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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…

QUICK TAKE: Rose’s Preparation Makes Him Contender At U.S. Open

Justin Rose is hoping to earn a second U.S. Open after his triumph at Merion in 2013. (Photo Credit: Rob Schumacher, USA Today Sports)

  ERIN, WISCONSIN — Among his peers, Justin Rose stands out for the thought and careful way he prepares for a big tournament. He is detective-like in his dogged determination to find out as much as he possibly can about a course so that come competition time he will not…

QUICK TAKE: Erin Hills’ Satanic Sand

Steve Stricker blasts out of a bunker during a U.S. Open practice round at Erin Hills. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke, USA Today Sports)

ERIN, WISCONSIN — Bunkers on golf courses were originally places of refuge for sheep and the shape of a bunker was determined by the way the sheep scraped at the earth. At Erin Hills the bunkers are the work of the three course designers, men who take collective pride in…

QUICK TAKE: Erin Hills Daunting In Scope

Erin Hills is the first par 72 U.S. Open venue since Pebble Beach in 1992. (Photo Credit: Rob Schumacher, USA Today Sports)

ERIN, WISCONSIN — To one from Britain, what is so striking about Erin Hills is the sheer size of it. The venue for the 117th US Open is bigger than Wales, bigger than Scotland. Good heavens! It’s half the size of England. Acre after acre of rolling prairie without a…

NEWS: Mourners Pay Tribute To John Jacobs

John Jacobs, the father of modern golf teaching, watches Jean Van de Velde during the 1999 Ryder Cup. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

  WINCHESTER, ENGLAND – The tinkling sounds of the trebles in the Winchester Cathedral choir ended a memorial service Monday for John Jacobs, one of the great men of European golf, who died on 13 January aged 92. It was held on as fair a day as Jacobs, the eminent…

Quick Take: Poulter Proves He Is A Player

Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter is taking advantage of his opportunity to play The Players Championship. (Photo Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

It would be ironic if Ian Poulter were to win the Players because a couple of weeks ago he thought he wouldn’t be competing in it, nor, for that matter, in many PGA Tour events for the rest of this year. But then came a telephone call from PGA Tour…