Some final thoughts on this years US Open.
A very different Open, almost a "one off". Missing was the killer rough and lightening fast greens that are so punishing and a signature of an Open course. I can see the USGA tightening their thinking about Olympic Club in San Fransisco next year, and, I feel for those who will play there. I can't imagine an Open ever being won at 16 under par again, unless Merion gets similar weather in 2 years. Merion is just so short by modern standards and does not have enough ground to expand. Congressional looked great and I wonder what fast conditions would have resulted in. From what I saw on TV the greens rolled very true, especially considering all the traffic and ball mark repairs due to the very receptive greens.
Sunday was a disappointment as there was no competition. The old saying that the tourney does not begin until the back 9 of the last day just did not apply. Give Rory full credit...at 22 he is Major champion and the list of people who have won a Major before 25 is very short and they are all in the Hall of Fame. Rory is not participating in the PGA Tour and will remain in Europe. This is the first time I watched him play on an extended basis. All I can say is "he's got game". It's almost funny seeing him walk down a fairway next to Phil Mickelson. and Dustin Johnson..he looks like a Hobit, but, hits the ball as far as they do. Excellent putter, unlike Sergio.
I remember both early years of Jack and Tiger. Both came out of college (Tiger after 2years) and they both just dominated the game from the start. Honestly, I don't think anyone will do what these 2 did, time will tell, but, I've sure like to see the game of the next person able to dominate the tour in a similar manner. Tiger has been unchallenged for 15 years...even if he regains good legs, he will face a fierce competitor in Rory. Golf needs it's next superstar.
The British Open awaits.