The Weekly Waggle - U.S. Open
June 11, 2012
By Dan Daly
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If you are looking for a recap of the St. Jude (great charity by the way) you are going to have to find one of the 12 people that actually watched it. I don’t do tape-delayed sports.
All I know is that the lowest round of the tournament was shot on Sunday by Mr. John Patrick Daly. His 64 tied lowest round shot on the PGA Tour since Matt Every’s 63 in the first round of the Valero back in April.
Yet guess who’s not in the field this week at the U.S. Open.
Your loss USGA.
As for the people that are actually involved…
Rory McIllroy (12/1) – We’ll start with the defending champion. For six months he was the best golfer on the planet. For six weeks the only stock that took a bigger fall than his was Facebook. This weekend he almost won a better than average Nationwide field event. So your guess is as good as mine.
But look on the bright side Rory, your girlfriend now has her own underwear line, so every dude in the world has seen her half naked this week. HELLO!
Jim Furyk (40/1) – I’m not sure if those are his odds to win the US Open or the number of logos he now wears during a round. This guy is more pimped out than a Kardashian.
Jason Dufner (25/1) – Quite frankly, at those odds, I think he might be the best value on the entire board. Assuming he can stay awake all four rounds?
Luke Donald (12/1) – I have a fundamental problem with the top-ranked player in the world having won as many major championships as I have. However, if he is ever going to win one, this course couldn’t set up any better for him.
Bubba Watson/ Rickie Fowler/Hunter Mahan (30/1) – The PGA Backstreet Boys are all having career years, including the first major, but Justin Timberlake has about the same chance as these three to win this week.
Graeme McDowell (50/1) – “He’s really good looking; I hope he wins again. Plus he posted awesome pictures when he won in 2010 from the bar.” – My wife
Lee Westwood (15/1) – Honestly, I think he wins this week. Seriously.
Tiger Woods (6/1) – Both his odds to win the US Open and the number of escorts he had in his bed after he won The Memorial. Look, he could win by 15, come in 40th or miss the cut. None of those would surprise me at this point.
Phil Mickelson aka FIGJAM (15/1) – There is a better chance of Kate Upton knocking on my door in a bikini than FIG winning the US Open. So let’s play; “Why will FIG lose yet another US Open?”
A) Mental Fatigue
B) He will hit a tent, a tree, into a bunker, into the rough and take a 6 on the 72nd hole
C) He will be too preoccupied texting during his round. (SOFT MESSAGE)
Johnny Miller (63:73) – I’m not sure if anyone is aware of this, and I know Johnny himself is way too modest to do it, but he once shoot a final round 63 at Oakmont to win the 1973 Open.
Seriously, I looked it up.
|Miller seen at the 1973 U.S. Open, where he seemed upset with his final round of 63. (AP Images)
He has commentated hundreds of golf tournaments over the years for NBC and quite a few of those were US Open’s and yet not once has ever brought up his final round 63. That’s just the kind of professionalism that Johnny Miller brings to the booth though.
Johnny also probably won’t mention that he joined the Olympic Club in 1963 as a junior member, and won the San Francisco city junior title in 1963 at age 16. Again, it’s just not his style.
Fun drinking game: Take a shot every time Johnny mentions his US Open win or the number 63.
Ummm…on second thought, I don’t want to be held liable for you dying of alcohol poisoning.
The only thing I know for sure is that the US Open is back on the West Coast and that means prime time NBC coverage over the weekend. I’m giddy just thinking about it.
Finally, congrats to my man Jim Nantz on his nuptials over the weekend to 33 year old Courtney Richards. Nantz acted as both groom and video commentator for the ceremony while Faldo and Simms fought over who got to be best man. SERIOUSLY?
Until next week,