Podcast: Hawk and Rude give their insights into crazy U.S. Open

Longtime golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude kick the tires on a U.S. Open that we won’t soon forget. We talk Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Chambers Bay, St. Andrews, Spieth’s chances of winning a Grand Slam, the Fox TV coverage and more. You will get opinions you haven’t heard elsewhere. Listen here:

Random thoughts, Day 2

Never seen D. Johnson swing this well. Tapered backswing has Butch written all over it. A uniquely talented athlete with an airtight move.

Eldrick six three-putts in 36 holes this week. Had 20 three-putts in 1,080 holes in 2007. Or slightly more than one per start.

Every time I walk past the Ruth’s Chris booth at Chambers Bay, the line is full of middle-aged men with drool on their shirts.

Woods actually entered the week with just five three-putts all year. He putted magnificently at Memorial, which I suppose was a good thing.

Riding in a cart with Greg Norman is prolly like going backstage at an Englebert Humperdinck concert.

This old cuss could watch Young Spieth play golf all day. Need to figger out a nickname, though…

The Hawk


Watching U.S. Open, with all its caroms and curves. Haven’t seen so many bank shots since LeBron James and Stephen Curry dribbled into paint.  Have never seen championship golf were so many shots were aimed away from the hole, toward a slope.

So it goes …

U.S. Open player: “What do you see?”

Caddie: “Three ball, corner pocket, off the right bank.”

And yet there were more subpar rounds on opening day at the Open than any time since 1992.  So the madness isn’t so mad. Yet, anyway.


What next for Tiger?

David Duval, armed with the clarity of hindsight, has said since his freefall from golf prominence that the lesson learned is this: “Protect confidence at all costs.” In his case, he said his mulligan would’ve been taking a year off rather than playing through injury and hence losing a champion’s esteem.

So what does Tiger Woods do now? Take time off? Play more? Practice more?  Fight through it? Hire Jack Nicklaus or another sage legend as an advisor? Clear his head and fix his swing? Get a new swing coach?

Persistence would seem to be a sensible answer. Curiously, overthinking and tinkering too much with his swing, combined with physical issues, has led to this mighty fall. And that has made for the most compelling story in golf history, one that continues with more questions than answers.


Torture Chambers?

Yet again, cries of the apocalypse have drowned in a sea of benevolence in the first round at a U.S. Open. Ultra-playable, barely a trace of blood…If you didn’t play well today, it ain’t the ballpark’s fault.

Happens every year…

The Hawk