As a gentle addition to what would be a painful and turbulent weekend for Europeans, participating American caddies marked them on Sunday morning at the 1999 Ryder Cup. They earned $ 6,500 and bought a 23-inch replica of the famous statue on the grounds of a country club in Brookline.
t was a portrait of Francis Ouimet, a 20-year-old Boston man who became the first amateur winner of the US Open in 1913. Next to him, it was carved in bronze and dwarfed with the club bag he had. -Year-old caddy, Eddie Lowery.
Given the importance Ben Crenshaw put on Ouimet’s legacy after the closing ceremony that day, the statue was presented to the captain of the victorious home team.
Clenshaw mentioned two 20-foot putts sunk by Ouimet in the same hall 86 years ago to highlight his belief in fate about Justin Leonard’s stunning 50-foot putt on the 17th. The second was to defeat legendary British challengers Harry Vardon and Tedley in the title playoffs.
Now, after 23 years, top-line professional golf will return to Brookline in the form of the 122nd US Open. And this course shows a significant change from the final staging of this event in 1988, when Curtis Strange secured the first of two consecutive victories.
It seems wrong that the great venue should have been contaminated by an incident that had no effect. Still, it’s hard to think of Brookline without remembering the scandalous behavior of the American team on the unruly surge to the 17th green that Sunday afternoon. And the European mood was further darkened by the partisan action of the crowd longing for America’s victory.
It even dominated his famous Alistair Cook’s weekly meditation Letter from America BBC Radio 4 program. On October 1, 1999, his entire “letter” was dedicated to the event last weekend.
Cook’s childbirth, then 90, had the passion of a much younger man when he began broadcasting with the impressive line “I never thought the day would come when I didn’t want to talk about golf.” rice field. Then, in his measured and compelling way, he explained “how a great international golf event turned into a disaster because of the good intentions that such an event is intended to promote.” I continued.
For him, the climax Sunday was a “notorious day.” He claimed that “excessive delight is now inherited by football fan fights” from the violent episodes of the previous few staging. As he said, we were witnessing the arrival of a golf hooligan.
Cook continued. “Audiences looked different from groups of spectators who normally watch golf. There are new breeds of golf that go to see golf like tennis. Why? Because more and more big golf events have turned into trade fairs. That is the essence of the transformation of golf tournaments. “
It often surprises me that Cook’s 95-year-old death on March 30, 2004 spared him many excesses of modern games. Something like the 17,000 fans around the 16th hole of the Phoenix Open, and the crazy cry of individual fans desperate to influence the tournament’s television soundtrack.
Tiger Woods isn’t on the Brookline because he decided he needed more rest on his right foot after retiring after retiring after the third round 79 of the PGA Championship in Southern Hills last month. He will return to action at JP McManus Invitational. Pro-Am on July 4th and 5th in preparation for the 150th British Open Championship in St Andrews starting 9 days later.
There is no suspicion of USGA sanctions, but at this stage it is unclear how LIV Golf rebels will affect Brookline Field.
That is, except for Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, who are there and have a late setback. However, Graeme McDowell’s 10-year tax exemption as a 2010 champion expired two years ago.
Séamus Power’s new position as an established Top 50 player with an Irish perspective allows him to make three consecutive major appearances at the Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry companies. However, Padraig Harrington goes missing. After considering the final qualifying in Ohio earlier last week, he decided not to return to the scene where his first Ryder Cup singles beat Mark O’Meara.
When Strange won in 1988 after an 18-hole playoff with Nick Faldo, the course was 71 pars and 7,010 yards. Since then, it has been expanded to 7,264 with 70 pars. Of particular interest is the new 131 yards. Pars 3 and 11, as part of the course revision.
This week’s layout is basically a composite of the 27 holes in the venue, with the new 11th hole countering the loss of the 4th hole. And the 10th was shortened from a 515-yard par 5 to a 499-yard par 4, and the 14th was formerly 450 yards, but now it’s a 619-yard par 5.
These changes were outsourced to Gil Hans, an architect who did such a great job at Southern Hills for the PGA. With his skills, USGA Jeff Hall said: “Country clubs are old-school golf courses with small greens and very tight fairways. Will this modern golfer try to adapt or just tear it apart?”
The Hanseatic League began working there in 2008, based on old photographs from the 1930s. “You can’t talk about country clubs without mentioning terrain, shelves, and rocks in pudding stones,” he said.
“It’s a completely different landscape than anywhere else, especially the third hole of 499 yards, which features a rock exposure geologically known as Roxbury puddingstone, Massachusetts’ state rock.”
When Ouimet won in 1913, locals wore hats for the benefit of his caddy. This meant that Lower left for $ 100, with only Vardon and Ray winnings surpassing it.