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Monday, June 18, 2012

PARITY: The last 15 major championships have been won by 15 different players:
Year   Winner                      Major   
2012 Webb Simpson         U.S. Open
2012  Bubba Watson         Masters   
2011  Keegan Bradley       PGA   
2011  Darren Clarke          British Open  
2011  Rory McIlroy           U.S. Open  
2011  Charl Schwartzel      Masters    
2010  Martin Kaymer         PGA   
2010  Louis Oosthuizen     British Open  
2010  Graeme McDowell   U.S. Open  
2010  Phil Mickelson          Masters   
2009  Y.E. Yang                  PGA   
2009  Stewart Cink             British Open  
2009  Lucas Glover            U.S. Open  
2009  Angel Cabrera           Masters   
2008  Padraig Harrington    PGA 

WEBB SIMPSON WINNER’S GOLF BAG: Webb Simpson won his first major championship in only his fifth career start. He won the U.S. Open at the age of 26 years, 10 months and nine days. He won using a Titleist 909D3 driver (10.5 degrees), 910F fairway metals (13.5 degrees, 17 degrees), 910H hybrid (21 degrees), 680 irons (4-PW), Vokey Design TVD sand (54) and lob (58) wedges. Simpson had True Temper’s Dynamic Gold X100 shafts in his irons. He used a PING G5i Craz-E Belly putter model and Titleist’s Pro V1x golf ball. He wore FJ ICON golf shoes.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Burger Dog

San Francisco – Where do they have a hamburger shaped like a hot dog that tastes like a million bucks?

It could only be at The Olympic Club, where Bills Famous Cheeseburger is considered as much a part of the experience as the tilting fairways, cypress trees and small greens.

The Parrish family has been making these special burgers, also known simply as the “Burger Dog,” since the 1950s. They’re available in a few locations during the U.S. Open, which is good, because if they were everywhere, no one would watch the golf. They would be chowing down on a cheeseburger shaped like a hot dog wrapped in a bun covered with mustard, red relish, onions and accompanied by a dill pickle.

Can you say yum?

The burger is the creation of Bill Parrish, a former Big Band trumpeter in the 1940s who wanted a part-time gig and decided to dabble in burgers. He hooked up a trailer behind his truck and parked it at nearby Lake Merced Golf Club, where the members quickly discovered the gastronomical greatness in their midst. He took his culinary act on the road to The Olympic Club in the 1950s.

Today, the burgers are sold to members and their guests at the halfway house and a snack hut near the practice range.

Born in India, Parrish took his trumpet on a trip to Los Angeles, ended up in San Francisco at the Warfield playing with the Big Bands, and met his future wife, Billie, a dancer.

Later, at the birth of the burger, it became known as Bills World Famous Cheeseburger.

Candy Parrish, who is Bill and Billie’s daughter, runs the franchise now with her husband, Jack. Candy knows why the burger shaped like a hot dog is a hit.

“Because they’re all cooked to order, they’re made fresh daily and they’re delicious,” she said.

And the secret ingredient is something you might not expect.

“There’s no secret,” she said. “It’s us.”

The basics of the burger are this: Two-thirds ground beef and one-third ground sirloin, formed into a hot-dog-shaped mold for the correct dimensions and then cooked over a hot surface. Jack invented the mold.

On Wednesday during the final practice round for the 2012 U.S. Open, Candy, Jack and their two sons were in the burger kitchen, and the lines were 20 deep in the members’ tent, erected on the club parking lot on the rise near the clubhouse.

Seated at a round table, Mike and Margie Blach from San Jose were just finishing their Bills World Famous Cheeseburger lunch. Mike is a 30-year member at Olympic and a veteran Bills burger aficionado.

“The only question I ever have is whether to get one or two,” he said, patting his stomach. “I guess you can see which way I decided to go.”

Margie liked the timing of the dining.

“You can eat ’em and you’re done in no time,” she said.

George Whitcomb, from Roseville, Calif., who was dining with his wife, Mary, had a simple explanation why he enjoyed his burger.

“It’s just good,” he said. “It’s not your standard hot dog, or burger either. It’s not messy and the red relish is the key.”

Candy Parrish said her father would sometimes leave the burgers, pick up his trumpet and play “Happy Birthday” to members as they walked up the 18th fairway. But Bill was best known for his burger legacy. Candy doesn’t know where he got the idea, but she’s certain of one thing.

“He was ahead of his time.”

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Friday, June 8, 2012


Jun 7, 2012 - The pairings and tee times are out for next week's U.S. Open at the Olympic Club, and as they always seem to do, the USGA has created some spicy storylines with their groupings. The one headline group to end all headliners consists of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson. The UK equivalent of that power threesome consists of Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, and Lee Westwood.

With the national championship returning to the West Coast, the broadcast will once again be featured in primetime -- a tradition started at Torrey Pines in 2008. A complete list of tee times and pairings below, with all times EST:

Morning wave off No. 1 tee:

10:15 a.m.: Scott Langley, Steve Lebrun, Beau Hossler (a)
10:26 a.m.: Jason Bohn, Raphael Jacquelin, J. B. Park
10:37 a.m.: Michael Thompson, TBD, Steve Marino
10:48 a.m.: Brendan Jones, George Coetzee, Gregory Bourdy
10:59 a.m.: Patrick Cantlay (a), Jonathan Byrd, Kyle Stanley
11:10 a.m.: Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson
11:21 a.m.: Paul Casey, Hiroyuki Fujita, Mark Wilson
11:32 a.m.: Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson
11:43 a.m.: Tim Clark Toru Taniguchi, Rod Pampling
11:54 a.m.: Francesco Molinari, Bo Van Pelt, Peter Hanson
12:05 p.m.: D. A. Points, Dong-Hwan Lee, Kevin Streelman
12:16 p.m.: Edward Loar, Paul Claxton, Alistair Presnell
12:27 p.m.: Mark McCormick, Nick Sherwood (a), Cole Howard

Morning wave off No. 9 tee:

10 a.m.: Shane Bertsch, Martin Flores, Tommy Biershenk
10:11 a.m.: Scott Piercy, Matthew Baldwin, Matt Bettencourt
10:22 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Kevin Na, Branden Grace
10:33 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson
10:44 a.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Stephen Ames, Tim Herron
10:55 a.m.: Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, David Toms
11:06 a.m.: Carl Pettersson, Charl Schwartzel, Charles Howell III
11:17 a.m.: Robert Karlsson, Bob Estes, Robert Rock
11:28 a.m.: K. J. Choi, Y. E. Yang, K. T. Kim

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


JUNE 17-20, 2010
HELPFUL WEBSITES (live scoring): This is the official tournament web site with tee times, hole statistics and historical information. Lists all major winners by year, country of birth, etc. At last check, site was updated through 2009.
USGA Communications Department – (908) 234–2300

U.S. Open Media Center – (831) 274-2044
Lucas Glover birdied the 16th hole of the final round to propel him to a 4-under-par 276 total and a two-stroke victory over Phil Mickelson, Ricky Barnes and David Duval in the rain-plagued 2009 U.S. Open Championship at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y.
1. Tiger Woods is seeking his 15th professional major and 4th U.S. Open title. He’s trying to become the 5th man to win 4 U.S. Opens, joining Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus (all with 4 apiece).
2. Phil Mickelson is the only golfer with a chance to win the Grand Slam this year after capturing his 3rd Masters in April. Mickelson has 5 runner-up finishes in the U.S. Open (including last year), more than anyone in history.
3. Lucas Glover is trying to become the first golfer to win consecutive U.S. Opens since Curtis Strange did so in 1988 and ’89. This might not be the course to do it; he’s played in 3 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Ams (2002, ’04, ’05) and has missed the cut each time.
4. Pebble Beach hosts its 5th U.S. Open and 1st since 2000. That was the year Tiger Woods won by 15 shots, the largest winning margin in the history of the 4 major championships.
5. Looking for a darkhorse pick? Dustin Johnson has won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in each of the last 2 years. Johnson has finished T-48th and T-40th in his only 2 U.S. Open appearances.
Thursday, June 17:      1-3 pm (ESPN), 3-5 pm (NBC), 5-10 pm (ESPN)
Friday, June 18:        1-3 pm (ESPN), 3-5 pm (NBC), 5-10 pm (ESPN)
Saturday, June 19:      4:30-11 pm (NBC)
Sunday, June 20:        3-9 pm (NBC)
*Monday, June 21:       Noon-2 pm (ESPN), 2 pm-finish (NBC)
*18-hole playoff if necessary
2011  Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, MD (June 16-19)
2012  The Olympic Club, San Francisco, CA (June 14-17)
2013    Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, PA (June 13-16)
2014  Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, Pinehurst, NC (June 12-15)
2015  Chambers Bay, University Place, WA (June 18-21)
2016  Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA (June 16-19)
The United States Golf Association (USGA) has served as the national governing body of golf for the United States, its territories and Mexico since its formation in 1894. It's a non-profit organization run by golfers for the benefit of golfers. The Association sponsors a variety of programs that benefit everyone who plays the game.
The USGA conducts 13 national championships each year (the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women's Open, the U.S. Senior Open and 10 national amateur championships), writes and interprets the Rules of Golf, funds turf grass and course maintenance practices and supports grassroots programs through its “For the Good of the Game” initiative. The USGA also helps conduct three biennial international competitions — the Walker Cup Match, the Curtis Cup Match and the Men's and Women's World Amateur Team Championships.
The USGA intends to make the U.S. Open the most rigorous, yet fair, examination of golf skills, testing all forms of shot-making. The USGA prepares the course after careful consideration of 14 different factors. The complete philosophy statement can be found on
The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers (and ties), and any player within 10 strokes of the leader.
Highest U.S. Open Cuts
Since 1980
‘07 Oakmont           +10
‘02 Bethpage          +10
‘86 Shinnecock Hills  +10
‘06 Winged Foot       +9
‘83 Oakmont            +9
In the case of a tie after 72 holes, an 18–hole playoff will be held on June 21 (Monday), beginning at noon (ET). The last playoff was in 2008 at Torrey Pines, won by Tiger Woods over Rocco Mediate in 19 holes. Each man shot 71, then Woods parred the first playoff hole (the par-4 7th), while Mediate bogeyed.
U.S. Open Playoffs
Since 1990
2008 Tiger Woods defeated Rocco Mediate
2001 Retief Goosen defeated Mark Brooks
1994 Ernie Els defeated Loren Roberts and Colin Montgomerie
1991 Payne Stewart defeated Scott Simpson
1990 Hale Irwin defeated Mike Donald
THE FIELD (as of June 15)
An alphabetical list of the 79 golfers who were fully exempt for the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links June 17-20:


Robert Allenby 12,17 Hunter Mahan 8,9,10,17
Stephen Ames 8 Stephen Marino 10
a-Byeong-Hun An 2 a-Ben Martin 2
Ricky Barnes 8 Graeme McDowell 17
Matt Bettencourt 8 Ross McGowan 11
Angel Cabrera 1,3,9,10,17 Rory McIllroy 8,11,12,17
Michael Campbell 1 Phil Mickelson 3,5,8,9,10,12,13,17
Paul Casey 9,11,14,17 Edoardo Molinari 17
K.J. Choi 17 Francesco Molinari 11,17
Stewart Cink 4,9,10,17 Ryan Moore 8
Tim Clark 6,9,12,17 Kevin Na 9,10,17
Ben Crane 17 Geoff Ogilvy 1,9,10,11,17
Luke Donald 10,17 Sean O'Hair 9,10,17
Jason Dufner 10 Louis Oosthuizen 17
David Duval 8 Kenny Perry 9,10,17
Simon Dyson 11 Ian Poulter 9,11,14,17
Ernie Els 10,11,12,14,17 Alvaro Quiros 17
Ross Fisher 8,11,17 John Rollins 9
Fred Funk 7 Rory Sabbatini 9
Jim Furyk 1,9,10,12,13,17 Charl Schwartzel 14,17
Sergio Garcia 6,8,11,17 Adam Scott 17
Brian Gay 9,10 John Senden 9,10
Lucas Glover 1,8,9,10,17 Michael Sim 16,17
Retief Goosen 1,9,10,17 Vijay Singh 18
Soren Hansen 8 Heath Slocum 10
Peter Hanson 17 Henrick Stenson 6,8,17
Padraig Harrington 4,5,9,10,11,17 Steve Stricker 9,10,12,13,17
Yuta Ikeda 15,17 David Toms 9,10
Trevor Immelman 3 Scott Verplank 10
Ryo Ishikawa 15,17    
Thongchai Jaidee 17 Camilo Villegas 12,17
Miguel Angel Jimenez 17 Nick Watney 9,10,17
Dustin Johnson 9,10,12,17    
Zach Johnson 3,9,10,13,17 Tom Watson 18
Robert Karlsson 17 Mike Weir 8,9,10
Martin Kaymer 11,17 Lee Westwood 11,14,17
Jerry Kelly 9,10 Oliver Wilson 11,17
Anthony Kim 12,17 Tiger Woods 1,4,5,8,9,10,13,17
Soren Kjeldsen 11 Y.E. Yang 5,9,10,17
Matt Kuchar 9,12,17    
Marc Leishman 10    
Justin Leonard 9    
Exemptions From Local and Sectional Qualifying
1. Winners of the U.S. Open the last 10 years.
2. Winner and runner-up of the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship (must be an amateur).
3. Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years (2006-2010).
4. Winners of the British Open the last five years (2005-2009).
5. Winners of the PGA Championship the last five years (2005-09).
6. Winners of the Players Championship the last three years (2008-2010).
7. Winner of the 2009 U.S. Senior Open Championship.
8. From the 2009 U.S. Open, the 15 lowest scores and anyone tying for 15th place.
9. From the 2009 final official PGA Tour money list, the top 30 money leaders.
10. Those qualifying for the season-ending 2009 Tour Championship.
11. From the 2009 final official PGA European Tour money list, the top 15 money leaders.
12. From the 2010 official PGA Tour money list, the top 10 money leaders through May 24.
13. Any multiple winner of PGA Tour co-sponsored events whose victories are considered official from June 21, 2009 through June 13, 2010.
14. From the 2010 official PGA European Tour money list, the top five money leaders through May 24.
15. From the 2009 final official Japan Golf Tour money list, the top two money leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Ranking at the end of the year.
16. From the 2009 final official PGA Tour of Australasia money list, the top two money leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Ranking at the end of the year.
17. From the current World Rankings, the top 50 point leaders as of May 24, 2010.
18. Special exemptions selected by the USGA.
19. Sectional qualifiers (U.S. and International sites)
The list of the 77 golfers who got in via sectional and local qualifying (code 19):
Sectional qualifying (36 holes): James Morrison, Rafa Echenique, Gary Boyd, Rhys Davies, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Gareth Maybin, Mikko Ilonen, Pablo Martin, Gregory Havret, Jean-Francois Lucquin, Rikard Karlberg, Hiroyuki Fujita, Toru Taniguchi, Paul Sheehan, Kaname Yokoo, Azuma Yano, Jim Herman, Jason Gore, Kent Jones, Arjun Atwal, Craig Barlow, Steven Wheatcroft, Gary Woodland, Eric Axley, Terry Pilkadaris, Stuart Appleby, Brendon De Jonge, Alex Cejka, Bo Van Pelt, Ben Curtis, Tom Lehman, Aaron Baddeley, Davis Love III, Harrison Frazar, John Mallinger, Derek Lamely, Rich Barcelo, Mathias Gronberg, Deane Pappas, Paul Goydos, David Frost, a-Morgan Hoffman, Shaun Micheel, J.J. Henry, Brandt Snedeker, Charles Warren, Chris Stroud, Stephen Allan, Brian Davis, Erik Compton, Seung Yul Noh, Bob Estes, Robert Gates, Simon Khan.
Local (18 holes) and sectional qualifying: a-Russell Henley, Mark Silvers, a-Scott Langley, Blaine Peffley, Dan McCarthy, Jon Curran, Daniel Summerhays, Ty Tryon, a-Kevin Phelan, Travis Hampshire, a-Alex Martin, Hugo Leon, a-Bennett Blakeman, Jerry Smith, Kent Eger, Matthew Richardson, Jason Allred, a-Hudson Swafford, Jason Preeo, Erick Justesen, a-Joseph Bramlett, Kenny Kim, a-Andrew Putnam.
Pebble Beach Golf Links is ranked the No. 1 Public Course in America by Golf Digest for 2009-2010.
Since 1919, the exquisite beauty and unique challenge of Pebble Beach Golf Links has thrilled golfers and spectators alike. Pebble Beach has been the site of golf's most prestigious tournaments, including the annual AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, as well as the 1972, '82, '92, 2000 and upcoming 2010 U.S. Open Championships.
Designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, the course hugs the rugged Northern California coastline just south of Monterey, providing wide-open vistas, cliffside fairways and sloping greens. It is a delightful challenge for all players.
Pebble Beach Golf Links also includes chipping and putting greens and the Peter Hay Par-Three Golf Course and practice range. The Golf Shop and first tee are located directly across from The Lodge at Pebble Beach.
U.S. Opens
Held in State of California
                         City             Winner
2010 Pebble Beach               Pebble Beach    ?
2008 Torrey Pines        San Diego        Tiger Woods
2000 Pebble Beach        Pebble Beach     Tiger Woods
1998 Olympic Club               San Francisco    Lee Janzen
1992 Pebble Beach               Pebble Beach    Tom Kite
1987 Olympic Club               San Francisco   Scott Simpson
1982 Pebble Beach               Pebble Beach    Tom Watson
1972 Pebble Beach               Pebble Beach    Jack Nicklaus
1966 Olympic Club               San Francisco   Billy Casper
1955 Olympic Club               San Francisco   Jack Fleck
1948 Riviera            Pacific Palisades       Ben Hogan
Most U.S. Opens
By State
New York                18
Pennsylvania     15
Illinois                13
California              11<<
<<This is 11th (5th at Pebble Beach)
Most U.S. Opens
By Site
Oakmont C.C.            8       2007
Baltusrol Golf Club     7       1993
Oakland Hills C.C.      6       1996
Pebble Beach Golf Links 5       2010
Winged Foot Golf Club   5       2006
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT PEBBLE BEACH AND IN CALIFORNIA - The 2010 U.S. Open will be the 11th USGA championship held at Pebble Beach Golf Links (5 U.S. Opens, 4 U.S. Amateurs and 2 U.S. Women’s Amateurs).

This will be the 68th USGA championship held in the state of California – the second-most hosted by one state behind Pennsylvania, which will host its 80th USGA event this year when Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club welcomes the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open Championship. California will hold its 69th USGA event later this year when it hosts the 2010 USGA Men’s State Team Championship at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa, Calif., Sept. 14-16.
Thanks to the remarkable talents of original designers Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, Pebble Beach Golf Links has seen very few substantial changes over the years. The current “figure-8” routing is the same one that Neville and Grant laid out in 1919; they started at an old log cabin that had served as a way station for tourists on 17-Mile Drive. However, those early years saw frequent and significant refinements as owner Samuel F.B. Morse brought in other architects to perfect the course.

Early Changes
Early significant changes came shortly after the course was completed in 1919. The California Golf Association, which did not readily accept the new course as a site for its amateur championship, felt that the 345-yard par-4 18th hole was too easy. Morse turned to Arthur H. “Bunker” Vincent, who worked with the crew to lengthen the course (to 6,200 yards), change five greens, and move the 18th tee to its current location near the 17th green. Consequently, 18 became a more challenging 379-yard par 4, requiring two first-class shots to reach the green.

A Great Finishing Hole is Born
In 1922 William Herbert Fowler transformed the 18th hole from the 379-yard par 4 to a 548-yard par 5 that hardly anyone tries to reach in two because of the severe penalty for failure. Today, 18 is quite simply the best finishing hole in golf.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010



Far Hills, N.J. (Feb. 26) - Starting March 1, entry applications for the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, the U.S. Women's Open at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club and the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash., will be available online.

In the ensuing weeks, entry applications for the 10 amateur competitions conducted by the USGA, including the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women's Amateur, will also be available online.

for a complete listing of 2010 USGA championships.

According to figures from the USGA championship administration department, 91 percent of all applications received in 2009 were filed online. Those numbers have been consistent over the past several years, and the USGA strongly encourages all applicants to file electronically.

If assistance is needed during the entry process, visit the Championship FAQ section of the USGA Web site at:

In 2010, a Condition of Competition is in effect regarding the new grooves rule adopted by the USGA for the three Open championships. At the U.S. Women's Open and the U.S. Senior Open the condition will be in effect at all qualifying sites as well as the championship proper. At the U.S. Open, the condition will not be in effect at Local (first stage) Qualifying but it will be in effect at all Sectional (second stage) Qualifying sites as well as the championship proper. The condition will not be in effect for any stage of USGA amateur championships in 2010.

The USGA has created an online reference resource called the Informational Club Database ( to assist players in determining whether their irons, hybrids and fairway woods comply with the new grooves rule.

About the USGA
The USGA is the national governing body of golf in the USA and Mexico. The USGA annually conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open and 10 national amateur championships. It also conducts two state team championships and helps conduct the Walker Cup Match, Curtis Cup Match and World Amateur Team Championships.

The USGA also writes the Rules of Golf, conducts equipment testing, provides expert course maintenance consultations, funds research for better turf and a better environment, maintains a Handicap System®, celebrates the history of the game, and administers an ongoing "For the Good of the Game" grants program, which has allocated more than $65 million over 13 years to successful programs that bring the game's values to youths from disadvantaged backgrounds and people with disabilities. For more information about the USGA, visit

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