• Brad Fritsch Finishes Top 50 In U.S. Open

    Brad Fritsch And Caddy Jeff Scott Walk To The 15th Green At Chambers Bay In The 2015 U.S. Open At Chambers Bay - Image Credit Bryan Outram

    by Alfie Lau

    Canada’s only hope at the 2015 US Open, Edmonton’s Brad Fritsch, had a passable weekend effort, shooting back-to-back rounds of (+2) 72 to finish the tournament at (+8).

  • Jordan Spieth Wins U.S. Open At Chambers Bay

    Jordan Spieth Casually Hangs Onto His Newest Piece Of Hardware The U.S. Open Trophy After Winning The 2015 Championship At Chambers Bay - Image Credit Bryan Outram

    by Alfie Lau

    Jordan Spieth is now halfway to the Grand Slam.

    Spieth survived a double bogey on the 17th hole to make a two-putt birdie from 15 feet 4 inches to defeat Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke at the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Tacoma, WA. 
     
    Spieth, the first player to birdie the final hole to win the U.S. Open since Bobby Jones, heads to St. Andrews next month halfway to history and a worthy heir to World No. 1 Rory McIlroy. 
     
    Johnson will rue the par he made on the final hole, because after he hit a gorgeous 247-yard approach to 12 feet 4 inches, he hit his first putt three-and-a-half feet long and missed the comebacker to lose the U.S. Open in the most heartbreaking fashion.
  • It Ain’t Easy Being Green

    The 'Greens' At Chambers Bay Have Come Under A  Lot Of Criticism This Week At The U.S. Open - Image Courtesy CP

    by Bryan Outram

    If there has been a major championship in recent history that’s taken as much heat for the condition of its greens, this writer certainly can’t remember it.

    It’s not uncommon practice for the USGA to have its championship layouts become progressively harder and faster as a tournament goes along, but it appears in this case they’ve taken the firming of the greens to a new, and not very popular, level.

  • Anybody’s U.S. Open To Win On Sunday

    Will Sunday Be A Walk In The Park En Route To A U.S. Open Title For Jordan Spieth? - Image Credit Bryan Outram

     

    by Alfie Lau

    Not even an hour into Jordan Spieth’s third round on Saturday at Chambers Bay, the 21-year-old had dropped two bombs for birdies at the second and third holes and sat at (-7) for the tournament and two clear of his closest challenger.

    But then Spieth went on a horrendous bogey binge, with mistakes at five of his next eight holes and suddenly, the Texas Grand Slam was now seriously in jeopardy.

    Spieth would make one more birdie, at the par-3 15th, but may lament all the short putts he missed on the way in to his (+1) round of 71 that has him in a four-way tie for the lead heading into Sunday’s final round of the U.S. Open.

  • Chambers Bay A Walk For The Ages

    The View Of Chambers Bay Golf Course And The Puget Sound Beyond From The Top Of The Golf Course Looking Southwest - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    by Alfie Lau

    It’s the U.S. Open unlike any other. Walking paths going up, down, along and around sand dunes are what spectators have faced all week and it’s so tough that caddies have estimated their walks, inside the ropes, coming in at 8 miles per round.

    For us media types, we’re walking a similar amount, but not getting to every part of the golf course. From our media centre, it’s an easy walk to the ninth and 18th greens, and then out to the water, where we can watch the 2nd, 3rd, 16th and 17th holes.

    But the northeast quadrant of the course, featuring the 12th green, 13th and 14th holes, 4th, 5th and 7th holes, is only accessible via Gate 2, which is more commonly known as the hole where residents in the University Place neighbourhood enter.

  • Top Five Images From Early In The U.S. Open

     It's Business As Usual For The Trains That Run Right Alongside The 15th, 16th And 17th Holes At Chambers Bay - Image Credit Bryan Outram

    by Bryan Outram

    The 2015 Men's U.S. Open is being played in the Pacific Northwest for the first time. 

    The host course is the Bobby Jone's designed Chambers Bay just south of Seattle on the shores of Puget Sound. With freight trains rolling by and long fescue grasses waving in the breeze the links-style layout definitely has a British Open feel to it.

    With that comes a number of very unique sights, especially for this region. We present to you here a few of our choices for most interesing images from the 2015 U.S. Open. 

  • Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth Lead U.S. Open At Midway Point, Dustin Johnson And Branden Grace One Shot Back

    Jordan Spieth Is Vying For His Second Straight Major Of 2015 At Chambers Bay - Image Courtesy USGA 

    by Alfie Lau

    On a day when first-round co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson fell back to earth, two of golf’s Young Guns seized the second-round lead at the U.S. Open.

    Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth now lead at Chambers Bay with a (-5) score of 135. Reed, who started the day one stroke out of the lead, had a roller coaster round of 5 birdies, 6 bogeys and an eagle at the 284-yard par-4 12th for his second-round 69.

    Reed made his move with four birdies in his first 11 holes and looked set to be sole leader after a birdie on the 16th hole had him at (-6). But a bogey on the 18th brought Reed back into a tie with Spieth and sets up a marquee final pairing on Saturday.

  • Canada's Brad Fritsch Makes Cut At U.S. Open As David Hearn Misses

    Brad Fritsch Will Be The Lone Canadian To Tee It Up On The Weekend At Chambers Bay In The 2015 U.S. Open - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    by Alfie Lau

    A quick turnaround for Edmonton’s Brad Fritsch cost him some strokes, but didn’t prevent him from making the cut at his second US Open at Chambers Bay.

    Fritsch, in the first group out off the 1st tee at 7 a.m., started the day at even par and got it into red numbers with a birdie at the par-5 first hole.

    But then a couple of poor swings led to three consecutive bogeys and it was an uphill struggle for the resident of North Carolina who also gets sponsorship from the Ottawa Senators.

  • The End Of The Tiger Era – Again

    Surprisingly, Despite Turning Down Fox TV Sports Request For An Interview, Tiger Woods Did Answer Some Questions For The Rest Of The Media After Shooting Another Round In The 80's - Image Credit Bryan Outram

    by Alfie Lau

    The epitaph has been written several times this year already.

    It came after an 82 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the subsequent missed cut. It came a week later when after only 11 holes, a WD and a hurried rush to the parking lot, where an impromptu press conference was held only because his car was blocked by camera stands and reporters.

    It came two weeks ago when he shot 85 at The Memorial in the third round, a score not even a 14-handicapper would take.

    And now, we come here to praise and to bury the great golf career that spawned 14 Major titles for Tiger Woods.

  • Stenson And DJ Lead U.S. Open, Mickelson In Contention, Tiger And Rickie Trail Far Behind

    Not Many Thought Tiger Would Face The Meida After His 10-Over Round Of 80 At Chambers Bay But He Did. Briefly. - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    by Alfie Lau

    There’s an old saying that you can’t win the U.S. Open on the first day, but you certainly can lose it.

    That’s definitely the case for the group featuring Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods and Louis Oosthuizen. The trio combined to shoot (+28), with the South African’s (+7) 77 the best score amongst them, three better than Woods and his 80 and four ahead of Fowler’s 81.

    Woods, coming up on the 7th anniversary of winning his last Major, came out to answer five questions from the media. “Not very happy, that's for sure,” said Woods of his round.

  • Brad Fritsch Even After First Round At U.S. Open, David Hearn Two Strokes Back

    by Alfie Lau

    When no players withdrew from the U.S. Open field at Chambers Bay on Thursday, dashing the hopes of alternate Mackenzie Hughes of Ontario, the red-and-white Canadian colours were left to be carried high by two other golfers with Ontario links.

    The low Canadian was Edmonton’s Brad Fritsch, who now calls North Carolina home.

  • Top 10 News Tidbits From The U.S. Open At Chambers Bay

    by Alfie Lau

    Never has the U.S. Open come all the way north and west to Washington State, but now that Chambers Bay looks set to host one of the most unforgettable tournaments in recent history, here’s 10 things you might have missed, but we at BC Golf have on our radar.

  • Top Five Q&A With Tiger Woods At Chambers Bay

    With all his poor play of late it only stood to reason that former World Number One Tiger Woods would face some questions about the state of his game when he sat in front of the media at Chambers Bay for the press conference prior to the 2015 U.S. Open.

    And he did...

  • Top Five Q & A With World Number One Rory McIlroy

    The Men's World Number One ranked golfer, Rory McIlroy, answered questions from the media before heading out for a late afternoon practice round at Chambers Bay ahead of the 2015 U.S. Open.

    Here is a selection of those questions and answers:

  • A ‘How-To’ Guide On Viewing The U.S. Open At Chambers Bay

    Brown Is The New Green As Evidenced By This View Of The Chambers Bay Layout For The 2015 U.S. Open - Image Credit Kris Jonasson

    by Kris Jonasson, Executive Director - British Columbia Golf

    Tuesday I attended, along with my friend Dana Prince, my first golf event in many years strictly as a spectator.

    Here is what I learned and what you should know before heading down to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

  • In The Media Mess For The Sixth Time

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf and intrepid BCG reporter

    Never has the U.S. Open been closer to home for British Columbians, but that only intensifies the pressure for us media types covering the event.

    Having covered six U.S. Opens for Inside Golf, the 2015 version, at Chambers Bay, presented a variety of unique challenges.

    While the course was a manageable 4-hour drive away from Vancouver, securing suitable accommodation close to Tacoma proved quite challenging.

  • The Biggest (And Least Publicized) Day in British Columbia Golf

    The Richmond Olympic Oval Will Be The Site Of International Olympic Day Celebrations On Monday, June 15th And Golf Is Playing A Major Role - Image Courtesy Richmond Olympic Oval

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    Monday, June 15 looks like any other Monday, the beginning of another work week and the last spring Monday of 2015.

    But look a little deeper and you may discover it’s the biggest day in British Columbia golf.

    Let’s start with an event that’s not just about golf, but is important nevertheless. Golf will return to the Olympics in Rio in 2016 and International Olympic Day will be celebrated from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Richmond Olympic Oval, with British Columbia Golf and CN Future Links playing a big part in this event.

  • Canadians David Hearn And Brad Fritsch Qualify For U.S. Open

    David Hearn Will Lead The Canadian Contingent Of Two Into The U.S. Open Next Week At Chambers Bay - CP Photo

    Jason St. Jacques/ Golf Canada with files from Associated Press/CP

    Two Canadians have emerged from the ‘Longest Day of Golf’ and have received their tickets to the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., June 18-21.

    Competing in one of the toughest fields at Brookside Golf and Country Club, PGA TOUR member David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., and Manotick Ont., native Brad Fritsch, who plays on the Web.com tour, have earned spots into the U.S. National Open Championship.

  • Albin Choi Wins Bayview Place Island Savings Open Presented By Times Colonist

    Albin Choi Picked Up His First Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada Win Claiming The Bayview Place Island Savings Open Presented By Times Colonist - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    by Brian Decker, Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada

    (June 7, 2015 – Victoria, B.C.) – With a final round 4-under 66, Surrey, B.C's Albin Choi captured his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada victory on Sunday at Uplands Golf Club, claiming the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist.

    The 23-year old came out of the gate hot on Sunday, making birdies on four of his first five holes to separate himself from the field, then held on down the stretch to win by three over North Vancouver's Eugene Wong, fellow Surrey native Adam Svensson and Murfreesboro, Tennessee’s Jason Millard.

  • 'Canadian Ninjas' To Compete On Altered Course Reality Golf Series

    Former Teammates On The UBC Thunderbirds Golf Squad, Kyla Inaba (L) And Eileen Kelly Have Reunited To Compete On The New Golf Reality Series Altered Course - Image Courtesy Golf Channel

    Golf Channel recently announced a new reality competition series, Altered Course, that combines golf, speed, fitness, teamwork and decision-making as teams navigate re-imagined and extreme golf holes in excess of 700 yards, traversing the natural obstacles and challenging terrain as fast as possible.

    Altered Course’s inaugural season will take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

    Of particular interest to Canadians, and British Columbians specifically, is the team of Eileen Kelly and Kyla Inaba, calling themselves the #Canadian Ninjas.