By Joe Becker
This week is perhaps my favorite week of the golf season. It's U.S. Open week and this year the Open is being played at one of my favorite spots...Oakmont just outside Pittsburgh. Oakmont is one of the historic courses in America and is hosting the U.S. Open for the 8th time. The course is more than 100 years old and has hosted more major championships than any course in America.
Johnny Miller set a record with an 8 under par 63 in the final round to win the Open in 1973. Jack Nicklaus won there in 1962. Ben Hogan won there in 1953. I went to Oakmont for the U.S. Open in 1983. Larry Nelson won that year beating the great Tom Watson. I saw the first two rounds. Oakmont is beautiful...plus it has the famous church pew bunkers that come into play on the third and fourth holes.
I've seen the U.S. Open two other times. 1984 at Winged Foot in New York and 1987 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
I've only played golf once this season. I am playing next week...but I'll be watching a lot of golf this week.
Speaking of golf....how about Michelle Wie. She's had a tough stretch of golf. I know she hurt her wrist earlier this year...but if it really hurt that bad...you would think she wouldn't take some more time off to get it right.
Michelle shot 83 and 79 in the final two rounds this weekend and finished dead last in the LPGA Championship. Ouch!
I think Wie is having confidence issues right now, which is too bad. Sometimes it's just hard been a teenager...and then to be a teenager with so much pressure on her shoulders. It will be interesting to see how the next few years unfold for her.
Well...I'm headed home. I have tomorrow off. Hope everyone has a great week and enjoy the U.S. Open!