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QUICK TAKE: Staying Close By, Rory Flies Under Radar As U.S. Open Looms

Rory McIlroy likes his nearby accommodations at the U.S. Open (Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK | Rory McIlroy learns from his mistakes. He nearly missed his tee time in the 2012 Ryder Cup singles, only getting to the course with minutes to spare, thanks to an alert event official and a fast police car. So for the 118th US Open, where traffic…

QUICK TAKE: New U.S. Open Playoff Format Is News To Spieth

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Jordan Spieth plays a practice round Tuesday at Shinnecock Hills (Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK | Jordan Spieth knows every possible yardage at Shinnecock Hills. And if Spieth, the 2015 US Open champion, doesn’t, then Michael Greller, his caddie, does. Between them they read putts, plot the distances, confront each challenge that the venue of the 118th US Open throws at them….

QUICK TAKE: Woods Not Taking This U.S. Open Appearance For Granted

Tiger Woods practices Tuesday at Shinnecock Hills in anticipation of his 20th U.S. Open appearance. (Photo: Brad Penner, USA Today Sports)

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK | The man sat there with a half smile on his face. He was talking about golf in the way that anyone who has ever played it talks about golf. About how frustrating the game is. How annoying it can be one day and so rewarding the…

QUICK TAKE: Poulter Left ‘Raging’ After Irksome Finish

Ian Poulter (Photo credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – Sometimes the words fit the actions and this time they did. “The water is going to taste like acid when I have a drink later tonight,” a fiery Ian Poulter said. “I’m raging right now.” At least that’s what he said publicly. What he said privately…

QUICK TAKE: Perspective Separates Major Champs Garcia, Stenson

Sergio Garcia (right) and Henrik Stenson (Photo credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – Major champions are different. They look similar, talk the same but there is a slight swagger in their walk, and they give off an almost imperceptible air of superiority. They know that in the grand scheme of things they have done something very few other…

QUICK TAKE: Englishmen Enjoy ‘Lovely’ Morning At TPC Sawgrass

Tommy Fleetwood at the 2018 Players Championship (Photo Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports).

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | It is thought it has never happened before. Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood playing together in a tournament, that is. Not just three Europeans. Not just three Britons. But three Englishmen, all of whom figure to be at the Ryder Cup in France…