Tag:U.S. Open
Posted on: June 22, 2009 10:56 am

Of course, now that I say Tiger Woods is done...

He starts a charge. The guy is unreal.

Sometimes I believe the only thing that could stop Woods is a stake through the heart.
Category: Golf
Tags: U.S. Open
Posted on: June 22, 2009 10:01 am

Tiger and the TV networks

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- What's happening now in the U.S. Open is why some golf fans get irritated with the television networks and their coverage of Tiger Woods.

He's not close to being in contention but remains the center of the final round coverage.

This is when some golf fans start throwing stuff at their sets. They want to see the stories and days of other golfers being told.

Normally the saturated Woods coverage is the correct call. He's Michael Jordan. He's the star of the sport. You follow the stars.

But today? Woods is a spectator and has been all morning. He's a non-factor.

It's one of those few moments when the coverage of Woods is a tad much.
Category: Golf
Tags: U.S. Open
Posted on: June 21, 2009 8:34 pm

Collapse coming

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Ricky Barnes is leading the U.S. Open. That creaking sound is Barnes' imminent demise.

Not sure what would happen first. The universe collapsing into a reverse Big Bang or David Duval, who is tied for third, winning the Open.

Barnes, Lucas Glover and Duval in the top three. The only player missing is Bill Buckner.

You know a Barnes collapse is imminent when the collapse angle isn't about Phil Mickelson.

I hope I'm wrong. Please let Ricky Barnes morph into Rickey Henderson and suddenly posses all the confidence and bravado in the world.

But I don't think I'm wrong. This leaderboard is going to look drastically different just a few hours into the Open on Monday.

With Tiger Woods all but dead at seven shots back with 11 to play this is Mickelson's to lose. It's that simple.

The closer Mickelson gets the more Barnes and Duval in particular will feel the pinch of a contracting sphincter.

The final round won't be pretty...unless you're Mickelson.

Category: Golf
Tags: U.S. Open
Posted on: June 21, 2009 2:24 pm

New York golf fans: pretty fun when drunk

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- The newspaper Newsday reported on the comedic drunks at the U.S. Open. Some of it's pretty funny. When Tiger Woods used an umbrella one inebriated fool yelled: "We're on Long Island, baby, where men are men! Put that umbrella down!"

"Suck it up, you've got your own video game!" another yelled at Woods as Woods made an attempt to quiet the crowd.

Other fans used Fred Funk's name as an expletive. That was nice.

And yet other fans yelled "you suck" to other golfers.

Bethpage Black turned into a Jets game.

On Sunday, at the 18th hole, there were some other funny moments that I personally witnessed. When a rather rotund fan decided to stand as Woods was walking to make his birdie putt -- not actually attempting the putt, just walking to it from his fairway shot -- one fan yelled: "Sit down fat boy!"

One man tried to hold a seat in the stands of 18 for his wife. "My wife is in a wheelchair," he told a volunteer, "can I hold this seat and go get her?"

The usher agreed and off the man went. As he ran to look for his wife, another fan yelled, "No one's falling for the wife in the wheelchair trick ass----."

Category: Golf
Tags: U.S. Open
Posted on: June 20, 2009 7:26 pm

Sunday: there's not going to be much golf

You can almost count on it. Light rain is predicted for the entire day and the greens are absolutely soaked now. Imagine tomorrow.

This is almost assuredly going to Monday.
Category: Golf
Tags: U.S. Open
Posted on: June 20, 2009 6:33 pm

It's dark!

...and they're still playing. It's around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and the sky is pretty dark. It's time to wrap this day up because it's getting difficult to see.

There's a chance they could wrap this up on Sunday but it still seems like Monday is the day.

At least that's what everyone is hoping including the golfers.
Category: Golf
Tags: U.S. Open
Posted on: June 19, 2009 12:13 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2009 12:47 pm

U.S. Open fans: calm down

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- David Fay, the executive director of the USGA, was at a gas station Thursday night filling his tank when he overheard golf fans ripping the decision of U.S. Open executives not to provide refunds for what was essentially paying hundreds of dollars (if not more) to sit in cold ass rain. He heard more complaints the following day at a Dunkin' Donuts. Well, at least in one regard, Fay is like the rest of us: he pumps his own gas and eats like crap.

He's an executive in a sports league which means, by default, he's probably arrogant. In general, sports leagues act arrogantly. It's their nature. That's what they do.

Yet as much as I've gone back and forth on the issue of how the U.S. Open handled a partially washed out Thursday (as you can see from previous blogs) the organizers of the U.S. Open aren't acting with impunity. In fact, it's the opposite.

They are acting the least arrogantly of almost any league I've been around and I've been around all of them.

Primary example of the USGA's non-arrogance came in the form of Fay's comments when he met with the media Friday morning. He was responding to the chorus of angry fans who didn't receive at least a partial refund from Thursday.

"We understand our ticket policy is both vague and rigid," he said.

When is the last time you heard a moment of honesty like that from a league executive? The NFL, NBA and MLB almost never speak so bluntly. Or truthfully. Almost never. That's where the arrogance comes in.

The U.S. Open didn't handle this situation perfectly but this isn't a perfect situation. It was a freaking rain storm where animals were being paraded out of the area by twos.

My biggest problem, for once, isn't with the sport. This time it's with the whining fans.

If you're wealthy enough to be able to take the day off work and are capable of affording hundreds of dollars in tickets, then please stop whining like you're on welfare and going to starve if no refund is forthcoming.

Sure this area is more blue collar than your average major golf venue but we're not talking about Bangladesh here.

The anger people are expressing is somewhat ridiculous. Some of the complainers -- not all, but a significant portion -- are extremely wealthy. They tip their illegal immigrant housekeepers more than they pay for golf tickets.

So for once I'm backing the sport. Can't believe I'm saying that.

Category: Golf
Tags: U.S. Open
Posted on: June 18, 2009 3:11 pm

A giant mess...and fans take a bath


This is going to be a loooonngggg U.S. Open.

Several USGA officials said the weather Saturday might be just like it was on Thursday. Which means by the time it's done raining here the course will have floated away.

There hasn't been this much precipitation since Terrell Owens defended Tony Romo.

Apparently the same meteorologists who are giving the USGA its weather updates are the same ones who provided Bud Selig his Accu-Weather reports during last year's World Series. One minute the USGA says the weather will clear; the next they're predicting tee shots from an ark.

The one common thread in this? The fans get screwed. Unlike with baseball, there is little the USGA can do, except hire 7,000 squeegee people. Fans are stuck for the next few days waiting in the rain for news.

While they're at it maybe they can pick up a squeegee and help.

Category: Fantasy Golf
Tags: U.S. Open
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