US Open

Federer blames lack of confidence after shock US Open defeat against Spain's Robredo

Roger Federer wipes his brow and looks resigned to defeat during his fourth-round match against Spain's Tommy Robredo at the US Open. The Swiss legend lost in straight sets. Photo: AFP

The long awaited, first-ever US Open match-up between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will have to wait at least another year after Federer was bundled out in a shock fourth-round loss.

Wednesday, 4 September, 2013, 2:23am

Serena Williams and Li Na cruise into US Open quarters

Li Na celebrates her 6-3, 6-0 victory over ninth seed Jelena Jankovic. Photo: Reuters

Defending champion Serena Williams won her much-anticipated US Open showdown with Sloane Stephens, while Li Na avenged a painful loss in Rome to join the world number one in the last eight.

Williams defeated 15th seed American Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals, winning eight of the last nine game in avenging a loss that ousted her from the 2013 Australian Open.

2 Sep 2013 - 11:13am 1 comment

England's Justin Rose treasures winning the US Open golf title

Justin Rose became the first Englishman to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970. Photo: AFP

After a touching salute to his late father, a teary victory call to his mother in England and the kiss of the silver trophy, Justin Rose treasured the validation of winning the US Open for his first major golf championship.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Letting 'armchair officials' rule is a recipe for disaster

Steve Stricker was accused by at least one TV viewer of making an illegal drop, forcing the USGA rules committee to act. Photo: AFP

Someday soon, golf is going to regret letting people watching from home phone in rules violations. Consider what happened at this year's Masters a dry run.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:35am

Mickelson, Horschel tie for lead at US Open

Pan Cheng-Tsung's challenge fell away over the final holes. Photo: AFP

The storm-hit showdown at Merion, thrown off schedule after play was halted for more than four hours on Thursday, continued in perfect conditions yesterday with 73 players making the cut at eight-over-par 148.

16 Jun 2013 - 4:55am

Whistle-blowers on the back page, too

Tim Donaghy

You don't have to look too far around this publication to know it has been a big week for whistle-blowers. Up front American Edward Snowden has blown the lid off the US National Security Agency's mass surveillance programme in an exclusive interview. Snowden emerged from hiding in Hong Kong long enough to start spilling the beans on some seriously disturbing and illegal snooping around here on folks like you and I.

16 Jun 2013 - 9:51am

Campaign against slow play must move into higher gear

World No 1 Tiger Woods shoots a promotional video for the Unites States Golf Association entitled 'While we're young' as part of a campaign to encourage faster play. Photo: NYT

There is no reason golf should take this long to play. That's why players at Merion for the US Open received a notice when they registered that warned about pace of play. The fear was that slow play was damaging the game's popularity, and the instructions in the notice could not have been clearer: "Be observant, reach your decision quickly and execute your shots with promptness and dispatch."

16 Jun 2013 - 9:51am

Phil Mickelson flies into first-round lead at US Open after jetting off home

Mickelson smiles after sinking a putt at Merion. Photo: MCT

By the time Phil Mickelson got some caffeine in him and began making birdies on the back nine, the fans who braved wild warnings of hail and torrential rain in the opening round of the US Open started to get the idea that something more interesting than the weather was happening at venerable Merion Golf Club.

15 Jun 2013 - 4:21am

Jesse Smith, an amazing tale of the US Open

Jesse Smith hits a tee shot in a practice round at Merion. Photo: AFP

It isn't until you run across a story like Jesse Smith's that you remember why this is called the US Open. There is no shortage of longshots, wannabes and never-were's in the field. But scan a biography of any of the 155 other entrants who teed off yesterday and you won't find even one like Smith's.

14 Jun 2013 - 5:12am

Talking points

HK summit on climate change and investment

HK summit on climate change and investment

13 Jun 2013 - 2:06am

Heavy rain makes US Open golf course at Merion a mystery

Tiger Woods. Photo: MCT

The photo of Ben Hogan hitting his one-iron into the 18th green at Merion in the 1950 US Open is among the most famous in golf history, capturing the pure swing of one of the greatest players when the pressure of a major championship was at its peak.

13 Jun 2013 - 5:52am

Sergio Garcia the apologies king of golf

Sergio Garcia. Photo: AFP

A handshake on the driving range. A handwritten note left quietly in his locker. About the only thing Sergio Garcia hasn't done this week is send Tiger Woods a box of chocolates. There's still time, of course. On second thoughts, maybe a nice bouquet of flowers tucked inside one of those wicker baskets they use for flags here might work better. C'mon. What's a fellow got to do to prove he's sorry?

13 Jun 2013 - 5:52am

US Open officials brace for rain-soaked opening

A groundsman clears water from the 16th fairway during practice rounds for the US Open at Merion Golf Club in Philadelphia. Photo: AP

US Open officials have contingency plans if any holes at Merion Golf Club are made unplayable by heavy rains in the Philadelphia area, but are confident the course will drain sufficiently for the championship.

12 Jun 2013 - 3:52am

I'm on right track despite British Open collapse, says Adam Scott

Adam Scott. Photo: AP

Adam Scott can understand why so many people thought he would have a hard time overcoming his epic collapse in the British Open. They did not understand his master plan of trying to improve his standard of play instead of just trying to get better results.

12 Jun 2013 - 3:52am

English wins St Jude for first PGA tour title

Harris English. Photo: AFP

A trip to the Masters is more than enough consolation for Harris English that his first PGA Tour victory couldn’t get him into the US Open too. After all, playing at Augusta is what every Georgia golfer wants.

11 Jun 2013 - 4:27am