For the first time since their epic playoff duel at the 2008 U.S Open, Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate will play together this week -- at the same course where Woods prevailed to win his 14th major championship.
Some people spend their lives wondering ... what if? Not Rocco Mediate. The affable golfer knows exactly what's in store for him in Monday's playoff against Tiger Woods with the U.S. Open title on the line, writes ESPN.com's Bob Harig.
One of the rare occasions Tiger Woods didn't close out a tournament in his career, the culprit was Lee Westwood. The Englishman, along with fellow pursuer Rocco Mediate, know it won't be an easy task to win the U.S. Open on Sunday.
Calling Justin Hicks a journeyman would be a compliment. The 33-year-old has missed half the cuts of the six Nationwide Tour events he's played this year. A 68 at the U.S. Open has him admittedly surprised to be atop the leaderboard.
Admitting that he has yet to walk a full 18 holes and that his surgically repaired left knee is "a little sore," Tiger Woods nonetheless downplayed any negatives about his return to golf at this week's U.S. Open.
What does it take to bring the U.S. Open to a "muni" like Torrey Pines in a part of the country that hadn't hosted the national championship in 60 years? Start with leadership, vision, patience and about $3.5 million, writes ESPN.com's Bob Harig.
Sure, the scorecard still says Torrey Pines. But the course that Tiger Woods won on in January and the track he'll play on this week at the 108th U.S. Open will be significantly different, writes ESPN.com's Bob Harig.