Twerking Overtime: Michelle Wie Celebrates U.S. Open Victory

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Writer

So the last couple of weeks have run the gamut for sports writers in terms of content:

NBA Finals wrapping up and the ensuing LeBron hater-fest; the Yankees doing everything they can to send Derek Jeter into retirement via death-by-sucking; a large population of Americans realizing they actually have a men’s national soccer team and that it looks to be better than advertised; apparently they’re playing a fortnight’s worth of tennis again at the All-England Club (seriously that one snuck up on me this year); and the men’s AND women’s U.S. Open golf championships were held at Pinehurst country club on consecutive weeks. [Read more…]

Lucy Li Shoots 78 at Age 11, and It’s Good for Golf

By Rob Lindquist
PSDC Contributor

Lucy Li’s U.S. Women’s Open debut of 78 is a great thing for golf. Oh, and as you’ve heard by now, she’s 11. I’m 20 years her senior and I have never broken 80 on my local course. I’m a high school golf coach, she’s in sixth grade. She missed one fairway (by about a foot or two). I usually cheer when I hit a fairway three holes in a row. She shot a 78 on one of the most famed courses in the world, Pinehurst No. 2. I have played a course with pine trees. Ms. Li playing in the U.S. Women’s Open is great for golf, even if she missed the cut after a second round of 78 in as many days.

Oh, and I’m jealous as hell. [Read more…]

Martin Kaymer’s U.S. Open Win Should be Marveled

By Clay Ihlo
PSDC Writer

Pinehurst No. 2, renovations and all, set up just the way the USGA had hoped it would for this year’s United State Open Golf Championship. The “toughest test in golf” was just that for the world’s best players.

Well, for all but one.

On the 15th anniversary of Payne Stewart’s dramatic U.S. Open win, and on the same hallowed ground, Martin Kaymer shined above all the rest. The former top ranked player simply brought a golf game with him to North Carolina that no one could contend with. [Read more…]

Expectedly Unexpected: Webb Simpson wins U.S. Open

By W. Crane Cantrell, III
PSDC Contributor

Isn’t it cool how we, as golf fans can love two polar opposite dynamics of the sport simultaneously?  Sure there are some of us who are the die-hard underdog fans (yet those people still pull for Phil Mickelson; baffling) and then there are those who love to watch complete domination (those still holding on hope for Tiger’s return and love watching the field get dominated by one player.)  However, you can’t deny an increased entertainment factor when someone like Webb Simpson wins a major golf tournament.  Was anyone totally against Webb Simpson taking home the 112th U.S. Open trophy?  I didn’t think so either.  What’s not to like about a southern dude rocking a cardigan and a hot wife taking home the trophy?  We loved it when Bubba did it, how bout a Wake Forest Demon Deacon instead of a Georgia Bulldog?  I’ll take it; all day.  The cool thing about it is that we would have loved the tournament just as much, been just as glued to the television if Tiger had been the leader in the clubhouse.  Yes, I realize the network television stations will argue with me in that Tiger prints dollar bills for them in the back room, but as true golf fans; we love it either way. [Read more…]

Livin’ On A Prayer: U.S. Open Contenders Just Trying to Survive

By W. Crane Cantrell, III
PSDC Contributor

Thanks to years like 1986, and albums like “Slippery When Wet”, we were given the pleasure of songs like “Livin’ on a Prayer” topping the charts. Hell, I’m not sure the Auburn University marching band ever stopped playing it. I can’t remember a game without it in the last 20 years. Well, John Bon Jovi, the 2012 U.S. Open field (what’s left of it anyway) at The Olympic Club in San Francisco is currently living the real world version of that less than spectacular track that’s you’ve relentlessly pounded in our brains for the last 25 years.

The Olympic Club has lived up to her expectations, and possibly exceeded them. The front nine alone is enough to make you want to cry a little bit. [Read more…]

Wide Open Field at 2012 U.S. Open

By W. Crane Cantrell, III
PSDC Contributor

I – like most mid-20s males – enjoy the occasional roll of the dice when it comes to sports.  There is no harm in paying $20 to jump in an office pool here or there, right?  I thought that too.  Unfortunately, I’m not about to give you some incredibly entertaining story regarding a large sum that I gambled away (Charles Barkley already has a book or two out.)  The problem I encountered when I started to pick golfers for my office pool for the 2012 U.S. Open this weekend at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, CA was that… I don’t know who is going to win.  I’m not claiming to be some kind of handicapper or oddsmaker but I do consider myself an avid enough sports fan (and especially golf fan) to be able to pick a solid three or four contenders; one of which, will typically come out on top.  I’m coming off two March Madness Bracket pool victories and I figured “let’s keep the streak going with some golfing wins.”  Nope.  Not this year. Luckily, I’m not alone.  [Read more…]