The License Plate On That Pinehurst Bus (That Ran Them Over)? K-A-Y-M-E-R
There has been a buzz online for the last week or so about whether or not LeBron James will opt out of his Miami Heat contract; or will Carmelo Anthony leave the NY Knicks to join him in Miami.
Let me suggest to Pat Riley, President and General Manager of the Miami Heat, that he should look into Martin Kaymer’s availability and whether or not he can hoop it up because based on what he did against the defenses of Pinehurst’s famed #2 course, Ginobili, Parker, Leonard, & Duncan wouldn’t stand a chance!
What the 29-year-old German did in securing the 114th U.S. Open was nothing short of astounding. At the end of the week, there were three players under par. The other two, Erik Compton & Rickie Fowler, seemingly HELD ON to finish at one-under. Kaymer? Well, he was ONLY NINE TIMES BETTER THAN THAT!
His nine-under-par total wasn’t just dominant this week, it was an all-time performance. The only other time I can remember the field being this in awe of what was happening (with apologies to Rory McIlroy and his performance at Congressional in 2011 and at the PGA at Kiawah in 2012), was when Tiger Woods took apart Pebble Beach and demoralized the field in the 2000 U.S. Open.
Furthermore, with PGA Championship in 2010, last month’s TPC victory, and his victory-clinching putt in 2012’s Ryder Cup (on foreign soil), Martin Kaymer’s resume has quickly become MORE that Hall-Of-Fame worthy in the quietest manner in history.
I could go on and on with superlatives about Kaymer, but at this point, there’s nothing I could add that you haven’t seen or heard. So, let me take a second to talk about other winners this week:
1. Pinehurst #2. With all the teeth-gnashing over low scores in the first two rounds, this venerable icon of the golf world held her honor and the best in the world at bay. Also, the renovation of the course by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore proved to be nothing less that stunning-especially in the light of early morning and late afternoon. I heard it aptly described as the greatest throwback jersey in the world. I half-expected to see the cast and crew from “The Legend of Bagger Vance” to step from the pines in their button-down cotton shirts and ties and begin play.
2. Erik Compton. The grit and determination of this DOUBLE heart-transplant recipient was captivating and inspirational. I’m not sure if we’ll ever see him scale this high again in the golf world, but he doesn’t need to. I’m all in.
3. Rickie Fowler. All flash and no substance has been the knock on this 25-year-old as he has only won once (at Quail Hollow) in his career. 6 months ago he began working with Butch Harmon, the coach who took both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to their career Apexes, and the results are starting to show. He finished 5th at The Masters, and now, t-2 at the U.S. Open. He will win-maybe multiple times-before year’s end…bank on it. And with his HUGE popularity already, this could be nothing short of the best thing for American golf.
2 majors down, 2 to go. Next up, Hoylake and The Open Championship (The British Open). Last time it was contested there, Tiger Woods brutalized the course and the field using almost irons exclusively.
With that in mind, the questions going in?
Will Phil Mickelson find his game and defend his title?
Will Martin Kaymer back up his huge wins in May and June with another in July?
Will we see Tiger Woods compete (doubt it) or see him compete at all this year (50/50 at best)?
And when Tiger does return…does his red cape still fit, or has it found another Superman?
See ya “On The Green” this Saturday morning at 8 on 610 WFNZ/Sunday morning at 9 on 1660 WBCN.
Charlie Nance (@WFNZGolfGuy on Twitter)