By: John Boyette on June 16, 2012 - 7:48pm - Add new comment

SAN FRANCISCO - Blake Adams, who lives just outside of Swainsboro, Ga., got off to a rough start today at the U.S. Open.

He began bogey, double bogey, bogey to go 4-over in his first three holes. To his credit, he bounced back with five pars and a birdie to complete his first nine.

The good news is that the leaders are also struggling at Olympic Club today. Currently, Adams is just four shots out of the lead.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Phil Mickelson celebrated his birthday Saturday and the gallery around the 18th hole serenaded him with "Happy Birthday."

By: John Boyette on June 15, 2012 - 4:19pm - Add new comment

SAN FRANCISCO - Blake Adams is in eighth place and only three shots out of the lead at the U.S. Open.

With five birdies in a seven-hole stretch at Olympic Club, Adams climbed as high as a tie for fifth. Not bad for someone making his major championship debut.

But Adams, who finished with even-par 70 and is at 2-over for the tournament, didn’t seem to be fazed by his sudden ascent that earned him some coverage on the national television broadcast.

By: John Boyette on June 15, 2012 - 1:47pm - Add new comment

SAN FRANCISCO -- The second round of the U.S. Open is well under way, and scoring conditions are proving difficult once again at Olympic Club.

Nicholas Colsaerts and Ernie Els have the best rounds going so far at 2-under. Colsaerts has played 11 holes, and Els has completed eight.

It appears that Michael Thompson's overnight lead of 4-under will still be intact when he tees off at 3:52 EST. Of course, plenty of attention will be focused on the man currently tied for third: Tiger Woods.

Woods is at 1-under after Thursday's 69, his best start in a U.S. Open in a decade.

By: John Boyette on June 15, 2012 - 1:31am - Add new comment

SAN FRANCISCO -- As the second round of the U.S. Open plays out today at Olympic Club, most eyes will be on one man.

Tiger Woods.

He isn't the leader, but he did shoot 1-under-par 69 on Thursday and is tied for second. Michael Thompson is the first-round leader with a superb 66, but Woods is getting the lion's share of attention.

By: John Boyette on June 15, 2012 - 12:35am - Add new comment

SAN FRANCISCO -- I saw a man fight for his life Thursday at the U.S. Open.


A gentleman collapsed near the 15th tee at Olympic Club. I was out following the Zach Johnson, Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh grouping when I noticed a small commotion. When I saw the San Francisco policeman assigned to the group go over and start CPR, I knew it was serious.

Someone said he just collapsed and hit his head on the concrete cart path.

I watched from a respectful distance, and I prayed for the man. I wasn't alone.

By: John Boyette on June 14, 2012 - 11:48am - Add new comment

By now you know San Francisco's Matt Cain threw a perfect game last night.

I am painfully aware because I had a chance to attend the game. Let me explain:

When I made plans to attend the U.S. Open at Olympic a few weeks back, there was discussion of going to Tuesday night's Giants game. I also was invited to a party hosted by Art and Liz Spander on Wednesday night.

Perfect, we could do both.

By: John Boyette on June 13, 2012 - 6:57pm - Add new comment

Today's weather started out a tad differently than Tuesday in San Francisco.

Fog rolled in over the Olympic Club, making it difficult to see on the drive along the Pacific Coast. I think the locals call it a marine layer.

That gave way to bright sunshine and another postcard-type day.

By: John Boyette on June 12, 2012 - 4:19pm - Add new comment

Greetings from sunny San Francisco.

How many times can you say (or write) that? Particularly with all the rain that has fallen in the Augusta area since Sunday, forgive me if I gloat about the nice weather at this week's U.S. Open.

I arrived Monday and did the required tourist things: ride a cable car, visit Fisherman's Wharf, walk around the vibrant downtown area. This isn't my first visit to the Bay Area, and I hope it's not my last.

By: John Boyette on June 6, 2012 - 3:28pm - Add new comment

The news came out of left field and punched me right in the gut.


I was scrolling on Facebook this afternoon when I saw that Arnie Burdick, longtime media director for the Heritage golf tournament onHilton Head Island, had died. He was 92.


Arnie Burdick isn’t a household name to most folks, but to anyone who has ever covered the PGA Tour event he was an essential contact. He was one of those folks who didn’t need to be called by his last name; his first sufficed.


By: John Boyette on May 16, 2012 - 1:44pm - Add new comment

Today marks a very important milestone in my life.


No, it’s not my birthday. (Hint: It’s in August.)


And it isn’t my anniversary. I think that’s in September.


On this date – May 16, 1982 – I made my first hole-in-one. It also happened to be my last if you don’t count putt-putt, which I don’t.


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