I love playing golf.
Don’t play it as much as I used to when I was doing the TV gig.
I have only played twice so far this year, both in scrambles.
I enjoy scrambles because I don’t have to play my ball all the time.
In fact most of the time, that is a good thing.
I didn’t learn how to play the game until I was nearly 25. I came to Lima and went to a golf clinic instructed by then-Bluffton club pro Larry Shute.
Watching it on television for several years, it looked like an easy game to catch onto, so why not get a lesson?
Hit a little white ball while it is not moving?
How hard could that be?
I had played baseball when I was younger and trying to hit a little white ball while it was coming at me was a much more difficult task, I thought.
What did I know!
Golfing is a tough sport.
It is hard enough to hit the little white ball even though it is not moving. But then you have to hit it straight and a couple of hundred yards in the air, too. Then when you get closer to your destination, you don’t have to hit it as far, but you have to eventually knock it into a little hole on the green.
And then you have to count the number of strokes that it took you to get from the tee to the little hole on the green.
And then you have to do it for 17 more holes.
The world’s best golfers make the sport look so easy.
That is why most people think they can play golf, even though they hadn’t tried to do it before.
It is tough.
And raise your hand if you loved the world’s best golfers struggle to break par at last weekend’s U.S. Open in Merion, Pa.
Sitting with my brother-in-law Sunday in Findlay, and I was commenting how it looked like a score over par could actually win the U.S. Open.
“Good,” he said while watching it on the tube. “These guys are the best in the world. Who cares if they can shoot 20 under par? They need to play golf courses that are challenging.”
My weekly guest Mister Logic echoed those same sentiments on Sportstalk with Koza on Tuesday night.
I think most people loved watching Tiger Woods and company struggle to make birdies, let alone par at the U.S. Open.
Tiger shot 13 over par for the tournament. Masters Champion Adam Scott was 15 over par. Not one player finished under par for the Open. Justin Rose’s winning score was 1-over par.
I think most of us loved what happened in that tournament.
I couldn’t imagine what my score would have been for 18 holes, there.
I know how tough it is just to hit the little white ball once.
OTHER KOZA THOUGHTS:
— How could you not root for Phil Mickelson on Sunday? It was his birthday. It was Father’s Day. And remember, Phil had left the tournament to be a father and attend his eighth grade daughter’s graduation. He also had been the runner-up the most times in the U.S Open going in with five second place finishes. To me, all the pressure was on him to win his first U.S. Open on Sunday.
And when Mickelson eagled, I thought he was destined to win,
but the Merion Course got to Phil, too, and he would finish tied for 2nd.
— Finally, a good NBA finals game Tuesday night with the Heat winning in overtime and forcing a game seven versus the Spurs. I am taking Miami to win Thursday night, but I have been impressed with how the Spurs have taken the Heat to the limit, for sure. It was interesting to hear both team’s reactions when they saw the NBA Championship trophy brought out before the game had ended.
NBA officials won’t have to worry about taking it back in on Thursday.
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