Brighter than the sun
Let's make one thing clear - Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods couldn't have made a bigger impact on Sunday if they were playing in the same group and tied going to the 18th hole. If Michelle Wie had qualified at the Memorial and been in contention on Sunday, even that storyline wouldn't have attracted as many eyes to the tournament.
Golf played second-fiddle to a bright orange road cone swinging a golf club on Sunday. Obnoxiously showing his allegiance to alma mater Oklahoma State, Rickie Fowler dressed head-to-toe in what looked from afar like a prison jump suit. I mentioned last week golf didn't need Woods to dominate every tournament to pull ratings from other shows. However, if the PGA Tour thinks Fowler has a prospering future that will resonate with fans, it may want to consider the fact that the golfer left many fans with partial blindness after the round.
Having said that, for some reason, I kind of liked it. Then, I realized I couldn't see objects more than 10 feet from me.
They say the Masters is a tradition unlike any other. Well, so is the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge. Each year a foursome of celebrities and athletes compete at Pebble Beach under major championship course conditions in an attempt to break 100. Wayne Gretzky, Drew Brees, Mark Wahlberg and Peggy Ference were thrown to the fire on Wednesday.
If you had to take a guess as to who would break 100, would you take: the greatest hockey player of all time, a Super Bowl winning quarterback, a local woman no ones ever heard of, or a guy who used to call himself Marky Mark?
Let's just say Wahlberg was feeling the good vibrations (buh dun pssh!). Marky Mark (sans the Funky Bunch) shot a 98 and was the only contestant to shoot under 100 in the challenge. Next year, I vote for E, Turtle, Drama, and Vinny to play as the foursome while Wahlberg sits back and collects the paycheck..errr... sunshine?
Ocean views loom
The U.S. Open Championship begins next week which means it's time to prepare yourself for the Tiger or the Field - who you got? - question. Let's be honest though, it's not even a question anymore. Until Tiger wins, you take the field.
But, as mentioned, the Open isn't for another week and there are more important matters at hand - The St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis Tennessee. Sponsored by a great cause (St. Jude) and played at a beautiful course (TPC Southwind), there is very little about this tournament to complain about...
...unless the only reason you watch golf is to see Tiger and Phil play. I implore you, dear golf fan reader, to get beyond that. Just check out the lineup. It's like OzzFest without Ozzie and Sharon (you decide who Tiger is and Phil is in that relationship) and that can certainly be a good thing.
Plus, anytime Steve Elkington is playing a tournament, you should make that appointment TV. And with Rickie Fowler not scheduled to play, you can watch knowing you won't have to go to work Monday morning wearing an eye patch due to fluorescent retina damage.