I liked Josh from the beginning but wasnt sure about the level of his golf ability. We dont have a lot to go by and he didnt have a long history. (After all, that homey didnt take him out to the course until he was 18.) When we reviewed his application and the other producers got to watch his interview, we all had the same reaction: great personality ' but what about his game? Perhaps it was his good fortune to make it through the first stage of U.S. Open qualifying the week we were narrowing down the field. That allayed some of our concerns. We also decided that Josh would be great on the show.
The first day of competition on
One by one Josh took out a series of players who all expected to beat him. James said it best when he pointed out that a lot of people ' including himself ' had underestimated Josh. Add me to the list. As he made his run through the group I thought back to that initial interview and wondered how the surfer boy would handle the competition. Then when it came time for the final match, he took Hiroshi to Hiroshis best spot. He wanted to take a shot at the top guy and go strength on strength.
He lost but I was impressed. So impressed that only one word came to mind: Dude.