2. Woody Austin. One of golf’s best ballstrikers — and quirkiest personalities — rang up a final round for the ages at Memphis, taking his third career Tour victory. Imagine how good this guy could have been if he wasn’t prone to snapping putters on his noggin.
3. Alexis Thompson. She became the youngest person ever to qualify for a U.S. Open by shooting 72-71 at Heathrow Country Club outside Orlando, a legit track where Zach Johnson and Chris DiMarco are known to hang out. And I fully expect young Alexis to show more maturity at Pine Needles than Monty will display this week at Oakmont.
4. Richie Ramsay. The reigning U.S. Amateur champ will spend the first two rounds of the U.S. Open paired with Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy. Welcome to the big leagues, kid.
5. Oakmont. Jeez, how many fawning profiles do I have to read about this testosterone-fueled club and its ultra-macho course? Why don’t these guys just drop their Dockers and whip it out, sparing us any more of these obnoxious articles.
1. Winged Foot. This time last year the Foot was being celebrated as the ultimate U.S. Open venue, but that honorific will be long gone when the winning score at Oakmont turns out to be +10.
2. Wrists. We know all about Michelle Wie’s ongoing saga, and Monday marked the third straight day that Phil Mickelson was at Oakmont but didn’t play a practice round as his wrist continues to give him trouble. Now comes word that David Howell has W/D’d from the Open after — you guessed it — popping his wrist during a practice round. No wonder most people think golfers are a bunch of weenies.
3. Adam Scott. He’s turning into his hero, Greg Norman — a mega-talent prone to Sunday blowups. Shooting 75 on Sunday to cough up a three-stroke lead is not exactly the ideal U.S. Open preparation.
4. Those of us who consider Johnny Miller a pompous blowhard. The endless tributes to his 63 just reinforce for Johnny how great he once was. Just ask him.
5. Michelle Wie. I hate to pile on … actually, I love to pile on, so here goes: We’ve come to expect her to finish dead last against the men, but now she’s doing it in an LPGA event, by 10 shots? I wonder if she could even make the Stanford team right now.