 68 72 71 281
T4  JOHNSON, Dustin +1 69 69 70 73 281
T4  STENSON, Henrik +1 69 69 70 73 281
T9  SCOTT, Adam +2 73 67 73 69 282
T9  WALKER, Jimmy +2 70 72 71 69 282
T9  SNEDEKER, Brandt +2 69 68 72 73 282
T12  FURYK, Jim +3 73 70 73 67 283
T12  SIEM, Marcel +3 70 71 72 70 283
T12  ROSE, Justin +3 72 69 70 72 283
T12  NA, Kevin +3 68 69 73 73 283
T12  KUCHAR, Matt +3 69 70 71 73 283
T17  TODD, Brendon +4 69 67 79 69 284
T17  POULTER, Ian +4 70 70 74 70 284
T17  HOLMES, J.B. +4 70 71 72 71 284
T17  SPIETH, Jordan +4 69 70 72 73 284
T21  GRIBBLE, Cody +5 72 72 72 69 285
T21  STRICKER, Steve +5 70 71 73 71 285
T23  HORSCHEL, Billy +6 75 68 73 70 286
T23  BADDELEY, Aaron +6 70 71 73 72 286
T23  KAPUR, Shiv +6 73 70 71 72 286
T23  MCILROY, Rory +6 71 68 74 73 286
T23  MOLINARI, Francesco +6 69 71 72 74 286
T28  BERGER, Daniel +7 72 71 78 66 287
T28  MCDOWELL, Graeme +7 68 74 75 70 287
T28  PERRY, Kenny +7 74 69 74 70 287
T28  MICKELSON, Phil +7 70 73 72 72 287
T28  DUBUISSON, Victor +7 70 72 70 75 287
T28  DE JONGE, Brendon +7 68 70 73 76 287
T28  KIRK, Chris +7 71 68 72 76 287
T35  REED, Patrick +8 71 72 73 72 288
T35  ELS, Ernie +8 74 70 72 72 288
T35  GARCIA, Sergio +8 73 71 72 72 288
T35  HAAS, Bill +8 72 72 71 73 288
T35  MATSUYAMA, Hideki +8 69 71 74 74 288
T40  OOSTHUIZEN, Louis +9 71 73 78 67 289
T40  BLAIR, Zac +9 71 74 73 71 289
T40  JOHNSON, Zach +9 71 74 72 72 289
T40  BJERREGAARD, Lucas +9 70 72 72 75 289
T40  MULROY, Garth +9 71 72 70 76 289
T45  WILLETT, Danny +10 70 71 78 71 290
T45  SIMPSON, Webb +10 71 72 73 74 290
T45  GOOSEN, Retief +10 73 71 71 75 290
T48  FITZPATRICK, Matthew (a) +11 71 73 78 69 291
T48  HURLEY III, Billy +11 71 74 75 71 291
T48  ENGLISH, Harris +11 69 75 75 72 291
T48  MOORE, Ryan +11 76 68 71 76 291
T52  NOH, Seung-Yul +12 70 72 76 74 292
T52  WOODLAND, Gary +12 72 71 75 74 292
T54  LANGLEY, Scott +13 72 71 75 75 293
T54  CINK, Stewart +13 72 72 74 75 293
T56  QUINN, Fran +14 68 74 79 73 294
T56  CASEY, Paul +14 70 75 74 75 294
T56  LINDHEIM, Nicholas +14 72 73 72 77 294
59  LEONARD, Justin +15 75 70 75 75 295
T60  HENLEY, Russell +17 70 74 82 71 297
T60  TWAY, Kevin +17 72 72 81 72 297
T60  CEJKA, Alex +17 73 71 77 76 297
T63  STADLER, Kevin +18 77 68 78 75 298
T63  RASK, Clayton +18 73 71 77 77 298
T63  VAN PELT, Bo +18 72 72 75 79 298
66  WEEKLEY, Boo +19 71 73 80 75 299
67  TANIGUCHI, Toru +29 72 73 88 76 309

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