Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Maybe I Don't Want to Qualify for the U.S. Open
Just around the first of May every year, I take the time to fork over a couple hundred bucks to donate to the United States Golf Association in my attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open. It is a two step process that I'd rank on par with attempting to build my own iPod out of scratch and figuring out if the little lady on all the Starbucks cups is hot or not.
Basically, it's an impossible task, but I torture myself every May, going out and trying to compete with guys that do this for a living. It's my humbling experience of the year, and I'm not really sure why I do it, but I do. This year it'll be on May 18, but I'm starting to think qualifying for the U.S. Open is a bad move. That is, after reading what Graeme McDowell said about Congressional. Basically the golf course looks to be playing as hard as it would be for Donald Trump to actually become president.
Here is what McDowell said on Twitter...
Congressional 7574 yards Par 71 US Open set up. No-one will break par.
He then said, about the par-4 11th ...
“I’m hoping I got the wrong tee at 11,” he said, describing the 494-yard par-4 with the creek down the right side of the fairway. “I can’t really see much positive to say about that golf hole. If you’re selling four 4s, I’m think I’m buying.”
Wow, sounds fun!! Sign me up!
Honestly, USGA, we get it. You want the U.S. Open to be really tough so nobody goes super low and it is a "true test of the game"? But making the golf course seem un-parable before the first tee shot is smacked? That might be taking it a little too far.
Also, if I somehow qualified for this thing (read: don't bet on it), is there any chance I'd break 80? I'm going to go ahead and say no, no, no, no and no. Get that?