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US Open back at Torrey and in prime time

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SAN DIEGO (AP) The USGA is starting to escape that reputation of an East Coast bias for the U.S. Open.

The return to Torrey Pines for the 121st U.S. Open means another prime-time show along the Eastern seaboard, and that's happening with greater frequency for the U.S. Open.

It wasn't until the 48th edition of this national championship that it ventured farther west than Colorado, with Ben Hogan winning at Riviera in Los Angeles in 1948. That was the start of eight U.S. Opens in California over a span of 50 years.

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McIlroy: Get rid of green reading books

SAN DIEGO (AP) Count Rory McIlroy in when it comes to banning the books players use to help them read greens - even though he uses one himself.

McIlroy, responding to reports the books carried by most players in their back pockets may be on their way out as early as this fall, said he believes reading the way greens break is a skill that should be part of the game. The books, he said, cut into the advantage good green readers have. Read More...

DeChambeau, Koepka not paired at US Open

SAN DIEGO (AP) Anyone clamoring for Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka to play in the same group to start the U.S. Open will have to wait for another tournament.

DeChambeau, the defending U.S. Open champion, will play the opening two rounds at Torrey Pines with Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and U.S. Amateur champion Tyler Strafaci. Read More...

Meronk first Polish player in a major

SAN DIEGO (AP) Adrian Meronk takes his place in major championship history this week before even hitting a shot in the U.S. Open.

By now, he's used to that. Read More...

Westwood marries caddie ahead of US Open

SAN DIEGO (AP) Lee Westwood added an unexpected twist to his U.S. Open preparation by getting married in Las Vegas last week.

The ceremony consisted of Westwood, his fiancee/caddie Helen Storey, a minister called Wilf and a photographer who doubled as the witness. Read More...

Kikuyu rough presents tough test at Open

SAN DIEGO (AP) Take a bale of spinach, soak it in water, mix in some cabbage bits. Throw in some alfalfa stems and wispy wheat tops. Oh, and a catcher's mitt.

Now drop a golf ball down to the bottom and try to hit it. Actually, just try to find the ball. Read More...

Rahm set for US Open after positive test

SAN DIEGO (AP) The hard part, at first, was having to walk off the course with a six-shot lead and no chance to finish the tournament. Learning on national TV that he had tested positive for COVID-19 didn't help, either.

Once the initial shock wore off, Jon Rahm shifted his focus away from the course. Read More...

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