Final thoughts from Hazeltine
Sunday, August 16, 2009
CHASKA, Minn. – Some final thoughts from the PGA Championship:
• The awesome fans. I’ve never seen such a massive gathering of people in my life. This must have been what Woodstock looked like (minus the recreational activities). Players and media members said it was the biggest crowds they had ever seen. And that was on Wednesday.
• Tiger is human. On the back nine Sunday, I was certain Tiger would drive the 14th and make eagle. He didn’t. I was positive he would hit the 15th in two shots and eagle. He didn’t. I was sure his tee shot at 17 would land stone dead. It hopped over the green. And on No. 18, I was convinced he would birdie to force a playoff. He made bogey.
• Yang’s dramatic reactions. From the furious fist pumps to the golf bag press over his head on the 18th green, Y.E. Yang played with his heart on his sleeve. He even tossed balls into the crowd throughout the final round. As he said afterwards, “I have the best job in the world doing what I love best.” It showed.
• My mom’s home cooking. How does scrambled eggs with spinach, tomatoes, onions, peppers and cheese sound for a Sunday breakfast? Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. It was a treat to cover the PGA in my hometown. Can you say Ryder Cup 2016?