by Mike Livingston; Co-Host, The CaddyShack Radio Show
With the allure of The U.S. Open at the famed Olympic Club in San Francisco looming, there were so-called ‘tune-ups” on all three tours this past weekend. Although Olympic promises to be the longest course in Open history, as well as having maniacally hard rough to go with lightning fast greens, there were considerably more of the “big names” in the field than one would normally think just one week before a major, but that may speak more to the current state of those particular games and not tradition.
The PGA Tour stop was in Memphis at the beautiful TPC at Southwind which is a great course and a well-respected stop amongst the players. Unfortunately it just happens to fall now right in the middle of that June window where several of the more name events already take-up prominent spaces on the calendar. Nonetheless, this Sunday became a shoot-out and made for some great viewing! When the dust settled it was Dustin Johnson and his final round 66, one better than John Merrick who darn-near chipped in on the 18th to force a playoff. A whole slew of golfers bunched-up in a tie for third including our next U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, Davis Love II, playing well of late.
On the Champions Tour, it was time for their second major of the year. Tour favorite and our next President’s Cup Captain Tom Lehman went back-to-back, capturing the Tradition for the second year in a row while breaking an eleven month winless streak for his first win of the season. Lehman battled the elements to tap in a par putt on eighteen in the pouring rain to seal the deal.
Dibble often asks me, “What happened on LPGA Tour?!”….Well, another shoot-out as the gals finished-up the Wegman’s Classic and in this favorite tour stop amongst the players, it seemed as though many of the Tour’s top starts were in the mix at some point or another. Early in the week saw CaddyShack fav Michelle Wie miss a two-foot putt which was painful. That said, she was a not a weekend contender………but Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer and Christy Kerr were. Separating themselves as the best current American golfers, the three remained in the mix throughout with Lewis eventually tying for second with Miya Miyazato at -4. The winner was Shenshen “Jenny” Feng from China who crushes the ball and managed to roll it just a bit better than everyone else, too.
The summer presses on and there is still only one place to talk golf on Saturday mornings……it’s YOUR wake-up call!!!! It’s the Caddy Shack on KNEWS 94.3 FM…..Tune-in, we want to hear from you!……Fore!
Mike Livingston is the Co-Host of The Caddy Shack Radio Show on KNEWS 94.3 FM on Saturday Mornings from 6:00-8:00 a.m.; Additionally, Mike is the Director of Management for Personalized Property Management Company, in Cathedral City.