Jun 21, 2010

McDowell Survives Tricky Pebble Beach

What a great weekend I was actually off and it was Father’s Day so I got to spend time with my family and the stuff my 3 kids made for me was awesome. I didn’t play any golf but I did watch some late evening golf like most here on the East Coast.  

Here’s some observations on Graeme McDowell winning the U.S. Open and being the first European to win a U.S. Open in four decades. He deserved it straight up he hit the shots to win and made the least amount of mistakes. Where others faltered (especially Dustin Johnson) McDowell remained poised and consistent over 4 gruelling rounds of golf on a course that got harder and harder everyday. Some may say it was too difficult others like Ryan Moore felt the USGA made it too tricky. And I have to agree with a lot of what Ryan said after posting a +12 over the four days at Pebble Beach. This seems to be what the USGA wants it may just not be to every ones liking.

“U.S. Opens are U.S. Opens,” he said. “I feel like (the USGA) is … going for trickiness, to be honest. I’ve played in five now. Three out of five were just extremely tricky and they had nothing to do with being difficult.”

“They know they can do something about hole (No. 14). It would take not much to make that green halfway reasonable,” Moore said. “They refuse to do it. Beyond that, they make it more severe and tricky on top of it. I think they go for a spectacle or something. They want something to draw attention … or make everybody look stupid, I guess.

“It doesn’t reward good golf shots. That is why I don’t understand why you have a tournament that doesn’t reward good golf shots.” Read more here.

“It’s just a horrible golf hole the way (the USGA) set it up,” Moore said. “I don’t know what they’re trying to demand. Where is the skill? I don’t know. If you can’t even hit a shot to stay on the green, where is the skill involved?”
More on Moore here.

It was great to see McDowell embrace his father after winning the U.S. Open on a day where we celebrate our Fathers and what they mean to us. Something I’m sure the two will never forget. 

My favorite on site Blogger following the U.S. Open had to be Stephanie Wei at Wei Under Par always insightful, funny and with her own distinct take on all things going on at the U.S. Open. Good job.

If you want to know what Graeme McDowell (Louis Copeland & Sons)  and others were wearing at the U.S. Open Mike over at Chapeau Noir Golf always has a good take on things even though he wasn’t actually there he always has something witty to say about golf fashion especially at the Majors.

So all in all not surprising that Graeme McDowell a Irishman from Portrush, Northern Ireland who just won a few weeks ago on the European Tour would win on a tough course on the West Coast of California for the U.S. Open. If you’ve ever been to Northern Ireland (which I have) and the area where Graeme grew up and played golf it’s easy to see why he’s the 2010 U.S. Open Champion today. Congrats!


Graeme McDowell’s WITB 2010 U.S. Open

DRIVER: Callaway Big Bertha Fusion FT-3 (9.5°) with an Aldila Voodoo SVS 6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Diablo Edge Tour (15°) with an Aldila RIP Beta 60 shaft
HYBRIDS: Adams Idea Pro (18°) with an Aldila NVS 85 shaft, (21°) with an Aldila VooDoo XVS8 shaft
IRONS: Callaway X Forged (4-9) with Project X 6.5 Flighted shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Forged Vintage (48°, 52°, 58°) with Project X 6.5 Flighted shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot #7
BALL: Callaway Tour ix

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