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Fathers Day No Holiday For Phil & Steve

by Tom King

The conventional thinking was that Merion Golf Club was too old...too short...too staid for the big hitters on the PGA Tour. Most of the "experts" said this would be the last Open at a course like this. The scores would be so low that they could never come back. Well...not so fast. Justin Rose won his first major on Sunday and finished 1 OVER par for the victory. Yeah...not only were there no super low scores...none of the top players in the world could even break par. I would imagine that the Open will return at some point and other older,classic courses can now breathe a bit easier.

Meanwhile two of the most famous fathers on the tour did not have good days at the Open. Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker were both looking for their fist Open title and both were in contention going into the final day. Phil, in fact,was the 3rd round leader with Stricker just two shots back. But the Madison native triple-bogeyed his second hole and never recovered...while Mickelson shot four over on the final day which was only good enough for his record 6th second place finish.

Stricker said he felt relaxed and excited but that"it was the nature of the game to put you in your place rather quickly". He's playing a limited schedule this year to be closer to his family in the Madison area and said "Golf is not the thing in my life that it once was". That he can still compete at a high level considering his back problems and focus on other aspects of his life is pretty amazing.

For Phil it's another in a long line of disappointments at this tournament. But considering he flew home to California from Pennsylvania right before the tournament began to attend hs daughters 8th grade graduation...It would seem he has his priorities in order.

The Brewers and Woodchucks both lost on Sunday. The Brewers are off today and play in Houston on Tuesday. The Chucks host Eau Claire tonight. I'll be in the booth with Jim Sannes at 6:15 on Foxsports AM1390 & FM 93.9.

The Wausau Legion Post 10 Bulldogs took 3 out of 4 this weekend. Splitting with Chippewa Falls on Saturday and sweeping Menominee on Sunday. 3 excellent pitching performances from Andrew Wolfe, Luke Strick and Scott Kieper improved Post 10's reccord to 5-3. They are off until Wednesday when they host Marshfield at Athletic Park .

The Wausau Riverhawks adult baseball team got a walk-off victory over Taylor County on Sunday. AJ Mussfeldt drove in 2 runs with a single that gave the Riverhawks the win. They improve to 3-0 on the season.

Songs of The Day   (from my I-pod)

Luck Of The Draw-Bonnie Raitt (1991) the title track from her solid follow-up to the Grammy winning "Nick of Time". Just a pro doing what she does.

Luckenbach, Texas-Waylon & Willie (1977) Jennings said later he hated the song and had never been to the town (although he did play there later)...what this song did was make Texas outlaw country mainstream...this song got played on Top 40 radio including WIFC