Well, not really…but everything I read says you need to have “catchy” headlines to bring in visitors.
Still, isn’t it absolutely amazing to think about what Martin Kaymer has done on a very challenging and difficult Pinehurst No. 2.
Kaymer’s lead is six shots going into the third round. This ties the record for biggest lead after two rounds, and the last two guys to have a six shot lead after two rounds – guys named Tiger and Rory – went on to win the tournament.
Kaymer is at 10 under par with a total score of 130. This, too, is a U.S. Open record.
When asked what he thought contributed to his stellar performance, Kaymer replied, “The course got soft.”
I’m confident the USGA is going to do everything in their power to “firm up” the course conditions for the weekend. And, if the weather cooperates, we could see higher scores. But the question remains, under these conditions will anyone be able to catch Kaymer at 10 under?
So, that begs the follow up – will Kaymer come back to the field?
Ahh, who knows? Right now NBC execs are begging for Kaymer to shoot 42 on the front nine tomorrow, lest the tournament becomes a blowout by noon on Sunday.
Now, I love all of the Grand Slam events, but for me, nothing tops the U.S. Open.
Maybe it’s my childhood memories of Jim McKay introducing ABC’s coverage on a Saturday afternoon with Barry White’s song playing in the background (cue violins!).
Maybe it’s the dramatic finishes of all of those great opens in the 80’s (Jack’s win at Baltusrol, Watson’s chip on the 17th at Pebble, the Monday finish in ’83 when Larry Nelson – the guy who didn’t hit his first golf ball until his 20’s – took down Tom Watson, or Fuzzy’s triumph over Greg Norman in ’84), but whatever it is – the U.S. Open holds the top spot in my heart for golf championships.
Sure, the USGA can be maniacal in their course set up. And, yes, we have had a few somewhat random winners through the years. But that’s what gives the U.S. Open it’s charm. Anybody can win it. And, I do mean anyone. Plunk down your $125 for local qualifying. Put up a great ground and head to Sectional qualifying. Survive the grueling 36 hold one day marathon and you’ll find yourself in the field of 156.
This year over 10,000 golfers attempted to qualify for the Open. Some took a flyer. Some were looking for redemption. But all had hope that they could catch lightning in a bottle and make it through.
It’s U.S. Open week. Coverage starts tomorrow (alongside a little thing called the World Cup), don’t miss it!
And for a little “old school” Open coverage, check out the classic video below from 31 years ago. Fast forward to the 1:10 mark for the “classic” theme. And, without searching Google, do you remember who won the U.S. Open that year? Post your answers to comments.