Of all the thousands of rounds of golf I’ve played in excruciating heat, Friday wasn’t even that bad relatively — it was about 90 degrees and humid, but a nice breeze coming from the ocean. But on the day a remarkably kind Reader invites me to play THE National Golf Links of America, I come down with heat stroke, which combined with dehydration and exhaustion is just a disaster. I was mortified. Had it been almost any other course — notwithstanding Augusta National and maybe a few others — I would have called it quits after the 7th when I practically collapsed.
There’s some morbid humor to the whole situation, though. I’m probably not making much sense if I tried to recap the day now, so I’ll write it tomorrow, when I’m supposedly going to feel even worse. At least that’s what Master Jerry Foltz said. But I’m going to Scotland on Sunday, I can’t felt sick!
“That won’t be a problem. You’ll get there and the food will make you sicker,” sez Foltzy.
Well, at least I got that going for me. Alright, a quick recap of Friday on the links by the pros…
*Phil Mickelson, who had the opportunity to overtake Tiger Woods as number one, missed the cut at the Scottish Open — which appears to almost be turning into a trend when he’s in this position (Ex A: Colonial). But Phil has never seemed to play well in the UK. He has a notoriously awful record at the British Open — in 16 starts, he’s only finished in the top-ten once. Wait, did he start hitting up Ladbrokes a week earlier this year? Oh, poor Phil.
*More fun weather at Oakmont for the US Women’s Open. On Friday, it was rain. Lots of it, which forced play to be suspended. 100 out of the 156 golfers in the field have yet to complete or start their rounds. Come on, weather gods, throw the ladies a bone! Cristie Kerr and Brittany Lang are the leaders in the clubhouse at one-over after 36 holes. Sophie Gustafson is one-under through one hole in her second round. Still a lot of golf to be played, but is anyone surprised to see Kerr’s name on the leardboard? Not at all. And, OMG, Americans can actually pronounce the majority of the names in the top ten.
*Steve Stricker shot a 66 to follow his 60 for a record two-day total of 16-under at the John Deere Classic. Meanwhile, Paul Goydos remembered he was Paul Goydos and posted a 68 to trail Stricker by one. “Reality kicked in today,” he said.
Alright, it’s time for bed — I can’t see straight. Crossing my fingers Jerry is wrong that I’ll feel even worse tomorrow. It’s a big day. I gotta get ready for my trip and that doesn’t just mean packing. That means pre-tournament reporting, etc.
Countdown to Scotland: T-2 days.