And after a round under glorious Carolina blue skies (sorry, Wolfpackers; have to call it like it is) at U.S. Open Media Day, the platinum-selling country music star andAmerican Idol winner took a few minutes to tell us about his first round on No. 2, his recollections of attending the 1999 U.S. Open as a “youngster,” and then added a few bars of the song he most associates with Pinehurst.
He was stung more than 20 times, jumped into a lake to try to escape, and after getting a shot from doctors, insisted he play on.
Wait, though, it gets better.
The next shot Larrazabal hit was remarkable, leading to a birdie. He finished with what we have to believe is the best 68 shot on any golf course this year – or any year – done while donning soaked pants. He did have a chance to change into a dry shirt. (More images and the full story can be found here.)
After a masterful putt from off the back of the treacherous 12th green during the final round of The Masters on Sunday, Bubba Watson and his caddie Ted Scott had an interesting conversation after Bubba marked his ball 2 feet from the cup.
With a second green jacket still hanging in the balance, Scott didn’t have the slippery par putt on his mind.
Watson relayed the whole story Morning Drive (go to 9:15 in the video above). After the great play – Bubba took Scott’s advice and chose to try putting the ball rather than risk a bladed chip shot (“I usually go opposite of what he does,” Bubba says.) – Scott couldn’t help himself.
“Pinehurst is coming up, and you’re going to have to putt so much at Pinehurst because of the greens and how they roll off,” Scott told Bubba as the two were still just two shots up with six to play. “You’re the best at putting from the (fringe). Your short game, you’re really good around the greens. You have a great shot at winning that.”
“He was talking about Pinehurst, how I’m going to have putt around the greens, at no. 12, trying to win The Masters.” – Bubba Watson
“I made the decision that next year is my last year,” Crenshaw said. “It is funny, on Amen Corner on the 13th hole on the first day, I hadn’t told Carl yet, but I said, ‘Carl, I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and next year would be a good year.’ I’m very, very happy with it. I’ve thought about it for a long time. A lot of times I thought that I could have stepped down earlier. It is hard. Very hard. But I have been so fortunate. I have to look at the good things that have happened. I have to pull over and watch. I’m very resigned to being an encourager for everybody as much as I can.”