The Weekly Waggle - Open Recap
June 18, 2012
By Dan Daly
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First and foremost this was a U.S. Open.
Can we all now agree that the 2011 U.S. Open was nothing more than the John Deere Classic played Father’s Day weekend? Mike Davis, Executive Director of the USGA, should have been fired last year after that joke. Rory’s nine Open records should be erased from the record books.
The USGA was adamant about pace of play this week or penalties would follow. Thursday and Friday rounds took roughly 5 hours and 30 minutes…zero penalties assessed. Furyk and McDowell were behind and put on the clock multiple times…zero penalties assessed.
Stephen Ames summed it up best; “It’s a bunch of amateurs running a professional event, that’s what we’ve said for years."
I’m the world’s largest proponent for faster play on a golf course but the ridiculous 'Tee It Forward' initiative by the USGA can be summed up in three words…Go Play Tennis.
Could Furyk have looked any more nervous coming down the stretch? Apparently 5 Hour Energy isn’t the best thing to settle your nerves on the golf course. Never would have guessed that? The good news for Furyk is that he actually won the Open according to the Bradley/Pacquiao judges.
Tiger….he’s back, he’s horrible, he’s back, he’s horrible. Love him or hate him, golf is simply more exciting when he is in contention. You can argue that all you want, but ratings don’t lie.
As for what happened to Tiger over the weekend after two superb rounds to start? Simple. He is broke after his divorce, so he played his way into the lead, saw the odds and bet on the field. Win the tournament and $1.4M, or lose the tournament and win ten times that. Put some thought into that.
Luke Donald has now missed four cuts in his last 10 majors. If this was college football he wouldn’t even be ranked in the Top 25, much less No. 1.
Poor Lee Westwood, God is literally finding new ways to keep him from winning major championships. A ball stuck in a tree…really?
DL III might be the whitest person on earth. He plays golf for a living, lives in Saint Simons Island and is sponsored by Polo and NetJets.
As for the 2012 US Open champion, aka DL III junior…guy is a stud. Webb Simpson is also the poster child for an SEC fraternity. Plus he has a hot wife and the best wardrobe on tour.
By the way, how good was the 2007 Walker Cup team?!
The story of the week was Beau Hossler…and his hot mom. Dude has braces, pimples and a High School ping stand bag and briefly led the US Open. Gold.
|Beau Hossler seen hugging his mom this week at the U.S. Open. (Getty Images)
By the way, is the Texas golf team going to be any good in two years?
He also beat Mickelson (FIGJAM) on Tuesday in a practice round leading FIG to suffer further mental fatigue which lead to a superb 16 over par for the week…losing to a kid with braces will do that.
Don’t hassle the Hoss.
Dear PGA Tour, USGA, God or anyone else that can help. PLEASE take the Thursday and Friday coverage away from ESPN. Chris Berman as a golf anchor is more painful to listen to than Nicki Minaj. The name clichés are horrible, the song lyric references are worse and the overall coverage is terrible. It’s still the US Open. I want intelligent, sophisticated golf commentary. If I wanted really lame jokes I would turn on George Lopez.
Nantz, Faldo and the rest of the CBS crew is simply head and shoulders above everyone else. Brilliant move by The Golf Channel bringing in David Feherty for the week. Guy is gold.
On the other side of the spectrum, it took 17 minutes of NBC coverage on Thursday before Johnny Miller made his first “I won the US Open” reference. Plus a mention of the fact that he joined the Olympic Club in 1963 as a junior member 2 minutes later. Friday took him all of 4 minutes before referring to his British Open win. The guy is nothing if not consistent.
Miller did drop the line of the week when comparing the fog to cigarette smoke, “either that or he is playing with John Daly.”
Until Next Week,