SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Golf Channel cameras found Butch Harmon with his arm around Sean Foley on Friday morning.
How ironic. While Foley may soon have more than an exchange of ideas with Tiger Woods, Harmon may have something better. He may have the next major champion.
Nick Watney’s all angles with his coat-hanger shoulders. Wide-eyed, too.
Will he be caught in the headlights Sunday or barrel right through and tip the scales back in favor of young Americans?
No. 2 in the world Phil Mickelson is 40 and battling arthritis. No. 1 Tiger Woods is almost 35 and battling, by his once galactic standards, mediocrity, not to mention this thundering herd of maulers that treat par-5s the way Tiger used to treat par-5s.
But what we saw with Dustin Johnson at the U.S. Open is that nerve and finesse and composure count most on Sundays at majors – not simply brute strength.
Johnson’s resilient, though, trying to do what Sergio Garcia could not and put the disappointment of a blown major behind him, quickly, before it has a chance to fester
Rory McIlroy’s every bit as gifted at 21 as Garcia was. Why not lose the monkey before it ever has a chance to jump on your back? He’ll have that chance on Sunday.
What’s best for golf? The press, with Woods down, would love to glorify McIlroy, the engaging, humble king in waiting; though, the crown may not yet fit his mop top dome.
But what’s really best for golf may not be what’s best for media or fans in the west. It may actually be a win by Wenchong Liang, a boon for the game in China that would be music to the ears of all those looking to build golf clubs and golf courses far beyond the stagnant shores of America.
What’s best for golf, of course, is debatable.
The question of who is best is debatable as well.