Former PGA Tour pro and broadcaster extraordinaire John Maginnes and I talk and babble about all things — well, for the most part — PGA Championship. I was able to lure Maginnes away from the bar to record this, so I owe him a few cold ones. Anyway, I’m sure our
drunk jabber was amusing and hopefully, at least a bit entertaining and informative.
(*Update: At the 23 minute, 20 second mark, I ask Maginnes for his non-Tiger picks. Check out the first guy he named…)
Since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Lee Westwood has been in the top six after 54 holes at a major championship eight times. For one reason or another, he hasn’t managed to get over that line and win one. Once again, the 40-year-old Englishman is in that position after firing a solid one-under 70 to take a two-shot lead over Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan.
I’ve seen Westwood in the hot seat at majors on Saturdays before and I will say that he’s never appeared as relaxed and comfortable as he did today.
Wow, what a week! The U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club looked like it might turn into a farce at the start of the week, with the record-high rainfall and potential wash-out on Thursday, but in the end, everything worked out and the USGA and course walked away as the biggest winners. In fact, I might go as far to say that it was the best one I’ve seen in the past five years — four of which I covered and one that I spectated.
Phil looked ready to end a career of US Open heartbreak, but the leaderboard was crowded with big names desperate to spoil his Father’s Day party. Relive the final round with our blow-by-blow account.
Despite a bogey on the monstrous par-4, 521-yard 18th, Phil Mickelson, who has come up just short five times at the U.S. Open, shot a solid even-par 70, one-under total, on Saturday at Merion, giving him a one-shot edge over Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel and Steve Stricker. Sunday’s final round is not only Father’s Day, but it’s also Phil’s 43rd birthday.
Phil, who is campaigning for Father-of-the-year, flew across the country in his private jet twice earlier this week to attend his daughter’s eighth-grade graduation. The return flight was a redeye from San Diego to Philadelphia just a few hours before he teed off on Thursday.
Okay, I’m not going to lie — I giggled and even laughed out loud a few times watching “2.Oh,” the encore performance of “Golf Boys,” a group consisting of Ben Crane, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan.
The song was written by Mat Kearney.
As you may recall, the group released their international debut in June 2011. A second music video was not in the original plans, but apparently the golfers finally gave in after relentless requests from fans.
There you go, everyone! Enjoy.
Matt Kuchar bested Hunter Mahan 2&1 in a well-fought final duel at Dove Mountain in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Fighting strong winds and chilly temperatures in Arizona — of all places — Kuchar took advantage of early bogeys made by his competitor Mahan, who had not previously trailed at any point during his prior five matches.
But just like that, Kuchar birdied No. 8 to go 4-up heading into the back nine.
Of course that’s a reference to Bill Murray’s facial hair. The Pebble Beach National Pro-Am regular is making a scene, per usual. He’s partnered up with D.A. Points, who won the event in 2011 — the pair were also victorious in the pro-am portion of the tournament.
Murray and Points played at Monterey Peninsula Country Club’s Shore Course on Thursday, and posted a team effort of five-under 65, putting them in a tie for 51st after the opening round.
Here’s a closer shot of Murray’s beard: