US Open Coverage

[GCM at the U.S. Open](

Thanks to an assist from Jeff Graham, whose laptop seemed to work much better with the camera than mine, I now have a few photos from today posted directly below. I’ll post later with some highlights from the USGA news conference and my journeys around the course this afternoon.

[On the brink](

It’s right there. Approaching the edge. Peeking over just a tad. Perfect.

Question is, will it stay there?

Inquiring minds at Pinehurst No. 2 aren’t thinking about who’s going to win this 105th U.S. Open. It’s a given that on this course — one of the sternest tests of the game any time of the year — the best will bubble to the top of the leaderboard by Sunday morning.

[The Sand Trap:](*open*preview.php)

Pinehurst No. 2 is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest layouts. Yet the 2005 U.S. Open is only the third major championship to be held on the course. The most recent was the stuff of legend, as the late Payne Stewart won a duel with Phil Mickelson just months before Stewart’s untimely death. Will this year’s U.S. Open match 1999’s drama?