Persevere, persevere, persevere, in all things persevere. Congrats Brooks. But before that all eyes were on Tom Fleetwood trying to set a record with a 62. He admitted as much later and maybe that caused him to hit a somewhat less firm putt than was needed but one has to wonder if there weren't more important matters in his mind. Like the near one-million dollar difference between first and second place. With that he could have afforded a hair cut... or at least a brush.
Short and sweet posts that are a little more timely
is it more impressive to hole out from 171 yards or hit a nine iron 171 yards? A win at Shinnecock will have everyone and their brother bowing their wrists.
Perfect venue, wonderful course, great scoring conditions, exciting finish. Perfect. Except for maybe the caddie shirts. Clearly inspired by Jack's dad behind the counter at the drug store.
It appears that the PGA Tour and its media partners are catching on that their audience is virtually the same week in and week out and at least one of us really appreciated the new type of venue. A refreshing change of pace that matched the winner. 21, playing a game for love, and walking away after four days hard fun with a big fat check of more than one million dollars. Color me jealous.
Great to see that a US Open winner can still win on a big stage. Not that crisp a finish tho; one has to wonder if he simply relaxed too much because of his big lead or if the pressure got to him despite having a lot of strokes to waste.
Nice course, but dwarfed by the faux chateaux mega McMansions lining every hole. Lotsa Well's money in Charlotte for sure
Huzzah for a different format. I can watch golf all day but it is no doubt refreshing to have a different angle every now and then. But i do wish the matches had more descriptive names. I mean we are all getting old and trying to remember the difference between "foursome" and "fourball" makes me feel like Homer Simpson's dad.
Ahh the life of a professional golfer... well at least the top 150 or so. Play a game or, more appropriately, work a game, stay at the resort, the family plays at the water park while you make a cool million. Nice work if you can get it.
While we want to be able to identify with the winner, i am afraid that everyone of us duffers identified with Kim missing five-footer after five-footer. And here's another thing; why, say after your third miss, wouldn't you ask your caddy, "what do you see?"
A Grand Stage - So many big names on the leaderboard, but what struck us most were the epic optics that showed us who was really the master of the Masters; Augusta National itself. The biggest names in the sport seemed positively diminutive, dwarfed as they were by the expansive fairways, vertiginous bunkers, and sweeping vistas. They appeared to stand proud but small in the infinite hand of a golf god.
What's missing? An illustrious field, a legacy tournament, a huge purse, a major metro, none of the above? How about a sponsor? Hard to believe when corporations are flush, the golfing audience affluent and a generally strong economy that this tournament has no sponsor.
Such a lovely setting; the water, the river, the boats, the hills, the bluffs, the bridge, the interstate as a backdrop on every other hole
Two points to make - both about cults of the personality. One, nobody wins four majors and drops off the radar screen forever. Unless they suffer injury, catastrophe or simply age out, any talk of a pro's demise is premature. Rory suffered a few years of poor performance but there was just never any question he would come back. Second, it is wonderful that Tiger is back and totally reasonable that the broadcasters focus on him. But there is a marketing lesson to learn here which is that putting all your eggs in Tiger's basket can have negative effects if he goes south. More people will automatically watch when Tiger is playing; broadcasters don't need to overly hype this fact. if they are looking out for their long term interests, they need new and broader narratives that will keep loyal fans tuned in and persuade light viewers to become medium viewers.
A win and a million dollars certainly takes the sting out of the greater press coverage and excitement generated by the loser. That Paul Casey relaxed in the club house even as TW was threatening on the final holes exudes the kind of confidence that it takes to win.
The shot not heard round the world. Like great Stupor Bowl catches on the losing side, if you don't win, the miracle never happened. Totally exciting finish.
There's no greater pressure than the announcer's curse. Luke List is walking up the 18th Fairway looking to capture his first win. As if that is not pressure enough... in addition to a million dollar check, a winner on the PGA tour gets a slew of automatic invites. In addition to playing any event he wants, he gets Augusta, US Open, British Open, and the PGA. But alas he succumbed with some wayward shots while JT piped 'em. Wait'll next Sunday
He's back with a white ball, a swing out of his shoes, and tears.
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Phil faltered, DJ sputtered, and it wasn't Jason's day, but the grinder of grinders ground through. Stoic till the end, Ted Potter Jr. plodded and plotted his way around courses tough and easy and game out ahead.
We need a hero. Parity is great and it is democratic to spread the wealth, but it is a natural human desire to get behind a winner. Except of course the New England Patriots. We like the underdog in team sports but a dominating individual fires us up. Until it does not of course. Just hard to understand how fan favorite, Lefty, pushes it into the church pews on an easy tee shot. Ricky looked gut punched from the 10th hole on. Chez spewed the chicken bone… let’s face it, all these guys have talent but first and few time winners have to, just have to, get it right between their ears. Congrats Gary W.