SAN DIEGO — Let’s start by thanking the Scots.
If they hadn’t come up with the odd idea of smacking rocks with sticks more than 500 years ago, we wouldn’t have golf. And if we didn’t have golf, Tiger Woods probably would have become something other than the greatest athlete on the planet. And if we didn’t have Woods and his special Torrey Pines guest star, Rocco Mediate, we would not have had the greatest U.S. Open ever.
And arguably the greatest golf tournament ever.
It finally ended Monday afternoon, when Mediate at last submitted to the unbreakable will of Woods. It took five rounds plus a sixth tour of the seventh hole. When Mediate pushed his par putt past the cup, we were 91 and done.
But the memories of this Torrey story will remain for decades to come. Someday, it will be talked about the way misty-eyed historians recall the 1950 and 1960 U.S. Opens, or the ’86 Masters.