MIDDLE-AGED MEN WIELDING CLUBS beat and slashed away at Crooked Stick this past weekend, leaving the Carmel, Indiana, golf club bruised and battered. The course, a major championship venue, was considered to be a tough customer, but the gang of well-dressed codgers—led by a fellow named Fred Funk—scored with blow after blow. And they smiled a lot while doing it.
Seriously, when was the last time you saw 20-under win a U.S. Senior Open—or any USGA championship? Correct answer: never.
Congratulations to Fred Funk, a very good player and a good guy, too. Fred hit 47 of 56 fairways and 55 of 72 greens. With rains during the week and little wind, Crooked Stick was pretty much defenseless. (Sorry, Pete Dye. Sorry, USGA.)
Watch out next year, old guys. The USGA will remember the pummeling you gave poor, old Crooked Stick. In 2010, Sahalee may just kick your collective butt.
Twenty-under par was also the winning score at the Buick Open, where Tiger Woods romped to a three-stroke victory. Catriona Matthew won the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Karrie Webb finished alone in second.
−The Armchair Golfer