What? — you don’t believe that I thought Phil Mickelson would shoot over-par (I guestimated 73–75) and beloved Masters champ Bubba Watson would post a 78 (I predicted 80), and just like everyone else, I figured Tiger would start strong.
Woods wasn’t perfect, but this is not just the U.S. Open, it’s the U.S. Open at Olympic Club. It’s hard. It’s challenging. It’s penalizing. He knows this and anyone who doesn’t isn’t going to play well. You can’t expect to shoot 25-under and jump on the birdie train. You have to settle with boring pars, limit your mistakes and stay patient. The U.S. Open is about survival of the fittest more than any other major championship and the last man standing is the guy hoisting trophy on Sunday. (continue reading…)