This year, the U.S. Open returns to the site of it's second playing -- Shinnecock Hills Golf Club -- and the story lines abound. Can we see another first time major winner? Will Phil Mickelson finish the career grand-slam? There's more, but I've got to get to the casino and place these bets.
This year's tilt will be the 118th in history and will take place at Shinnecock on Long Island. If the name sounds familiar to those casual fans, it's for good reason. All you golf nerds like me already know the stories, the Opens, the triumph and the (relative) tragedy this legendary golf course has seen. 
Hello Friends -- and degenerates! The end of our long, torturous ordeal is finally nearing an end. The light at the end of the tunnel is now a solid beam of blinding light full of hope, the promise of Spring, green outerwear and pimento cheese. Masters week is upon us. Five words I have been dying to say for about 365 days, give or take. Christmas in April, the most wonderful time of the year, yada yada.