The Time Of
Short And Sweet At Merion ( 9-10)
The U.S. Wide Open ( 11)
Smith Shines At Sunnehanna ( 23)
The U.S. Open is this week. The Open
Championship is next month. And the PGA
Championship arrives less than four weeks
It’s the best time of the year in golf. And
right now it’s all wildly and delightfully up
Tiger’s on the shelf. Again. Mickelson is
fiddling with his 14 allotted clubs. Again.
World No. 1 Luke Donald took the week off.
And No. 2 Lee Westwood sneakily carded
a 66 in the heat Sunday in Memphis for a
quiet T11 that went unnoticed by … no one.
The winner in the U.S. was Harrison
Frazar, a genuine good guy who had to wait
more than 350 starts for his first victory.
Also a first-time champion was Robert Rock
in Italy, who was positively Gibraltar-esque
in Turin. Englishmen have now won a rather
astounding seven times in Europe and it’s
not even July yet.
Finally, breathlessly, comes the precious
news nugget that snarling Stevie Williams
will be looping for Aussie Adam Scott at
Congressional this week. We can only
wonder who will be next for the Kiwi caddie/
Doberman who apparently is morphing into
a boutique bag carrier right before our eyes.
Rory? Rickie? Ryo?
Meanwhile, the question begs: Will
Williams, who has been at Tiger’s side for
13 of his 14 major championship victories,
get to Nicklaus’ record of 18 before Woods