Graeme McDowell, an outgoing, 30-year-old lad for Portrush, Northern Ireland, survived to win the US Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links with an even par total of 284. Graeme’s final round score of 74 was one of the highest final rounds for winners of the Open. The trophy was basically handed to him by the inexplicable poor play of Tiger Woods (75), Phil Mickelson (73), Ernie Els (73), & Dustin Johnson (82), the 54 hole leader who watched his 3 shot lead evaporate on his second hole of the day when he carded a triple bogey 7. Tiger, Phil, & Ernie were all over par for the last nine holes….leaving the door wide open for McDowell to cruise to victory. Good for Graeme…who seems to be a genuinely nice guy! I’ll bet the Guinness is still flowing in NI! Is he a deserving champion of the US Open? Well, he shot the lowest 72 hole score as others wilted under the pressure. Enough said!!
A couple of final comments. Tiger Woods used the word, “process,” repeatedly during his interviews this week. It was always about the “process.” When he shot 66 on Saturday, he said it was all part of the “process!” When he blew the tournament on Sunday, it was all part of the “process!” I guess his public relations handlers must have tattooed “process” on his butt! Tiger is not a sympathetic, likeable figure any more!
And is Pebble Beach the right place to hold a major championship? It seems like everyone (Phil, Ernie, Tiger, et al) complained about the bumpy, poa annua grass on the tiny greens of PB! Is it fair to hold a national championship on a course where luck plays an important role in the outcome? And, should the 14th hole be re-designed? When the world’s best players are making 7’s, 8’s, & 9’s with wedges in their hands, it seems totally absurd to me!But, it is what it is!!
As we say in golf, “There ain’t no pictures on the scorecard!” And, the losers cry, “See you on #1 tomorrow!”
P.S. And, who would pay $500 to play a round of golf on that track….not me!!! I’ve been there; and it is a beautiful place! But, $500…no wonder the world views golfers as a bunch of elitist pricks!