A few random thoughts on the 2013 US Open. More as I think of them:
Congratulations to Justin Rose. He did what he had to do to win a US Open. Play for par and hang on. Rose is a worthy champion.
Another Major, another first time champion. This speaks to the depth of talent in professional golf right now.
The real story of the week may have been Merion itself. Golf pundits were predicting embarrassingly low scores. Modern players would kill the old girl. Records would fall. Not so much. The USGA tricked the thing up to prevent par from being threatened.
I loved the wild and natural look of Merion. The irregular contours of bunkers; the tall clumped natural grasses; the quarry; the brook—all created natural challenges and visual interest. I’d love to see more courses that look like this.
I wasn’t as happy with the setup as I was with the look. The television announcers kept saying things like “no one has made a birdie on this par four in three rounds.” How is it that the best players in the world can’t birdie a par 4? The USGA has to remember that they are trying to identify the best player, not the hardest course. I think you can identify the best player without setting up a par 3 that requires a driver.
I don’t think we know at this point whether Merion
Golf pundits also were nearly unanimous in declaring Tiger the winner. I don’t recall hearing Rose’s name at any point.
So much for the professional pundits.
Poor Phil. Six times a bridesmaid and never the bride.
McIlroy is looking like a real flash-in-the-pan at this point. The immaturity he displayed when he bent his club was astonishing.
Whatever happened to Zane Scotland?
Another Major without a Tiger win. Several years back, after the 2009 PGA, I wrote that YE Yang had destroyed Tiger’s mojo. That November, when The Troubles began, I wondered if Tiger would ever win another Major. I was being hyperbolic, but at this point, Tiger is five years older without another Major in his pocket.
Phil Mickelson’s game is pretty sharp right now. I lost track of how many putts missed by a rotation. If just half those had fallen, he wins running away. I think Phil is a good bet to contend in this year’s Open Championship. It would be a supreme irony for him to finish his career with three quarters of a career slam, with the US Open being the missing link.
Sean Foley has a student who is a Major Champion.
A belly putter didn’t win.
The USGA reportedly lost $10 million on this year’s tournament. How can a “non-profit” afford to lose $10 million on anything? I don’t see how a responsible Board of Trustees could have allowed this. The event should be making money and those profits should be used “for the good of the game.”