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QUICK TAKE: Casey Rides Roller Coaster Into Contention

Paul Casey battled back from an early triple bogey on Friday at Erin Hills. (Photo Credit: Michael Madrid, USA Today Sports)

  ERIN, WISCONSIN – You know what the figures 747 represent. You’ve seen or heard a plane of that type, possibly flown in one. Likewise 727 and 737. But 385? Far from being a type of aircraft, the figures 385 were the scores of a competitor for three holes in…

QUICK TAKE: McIlroy’s Words Come Back To Haunt Him

Nobody in the field missed more fairways in the first round than McIlroy. (Photo Credit: Rob Schumacher, USA Today Sports)

ERIN, WISCONSIN – It wasn’t what Rory McIlroy had expected. He knew he hadn’t played competitively for a month but after spending two days at Erin Hills the week before the US Open – often with Dana Fry, one of the three course designers, walking alongside him – he was…

QUICK TAKE: Els In The First-Round Mix

Ernie Els plays his second shot on the par-4 15th during the first round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. (Photo credit: David Cannon/Getty Images)

ERIN, WISCONSIN – His loping walk is still the same, one of the most distinctive in the game, one that eats up the ground. His figure is fuller but still recognisably his. His smile that seems to reach from one shoulder to the other remains and his swing, well, was…

QUICK TAKE: USGA Waxes Humble After Open Failures

U.S. Open spectators watch from the first-tee grandstands during the first round at Erin Hills. (Photo Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports)

ERIN, WISCONSIN – They weren’t quite the three wise men but they were two men and a woman who didn’t mind eating humble pie publicly and admitting that there had been issues at the 2015 U.S. Open and again at last year’s and they were sorry. They did this in…

QUICK TAKE: Criticism Prompts Changes To USGA Ruling Procedures

The USGA is hoping to redeem itself at this year's U.S. Open. (Photo Credit: Andrew Boyers, Reuters)

ERIN, WISCONSIN — You’ve seen ’em. Men wearing ties, white shirts and grey trousers holding thick, black books. Around one sleeve of their shirt, just above the elbow, would be a ribbon designating them as people of importance. Some would carry a shooting stick in case it rained and to…

QUICK TAKE: Holy Ground Looms Above Erin Hills

A view of Erin Hills with the church in the background of the 663-yards par 5, 18th. (Photo credit: David Cannon/Getty Images)

ERIN, WISCONSIN — There’s a Heartbreak Hill on most golf courses. The practice ground, driving range, call it what you will, where you see players of all standards following the Hogan guidance and trying to find the answer in the dirt. At Erin Hills, there’s Holy Hill. Holy Hill is…