BY NOW YOU'VE SURELY HEARD the results of Matt Lauer’s trip around Torrey Pines, site of this week’s U.S. Open. The NBC anchor, a single-digit handicapper, shot an even 100 on the brutal setup.
Playing partner Justin Timberlake did slightly better, shooting a 98. And Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, a fine amateur golfer, had an 84.
But wait. There’s a guy who actually played in the U.S. Open that Lauer would have beaten handily. His name was J.D. Tucker, who teed it up in the 1898 U.S. Open. He shot a 157. Yes, you read that correctly. 1-5-7.
J.D. improved by 57 shots in the next round, carding a 100. Then he quietly withdrew.
Fred Herd was the 1898 winner, with rounds of 84, 85, 75 and 84 for 328, a scoring record until the following year when Willie Smith came home in 315 strokes.
−The Armchair Golfer
(Source: The Telegraph)