With the 113th U.S. Open upon us this week at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania this week, it’s hard to narrow down over a century’s worth of golf into the ten most memorable moments. Here’s my attempt.
There are the sports that are huge staples of our American society and its entertainment industry, and there are others that are sort of just there.
Golf is a great example of one of the sports that certainly does get its fair share “SportsCenter time,” but is not anywhere near as renowned as the likes of football, basketball, and baseball.
And to be honest, it probably never will be.
But just because golf and the PGA Tour will probably never break the threshold separating the first and second-tier sports leagues, it doesn’t mean it can’t continue to grow, evolve, and expand its place in the wide world of sports.
“A tradition unlike any other.”
The well-known Jim Nantz line is the only appropriate way that I could conceive starting out any article that previews the cherished tradition that is The Masters.
Rory McIlroy captured the first major title of his young career on Sunday at Congressional, and the way he won was where the real story lies.
Everyone remembered McIlroy as the one who completely collapsed at Augusta by shooting a final round of 80. He led heading into Sunday, but he could never find his swing and quickly fell down the leaderboard. He was the subject of the media leading up to the U.S. Open, and he knew he had to respond with a strong performance.
I think setting records en route to winning the U.S. Open at the age of 22 accomplished that goal.