Because if there has ever been a golfer who could take control of a major tournament on Saturday, it was Woods. He called it moving day and for years he would leave the rest of the field in his dust, and Sundays were often his day to rest on the way to the trophy presentation.
But this weekend was rough on Tiger. He shot a 75 and it was good-bye Tiger. Sundays start ensured Woods would finish out of the big money. Three straight bogeys, a double bogey, a par and another bogey put him six-over after six holes. He finished 3-over for the day, tied for 29th.
This Tiger will never catch Jack Nicklaus for winning majors. He couldnt even beat Memphis golfer Casey Wittenberg Sunday. He used to wipe the floor with Casey Wittenbergs.
Instead of a Tiger coronation, it was Webb Simpson becoming only the third America golfer to win the U. S. Open in the last nine Opens.
Webb Simpson? Sounds more like a country music stars name, no?
Actually he seemed like a most delightful chap, one who attended Wake Forest on an Arnold Palmer scholarship.
Simpson admitted on TV he had never prayed as hard as he did during his final holes, just hoping to get in the clubhouse at 1-over for the week. Let anyone who dared beat that. They would have earned it.
The final pairing of Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell imploded coming home. Furyk is the model of consistency, a former U.S. Open winner. But his noted nerves of steel melted under the pressure a U.S. Open produces, especially on a course as unforgiving as Olympic. Furyk threw up on his shoes, lost control and began hitting shots a like a 14-handicapper.
Northern Irelands McDowell followed suit. He is as tough as the Irish Sea.
He also was a former U.S. Open champion trying to repeat. McDowell and Furyk sparred for much of the day until the pressure turned both of them into pieces of wilted lettuce.
While watching the worlds best golfers self-destruct, I did latch on to 17-year-old amateur Beau Hossler. What a story. He will be a senior in high school this fall, headed to Texas eventually.
He carries a 4.0 grade point average and for three days, his scores were one shot better than Tiger Woods.
But young Beau has bigger fish to fry. He gets his braces off this week and should have no problem getting a date for the senior prom.
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