The 112th U.S. Open finds its home at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. this week, so the Golf Guy and Birdie Bailey decided to serve up a portion of snacks and snippets on all things U.S. Open.
Player you most want to see win?
He: Would love to see Rory in a back-to-back U.S. Open situation. Would love to see Sergio win his first-ever major. Would even like to see Tiger victorious. But come on people. There would be nothing even close to seeing Lefty notch his first, long-overdue national championship. I completely understand that certain things in golf just aren’t meant to be – i.e., Greg Norman winning the Masters – but this is one thing the golfing gods better rectify. Quickly.
She: I’ve gotta agree with the Golf Guy on this one – the one thing lacking on Phil’s Hall-of-Fame resume is that U.S. Open tilt. Well, the only thing lacking that he believes is still within reach.
Lefty has five runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open, and while some may say he’s past his prime, Phil still has the desire, the imagination and the ingenuity to navigate Olympic and secure his first national title. Another reason it would be even sweeter? Phil turns 42 on Saturday, so a win Sunday would be a birthday and Father’s Day gift all rolled into one.
Favorite thing about San Francisco?
He: Full disclosure: I have never been to San Fran. That, however, doesn’t exclude me from enjoying the city from afar. Alcatraz? Sorry, Clint. Golden Gate Bridge? Very cool, but no beans. The saying, ‘The coldest winter I ever spent was the summer I spent in San Francisco.’ Love it, but it doesn’t come out on top. So, my favorite thing about the City by the Bay? Haight-Ashbury. Someday I wish to go there on a road trip with Robert Garrigus and Matt Every. If you know what I mean. Wink, wink. Puff, puff.
She: Big city meets small-town charm. Every corner you turn, every pub you duck into, San Francisco is a gift that keeps on giving. Phenomenal golf, food, sights, weather, character and charm, there’s always something to do and somewhere to go. It’s tough to choose just one thing to love about the city, but I’d have to go with the AT&T ballpark. From the pre-game festivities to watching games inside the stadium, the Giants’ home has provided me many fond memories over the years.
Winner and winning score?
He: World No. 1 Luke Donald? Lee Janzen, the champ the last time the U.S. Open was played at Olympic? Tiger Woods? No, no and no. The winner is – and already a U.S. Open winner – Jim ‘Mr. Fairway’ Furyk. Have you seen the width of the fairways at Olympic yet? They’re almost comical how narrow they are.
Winning score? 4-under-par 276
She: It's Phill's time to thrill. I'm going all on on Lefty. But the scores won't be crazy low, so his winning score will be 1-over 281.