I think a championship of the caliber of @usopengolf deserves better quality green surfaces that we have this week but maybe I'm wrong!— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) June 18, 2015
19 June 2015
What You Need To Know Before You Watch The US Open
One of the biggest tournaments in the golfing world started yesterday, The US Open. May I be so bold as to make a suggestion for your weekend plans? You with an ice cold beer in your hand + a couch + a golf major on television = your weekend. Since I have plans to do just that -- post up on the couch all weekend, with the channel flipped to The US Open on Fox and an ice-cold Shiner in my hand -- I bring you The Five Things You Need To Know Before You Go : The US Open Edition!
Chambers Bay Golf Course
Location: Washington State
This is the first time the US Open has ever been played in the Pacific Northwest. To those of us in the central time zone this is fantastic news because we don't have to pull the "it's 5 o'clock somewhere" card. Golf will be on prime time television (FOX), and it's the very first time FOX has ever landed a major.
The color and consistency of the greens at Chambers Bay are very controversial. When I first saw the greens yesterday, my initial reaction was, YIKES! That first picture I showed above? Someone filtered the crap out of that image. Here is a more accurate picture of what the greens looked like yesterday.
The players are not happy, either. After day one, Sergio Garcia, one of my favorites, took to Twitter.
What do I think about it, you ask?
Well, they are all playing on the exact same course, no? This is professional golf with a grand prize of about 1.6 million dollars. Figure it out.
If I can putt through a windmill, up and over a volcano and past a gorilla for a hole in one, they can putt on brown grass.
I was wrong. Very wrong. Tiger Woods is not playing us all.
Poor little guy.
It'll be ok, buddy.
Golf isn't for everyone.
I'm sure you'll find something you're good at!
Let's talk about the current co-leader, Dustin Johnson.
That's his fiancee Paulina Gretzky, as in daughter of Wayne Gretzky. These two like to party. Dustin Johnson was suspended from the tour last year for six months after testing positive for cocaine. This was his third positive drug test. It was also reported that he had an affair with at least one wife of a another golfer on the PGA tour.
Dustin is now back on the tour, and he and Paulina even welcomed a little boy into the world. Dustin seems to have a new attitude as a new father, so only time will tell if he can keep it in his pants and out of his nose.
If this doesn't make you feel old I don't know what will. There is someone on the tour who was born in the 2000s.
Cole Hammer, from Texas, is just 15 years old. Dear Lord.
That's all I got for today.
BRB, going to go pray for Tiger in this difficult time.