FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – It’s about noon and the U.S. Open is at a stormy standstill. While fighting boredom during the suspension of play due to inclement weather, I noticed that the four little-known names at the top of the leaderboard, listed at T-1, were Brehaut, Edfors, Parr and Spears.
Of course, all four men should take a photograph and electronically send it to all their friends because this is their 15 minutes. The good news is that their 15 minutes is being expanded because Mother Nature is pounding Bethpage Black with so much rain that someone might need to send in an ark.
Some clarification of these very temporary leaders for you non-golf junkies:
• Brehaut is Jeff Brehaut, a 46-year-old golf journeyman from California. His claim to fame in golf is that he has won twice on the Nationwide Tour and no one outside of his immediate family can pronounce his surname (Bree-ho).
• Edfors is Johan Edfors of Sweden, a three-time European Tour winner known for wearing a newsboy or painter’s cap but mainly for this: When he shaves, he’s a dead ringer for Roger Federer. So much that I half expect Federer pal Tiger Woods to play practice rounds with the Edfors.
• Spears is not Britney but Ryan, a 23-year-old Oklahoman who won five college tournaments before leaving Wichita State last year.
• Parr is not Bobby Jones’ old friend “Old Man Par” but a 26-year-old Canadian Tour player named Andrew Parr. Notable is that in his brief bio in the U.S. Open players’ guide the lede is buried near the end: “Suffered a stroke in October 2007 and was temporarily paralyzed on his right side.”
– Jeff Rude
Posted June 18