The 110th U.S. Open was decided last night at Pebble Beach when Graeme McDowell walked off the 18th hole with a one-stroke victory over Gregory Havret. McDowell finished alone at even par for the tournament and did just enough for victory on a Sunday that took its toll on many of golfs best. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Ernie Els all had an opportunity to win on Sunday but struggled to find consistency and left in disappointment. Nobody may be as disappointed as young Dustin Johnson who held the lead after 54 holes. Johnson had a nightmare of a fathers day, plummeting from the top of the leaderboard to the middle of the pack with a final round 82.
Pebble Beach provided a beautiful backdrop to a round of golf that was far from pretty. The course played so difficult that at times it became hard to watch. The Open came down to the final hole and instead of players chasing the leader, it became more of a test of who can hold on. Graeme McDowell was quoted as saying "I just can't believe how difficult this golf course was". McDowell was amazingly able to win with a final round 74.
We have all become familiar with courses undergoing “tiger-proofing”, making them more difficult and U.S. Opens are traditionally played on the most demanding of courses but the play on Sunday seemed slightly out of the ordinary. The lack of low scoring made me want to change the channel on several occasions. I was happy to see McDowell get the victory and embrace his father who made the trip from Northern Ireland to watch his son on Fathers Day but all in all it was a disappointing final round for me. I expected to see one of the big names make a charge and the terrific shots that come with that. Hopefully the British Open will provide us with the mesmerizing moments that this U.S. Open seemed to lack.