>> Monday, June 22, 2009
After 5 long and gloomy days, what were we left with at the conclusion of the 18th hole at Bethpage Black? A dull and disappointing ending to the 2009 U.S. Open that saw more rain delays than excitement and more unknown golfers atop the leaderboards than champions. I kept waiting for that break through moment where Phil Mickelson would take charge and win the U.S. Open. I thought that moment came on the 13th hole where Phil eagled and approached the green to the roar of the crowd. However, co-leader would be as close as Phil would get to tasting victory. Lucas Glover, whom had never even made a U.S. Open cut before, shot a final round 3 over par 73 to capture a 2 shot victory at the 109th U.S. Open. Glover will more likely be remembered for dipping tobacco during course play than for his win.
The stage seemed to be set perfectly for Phil's storybook ending to an emotional week. He should have won and everyone wanted him to win, including myself. However, Phil finished in a style we have all seen too many times ... 2nd place. Playing in his last tournament before taking some time off to be with his wife, Amy, who was diagnoised with breast cancer, Phil was left disappointed and emotional. The best second place finisher of all time set the record for finishing second in the Open. I wish we could go back and rewrite Lefty's utopian ending, but I believe this U.S. Open will be remembered more for its second place finisher than for its winner. Best of luck to the Mickelson family!