Monday, June 21, 2010
SOMEONE HAD TO WIN by ST
I have a lot of memories of scintillating finishes to win major golf titles. The 2010 US Open will not make that list. Doff your cap to Graeme McDowell because the object is to navigate through the 72 holes and post the lowest score. Done! But do you ever remember a big time golf event where more guys have to be kicking themselves over blowing an opportunity? Dustin Johnson completely comes unglued with an 82 and only loses by 5. He shoots even a 76 yesterday and the title is his. To put that in perspective, no one who finished among the top 27 shot worse than a 75 yesterday. Ernie Els was right there gunning for a shot at his 3rd Open but bogeyed 2 of the last 5 holes to come up 2 shots short. Phil Mickelson birdied the 1st hole and that was that. Played his last 9 in 3 over par to come up 3 shots light. He was tied with Tiger who I think now becomes a prohibitive favorite to end this mini major slump next month at St. Andrews. Despite all his very public trials and tribulations he's been in the top 5 of both our Open and the Masters and now seems healthy. Had the round of the tournament on Saturday to give himself a shot but 3 bogeys on Sunday's 1st six holes dug him too deep a hole to climb out of. The defending champ, Lucas Glover, shot 77 and 76 on the weekend to finish in a tie for 58th. Since 1991...just 2 players, Tigers & Reteif Goosen have finished in the top 40 defending their Open title.