It’s a Wednesday blog as I have been really busy or it may be that it just takes me longer to do the same amount of work, I don’t know. The game is about the same and I will write about that on Sunday. But today I want to discuss two subjects the U. S. Open and the fall of Tiger Woods.
I think the U.S.G.A. may need to be investigated like F.I.F.A. Where do you think the 2022 Open might be held, Death Valley Municipal Golf Course where soft ice cream is served after every round. Forget the fact that this was goofy golf. Forget the fact that you heard more than once a player exclaim “Oh no” and then see his ball wind up about 4 feet from the hole. Forget the fact that the greens were almost unputtable. This was not a very tough test of golf. If the Open comes back there ever again, and lets hope not, maybe they could just aerate the greens a week before the championship to really protect the course. Yes, I think kick-backs and bribes are a definite possibility here. The only thing that managed to save this Open was the finish and that Jordan Spieth won. If the putting surfaces would have been as good as a good public course the winning score would have been easily 260 to 265 which would have crushed the Open scoring record. Even with the horrible conditions Louis Oosthuizen managed to shoot 66, 66, and 67 in the last three rounds, the best last 3 rounds in Open history. Rory may have shot 60 on Sunday, if he would have gotten the right bounce on many of his putts. Dustin Johnson would have won by 5 or 6 shots if his putts would have rolled true. How about all the injuries that occurred from people and caddies just trying to maneuver around the place. This whole venue was a disgrace to our National Championship. Bring on Death Valley.
Tiger Woods has taken the biggest fall of any professional golfer in history. I know that David Duval was no 1 in the world and disappeared, Ian Baker Finch shot a 92 in the British Open and was gone and the list goes on and on of players who have had success, even won majors and then their games have vanished. But now, we are talking about a golfer who dominated professional golf from 1997 through 2006 like no other golfer has in history. Everybody can argue about who is the greatest of all time Nicklaus or Woods but the fact of matter remains nobody did what Tiger Woods did in those 10 seasons. He won majors by 9 12 and 15, yes 15 strokes. He broke the cut record and his win percentage was the best of all time. Even just 2 years back he was no 1 in the world. Now, he can only shoot better that 3 people who played in the US Open. He flat out just looks like a good low handicapper. He will go through a stretch of holes where he looks pretty good and then just seems to lose it. He mishits as many chips as he hits well. I have always thought Tiger would go on to win 19 to 20 majors and seal the deal as the greatest of all time. If he does anything like that now, it would be the biggest comeback in sports history. I would not be shocked if he did something like that, but sadly I think he is done. When golfers seem to get in this big of funk and this is the biggest funk of all time, they rarely recover. If this is the case, this is one die hard golfer who is really going to miss Tiger Woods.