Preferred Lies: Eyes on the TV for the 108th U.S. Open

2008-06-10 00:00

Well, the hype is upon us with the 108th U.S. Open Championship starting tomorrow.

Seen as the second Major tournament of the year, it is evident that Tiger Woods finds the U.S.

Open the most difficult of the Majors, having only twice been in the winning enclosure — it goes without saying that he will be determined to change that statistic this time around.

Knee surgery has kept Tiger out of tournament golf and he has not played since the Masters, but the same burning question remains — as it did before the Masters two months ago — will Eldrick Tiger Woods make it to 14 Major titles, inching closer to Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 Major titles?

The U.S. Open is the most important and prestigious tournament for an American-born professional golfer. Phil Mickelson has never won the U.S. Open, although a couple of times he has come close, and he is currently the man in form.

But since the last four winners have been non-Americans the odds are stacked up in favour of an American winner.

The problem in South Africa is that we will have to watch the television right through until the early hours of Monday morning. California is nine hours behind South Africa so it will be at least a 2 am finish.

But real golf fans don’t mind that and will happily put up with the bleary eyes in the morning.

In the event of scores being level after 72 holes, there will be no sudden death play-off because the rules stipulate that the U.S. Open has an 18 hole play-off the following day.

South Africa has a healthy contingent of players so obviously there is always the patriotic interest. Would it not be a massive boost for this country’s golf if the U.S. Open title went to a South African just months after Trevor Immelman won the Masters?

Enjoy the viewing and don’t fall asleep at those crucial moments in the wee hours of Monday morning.

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Local weekend results:

The Bill Roberts Brokers Monthly Mug was held on Saturday at Victoria Country Club. In the A division, both Leon van Schalkwyk and Dave Sutton returned scores of 71 nett. They will play off next month. In the B division, Ron Davis and Jitesh Gopaul both scored a 70 nett and they will also play off next month. The C division was won by William Messenger on nett 73 with Anban Naidoo coming second on a nett 78. Best gross of the day was scored by Van Schalkwyk with a 75.

Maritzburg Golf Club also held their Monthly Mug on Saturday, which was sponsored by The Bed Store. The A division was won by Jamie Patrick on a 65 nett with David Wooldridge coming second on a nett 67. The B division was won by Tom Smith on a count out from Barry Daff on a nett 68.

The C division was won by Franco Pessenbacher on a nett 63 with Gus Gubba coming in second on nett 70. The best gross of the day was Jamie Patrick with a one under par 71. The Captain’s putter was won by Tony ‘Bones’ Hallett with an 86 nett.

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From the 19th hole:

Murphy’s Law of Golf says:

“When you look up, causing an awful shot, you will always look down again at exactly the moment when you should be watching the ball — if you ever want to see it again.”

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