Random U.S. Open Thoughts: Round One

1. Strikes me that this notion Richard Lee, the 16-year-old sorta [photopress:richardlee.jpg,full,alignright]Canadian playing in this week’s U.S. Open is going to turn pro after the tournament is just stupidity. The kid also has way too much attitude for someone who hasn’t done much of anything: “I had a thing for Tiger when I was young,” the old soul of 16 told Lorne Rubenstein. “But not any more.” Why’s that, I wonder? Because Tiger and his father demonstrated the way to train a champion, and surprisingly it isn’t be turning pro at 16. The kid is out of his league, and he will be as a pro. Ty Tryon anyone? Oh, and Lee shot 9-over 79 in the first round, the same score as a noted Spanish pro.

2. Bob Weeks blogs on the first rounds of Mike Weir and Stephen Ames, who shot 74 and 73 respectively. Weeks said Weir hit the ball solidly, while sounds like Ames scrambled a bit. He also praises Jon Mills’ round.

3. Spain’s young Pablo Martin seems like the real deal. Having won a European Tour event as an amateur, he comes to the U.S. Open as a pro and shoots 1-over. A lot stronger than his playing partner Sergio Garcia, who shot an awful 9-over. “I just didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “Playing with Sergio and Jose, there were way too many things going on in my head so I just tried to enjoy myself and have fun out there. It worked, so I’m really lucky. It was pretty hard but the greens were soft today and not as difficult as they can be. But I’m sure it’s going to get worse and worse.”

4. Worth a read is Ron Green’s blog. Green is a writer for the Charlotte Observer who is blogging at the Open. It can be found here.

5. Mickelson had one of his worst driving days at the U.S. Open, hit it all over the planet and then said the wrist injury wasn’t the cause. We should have already known that — after all, Phil the Thrill hit it all over the course in the final round at Winged Foot last year and he wasn’t hurt then… A take on Phil’s round is here.

5. Golf Digest looks at the winners and losers of round one. The magazine lists Nick Dougherty as a winner, but how many actually expect this guy to be still kicking around the top of the leaderboard by Sunday? Do I hear no one? Dougherty also called the course “easy,” a sure sign he’ll shoot 77 today. “Yeah, I think the course is — I hate saying it, easy; especially if a USGA official picks up on that.
But I think we had it as good as it could be this morning with obviously that thunderstorm yesterday, softened it up nicely. Certainly makes it somewhat easier because you can stop the ball now by the holes whereas if they were firm, which they were doing gradually through the week, firming up, some of the pin positions would be extremely difficult.” On the other hand, after watching five hours of the telecast on my PVR last night, I concur that Chris Berman’s show gets old — fast. GD’s story is here.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • On Phil’s driving: Where is Butch? I am curious to know what he has to say about Phil’s performance.

  • RT,

    didn’t know where to post this, but did you get the low-down from young Lee’s WD last Friday? Wrist injury? Realization that pro golf is different than junior golf? or a 16 year old being a 16 year old?

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