Well so much for all the hype that Merion was too short and easy for the U.S. Open. The historical little club did just fine standing up to the modern players and equipment. Some might even say that Merion took on the world’s best and kicked all their butts. I thought this years tournament was one of the best I have watched in a great while. Congratulations to Justin Rose for breaking through for his first Major win.
In this post U.S. Open Hittin’ the Links we begin with a look at the chaos behind Phil at the 72nd hole, say goodbye to longtime professional Miller Barber, and check out a really ugly pair of pants. Also, we see what rules violations were called in this week, find out what Rory did to his club, and do a wrap-up of the 113th U.S. Open. Read on!
Hole 1: Chaos!
Fans looking for a glimpse of Phil Mickelson’s 18th hole birdie try were too much for the USGA. [Link]
Hole 2: Miller Barber
Miller Barber as passed away at the age of 82. [Link]
Hole 3: Fashion Bogey
Billy Horschel should have realized the golf gods would never allow him to win the U.S. Open wearing those pants. [Link]
Hole 4: Stop Calling
The armchair rules officials were watching closely at the U.S. Open. [Link]
Hole 5: Did I Say That?
Ernie Els was a little perturbed when asked about his earlier, and totally incorrect statements. [Link]
Hole 6: So How are You Liking the Nike Equipment?
Rory McIlroy took it his frustration on one of his clubs during the final round of the U.S. Open. [Link]
Hole 7: “LaRue!”
Low Amateur Michael Kim’s caddy, LaRue Temple, made quite a splash during the U.S. Open. [Link]
Hole 8: European Tour
Simon Thornton wins the Najeti Hotels Open in a playoff on the European Tour. [Link]
Hole 9: U.S.Open
Justin Rose survives Merion to become the 133th U.S. Open Champion. [Link]