OK folks….not sure how I got finagled (my new word of the day)by my dear son into writing the U.S. Open at Pinehurst #2 golf wrap-up, but here it goes.
Who is this Kaymer guy and where did he come from? He obviously deserved the win with -9 scorecard as he dominated the leaderboard all week. Kaymer played great golf and led from day one. I didn’t see anything I didn’t like about him – so kudos to Martin Kaymer on his great win. Nice Father’s Day gift to him – as was his Mother’s Day gift with his Player’s Championship win last month.A rare achievement in golfland.
The real story of the tourney was WHO would place second. There were many golfers in contention and they see-sawed all week as they battled for the coveted second place. In the end, there were two respected golfers that won the fight with a tie. The brightly orange-clad young Rickie Fowler ended with a -1, which was 8 strokes behind the winner. Tied with Rickie was the heroic -1 finish for Erik Compton. What a highlight to watch this man, who has beat all odds to survive two heart transplants, and still be able to golf with the best in the world. The best part of his win and follow-up interview was the shock and delight he expressed when he was told by the interviewer that he could now play in the Masters Tournament. That was the icing on the cake for Erik.
Honourable Mention must go to Keegan Bradley for his 19 place comeback on Sunday to end in a tie for fourth place.
I wish I could expound on my personal favourites in golf – namely Mike Weir and Phil Mickelson (no laughing allowed), but they will have to wait for a future tournament to show what they’re made of.
Thank you for your patience in reading this old mom’s review of the great U.S. Open 2014!