Thursday, June 18, 2009
Whatchya gonna do when he comes for you?
The rain poured down on day one of the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. It prompted officials to sternly warn that the champion would be determined with at least seventy-two holes of golf, whether that might mean Monday or even Tuesday. But stern warnings and gloomy weather were not the only story on an afternoon where the immortal Crash Davis might have said, "Some days you win, some days you lose and some days it rains."
The Boston Globe reported that the day was over when the horn sounded at 10:15 a.m., players hustled to shelter, spectators quickly sought cover. It didn’t take long for streams to form on the fairways, and greens to be completely submerged. The US Golf Association made the decision to suspend play. It was the first time since 2004 that a US Open round was not completed on the day it began.
Thomas Boswell in the Washington Post found a much more interesting story than the weather in Jeff Brehaut, forty-six years old, a journeyman who failed qualifying school 13 times and wandered the minor-league Nationwide Tour with his family in an SUV for six long seasons doing 30,000 miles a year on the open road. Though he only completed eleven holes today, Brehaut found himself "leading the U.S. Open at the end of Day 1." Even better his wife, teenage kids, seventy-six year old Dad and a total of nine family members were there to see it. It was delivered by a guy whose only two pro wins are on the Nationwide Tour and as a medalist at qualifying school.
Read Boswell's whole story here.