Posted by – June 21, 2010
Putting the U.S. Open in prime time was a stroke of genius by the television networks. It meant fans could watch at least the final nine holes without wasting an entire afternoon parked in front of the big screen with the sun shining outside.
But as Jeff Neuman of Real Clear Sports points out, it was a painful final round to watch. Everyone suggested that third-round leader Dustin Johnson would need to come back to the pack to make it a horse race, but who knew he would need only three holes to do it? He’s not going to soon forget shooting an 82 after sleeping on the 54-hole lead in the U.S. Open.
The open is always difficult, and par is considered a winnable score, but there was no drama of a final-round charge. There were no dramatic birdies that will be played over and over in years to come. Instead, there was one train wreck after another — something all of us weekend duffers can relate to — as the contenders failed to capitalize on opportunities to make a game of it.
Isn’t this how the British Open is supposed to play out?
Posted by – June 22, 2009
Some random thoughts while we wait for Bethpage Black to dry out:
• Raise your hand if you were hoping to get Lucas Glover in your U.S. Open pool?
• When Phil Mickelson eagled No. 13 Monday to move into a tie for the lead, how many were pulling for him to win his first Open for his wife, Amy, who is battling breast cancer? But how many also knew deep down there was a bogey or two out there waiting for Mr. Heartache, who has finished second in this tournament more than anybody?
• Be honest, the best story line would have been a victory for David Duval, who went from being the world’s No. 1 player 10 years ago to a weekend hacker like most of us.
• When Tiger came off the DL to win at Bay Hill, he was called a lock to win the Masters. When he won the Memorial in convincing fashion two weeks ago, he was called a sure-fire bet to win the Open. Wouldn’t want to take stock tips from these guys, eh?
• Chris Berman broadcasting golf is like asking Bud Collins to broadcast football. Not a good fit.
• Because the leader board was full of no-names, how many guys skipped the Father’s Day tradition of spending five hours glued to the television set and took a nap instead? Then mowed the yard? And then went with your wife to buy lawn furniture? Besides me?