What a tournament! I think I can say this one had just about everything... a baby squirrel, enough rain to make you think the Memorial is usually dry, and a streaker on the last day... thats right, another unclothed female in close proximity to world number one golfer Tiger Woods. Does that mean he's back or that Lindsey Vonn is cheesed? I guess only the inner circle will know.
For me, so many great stories. I chatted with folks from New Zealand and Canada and smiled with folks watching Matsuyama. I chanted USA! USA! with friends when Jordan Spieth made birdie putts and cheered as loud as I ever have when Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson made eagle on the par five fifth.
I did spend some time watching the repeat coverage of the President's Cup last night on Golf Channel (mostly to see if I could find myself in the crowd) and was disappointed that they missed one of the hilarious moments of the day. My friends and I were stationed just left and short of the green at #5 for the singles play yesterday. We saw every group go through and saw some awesome golf. We also saw Phil Mickelson make one of the most unusual bogeys ever (of course, we are talking Lefty, so it's probably not even in his top 25). Anyway, when Jordan Spieth and Canada's Graham DeLaet came through I saw something I've never seen. Jordan pulled his second shot and it flew right over our heads. There was a marshall seated just inside the ropes (you know, the guys who hold up the 'Quiet Please' signs) and he clearly thought the ball was coming his way. He leaned right and turned his head staying seated in his chair. The ball hit the ground right in front of him and bounced right onto the exposed part of the seat of his chair. He heard the ball hit, so he sat back up straight in his chair and ended up sitting right on top of the ball! We were all laughing like crazy and he was playing it up. When the rules official came up, the marshall explained what happened, and tha official looked around like 'you ogtta be kidding me'. We laughed even harder. We then explained what happened and then they set out to their plan of action. When Jordan made it to the spot, the official explained what had happened, and Jordan laughed. The marshall stood up and there was the ball... almost like he was hatching an egg! Jordan picked up the ball, they moved the chair, and he dropped. We clapped like crazy when he hit his ball on the green and there's no doubt that marshall has one of the most unique brushes with greatness stories ever. Of course for me, interviewing Davis Love III was the biggest moment. It was pretty cool to sit in the Citi luxury box between 15 and 16, watch Davis finish a putting clinic with kids from the First Tee and then chat with him about the Cup. Great insight into his relationship with Capt. Freddie... come on, there's no Couples without Love? Priceless...
I guess that's why I love to go to events in Columbus... sure, if you watch tv coverage, you see the basic event, but nothing beats being there.