CONNOISSEUR’S GUIDE TO U.S. OPEN
VOLUME 3 ISSUE 22
Purkey: What Was
Pete Cowen Thinking?
Gets DWI Charge
Jack Nicklaus called it, “The most
unbelievable, gutsy shot I’ve ever seen.”
And he has seen a few.
Implausibly, Tiger Woods, improbably,
holed an impossibly difficult pitch late
Sunday at the Memorial that tiptoed into
the 16th and impaled the competition.
(Where was Verne Lundquist when
we really needed him?)
The hole-out was the exclamation
point on a final-round 67 that left Rory
Sabbatini, Spencer Levin, Rickie Fowler
and millions of Sean Foley swing critics
twisting in the wind.
Time will tell if this is the beginning
of Woods’ long-awaited second act. But
the U.S. Open, a tournament Tiger has
won three times, is a week-and-a-half
away. His fist-pumping Grrr-ness has
jumped to No. 4 in the world rankings
and to the the top of the list of favorites
at the vaunted Olympic Club.
It’s worth noting that Woods’ past three
wins have come at his tournament, Arnie’s
tournament and Jack’s tournament.
You can hate him for his improprieties
or love him for his golf. But you can’t
argue that the game just got a big shot
in the arm.
“Not bad, huh,” the camera mic caught
Woods whispering to tournament host
Nicklaus as he walked off the 72nd hole.
No, not bad at all.
Tiger Woods’s sweet 16th