With a score of eight under par, Tiger Woods wons his 74th professional tournament, the 2012 AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD on Sunday. The win passed allowed him to pass Jack Nicklaus for second place behind Sam Snead's 83 career wins. Woods' win also makes him #1 in the FedEx Standings after 100 weeks after he last did so in 2009, and made him the first three time winner of the 2012 season.
Bo van Pelt, the tournament runner-up, hung in there until the final holes when he wavered. However, experience helped Woods as he shot a final round of two under par, or 69. Bo's 71 on Sunday giving him second, and the third player of the final group, Brendon de Jonghe shot six-over for 77 after going into Sunday as the leader with six under for 54 holes.
What's all the fuss from the 2012 USGA U. S. Open? Tiger Woods, No. 3 on the FedEx Rankings with seventy-three career wins finished Friday tied for the lead with a score of -1 in the 2012 U. S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Well, multitude of articles would be talking about "How he isn't back," how badly he is playing, and it's just bad karma for him. The talk from "when" would he ever win another golf major, would turn into "if" he ever would. Camera footage would show his dropped club, or scowl, and even his last major win, the 2008 U. S. Open, showcasing the specialness, strength, and competitiveness of his one knee spectacular finish, would be canned.
Even if he made the cut and was not in contention, the aforementioned would result. The only difference is that you would barely see any live footage of him; you might not even know he was still playing. Is there too much ado on Tiger, and not enough for everyone else?
As Bubba Watson's tears began to flow as he bent over to pick his ball out of the cup on the second playoff hole, I started wondering if Sunday at Augusta is, in fact, the greatest sporting event of the year. Not the entire tournament, just Sunday ... from start to finish.
The reality is the average - another polite way of saying normal - sports fan is only truly interested in the Super Bowl if his or her team is in it. Same with any Game 7.
Call me about the World Cup when America is in the last game. If the NHL playoffs were about a month shorter and half the number of teams were in it, I might be interested; but not enough to plan my day around them. And when is the last time the United States won a gold medal in an Olympic event that we weren't predicted and expected to win? Or if there was an upset, one that you got to watch live as it happened.
The Masters is different.
Wouldn't it be nice to see Virginia Rometty, IBM's new chief executive officer, make an appearance at Augusta National Golf Club in a green jacket during the 2012 Masters?
No woman has ever been a member of the private club that hosts golf's most prestigious tournament. While a lack of minorities was addressed in 1990 when Ron Townsend became the first black member of the club, women remained excluded from membership at Augusta.
Since its opening in 1933, there has never been a female member. It has probably never even come close. Its only thought, or non-consideration, was made public in 2002 by Martha Burk, then-chair of the National Council on Women's Organizations, when she contested the sexism of the club to former chairman William "Hootie" Johnson. The result was Johnson reaffirming the club's stance on a male-only membership.
Tennis had its own version of Augusta National: the Westside Tennis Club founded in 1892 in Forest Hills, NY. The club hosted the United States Lawn Tennis Association National Championship, later renamed the U. S. Open, from 1915 to 1977.