Golf is hard, as anyone who has played golf will likely tell you. (Repeatedly, and possibly whether you want to hear it or not.)
The U.S. Open provided two fantastic examples of what they’re talking about today, within minutes of each other. Both were pretty funny if you’re one of the many people who enjoy watching some of the best players in the world look silly, which is sort of the U.S. Open’s entire brand. (And it hasn’t happened much this week, which is why players haven’t complained at all, and also why the tournament has felt more like a PGA Tour event than a major.)
The first one was just pure bad luck, the ultimate rub of the green situation, as Sergio Garcia attempted a spinning wedge to an uphill green only to hit the flagstick itself:
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 19, 2021
Yeah, that’s a tough one. Watching it slowly tumble right back to your feet is just about the worst feeling in golf, and that it happened because Garcia arguably hit too good of a shot is a real twist of the knife. (On the other hand, Sergio Garcia is kind of the worst, so this was great as a viewer.)
Minutes later, coverage cut to Brian Harman putting for par from a short distance away.
Things did not go well:
— The IC Workstation (@ClippelBoardy) June 19, 2021
Yeah, that’s…very tough. Harman is much more likeable than Garcia, too, which makes it extra difficult, but at the same time, a pro booting it around like a 20 handicap is pretty reaffirming for the rest of us.
At the very least, though, we should all be happy we’re not this guy:
losing my mind over this crypto traders golf swing pic.twitter.com/WqlNwvqbyz
— fungbunger (@parsfarce) June 19, 2021
So we have that going for us, which is nice.