I haven’t played golf ever except may be a swing or a putt now and then in Dave and Busters. (My hand alternates between a golfing iron and a Coronoa with a lemon in it but thats another story for another day).
So the much awaited US PGA golf opened today on Thursday at No.1 on Torrey Pines South, the 7,643-yard, par-71 layout (hosting the Open for the first time), and expect all the big guns to compete with the nature here. Golf is always about you and the nature and never against another player, thats the beauty of it.
If you are a golf fanboy, this is one tournament you might want to consider watching from the gallery.
All the golfing super stars and greats are going to be there – Mickleson, Woods, Scott etc.
So much so that the US Golf Association president Jim Hyler even said that extra security measures had been laid on in anticipation of the crowds, including extra police to walk with that group as well as those teeing off immediately before and after. (Did Bin Laden leave his stamp on US Golf too?!!)
The youngest player is this tour will be Rickie Fowler from OSU. Not the Ohio State as I thought earlier but from Oklahoma State. He was scheduled to work at OSU’s golf camp before flying off to play the British Amateur next week at Turnberry in Scotland.
But history had something else in store for him. Starting Thursday, he’ll be playing at cool, breezy Torrey Pines in San Diego in the U.S. Open, roughly an hour away from his hometown of Murrieta, Calif.
Even the heartbreaks have already started.
Justin Hicks entered his second U.S. Open with the mantra that pars were good scores. The Royal Palm Beach pro even remarked on television that – Pars are like birdies, I just want to make as many pars as I can.
But reality was harsh. What did Hicks do on his front side Thursday at Torrey Pines’ South Course? Not make a single par.
Tiger Woods, the reigning champion is seeking to add to his 13 major titles and further close in on Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18, this is definitely going to add to the excitement around.
Something on the lines when Barry Bonds was just a single home run away from writing his name in the honor rolls.
A bit about the history of this tournament –
The first U.S. Open Championship was played on October 4, 1895, on a nine-hole course in Newport, Rhode Island. It was a 36-hole competition and was played in a single day. Ten professionals and one amateur entered. The winner was a 21-year-old Englishman named Horace Rawlins, who had arrived in the U.S. in January that year to take up a position at the host club. He received $150 cash out of a prize fund of $335, plus a $50 gold medal; his club received the Open Championship Cup trophy, which was presented by the USGA.
In the beginning, the tournament was dominated by experienced British players until 1911, when John J. McDermott became the first native-born American winner. American golfers soon began to win regularly and the tournament evolved to become one of the four majors.
Throughout the modern history of the competition, the title has been won almost exclusively by players from the United States. Since 1950, players from only five nations other than the United States have won the championship, most notably South Africa, which has won five times since 1965.