by Jeff Skinner
Brian Hewitt and his team at Global Golf Post have put together a nice U.S. Open Preview Issue. It has a bit of everything; Preview, history, players, human interest and some behind the scenes info. Hewitt has found a great niche and golf Global Post is an interesting read each week. This preview issue is no different.
It starts right off with one of the most interesting men in golf, Mike Davis of the USGA. Davis has been with the USGA for over twenty years and took over as Executive Director this past spring. Davis came to national prominence with his innovative setups of U.S. Open courses. His work has been praised by all as a fair test of golf and less penal than prior setups. He loves that chore so much he insisted he keep that responsibility even with all the demands of his new role. He says there is plenty of work to be done in golf,”Long term, we’ve got to address the situation of how long it takes to play the game of golf.”
There is a piece on former U.S. Open Champion, Ernie Els who won his second Open at Congressional in 1997. It may be a bit nostalgic to think that Els could repeat at Congressional but he thinks he still has the game to win more majors. “When I was voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame…I had the feeling that somebody was trying to tell me that my best days were behind me when I still felt I had plenty more left to accomplish. I still do and believe that I can.”
Raymond Floyd set the record for the oldest U.S. Open Champion when he won at Shinnecock in 1986 at the age of 43. Hale Irwin has since broken that record but nothing can erase the intense battle that took place on the windswept dunes on Long Island as Floyd took down a star studded field at the top. Floyd recalls the importance of that win. “The significance of that open was due to the quality of the players in contention. It was a who’s who… a lot of major winners.”