Players not at Open glued to TVs for conclusion

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CROMWELL, Conn. – It is often hard to imagine PGA Tour players as fans as well as competitors, but an unscientific survey of a few in the field at this week’s Travelers Championship indicates that like everyone else they were glued to their TVs on Sunday as the U.S. Open came to a dramatic conclusion.

“Oh yeah, I watched it all, with Phil (Mickelson) in the mix and everything that was going on,” Harris English said.

Some were more interested than others, particularly in the case of Greg Owen, who watched his fellow countryman become the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open since 1971.

“Three holes to go I thought Rose has this in the bag,” he said.

It is, however, a bittersweet interest. Despite the difficult conditions there is no doubt Tour types would have rather been playing Merion than watching.

“You still want to be there,” smiled Gary Woodland.