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Heartbreak On His Birthday For Mickelson In Open

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2013 23:24 Sunday, 16 June 2013 16:11

Phil Mickelson

Canadian Press

Tim Dahlberg (AP)

ARDMORE, Pennsylvania -- This wasn't the way it was supposed to end, not on Phil Mickelson's birthday and not at Merion Golf Club, where history will record with little fanfare outside of England that Justin Rose won his first major championship.



Fans Flee As Threatening Weather Halts US Open

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 09:47 Friday, 14 June 2013 09:41

US Open merchandise tent

Canadian Press

Dan Gelston (AP)

ARDMORE, Pennsylvania -- The horn that suspended play at the U.S. Open also turned out to be the official signal to shop.

Forget Ian Poulter. The real early leader at Merion Golf Club was the merchandise tent -- all three of them. Those crackles of thunder led to plenty of ka-chinging at the stores.



By The Numbers: The 5 Best Playoffs In US Open History

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 09:39 Friday, 14 June 2013 09:29

Tiger Woods knee injury

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Doug Ferguson (AP)

ARDMORE, Pennsylvania -- The U.S. Open is known as the toughest test in golf, and it's even more difficult when more than 72 holes are required.



He Already Won - Just By Being Here

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 05:26 Friday, 14 June 2013 04:05

Jesse Smith

Canadian Press

Jim Litke (AP)

ARDMORE, Pennsylvania -- It isn't until you run across a story like Jesse Smith's that you remember why this is called the U.S. Open.

There's no shortage of longshots, wannabes and never-weres in the field. But scan a bio of any of the 155 other entrants who tee off Thursday and you won't find even one like his.



From The Fairway: The Mystery Of Merion Starts To Unfold At The US Open

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 04:02 Friday, 14 June 2013 03:40

Merion Golf Club

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

ARDMORE, Pennsylvania -- The affection was genuine. Even better was beating Jack Nicklaus in a playoff. So when Lee Trevino got his hands on that U.S. Open trophy in 1971, the guy who never lacked for one-liners gushed, "I love Merion, and I don't even know her last name."

For this generation of stars, Merion is more like a blind date.



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