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June 19, 2009 - Seth Staskey
I am sitting here at my desk watching the U.S. Open in total awe of many things.
The first thing I am in awe of is how well the course has held up despite the heavy rains around the Long Island area in Farmington, New York.
The second thing I am in awe of is the course itself and how a golf course can have a par four hole that measures more than 500 yards. That's just totally amazing and there are players reaching it in two shots.
The third thing I am in awe over is the players. Not the fact that they are good, but just how good they are. I know good golfers (I am not one of them, I fall into the Duffer category), but these pros are on another planet. I guess pro basketball players are similar. They can do unbelievable things, but it's their life. Golf is different though. It's a repetition game, but different lies on the course and courses themselves vary to the point where it takes a different approach at times.
Yet regardless of the lie or course, these guys drop the ball in right where it needs to go and it sticks. I just saw Phil Mickelson intentionally hit a ball off the rough to play the slope of the green, which funneled the ball down toward the hole. I mean you've got to know your stuff to do that. And you'd better be able to control the golf club.
Another thing that amazes me is how well they select clubs. You very rarely see a player take the wrong club. The putting is the most amazing part because putts which look like gimmes on television or look totally straight have an unbelievable amount of break.
Some argue that pro golfers aren't athletes. Get out of here with that. Golf is as skilled a sport as you're going to find and have you looked at Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson lately, those guys are specimens who are athletes.
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