Blimp crashes at US Open

Westwood's caddie, Billy Foster, bowed to Johnson behind the 18th hole.

This was bad news to McIlroy, whose power and accuracy off the tee is his strength.

River Jones Johnson, his second son with Wayne Gretzky's daughter Paulina, was born on Monday in Los Angeles.

A Facebook video posted by golfer Kevin Na on Sunday went viral. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy has resurfaced and looks to get right back into form.

The blimp is seen flyinger over Erin Hills golf course earlier on Thursday.

Justin Rose (9 to 1): He has the flawless temperament for this tournament (which he won in 2013 at Merion), and just doesn't seem to get rattled. And the U.S. Open has traditionally wanted par to be a great score. "If I can get that in my hands more regularly, and I think if the field has to hit driver more, as well, that plays into my hands, too". After meeting with officials, he was given a one-shot penalty that affected only the margin of victory, not the name on the trophy.

It's a long shot, and by his estimation he needs a four-hour weather delay, but that might be some gamesmanship.

A company spokesman told WISN that, while some witnesses said they thought someone may have parachuted from the aircraft, exiting the blimp with a parachute is impossible. "And downwind, if the greens are firm, it's nearly an impossible shot if you're outside 120 yards just to hold that green".

If Mickelson fails to show as is expected - he retains a tee-time despite vowing not to attend - it will be the first time since 1994 that neither player has featured in the first round of the US Open. It's supposed to be a tough test. Knowing Phil and knowing how much he wants to play, it wouldn't surprise me if he left if rain wasn't in the forecast.

Former U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein had a different outlook. But if not for a three-putt for bogey on the 72nd hole at Chambers Bay, which allowed Jordan Spieth to win in 2015, Johnson could be going for a three-peat. The USGA realized a few holes later it needed a closer review.

And yet, it's the shortest hole that could give these players the biggest fits. Those courses now have combined to host the U.S. Open 11 times.

Another storyline involves defending champion Dustin Johnson, who came through at Oakmont a year ago to win the first major of his career. "We want to stay out of the way and not be part of the story".

This U.S. Open flip-flop has its roots in and around Sydney during the early 2000s, where Price, 35, and Flanagan, who turned 33 on Tuesday, became friendly as they came and went from the junior circuits in Australia. Rory McIlroy was it for a time, then Spieth, then Jason Day and now Johnson. "They were more upset about it than I was". He's also written five books on the subject and has been involved in the design of six other courses.

And there was a time when Europeans couldn't win a major. There already is one van de Velde, the Frenchman who lives in infamy after blowing the 1999 British Open in spectacular fashion on the final hole.

Since then, Europeans have won 15 majors.

It will be interesting to see how Korean Siwoo Kim fares in his first major since announcing his arrival in the world's top 50 with the polished performance that won him the Players Championship, while you certainly can't discount those talented South Africans in any event.

McIlroy referred to it as a cycle. The most recent was in 2008 - Tiger Woods' last major title. On a mammoth 7,693-yard course, an incredibly heavy rough-sorry, fescue-lines a wide open fairway without any trees in sight, and known for its unpredictable gusts of wind.

For years, the U.S. Open has been referred to as the "toughest test in golf".

But he has a busy summer scheduled.

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