Just a friendly reminder that Kevin Merfeld (Merf) has joined the WUP team. Everyone welcome Merf if you haven’t already.
More important, please remember to check the byline of posts on tournament days, particularly Saturdays — because if you noticed today, Merf was filling in for me, so I can actually have a day off. He wrote on Tiger, Rosey and Dusty. You have no idea what a fantastic feeling it was for me to see posts being published as I was driving back to NYC from Philly. This probably sounds weird, but I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders (especially since I’m just naturally high-strung about the site). So, thank you, Merf!
And how was my day at the AT&T National — as an ordinary spectator?
Fantastic. I got through 18 holes walking with one group, Moore and Hoffman, which is something I’ve never done before because I’m usually bouncing in between pairings and holes. Thankfully Moore was playing well and I didn’t lose my mind. Yeah, huge achievement. I’d like a big, fat cookie, please.
From my amateur observations, Aronimink is a terrific track — a tough yet true test of golf. (I’ll have to wait to hear if the authority, Mr. Geoff Shackelford, thinks so, to make my final decision, though.) But my main observation is that Justin Rose is the only guy who knows his way around the course (at least for 54 holes).
You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to read about the details of my history-making day. I’m sure everyone is on the edge of their seats. I’m trying not to fall asleep on the keyboard and I’m waking up at 6:30 to play at Bayonne. Oh, good news — according to Moore, who played in the pro-am at the Travelers with the reader who is generously hosting me, the guy isn’t a serial killer. (Phew!) In fact, he’s actually a really, really nice person. Well, duh, if he invited me to play. And a really good golfer who will kick my now weekend hacker (if that) butt.
Happy Independence Day. For the second time.
[AP Photo/Matt Slocum]