The U.S. Open is this week at Oakmont. The course is setup to be the toughest course in the history of professional golf. According to many it is going to be a bloodbath. Watch for the pampered tour pros to be whining and sniveling about how hard it is. Poor babies.
As is customary during major golf championships, and a few other bigger golf tournaments, the golf apparel manufacturers release their “apparels scripts” to journalists and bloggers around the globe. Those journalists eat it up because it is easy content their lazy asses can just repost, and because they think they might get a free shirt out of the deal. Here’s Jason Day’s apparel script from adidas. It’s so cute.
For years now I’ve come up with my own “scripting” for these events, from g-strings to dirty laundry to beer scripting. Since this year’s U.S. Open is going to be so brutally hard, I thought my apparel scripting should reflect what it will really take to survive: body armor.
Are you geared for war? FORE!
2015 PGA Championship Commentary
A Day of Reckoning – Jason Day Wins His First Major at the PGA Championship
I swear I’m almost as relieved Jason Day captured a major championship as Jason Day must be. I even cried too, along with the wife, and she doesn’t know golf. Jason has been so close and had so many heartbreaking finishes. Day’s is a truly great story of resilience, persistence, tenacity, and heart. Hats off to Jason Day for a truly amazing and inspiring week of golf, and the years of his journey to get to this point.
Day’s historic day was capped off with a finish at -20, never before achieved in a major… ever.
“The way that I felt confidence wise with my game, I just felt like no one was going to stop me today even though this was one of the hardest rounds I have ever had to play. Playing with Jordan was very difficult, just being able to watch what he was doing. But on top of it, grinding it out as hard as I possibly could. It is a fantastic feeling, I can call myself a major champion now and it feels really, really good.” ~Jason Day
Jordan Spieth is amazing, in a totally different way than Tiger Woods was in his prime. I can’t pinpoint what makes Spieth so good. He’s not super long. He’s not the best ball striker on tour. He’s not the best putter on tour (he’s really good, don’t misunderstand). His short game isn’t the best on tour… But what he seems to have is the ability to PLAY GOLF. He’s as strong mentally as anyone and the pressure simply does not get to him. In fact, it seems to make him play better. A look at his stats on the year prove that. His scoring in majors is better than in non-majors!
Spieth locks up 2nd place in class, giving thumbs-up to Jason Day when he knew the tournament was Day’s. Spieth’s second place finish at the PGA moves him to #1 in the world golf rankings. Everyone knew he was playing the best golf on the planet, even Rory McIlory. McIlory shows nothing but class in this tweet:
What can you say about Tiger Woods, who missed his 3rd consecutive cut in a major with scores of 75 and 73. The numbers don’t lie. Tiger has dropped to 285th in the world rankings.
Branden Grace has come out of nowhere (at least in my small cranium) and is suddenly a regular contender in majors. 3rd place finish.
Justin Rose is a total stud. Rose was in the mix with a 4th place finish. More importantly though his eyewear apparel script was some kind of Elton John, The Fly, Elvis hybrid. Nicely done.
I didn’t hear or read one complaint about the golf course this week, unlike Chambers Bay and the 2015 U.S. Open. The course was fantastic and the PGA wasn’t afraid to set it up for low scoring. Majors don’t have to be even-par events. The excitement this week was fantastic and the setup truly produced the player who was the best in the field.
With the PGA Championship’s conclusion comes my yearly moaning that the golf season is for the most part over. The FedEx Cup does not tickle my interest whatsoever, and the Presidents Cup is not far behind that. I will likely tune in to professional golf next when the 2016 Masters Tournament is on.
I’m a bit hammered this morning. Certainly a case of U.S. Open hangover. I had expected to be getting ready to watch a Monday playoff today, the day after Sunday’s final U.S. Open round. Dustin Johnson’s stunning and heartbreaking 3-putt on the final hole nixed that great idea. Boy I feel bad for the guy. He looked like he’d seen a ghost after that 3-putt. I probably would have thrown up after that, if I was in that situation. Hell, I would have probably thrown up before each putt…
Hats off to Jordan Spieth for putting the winning number up on the board and putting the pressure on DJ to tie him. The Spieth story is becoming legendary in a very short period of time. It is quite a time in golf, with Tiger seemingly on the way out and Spieth and McIlory taking over.
Chambers Bay quickly became a very polarizing topic of discussion on golf TV, interwebs, and socials. Having been to Chambers Bay myself, and playing dozens of rounds of golf in Scotland, I’m a fan of hard, fast, brown golf. So I get what course architect Robert Trent Jones II was going after. The course’s location though, meant not just hard conditions, but Poa annua grass on the greens. We deal with Poa here in Salt Lake too. It grows faster than other grasses and has tougher leaves. So when a green isn’t 100% Poa (like Pebble Beach), it gets bumpy. It can be very frustrating to putt on greens like that and many pros voiced their displeasure with the bumps, along with their displeasure of the USGA setup. Fans see a brown course and think it is dead. They expect golf to be like Augusta National and the Masters Tournament. In reality, almost no courses have that kind of budget and with water as short as it is becoming, minimalist brown golf is the future. Plus, it is more fun in my opinion.
Chambers Bay – Click for more…
I engaged (perhaps still) in some great debates on my Twitter and Facebook pages with friends about the setup and conditions. It seems, almost like the fans or haters of Tiger Woods, that people either loved the course or hated it.
Gary Player had some pretty harsh commentary about Chambers Bay. I was quite surprised he called out RTJ like he did. Then again, he’s a golf course architect and RTJ is a competitor who just had his course featured in the U.S. Open. So I take his commentary in that context a bit:
On Sunday the greens looked to be rolling quite well. Spieth made an incredible long-range putt for birdie on the 16th which had perfect speed and dropped in on the side of the hole. No bumps there. DJ’s 3-putts all rolled nicely, unfortunately for him the first two didn’t roll nicely into the hole.
Well if the golf media wasn’t already in a Spiethgasm, they will be now. Be ready for the Spieth-slam talk, and for the ever popular “will Spieth break Jack’s major championship record?” drivel. That of course between the “hottest women in golf” and “hot wives and girlfriends” photo gallery garbage.
How can you not have a Spiethgasm though? This 21 year old kid is doing something special, and I’m glad I’m here to witness it. What’s more is he’s not an overpowering player like Tiger Woods was (yeah I said was). He’s not long, but he’s long enough. There are really no holes in his game. No weaknesses I can see. The next few years are going to be a joy to watch.
I felt really bad for DJ after the 3-putt. The look on his face was unreal. He was melting. I melted too. He’s had many chances to close out majors. Undoubtedly he has the game. He needs to overcome the pressure and mental aspects of winning the big ones and he’ll get it done.
What’s wrong with Tiger Woods? A lot apparently. After rounds of 80 (+10) and 76 (+6) he went home early. I tuned in just in time Friday to watch him DUFF a 3-wood. It was a horrid shot, so bad that I recorded it and watched it several times in disbelief. There were so many things wrong with that particular swing that it looked like a 15 handicapper.
There are many theories as to what Tiger’s problem is. A new one discussed in my golf group is his possible fear that his will be the biggest fall from the top in sports history. I don’t know what the problem is, and it is likely a combination of many many things. Physically he looks fine, which leaves the only possible solutions within the 5-inch course between his ears.
I watched Jason Day collapse on the 18th hole Saturday, a result of vertigo. Man that’s terrible and I felt for the guy. He did manage to finish the tournament but what a story it would have been had he won the tournament. A valiant effort by Day.
Rory McIlory is no Tiger Woods. Tiger was much more consistent when in his best years. Rory is super-streaky. When he’s hot, nobody can beat him. When not, he can miss cuts. McIlory showed some life in the tournament, but in the end was not a factor. No worries about his game. That’s the way he rolls.
Wow tough deal for Branden Grace (also known as “Branden Gracen” on the Fox broadcast). Standing on the 16th tee he was at -5, tied with Spieth, two shots ahead of the nearest competitors. One swing later his 3-wood goes out of bounds and kills his chances of winning. Brutal.
Fox Sports Coverage
Funny how so many people hated the Fox Sports coverage of the Open, even before they saw it. It seems those same people hated the course before they saw it in action as well. I didn’t expect the Fox broadcast to be perfect and it certainly was not. There were dozens of instances of bad camera work, shaky commentary, and technical issues.
There was a little too much talking, almost like baseball announcers who think they have to fill up all the dead space with sound. Many complain(ed) that all Greg Norman does is talk about himself. Seemed like Greg was fine to me and not this self centered personality they made him out to be.
What I did like was the drone coverage, since I too build and fly drones, mostly for flying over golf courses and shooting video and photos.
Many complained about not seeing the shots, and I agree. Fox had it tough though, having to break themselves in at such a difficult venue.
Overall I’d give Fox a C grade and I do expect they’ll analyze what they did, listen to the critics, and try to improve their product.
In the end the 2015 U.S. Open was exciting, controversial with regards to course setup like EVERY U.S. Open is, and produced a stellar leader board of the world’s best golfers. The USGA got what they wanted, a handful of players under par and a test that filtered out all but one of the top two players in the world as its champion.
Fox Sports is taking a beating for its golf broadcasts from many out there who think they can do better or know better. Hat’s off to Fox Sports for introducing drone coverage to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. As a “drone pilot” and builder of several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) myself, I’m stoked to see some new looks.
I’m miffed that Fox Sports didn’t hire me to do this gig though. I have to be the world’s best combination golf/drone authority.
It’s one of the most amazing times of the year in golf. It’s AMERICA’S CHAMPIONSHIP! Every one of the world’s greatest players is in action, trying to capture a major championship at Chambers Bay, a course which has been a huge topic of discussion. There are SO many great storylines and things to cover, yet Golf.com is covering “hot wives and gilrfriends.”
Hat’s off to Golf.com for their fantastic U.S. Open coverage
This is truly mindblowing. I’m sorry but this is downright stupid. I can’t get over the fact that it is US OPEN WEEK, but they have to post is drivel.
It’s not just mindblowing, it is sad. I guess this link bait is how they keep the lights on through drive-by T&A gawkers? If that’s the case they should just hang it up, or go full TMZ.