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New greens in place, Chambers Bay ponders majors future

The brown, lumpy patches that dotted nearly every putting surface at Chambers Bay and became the story of the 2015 U.S. Open are now lush, smooth and a Northwest-appropriate shade of green. Four years after a championship that was largely derided because of its putting green problems, Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington, may have salvaged its future hopes of being part of golf’s championship rotation with a massive effort to replace every green on the course.

Duking it Out: Past Duke teammates Celine Boutier, Yu Liu tied at U.S. Women’s Open

Good friends and ex-Duke championship teammates Celine Boutier of France and Yu Liu of China are tied for the top after three rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open. Boutier shot 69, while Liu had a 66 to reach 7 under. They were a stroke in front of Lexi Thompson, Jaye Marie Green and Japan’s Mamiko Higa, who led each of the first two rounds. Boutier and Liu were members of Duke’s NCAA title-winning squad in 2014.

Mamiko Higa of Japan shoots 65, lowest debut U.S. Women’s Open round

Japan’s Mamiko Higa shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 for the lowest round in a U.S. Women’s Open debut Thursday and took a one-shot lead over American amateur Gina Kim and Germany’s Esther Henseleit. The 25-year-old Higa tied for the third-lowest round in U.S. Women’s Open history. Helen Alfredsson holds the record with a 63 in the opening round in 1994.

Ernie Els gets another U.S. Open exemption

Two-time champion Ernie Els has been given a special exemption to the U.S. Open for the second straight year. Els is the first player since Hale Irwin in 2002 and 2003 to receive special exemptions in consecutive years. Els won the U.S. Open in a three-man playoff at Oakmont in 1994 and at Congressional in 1997. The U.S. Open returns to Pebble Beach for the sixth time on June 13-16.

Norway’s Viktor Hovland, UCLA’s Devon Bling advance to U.S. Amateur final

Viktor Hovland of Norway and UCLA sophomore Devon Bling have advanced to the U.S. Amateur final at Pebble Beach. Hovland, a junior at Oklahoma State, made six birdies on seven holes on the back nine to knock off Texas teen Cole Hammer 3 and 2. Bling beat Stanford senior Isaiah Salinda of South San Francisco 1 up in an all-California matchup.

Laura Davies shoots 66 to take U.S. Senior Women’s Open lead

Laura Davies made six birdies and a 60-foot eagle putt to shoot a women’s course-record 66 at Chicago Golf Club and earn a five-shot lead in the first U.S. Senior Women’s Open. American Juli Inkster moved into second with a 5-under 68. Inkster finished her round with a 20-foot eagle putt.

Laura Davies, Trish Johnson share U.S. Senior Women’s lead

Laura Davies and Trish Johnson shot 4-under-par 142 for 36 holes at Chicago Golf Club to share the lead in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Both stand at 4-under par 142 through 36 holes. First-round leader Elaine Crosby trails by six strokes after shooting a 5-over 78.

Phil Mickelson apologizes 4 days after violating golf rules

Phil Mickelson has apologized four days later for hitting a moving ball on the 13th green in the third round of the U.S. Open. Mickelson hit the ball back toward the hole after his putt was heading off the green. He says he is “embarrassed and disappointed by my actions.” He got a two-stroke penalty on the hole and carded a 10 on his way to an 81 for the round. He says his frustration and anger got the best of him.

Dustin Johnson shares lead in a U.S. Open that plays like one

The return to a classic U.S. Open course brought back the kind of scoring that gave this major its reputation. Dustin Johnson played some of his best golf and yet the world’s No. 1 player barely beat par in the opening round in the treacherous wind at Shinnecock Hills. He shared the lead at 1-under 69 with three other players.

Beep Beeeeeep! Traffic greets U.S. Open golfers at Shinnecock Hills

The world’s best golfers are crossing their fingers and hoping for luck as they head to Shinnecock Hills for the U.S. Open this week. It’s not the pin placements or green speeds they’re worried about. Not the weather or the depth of the rough, either. It’s the Long Island traffic that has snarled their commutes to the course, stranding them on two- and four-lane roads, staring at brake lights for hours on trips that would otherwise be as short as 15 minutes.

Aging Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson set to resume storied rivalry at U.S. Open

No longer the red-hot weekly rivals they’d been over the previous two decades, Tiger Woods, now 42, is seeking to win his first major title in a decade, while Phil Mickelson, at 47, is still chasing his first U.S. Open title (after six runner-up finishes) to complete the career Grand Slam.

U.S. Open setup relies as much on science as instincts

The U.S. Open prefers to be looked upon as the ultimate test in golf, which can be an invitation for trouble. Mike Davis knows that as well as anyone. The executive director of the USGA remembers all too well what happened the last time the US Open was at Shinnecock Hills

U.S. Open returns to traditional course with modern touch

Such is the stature of century-old Shinnecock Hills that it seems everyone can’t wait for the U.S. Open. No one is more excited about a return to Shinnecock Hills than the USGA with tradition on its side for the 118th U.S. Open championship. As much as it tries to present the ultimate test, lately it has seemed more like a trivia quiz.