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2012 U.S. OPEN PREVIEW

Olympic Club Map

A view of the course hosting the 112th U.S. Open.

Is It His Time?

Hunter Mahan has an ordinary record in majors, but this talented ball-striker has come a long way since the Wales Ryder Cup.

Punching Power

Inside the ropes at Olympic, competitors at the U.S. Open will take on a course packing fight from the opening bell.

Missing In Action

When majors visit courses such as Olympic, Merion and Lytham, drivers get little use and, players say, the competition is lesser for it.

Reality Show

What could be more open than the U.S. Open? Try the tee sheets at San Francisco's munys, a collection of courses with a rich history.

Peaceful, Easy Feeling

By the eve of the 1955 U.S. Open, little-known Jack Fleck had discovered an inner quiet that would be key to one of championship golfs biggest surprise.

VOICES

• USGA measures against slow play were a big subplot in the 1966 U.S. Open -- Geoff Shackelford
• With little fanfare, NBC's Gil Capps helps on-air talent shine -- Chris Mallard
• For Skokie CC, U.S. Open week is a time to remember Gene Sarazen -- Ed Sherman
• John Harbottle's varied, impressive work will be part of his legacy -- Ron Whitten
Success in a U.S. Open hinges on a player's ability to handle failure -- Geoff Ogilvy
FEATURES

Unstuck

Driving well and hitting greens (not to mention one miracle shot), Tiger Woods wins his fifth Memorial and heads to Olympic in fine form.

The Eyes Have It

John Fields' much scrutinized Texas Longhorns take the men's NCAA title; ­Illinois' Thomas Pieters captures the individual crown.

The Ball Of The Future?

An everyday golfer participates in an R&A test with a restrictor-plate ball. The verdict: It looks the same. It feels the same. It's just shorter.

BUNKER

The Lead

Phil Mickelson's WD from Memorial raises concerns about the Open.

News/Notes

The format for qualifying for the PGA Tour in 2013-14 remains undetermined.

Local Knowledge

Ryo Ishikawa's U.S. stay is impacting attendance on his home tour.

Tour Talk

Stacy Lewis, Jay Haas win big; Thongchai Jaidee finds success in Wales.

Equipment

Increased driving distance stats call for perspective, not panic.

Travel

Gary Koch's Tampa is one of Florida's signature golf destinations.

Q&A

Ken Venturi reflects on the U.S. Open as it returns to his hometown.
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