Beyond one runaway truck (more on that below) and a not-quite-headliner as its champion
– will the biggest name in contention ever win
at the Olympic Club? – the U.S. Open unfolded
without a hitch. That’s why it comes as no surprise to learn Olympic Club officials are preparing to invite the USGA to bring the Open here
for a sixth time. USGA executive director Mike
Davis said June 17 that he wanted to return to
Olympic, and he repeated the desire in a conversation last week with Stephen Meeker, the club’s
general chairman for the Open.
was, prompting De La Hoya, the former boxing
champ, to celebrate his stunning eagle earlier
this month as if he had just registered another
knockout. Such is the joy De La Hoya, 39, derives
when his game is on, which is often the case –
he is a 7-handicapper.
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Oscar De La Hoya played in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2011.
IN THE BALL PARK
Of all the equipment advancements in the
past 15 years, nothing compares to the improvements made to the once simple, flawed golf ball.
The most expensive balls are technological marvels, and the best values are probably one step
below the highest end of the market. Meanwhile,
high handicappers who lose a lot of balls and do
not want to spend more than 75 cents per new
ball are no longer relegated to orbs found only
in discount racks with apparent industry rejects.
It’s a different world now. I was recently at a Golf
Galaxy, and they were selling two 15-ball boxes
of the Noodle golf ball for $25.
Low Center of Gravity
“What a remarkable set of
clubs. Length and power
combined with incredible
feel and accuracy.”
Gary - 8 Handicap
“The most forgiving
and easiest-to-hit yet
Eddie - 19 Handicap
Ultra Thin Face
“I noticed about
10–15 yards longer
over my older 3
Mark - 14 Handicap
How rare that on this warm, muggy Wisconsin afternoon, golf returned to its roots. Not a
single dime was at stake. Just two exceptional
players pitted in the greatest confrontation of
their competitive lives, grinding for the privilege
of having their name inscribed on a silver trophy.
Golf the way it was when clubs had names, not
numbers. The shame of it all was that it lasted
but 4½ hours. Only two things were assured on
this day: that history would be made regardless
of the winner, and that Jenny Chuasiriporn, for
at least a week, would be welcomed as the new
sweetheart of American golf. l
JOY FOR DE LA HOYA
The ball was nowhere to be found when he
reached the green, and Oscar De La Hoya
assumed it must have spun back into the rough.
Too bad. He had nailed a gorgeous 9-iron approach from 135 yards right at the flag on Trump
National Golf Club’s opening hole, an uphill
par 4. He deserved better. One of his playing
partners, who knew the course well, then offered a possibility De La Hoya had yet to consider: “It’s in the hole.” That’s exactly where it
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“Hybrids are easy-to-hit
and the ball seems to
just jump off the face.”
Phil - 12 Handicap