Call me a masochist, but I absolutely LOVE when the golf course (maybe mother nature too?) gets the best of these guys. I like birdies as much as the next guy, but it’s refreshing to see these guys struggle once in a while. I have heard commentators say things like the tournament directors don’t want to embarrass the players and things like that, but that’s all bullshit. If the course is impossible and everyone’s over par, no golf fan thinks any less of the players. If anything, it’s actually a discussion point and something that generates interest in the game, something that is inherently beneficial to the players. (See 2004 US Open at Shinnecock)
But when the going gets tough, what I really love is that it really shows me the golfers who have balls. Sure, you can be mentally tough when you’re 5 under, but what about when your goal on every hole is par; how do you handle that? Can you grind it out and be patient for 18 holes? Because at the end of the day, they all play the same course, and those that handle that mental side of things the best, tend to get the best results. It’s why a guy like Graeme McDowell can make up 30 places in the leaderboard just by hanging tough with a -1 round on Friday. I will gladly root for guys like that all day. It’s going to be a good weekend of golf.