Monday, June 22, 2009

Congratulations to Lucas Glover!

So, Lucas Glover won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. Congrats to Lucas, and hopefully he can legitimize this win with many others in the future. Y'know, not many flukes win the U.S. Open, but this really could be the year that one does. I do hope I am wrong. I have no real feeling about Lucas Glover positive or negative, but doesn't this year's Open just feel like good fortune played too large a role?

Weather is impossible to control. Everyone knows that weather can be unpredictable, especially golfers who get out on at least a weekly basis. It is also hard to fault the USGA for their handling of this year's Open...I mean, they have a TON of logistics to deal with (read the John Feinstein book entitled "Open" about the first time the USGA came to Bethpage in 2002).

Despite that, the fact is that the golfers did not play on an even field. Many, including past Open Champions like Woods, Ogilve, and Cabrera were forced to play in downright miserable conditions during the height of the rains on Thursday's round one, while many others, including Mickleson and eventual winner, Glover, did not have to hit their first shots until Friday, which was quite a pleasant day from what I understand, on a course that was laying down like a lamb when compared with other recent Opens.

I was rooting hard for Phil today, and he gave it another good go, but it was not to be, and for the fifth time, Phil is the bridesmaid at the Open (more than anyone in history). A Phil victory would have, in my opinion, immediately legitimized this year's Championship, but now, with Glover as the Champion, we will have to wait for a little while to see how this victory shapes his career so we can decide if he was truly the best golfer in the world this past weekend.

Fairways and Greens!


chivee said...

not many flukes? Steve Jones, Lee Janzen, Scott Simpson just off the top of my head.....

The Guru said...

Good point, taken, though Janzen did win two of them. I think winning a second Open validates the win. You definitely got me with Simpson and Jones. Maybe I should have specified the Opens since Tiger started playing...he normally nullifies the flukes.

The Guru said...

BTW, chivee...thanks for reading and posting a comment! I hope you'll stick around.


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