8 posts tagged golf
July 23rd 1995: On this Day in Sports History… John Daly beat Constantino Rocca in a playoff to capture the 1995 British Open, his second career major championship. Unfortunately, this would be the peak of John’s career, and he would never come close to reaching these heights again. Despite his considerable talent, Daly fell off the golf map pretty quickly because of his excessive drinking and weight. However, Daly still has quite a cult following because he represents the everyman golfer, I mean check out his mullet in this video…definitely screams “everyman”.
Johnson Takes the Playoff When Zach Johnson won the Masters a couple years back, most people assumed he’d would be one of those young guys who win a major only to never be heard from ever again. Johnson, who is still a young guy, has continued to show us that this is not the case and that he is one of the top American Golfers. His latest proof was with his great playoff win yesterday at the John Deere Classic. This was his 9th career PGA tour win, and all but assures he will be invited to the Ryder Cup team come September.
(for more, go to espn.com)
Tiger IS Back With critics constantly writing that the old Tiger will never return, Tiger Woods goes head to head with Bo Van Pelt to win AT&T National by 2 strokes. We are only in July, and Tiger already has 3 wins, more than any other golfer did all of last year. Woods may not have a major yet this season, but it is definitely coming. He is playing his best golf since pre-Thanksgiving 2009 when he won 6 titles and is ready to retake his spot as by far the best player in golf and the most dominant athlete in sports.
(For more, go to espn.com)
Blooper Of The Day A British man ruining the U.S. OPEN! This man obviously had a few too many drinks at the bar and resorted to bird noises instead of actually saying something funny. And the best part of the whole fiasco was Webb Simpson’s reaction: “Enjoy the jail cell pal.” Not only are you a champion Mr. Simpson but you’re funny as hell too? Congrats to Webb and good luck to the Brit.
June 18th 2000: On this Day in Sports History… Tiger Woods finished off probably the best performance in Golf History. With a score of 15 under and a four round total of 272 strokes, Tiger Woods captured his 3rd Major Championship and first US Open by winning at Pebble Beach. To this day, this is Tiger Woods’s signature performance. Lets hope Woods returns to this level, because lets face it, the Open was pretty boring yesterday without Tiger in the hunt.
It’s The Simpson Webb Simpson emerged from the pack as the 112th U.S. Open Champion late Sunday night at the daunting Olympic Club. Of the final 18 players to tee off on Sunday, he was the only one to break par for the round which allowed him to shoot up the leader board and finish at +1 and withstand the competition from Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell who just couldn’t get over that last hump to take the prize. Tiger Woods came out with another abysmal performance in the front 6 and could never recover as Tiger was once again a non factor in the final day of the major.
Somebody get Tiger back on track so I can actually enjoy watching golf again.
(For full coverage go to ESPN.com)
14 Year Old makes history Young Andy Zhang, a 14 year old golfer, is the youngest player ever to compete in a major championship with his participation in this years US Open. Zhang may not play well or even make the cut this week, but he is definitely a golfer with a bright future. Young guys are always labeled with titles such as the “Next Jack” or “Next Tiger”, maybe this is the kid who will live up to the hype.
Terrific Trio The US Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco begins today, and all eyes will be on this amazing threesome of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson. I don’t know about you, but I feel like this is Tiger’s week. He’s coming off his win at Memorial and with that momentum the time might be right for Major Win number 15. As far as Phil and Bubba go, they are both also huge threats this week. Phil has finished runner-up in the US Open five times, and Bubba Watson is the only man to win a major this year as the Masters champion. For the sake of golf fans and television ratings, lets hope this group lives up to its billing.