Well, I guess the USGA proved this weekend that even the best players in the world can be beaten. I don’t know how the rest of you feel, but it didn’t seem like anyone wanted to win on Sunday. Do you think that Tiger and Phil are kicking themselves a little this morning? All they needed was to find an under par round and they would have won the US Open. They didn’t need to be 5 under, even par would have done it for Tiger. There were only five rounds under par all day – now that is playing tough. I guess Pebble Beach proved to be too much for the pros. Pretty amazing when you consider that the course is barely 7000 yards long.
I wanted to personally thank the USGA for making the course so difficult that the tournament became boring. I was talking with a co-worker this morning and she mentioned that at around 7 PM she checked out the “what are people watching” feature on Fios and the US Open was 12th on the list. I wonder is the USGA realizes that most of the viewing public, at least the non-diehard golf fans, don’t want to watch the pros making triple bogeys. I think we weekend warriors like to occasionally see that the pros are human, but making a golf course that hard, only removed the drama from the tournament. I know the tournament is supposed to be the toughest challenge, but I am not sure that a player should have to be perfect in order to win. Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, as Dr. Bob Rotella would say, and it shouldn’t have to be played that way.
I would like to congratulate Graeme McDowell for outlasting the field. I thought he played a smart, consistent final round and deserved to win. Catch a portion of his press conference after the jump. [Read more →]
Phil really looked uncomfortable on the course today. He started out flying short irons over pin placements and missing putts on the low side. He used his incredible short game to stay even through 6 holes. Unfortunately, your short game can only save you so often, especially in a US Open. Bogeys on 16, 17 and 18 (his front nine) really set the tone for the rest of his day. He really never got going today and has dug himself a big hole. It is only Thursday and I don’t doubt that Phil will be on the main page of the leader board on Sunday, but he certainly has not made it easy.
The course looks beautiful and difficult – a great combination. There are some big names on the leader board after the morning rounds, Weir, Choi, Poulter, Donald, and Toms – all guys that can win the tournament.
Let’s see how the afternoon squad does today.