The 112th U.S. Open began last Thursday with huge hopes for a showdown of golf’s superstars. Woods, McIlroy, Mickelson, Westwood and all the other young talented players that make golf so fun to watch. Even a 17 year old amateur was thrown into the mix for a chance to lift our nation’s championship. Throughout the 4 rounds of the tournament there were huge highs and incredible heartbreaks. None as big as the tee shot of Jim Furyk on the 16th hole on Sunday. Nerves are a huge player in golf and Furyk proved that no matter how many years as a tour professional you have underneath your belt you can still make a crucial mistake that can cost you the tournament.
I think the biggest disappointment for me was watching Furyk and G-Mac (Graeme McDowell) come so close without closing and forcing a playoff with Webb Simpson. I am not taking anything away from Simpson because I truly am a fan of golf and was very impressed with Simpson’s final round of play. It is just a bittersweet feeling because it would have been a magical story to see tour-tested Jim Furyk, awkward golf swing and all, add another major championship to his trophy case most certainly paving his way to the golf hall of fame. Or how about the story of Northern Ireland dominating the past U.S. Open championships, McDowell in 2010, McIlroy in 2011 and McDowell in 2012. The stage was set for an epic final to our nation’s championship and although it did not play out as this write would have liked to see it was still a blast to watch golf take center stage once more.
To all of my fellow golf fans out there I feel a sense of agreement when I shout out, “BRING ON THE BRITISH OPEN!!!”