SAN DIEGO -- Rich Lerner is at Torrey Pines this week for the 108th edition of the United States Open Golf Championship. All week long, Lerner will be providing his insights and perspectives from the season's second major:
TaylorMade/Adidas threw its annual U.S. Open bash last night. Ive never been to an Oscar party, but this is what I imagine it would be like--in a $15 million estate overlooking the Pacific with beautiful people sipping martinis by the pool. While the tanned and fit were nursing cosmos and looking gorgeous, the bedraggled media types, including yours truly, were where we always are, in the buffet line.
Early word from the players is that Torreys fair. If the wind blows over par wins. If it stays reasonably calm, Pat Perez, who grew up nearby and has played it hundreds of times, likes 3 under.
Regarding Tiger, there hasnt been this much scrutiny of an athletes knee since Tanya Hardings goons took a full swing at Nancy Kerrigan.
Two of the sweetest swingers in history hail from San Diego--Ted Williams and Mickey Wright. At the McDonalds LPGA Championship, our production staff displayed Wrights swing next to Annikas. Annika need not apologize for a move thats produced 72 victories, but my goodness, I dont think Ive ever seen better action than Wrights, male or female! If you can find a book with pictures of her swing, do so immediately.
The last four U.S. Open winners--Cabrera, Ogilvy, Campbell and Goosen--were international players. Cabrera and Campbell had never won before in the States. With that in mind, PGA TOUR Radios John Maginnes threw out the name Paul Casey.
GOLF CHANNEL equipment guru Adam Barr says struggling Jim Furyk was fiddling on the putting green Monday with a Bullseye.
Because I love hoops, allow me to unleash my inner Hubie Brown with this thought on the Lakers-Celtics Final. Kobe doesnt look right and actually seems to be shrinking from the moment. Obviously, he could go off for 50 in the blink of an eye, and might need to. On the other hand, Garnett looks possessed, and his defensive intensity always sets the tone for his team. A month ago when they were humbled by the lowly Hawks, I thought they had no shot. Defense and toughness are the difference.
Id love to see Hubie Brown call golf: OK, that is what we call in our ligg a bump and run and he is converting a very high percentage from beyond 25 feet, OK.
San Diegos produced another American sports icon--The Chicken.
Well be posting all week and would welcome your thoughts on the U.S. Open. Check out my other offerings on Tigers knee and the hoopla surrounding the Tiger-Phil grouping.
And check out Vince Cellinis blogs Thursday-Sunday as he offers his own unique insight as to the happenings around Torrey Pines.