The 111th U.S. Open begins this morning at Congressional Country Club. Here's what to expect:
Tiger Woods is out because of injury, and Steve Stricker is the highest-ranked American in the field. Most experts (read: golf media) are calling this one of the most difficult ones to predict in years.
I guess this is what happens when Tiger Woods is absent and Americans haven't won a major in more than a year.
Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, Ben Crane and Rickie Fowler -- all up-and-coming young Americans who have dubbed themselves as the Golf Boys -- have collaborated on a quirky music video. It debuted Tuesday night on The Golf Channel, and the reviews of "Oh, Oh, Oh" have not been positive. Especially here in the media center at the U.S. Open this week.
I didn't care much for Tuesday's big sports news: Tiger Woods is skipping next week's U.S. Open because of his ailing knee.
I know there are tons of good stories to write about in the 156-player field, but Tiger is the most interesting to me. Love him or hate him, no one moves golf's needle like Tiger. Golf's biggest storyline over the next few years will be Tiger's pursuit of Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 majors.
Here's a question for all of the UGA fans out there:
Is the Georgia-Florida game worth an extra 20 bucks?
The news broke yesterday that beginning in 2012, fans will pay $60 for regular tickets and $100 for club seating for the game formerly known as the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. That's up from the current prices of $40 and $70.
I started to ask if fans will pay it, but I already know the answer. Of course they will.
In honor of all the big races this weekend - Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 and yes, even the Monaco Grand Prix - I've gotten into the spirit by attempting to identify the best movies about auto racing.
Thanks to my Facebook friends and some help from imdb.com, I've gained a lot of knowledge on the subject this week. Not that I'm an expert, mind you, but it's been a fun conversation
First, let me clarify what constitutes an auto racing movie. (At least in my mind.)
Tuesday was a big day for Tiger Woods news.
First, he held a press conference to promote his AT&T National tournament, and he said he plans to play in the upcoming U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club.
Then, Tuesday evening, the news broke that his longtime agent Mark Steinberg was no longer with IMG. Tiger has been with both IMG since turning professional in 1996. Steinberg took over as his agent in 1999.
I'm not sure which was more impressive: Sage Valley Golf Club pulling off its its inaugural Junior Invitational, or the accompanying television special that aired Sunday afternoon.
I wasn't home to watch it, but I did set the DVR and got around to watching it last night. The special was, in a word, spectacular.
The folks at PGA Tour Productions did a marvelous job of showing Sage Valley's beauty. They also did a good job of capturing the feel of the tournament, which was a very special event for the 54 select juniors who were invited to play.
A few thoughts on what happened over the weekend in the world of sports and a look ahead to this week:
Thomson plays at Columbus today in the Class AAA baseball semifinals. Follow the action as prep writer Wayne Staats blogs from Columbus today.
To Augusta State's golf team, for successfully making it back to the NCAA Division I golf championship. The Jaguars face a tall order in repeating as national champs, but most folks thought they couldn't do it last year, either.
The field for the inaugural Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club received a special treat Monday night.
They got to listen to Jay Haas and his son, Bill, talk about being professional golfers.
Jay Haas is now on the Champions Tour, while Bill Haas is a regular on the PGA Tour. Both have won multiple times and had a lot of wisdom to share.
Bob Fulton died Wednesday at age 89, and his passing triggered a flood of memories.
Some good, not so good.
As "The Voice" of the University of South Carolina athletic teams, Fulton called the action for the football and basketball teams. Growing up in Aiken, I spent many a fall afternoon listening to Fulton and sidekick Tommy Suggs call the action from Williams-Brice Stadium and venues across the Southeast.