One of the Best Majors Recently
Don’t deny it, The Open was one of the best majors in recent history.
The majors this year have been kind of watered down.
Sergio Garcia and the Jordan Spieth redemption story line fueled the Masters, the first Masters after the death of the great Arnold Palmer, it was set up to be a classic.
But when all the dust settled, other than Garcia capturing the ever elusive major title, that is about all we will talk about the 2017 Masters.
And for the U.S. Open, it’s unfortunate but the course was a bigger storyline that the tournament in my honest opinion.
The course was so long, the fescue was so thick, the course was so tough. It got pretty painful to hear by the time the tournament even started. And the Brooks Koepka went out and muscled a -16… tough.
So Erin Hills was pretty much that huge dog you run into that barks and drools and looks like it is about to rip every limb of yours off.
And then when you get in petting distance, they roll on the ground and start wagging their tail.
The Open was next on the docket. An obvious star studded field, a tough track in Royal Barkdale and all the fixings to be a great tournament.
And that it was.
It kind of started early in the week when the opening round leaders were three Americans Koepka, Spieth and Matt Kuchar at -5.
Many golfers made huge fashion statements like Justin Thomas’ tie, Jason Day’s skinny pants and Jordan shoes. Or even Rory McIlroy turning his scary front 9 39, into a 72. The stage was set for a great week.
Friday was a good day for the British. Ian Poulter made a push up the leader board to secure himself above the cutline and make a push for the weekend. Spieth erased four bogeys in the tough conditons with an eagle and three birdies to sit at -6 going into the weekend.
Moving day was one for the books.
Spieth had himself a day going -5 and holding a three stroke lead going into Sunday, someone would have to play lights out to pry the Claret Jug from Spieth. But the real story was Branden Grace and his 62. The first 62 in major history was shot Saturday when Grace fired eight birdies and hit 71% of fairways. Not only did he make history, he shot up leaderboards.
Now Sunday, where legends are made and stories we will tell forever happen.
Spieth started horribly and Kuchar capitalized.
Four bogeys on the front made Spieth fans weary of what was to come on the back nine. Not to mention Kuchar played solid going even on the front, putting the pressure on Spieth.
But the back nine of The Open is something golfers and golf fans will be telling for years to come.
It may come down to one of the greatest Spieth stories of all time.
After an atrocious front, he needed to answer.
The first few holes on the back were pars for Kuchar and Spieth.
On to 13 time to make some moves as they are tied at -8.
Spieth sent his ball to another continent off the tee, just not straight. It went about 127 yards right of the fairway and he now had to take a drop after about 20 minutes of searching for his ball.
Then he took your normal everyday drop, on the driving range. He somehow saved bogey and that is where the legendary stretch started.
14 is a par three and after Kuchar shot into the green, Spieth was determined to get that stroke back. He almost got two strokes back as his ball was inches from falling into the cup, ice in his veins.
Now back at -8 together, Spieth and Kuchar will take on the par 5 15th. After good tee shots Kuchar came up just short (old man) and Spieth plunked his 3 wood onto the green with just over 40 feet to the hole.
And you guessed it he hit it. The crowd roared and Spieth told his caddie to grab his ball as he walked to the next tee.
The eagle seemed to take all the wind out of Kuchar sails.
Or maybe it was the birdies on the next two holes that did it.
Either way, Jordan is one major away from a career grand slam at only 23.
This was the best major this year (so far), and it may go down as one of the best majors ever.
It had drama, fashion and even history.
A great weekend for golf.