In case you haven’t heard, the U.S. Open is at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York this week. On Monday, I ventured from the City to Long Island via train to take a gander at the course and the field. (No, I didn’t see Tiger.)
I spent a good chunk of the day watching the players practice at the driving range and around the chipping and putting greens. That’s actually my favorite part – I love seeing them work the ball and gawking at their solid swings.
I caught up with the two players that I know – Nick Taylor, a rising senior at the University of Washington (and future PGA superstar, mark my words), and Ryan Moore. I hadn’t seen Ryan in probably eight years. We grew up playing junior golf in Washington. He’s kind of a big deal now. Nice to know he remembers the little people!
It was only Monday and the atmosphere was already incredibly enthusiastic and energetic. But that should come with no surprise as all major sporting events in New York have a special vibe from start to finish. Needless to say, it’s going to be a week to remember.
GET EXCITED. No, seriously.