Now that the 114th US Open is in the books, it is time for annual post-mortems.
The 114th US Open at Pinehurst has concluded and Martin Kaymer won by 8 shots (9-under). While he may have won the $8 million purse, his play didn’t speak louder than some of his opponents’ pants.
Just south of Pinehurst is Rockingham, North Carolina and its historic racetrack. Saturday the US Open had its own driver news.
This week’s US Men’s Open is the first of two at Pinehurst #2. Next week will be the US Women’s Open.
When Martin Kaymer hung up a second straight 65 at Pinehurst his 130 total was a new US Open record for 36 holes. But his ten under par total as not a record.
Perhaps it is because Michael Campbell’s 2005 win at Pinehurst has become so non-descript, but local memory is all about Payne Stewart’s win in 1999 and the Phil Michelson embrace on the 72nd hole.
In golf we have something other sports events don’t possess; we have the course.
Martin Kaymer’s duel with Jordan Spieth and Jim Furyk at the Players was good golf entertainment, not the least bit diminished by Tiger Woods not being in the field.
Phil Mickelson deserves every accolade thrown his direction over the last week.
This isn’t the first time Mickelson has been too smart for his own good in the US Open.