Varying cuts of grass in increasing heights away from the fairway on the 16th hole at Shinnecock Hills, venue of the 118th US Open in Southampton, New York. Photograph: TannenMaury/EPA

The scar tissue of what happened in the final round of the 2004 US Open hasn’t fully healed over, and probably won’t until this one is over and done. (...)

Tiger Woods: “To  play against these guys, the best players in the world, it’s just a great feeling and one that I don’t take for granted.” Photograph:  Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Tiger Woods stood by the flag on the sixth hole, one of those identified by players as a possible deal-breaker, and watched as his co-conspirators chi(...)

Phil Mickelson during his practice round yesterday prior to the US Open this week at Shinnecock Hills. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

No high school graduation to attend this year. No distractions. In his attempt to solve the impossible puzzle, Phil Mickelson – thwarted not once, not(...)

 Phil Mickelson: “It is the best set-up I’ve seen for a US Open as long as I’ve played.” Photograph:   Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Phil Mickelson believes contending in the FedEx St Jude Classic will be the ideal preparation for his bid to make history at Shinnecock Hills next wee(...)

Shane Lowry’s  tied-15th place finish at Wentworth moved him up three places in the latest world rankings to 82nd. Photograph: Reuters

Shane Lowry’s decision to fly west rather than east, favouring the Memorial Tournament in Ohio on the PGA Tour this week over the Italian Open on the (...)

 Paul Dunne:  “I’ve had a good eight-week run, and my game is in good shape. I am hitting the ball really nicely, and my short game seems to be there.” Photograph:  Getty Images

Paul Dunne’s upward trending – in the world rankings, on the money list – tells one story, yet so too does his tour schedule. Where two years ago, as (...)