US Open Preview
Winged Foot was the site of the 1974 "massacre" won by Hale Irwin (his first of 3 opens) at an astounding 7 over par. The Foot was also the site of the 1984 US Open (one of the first bricks on the "majors Greg Norman should have won" wall) and the 1997 PGA Championship won by Davis Love III (you may recall the rainbow shining through as DL III putted out on the 72nd hole to defeat Justin Leonard by several shots). Yours truly has played the Foot (during college) and consider it one of the finest golf courses I have ever played.
That being said, I, along with everyone with a pulse, would like to see Tiger and Phil be clear of the field and duel it out in the final group on Sunday afternoon. Tiger has the Father's Day karma working for him, but Phil has won the last 2 majors (last year's PGA being played on a Tillinghast course, Baltusrol) and may have visions of the Grand Slam dancing through his married-to-and-banging-a-former-Phoenix-Suns-cheerleader head. Keep in mind that when Bobby Jones won the Grand Slam in 1930 the British Open was played at Hoylake, and has not again been played there...until next month when the British Open returns.
If Phil or Tiger do not win, allow me to suggest Adam Scott (4 top-4 finishes in his last 4 starts), Vijay Singh (won last week at Westchester), and Davis Love III (who undoubtedly has fond memories of the Foot). All 3 are premiere ball-strikers and have the perfect style of game to fit the demanding test they will encounter. As always, I will pulling for the Americans and have no compunction about throwing down a Benjamin on Tiger and Phil against the field.