Monday, June 17, 2002

Bethpage Black

I'm not sure the wicked pin placements on Sunday at Bethpage Black were such a great idea. The course is so bloody difficult anyway, it might have been fun to have six relatively easy placements on both the front nine and the back nine, just for drama. But the USGA thought otherwise and so no one was able to mount any kind of charge. Making par was hard enough.

That said, the result ratified (again) that Tiger Woods is the best golfer on the planet. He hit a ton of good shots on Sunday, but the hack-out on 11 (from the rough, up the neck and onto the green) and the 252-yard 2-iron on 13 were simply stunning. He lagged everything and so had (what for him had to be) a record number of putts (38) in the final round. But it was more than good enough.
He was the only golfer under par for the tournament.

It's on to Muirfield for The Open Championship. The dates are July 18-21.