The recent U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego was phenomenal. The attendance was off the charts, for the most part the attendees followed golf protocol & Stevie Williams didn't have to pound anyone into submission for clicking while Tiger was teeing off & from all accounts it was one hell of a party, except for one person was missing buried down on the leader board.
Yes, I'm talking about Phil Mickelson.
I for one am sick and tired of hearing what a creative wedge player Phil is. He's money with his flop wedge, he's unbeatable from 100 yards, they say. Really? Did anyone remind Phil that the Big Stick in the bag is called a driver & it comes in handy at Torrey Pines. No, Mr. Creativity makes the decision to remove the driver from his bag so that he can have another wedge. He played like this for two days before someone obviously took him out to the shed & showed him what else a Big Stick is good for.
So Mr. Wedgie plays with a driver Saturday & Sunday & guess what? His score ends up lower than the first two days. Coincidence? I think not. Unfortunately he played with some common sense two days too late for it to make any difference & of course Tiger beats Rocco after 91 holes on some very gimpy legs.
By the way, Rocco, you made every old guy, journey man, weekend player proud. You're the type of a guy that almost anyone could golf with you & they'd have a blast & so would you. You made the Open fun. You made us smile & we were secretly rooting for you to win. You had Tiger & then he slipped away like he always does but I have a new golf hero & his name isn't Phil Mickelson.
Phil should have been kicking tail & taking names later on the course that he grew up on. Instead we got the greatest finish to the U.S. Open than anyone will see for a long time. So, I guess it wasn't all bad that Phil couldn't seal the deal.
I hope that Rocco goes on to win a couple of majors & that Tiger gets better sooner than later because in the meantime we're stuck with Mr. Wedgie & his Traveling Circus.