It was certainly an interesting week at the US Open, as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Ernie Els played themselves into contention then straight out of it. An Irishman, Graeme McDowell, took home the trophy after firing a 74 in the final round. McDowell is another major winner who has non-obsessed golf fans scratching their heads and asking — who the hell is this guy? But I can assure you, he’s a legit player — while he’s not a big name in the US, he has one 5 times on the European Tour is ranked in the top 40 players in the world.
Three things this Open told us:
1) Pebble Beach is the winner of the week. It tormented players, yet not one complained — good shots were rewarded, while bad shots were severely punished. The winning score was Even par, exactly as it should be at the US Open.
2) Tiger’s still got it. It’s in there, but might take a little more practice to get out. While he struggled most of the week (yet still came in 4th, which should tell you something right there) he found his swing on the back nine Saturday, making six birdies to get himself back into contention.
3) Tiger Woods means everything to the game of golf, still. I cannot remember a final round of a major championship that I did not watch in full. I turned this year’s tournament off when Tiger dropped to 6 six shots back on the back nine. If I am turning the TV off because Tiger is out of contention, the average golf fan turned the TV off 2 hours prior. Tiger rules.
A final thought — wouldn’t it be cool if Tiger’s wife gave him divorce papers and told him he had to sign if he didn’t win the British Open at St. Andrews? Now that’d be some pressure — I’d love to see how Tiger would react.