2009 U.S. Open
For the first time in recent history Tiger Woods will not be the sentimental favorite for a major. When the best golfers in the world tee off at Bethpage State Park (Black Course) in Farmingdale, NY, Phil Mickelson will have the heart of the country behind him. His wife Amy was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and after a short break to be by his wife’s side, he rejoined the tour last week for the St. Jude Classic. Phil was off to a great start entering Sunday at -4. He shot a 75 (+5) to finish tied for 59th at one over. Not bad for a rusty guy. Brian Gay ran away from the field with a -18, five strokes better than runner ups David Toms and Bryce Molder.
The U.S. Open will be about Tiger and Phil initially though. Tiger won last year’s Open in dramatic fashion over Rocco Mediate despite playing on an injured knee. With a little luck the two will be paired up on Sunday in a match for the ages. This time America will be on Phil’s side.