temperatures were hot, the humidity oppressive at times. The US Open
was just as grueling a test for fans as it was for the players. But it
was well worth it for all who witnessed the beauty of Pinehurst in
person. And North Carolina residents should be proud of their state for
putting on a great show for the world to see.
Just like in 1999, course number two proved once again why it is one of
the toughest and fairest tests in golf. The world's best golfers were
humbled by the undulating greens with their lightening quick pace. The
top ranked player in the world, Tiger Woods, said he could never get a
feel for the speed of the greens his putting kept him from winning.
Even the 818th ranked player in the world, crowd favorite Jason Gore,
couldn't use the fans' support to get over the top. And two time US
champ Retief Goosen started leaking oil early Sunday afternoon and shot
an 81. But one man was able to survive in the sand hills of North
Michael Campbell continued his climb back to the top of the golfing
world by winning the US Open. Campbell almost retired in 1998 after
suffering a bad wrist injury. He played all the mini tours and got his
confidence back and it culminated with the biggest win of his career.
It was another great life lesson in not giving up and continuing to
pursue dreams. Campbell is a 36-year-old from New Zealand who
used to play rugby growing up. He was the least talked about player on
the leader board going into the final round. But now he will go down in
golf history as a major champion.
The US Open probably won't return to Pinehurst for another 10 years, so
I hope you were lucky enough to be one of the hundreds of thousands who
witnessed a practice round or the event itself. If not, check out the
stars of tomorrow. Greenville will host the Touchstone Energy Hooters
Tour event at Brook Valley this week. It may not be a major, but it's
still golf played at a pretty high level.