Jun
22
2012
2012 U.S. Open mega-hangover…
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Olympic: a good U.S. Open venue?

I had a few post-U.S. Open discussion points I wanted to throw out there, but it’s obviously a little after the fact now. I should have a put something up earlier this week, but when I tell you I’ve been sick and barely been able to make it from my bed to the bathroom, I’m not kidding. I caught some sort of bug in San Francisco — thanks to the awesome weather — and naturally it got worse flying cross-country, not to mention the general exhaustion.

I still don’t have much of a voice, so don’t make fun of me if you see me at the Travelers this weekend (I’m trying to get my butt up there!). Good news is I’m pretty sure I’m no longer contagious. I mean, it’s been over a week.

Again, my apologies for the interruption in your regular programming.

In case anyone is still interested in discussing, what were your thoughts on Mike Davis’ setup of the U.S. Open, particularly the final round? What did you think of the curve ball he threw at the player by moving the tees on No. 16 up 100 yards, where they had never practiced from? That hole probably cost Jim Furyk the tournament, but he knows he only has himself to blame.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the eventual champion (Webb Simpson) watching from the locker room and hoping that Graeme McDowell and Furyk missed their putts. G-Mac had a shot to tie, but it all grew kind of anti-climactic when Furyk made a mess of 18 and G-Mac misread his birdie putt. Webb played great over the weekend, but it’s way less pressure to post a number when you’re a few groups back than when you’re ahead.

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Moving on.

The next major (my favorite one) is just around the corner (or four weeks away): the Open Championship at Lytham.

The Claret Jug is actually on tour in NYC today. If I weren’t hacking up a lung, I may have gone to check it out...here’s a pic via ESPN and The Open’s Twitter:

Speaking of which, Webb is skipping the Open to be with his wife Dowd when she gives birth to their second child in late July. Dowd said last Sunday that she was going to get induced the week before the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational because Webb wanted to play at Firestone.

“After winning, it’s certainly a little harder not to go, because I’d love to go and try to win another major,” he said. “But in the grand scheme of things, in the grand scheme of life, it’s a decision that I know that I’ll always be happy that I made.”

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Meanwhile, inclement weather has suspended play in Hartford at the Travelers Championship. I swear, this happens every year. Pumped for the heat wave to break. One good thing about being sick? The indoor air-conditioning was awesome (but I could feeling the steam room trying to make its way inside).

I think it’s safe to say Fredrik Jacobson really, really likes TPC River Highlands. The defending champ is in prime position for back-to-back victories at the Travelers Championship after posting scores of 65-66.

Beloved Masters champ Bubba Watson fired a four-under 70 on Thursday, his first under-par round since Sunday at the Zurich Classic in April. Unfortunately, Bubba followed the 66 with a 71 on Friday. U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson is in the mix for the second week in a row, trailing Jacobson by four strokes.

At least half the field didn’t finish the second round due to the stop-and-go weather delays. They’ll return on Saturday morning to finish. Woot.

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Oh, guess what? Lee Westwood is coming to America! What? Seriously? Yes, really.

Westwood is moving his family to the U.S:

“There are a number of reasons, but the main one is I haven’t got that much time left at the top and I want to give myself the best chance of staying there as long as I can,” he said. “I am moving to America at the end of this year because with our weather (in England), it is hard to practice when you want to practice.”

Well, that certainly makes sense. It took him a while, but he’s finally yielded. I am pretty sure Westwood is one of the few top players in the world that didn’t have a second residence in the U.S., particularly somewhere warm, like Florida.

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Oh, more pictures of The Squawking Bird Man from last Sunday…

I wonder how that night in jail was…

(Getty Images/David Cannon, Jeff Gross)