We're live and running (slowly) to a monumental U.S. Open return at glorious Shinnecock Hills.
I've got some fun Golfweek and Golf Channel duties this week thanks to this marvelous William Flynn design "polished" by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
This being the 10th anniversary of most people's favorite U.S. Open, Bob Harig of ESPN.com and Steve DiMeglio of USA Today file terrific oral histories of that amazing performance by Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate. Even if you're locked in Shinnecock, bookmark this one for later reading.
DiMeglio's filing can be read here.
With all eyes on Tiger, David Dusek crunches the numbers for Golfweek and says it'll come down to the short stick for Woods.
Corey Pavin relives the greatest shot of his career and one of the very best in a U.S. Open, the famous four-wood to Shinnecock's 18th. Nice work here by John Strege.
The Forecaddie with a few early impressions of a noticeably green and lush Shinnecock.
Andy Johnson makes the case for Shinnecock Hills as our greatest major venue and arguably best overall design. Nice explanations here on the inconsistent wind directions and ground movement making this a masterful manmade manipulation of natural features.