Friday, June 19
Bethpage: Not Your Normal U.S. Open
Look who turned up on the U.S. Open leaderboard.
DON’T ADJUST YOUR SET. That was the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black you were watching today, even if it didn’t quite look like a U.S. Open with all those dart-like approach shots and red numbers on the scoreboard.
Yes, the guy in the photo, aka David Duval, did shoot a 67 in the first round of the U.S. Open and remains in contention midway through his second round. Yes, Tiger Woods did crash and burn on the last four holes of his first round to shoot four over. And yes, a different, short-hitting “Lefty” (Mike Weir) led after the first round with a 64.
That’s on a U.S. Open course that was supposed to play way too long for short knockers, especially after being under water on Thursday. (By the way, Weir’s 64 included a double bogey.)
It’s all just so crazy.
If that weren’t enough, this U.S. Open might not finish on Sunday. This isn’t your father’s or Father’s Day U.S. Open. There’s nothing normal about it. Not one thing.
−The Armchair Golfer