Wednesday, day 3 at the U.S. Open

Jun. 11, 2014 @ 09:49 PM

Sold Out
Tickets for the remainder of this week's U.S. Open Championship are sold out, according to the USGA on Wednesday.
“Past championships at Pinehurst have set the benchmark for ticket sales and attendance,” said Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., president of the United States Golf Association. “This is another testament to the support we have always received from the people of North Carolina as well as the historic nature in 2014 of our back-to-back championships.”
This is the 28th consecutive year tickets for the U.S. Open Championship have sold out.
Tickets for juniors are always available on-site at Will Call and all admission gates during the championship. Juniors, ages 12 and younger, will be admitted free of charge any day when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Tickets for juniors, ages 13 to 17, will be available for purchase at a reduced rate of $15 for practice rounds and $35 for championship rounds. There is a maximum of two junior tickets per one adult ticket holder.
Tickets for next week's U.S. Women’s Open Championship are still available.

USGA championship to return to Pinehurst in 2017
Pinehurst Resort and Country Club has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the site of the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Dates of the championship are May 27-31.
Pinehurst No. 2 will serve as the match-play course and No. 4 will serve as the companion course for the competition.
“The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball is our newest championship and we feel that the format has widespread appeal,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee
"We are grateful for our continuing friendship and partnership with Pinehurst," Burton said.
"Pinehurst is especially proud to host the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, which extends our deep connection with the USGA and celebrates our passion for the amateur game," said Don Padgett, president of Pinehurst.
In the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, each of two competitors plays their own ball throughout the round. Each team’s score is determined by using the lower score of the partners for each hole.
The Amateur Four-Ball Championship will debut for men and women in May 2015 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.

No. 3 at No. 2
While No. 13 good play as a drivable par four for the men and women during these two weeks, on the front nine, No. 3 could be another reachable par four depending on what the USGA wants to do each day.
No. 3 measures 387 on the scorecard. During a few practice groups Wednesday afternoon, most players were hitting from the 387-yard box and, with white USGA tee markers also set at a spot about 40 yards ahead, from the shorter box. Irons and hybrids were the main play from the tips. Drivers, including Jimmy Walker driving through the green, were tested out from the "drivable" distance.

Welcoming both Opens
Pinehurst No. 2 is becoming the first course to welcome both U.S. Opens in back to back weeks. Twelve courses, Pinehurst now included, have hosted both national championships.

Atlantic Athletic Club, Duluth, Ga.: Men – 1976; Women – 1990

Baltimore Country Club, Lutherville, Md.: Men – 1899; Women – 1988

Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.: Men – 1903, 1915, 1936, 1954, 1967, 1980, 1993; Women – 1961, 1985

Cherry Hills Country Club, Englewood, Colo.: Men – 1938, 1960, 1978; Women – 2005

Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas: Men – 1941; Women – 1991

Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.: Men – 1970, 1991; Women – 1966, 1977

Interlachen Country Club, Edina, Minn.: Men – 1930; Women – 2008

Newport (R.I.) Country Club: Men – 1895, Women – 2006

Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club: Men – 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, 2007; Women – 1992, 2010

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Village of Pinehurst, N.C.: Men – 1999, 2005, 2014; Women – 2014

Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y.: Men – 1929, 1959, 1974, 1984, 2006; Women – 1957, 1972

Worcester (Mass.) Country Club: Men – 1925, Women – 1960

Open iron men
Including this year, two-time champion Ernie Els leads the 2014 field with 22 consecutive appearances in the U.S. Open Championship.
The next three streak-holders keeping it going at Pinehurst No. 2 are: Phil Mickelson with 21, Stewart Cink with 19 and Jim Furyk with 19.

Three-time visitors
Twelve players will be teeing off in their third Pinehurst U.S. Open today. These 12 played in 1999, 2005 and are in this field.

Robert Allenby

Stewart Cink

Ernie Els

Jim Furyk

Retief Goosen

Miguel Angel Jimenez

Matt Kuchar

Justin Leonard

Jeff Maggert

Phil Mickelson

David Toms

Lee Westwood

Top Euros
Highest ranked European players in the U.S. Open field

2. Henrik Stenson (Sweden)

6. Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)

8. Sergio Garcia (Spain)

9. Justin Rose (England)

18. Luke Donald (England)

20. Victor Dubuisson (France)

22. Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland)

- World Golf Ranking

Practice tweeting
by @ESPNCaddie - Michael Collins

"This is NOT the course I remember from 2005 EXCEPT... being over the green was/is BAD!"

  by @BobHarig - Bob Harig

"In Phil's 6 runner-up U.S. Open finishes -- all on par-70 courses -- he's never broken par in final round. Last year shot 74 and lost by 2"

  by @TheSergioGarcia - Sergio Garcia

"If it doesn't rain, the course is gonna be a beast, I think! Love the old style look that the USGA gave it this year!!"

That's what No. 1 said
"It really feels like a bit of a golf mecca here. And I'm sure my parents would have a great week, if they were here playing golf, with all the different golf courses. It's got a lovely feel to it."
"If you look at this to Augusta to TPC Sawgrass, some of our great championships are played on them and they're all completely different. So that's the beauty of golf. ... I don't know what they're calling it, but it's not lack of rough off the fairways here. And if you spend the week playing out of that, you're not going to do well. So I would say there's plenty of rough out there."
"Certainly I haven't had the best record at the U.S. Open. It's hard to put a finger on a lot of it. I've talked to you all about 10 years of playing pretty average, by my own expectations in majors, and tried to improve that the last few years, and I think I've done a good job. But maybe not quite as good at the U.S. Open. However, I felt, at Olympic, I played very well the last 60 holes or so, after a really bad start on Thursday. And the confidence grew last year (at Merion)."

- Adam Scott, currently No. 1-ranked in the world. Scott won the 2013 Masters and is aiming for his first U.S. Open title in his 13th appearance in the Open.