Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I know some of you are probably groaning into your RSS Feeds right about now, but I'm back from all the U.S. Open craziness. It was an insane week from all standpoints, but we at FanHouse really knocked it out and enjoyed the traffic for it.
First, Lucas Glover. Wow. A couple of things about Glover. First, the guy isn't some unknown that just won the U.S. Open a la Ben Curtis. Glover had won on the tour before (Even if it was back when I was still in college) and has has been on the cusp of making the Ryder Cup team twice. Also, he's only missed three of 15 cuts this year that included a t-3 at the Buick Invitational. So, that being said, Glover winning was a surprise to most, but it shouldn't make you upset. He's a damn good player and will only get better from this boost of confidence.
Second, Phil Mickelson. Wow x 2. I wrote about this in my Winners and Losers column that ran Tuesday morning, but if anyone should be leaving with their head held high, it's Mickelson. You guys know I tend to dog Lefty around these parts, but at the end of the day I want the best for everyone (well, except for the Starbucks lady that didn't give me my damn muffin!), and that is no different for Phil. His week was exquisite, and the eagle putt he made in the final round actually had me yell from my couch, alone (the last time I did that ... during "He's Just Not That Into You" /kidding).
Also, one last thing. Ricky Barnes, you played really well and you're going to win on tour and you made $500 grand so maybe take me out to lunch at some point this week in Scottsdale. I was one of the few still rooting for you on Sunday, so you owe me, plus Roaring Fork's happy hour runs everyday during the summer. Oh, and Mr. Tiger Woods. Guys, getting on him is ridiculous. He played all week with his C+ game and still was in contention until a bogey on 15. Could you imagine if any other player in the world brought their C+ game to Bethpage? Oh wait, Padraig Harrington did, and missed the cut by a billion. Got it.
A couple of things you might have missed while I was in and out ...
-- I interviewed Anthony Anderson, the actor, who is the host of "Golf in America." The show looks fantastic, and debuts Tuesday night at 7:00 PM (my time, not sure Eastern), so check it out on The Golf Channel. He was actually very cool to chat with, and we talked about our games and stuff a lot but I didn't include it because you guys would probably yell at me.
-- My buddy Ryan Wilson made a great point about Bethpage Black's future of hosting another U.S. Open. If the USGA goes back, something will have to be done about the 18th. Playing the final hole at a U.S. Open at 354-yards is ridiculous, and really unfair to most of the guys hoping for a little bit of help. Put the 18th at Bethpage against the 18th at Southern Hills. Nearly apples and oranges.
-- I wanted to ask this but was pretty busy -- is there a single human in the world that heard "John Daly gets in bus accident" and couldn't picture empty beer cans on the RV floor? I know he's turned over a new leaf, but that was my first impression and I hate myself for it.
-- Also, Glover was the first, first-time winner of a major since the 2008 Masters. I have no idea why you care, but blog stats are awesome.
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