U.S. Open Recap
June 17, 2013
By Dan Daly
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First and foremost I would like to thank Tiger Woods for making me look and sound like a complete idiot after his stellar performance over the weekend. More on Tiger later.
In fact, I have to say pretty much every single thing I wrote in my U.S. Open preview was wrong. Well, except for one; “Actually, FIGJAM aka Phil Mickelson will finish second…again.”
I was clearly the only person in America that wasn’t rooting for Mickelson on Sunday, and the truth is, I really do want to like the guy, but then I read things like Colt Knost’s tweet he posted on Sunday that read, “I told Phil one day he's pretty good with his wedges, he replied "no, I'm really f'ing good with them"and it reminds me why I can’t stand him. In case there was ever a question as to how he got the nickname FIGJAM that pretty much summed it up.
The irony of that tweet of course being the two shots that cost FIGJAM the tournament were his horrible wedge shots on #13 and #15. Personally, I find that rather funny.
I also want to congratulate the media on taking a story that quite honestly wasn’t that big of a deal and literally beating it to death all day, every day, for seven straight days, and convincing people it was actually a huge story.
To recap; FIGJAM Mickelson, aka Father of the Year, flew from Philadelphia to San Diego on Monday at which point he practiced in perfect weather for three days while it rained at Merion. From there he watched his daughter speak Wednesday night and then got on his Private Gulfstream to fly back to Merion for his 7:11 tee time. He did so on a cross country flight where he probably took an Ambien, slept in the bed on the plane and arrived (was woken up) at the exact same time as everyone else in his group. Can someone please tell me how this was even a story? He wasn’t flying in the middle seat on a Southwest Airlines redeye people; he got the exact same amount of sleep as everyone else, it just happened to be on a Gulfstream instead of a hotel bed. Oh, and just for the record, his best round of the entire week came on Thursday.
First the pager story in 1999, now this. The good news is, they go back to Pinehurst next year so I’m sure they won’t bring up the pager story at all. My head is about to explode just thinking about it. Basically I’ll defer to Ron Burgundy!
As for the guy that the Father of the Year lost to, Justin Rose, he has two children as well but obviously doesn’t love them as much as Mickelson loves his children because NBC didn’t point that out until after he won. I had to look online just to see if he even has kids.
I can tell you this much though, Rose flat out won that golf tournament. He hit some extremely clutch golf shots down the stretch and quite frankly just played better than everyone else when it mattered the most. Very cool win for him on Father’s Day after losing his dad (who was his golf coach) to Leukemia in 2002. Good for you Justin, very nice post round speech.
The other winner this week was the USGA. As much as they do wrong, they hit a homerun this week by going back to Merion and the course set up was the best I can remember since 2006. I know the logistics suck and they can only handle half the number of fans, but it would be an epic fail if they don’t go back there ASAP. That golf course is absolutely gold.
Jason Dufner just being awesome. Nice Toss!
Besides the only father on the PGA Tour, the other losers this week included:
Billy Horschel (aka FIGJAM Jr.) for those AWFUL pants he wore on Sunday. He also cemented his spot as the second most arrogant player on tour Friday afternoon. After being the first player to hit all 18 greens in the U.S. Open since they started keeping that stat Billy said, "I was not in the zone, trust me…I know what in the zone is for me…I didn't know I hit every green until I walked off 18...I've done it plenty of times in my career.''
Really Billy? That’s interesting because according to the PGATOUR media this is first time in your “career” you have hit all 18 greens in a round on Tour. No one cares what you did when you were 15 on the AJGA. There is a fine line between confident and cocky and you are par 5 past it.
Speaking of which, the USGA records only go back to 1989 for greens hit in regulation but Johnny Miller hit all 18 at Oakmont in 1973…He shot 63 that day and won. Not sure if you are familiar with that round or not?
I said on Thursday morning after Sergio Garcia started seven over through eight holes the odds of him making the cut were a billion to one. Really glad no one took that action. Truth be told, Sergio actually played really well except for two holes, 14 and 15. He played those two holes in 16 over for the week (including a septuple-bogey 10) and played the other 64 holes in one under.
This pretty much sums up Rory’s U.S. Open and his entire year for that matter. Cheers!
The other story I can’t handle is the Ben Hogan plaque. Look, it’s hands down the coolest golf picture ever taken but they acted like the shot itself was the greatest shot ever hit. Ummm, he hit the green from the dead center of the fairway and two putted for par to get into a playoff the next day. If he had hit it to two feet and made birdie to win ok. Jack Nicklaus made a living by hitting a 1-iron so it wasn’t the club either. What am I missing?
As for Tiger, well, he finished his week 13-over capping off his worst major as a pro when he's played all four rounds. The tennis elbow problem might have been good to know going in but he said it wasn’t an issue so who knows? I don’t know what else to say other than the dude simply turns into a human all of a sudden in majors…he can’t putt anymore, he doesn’t play well on the weekends and he looks really uncomfortable. Johnny Miller summed it up best when he said “Tiger is third this week in driving accuracy, eight years ago if Tiger was third in driving accuracy he would have won by 10 shots.” Regular PGA tour events clearly aren’t a problem, but Majors are a frickin’ disaster. I guess I will stick with picking him at the John Deere or some equally worthless tournament.
Finally I would like to wish my dad a happy father’s day. The greatest man and worst golfer I have ever met in my life.
Until Next Week,
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