Am I the only one that thinks Philly Mick looks a bit like Clark Griswold? Come on, you can see it, I know you can. Anyway, Bitch Tits was back at it in Europe on Thursday playing in the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.
The wind was down, the weather was good, and conditions for scoring on a links course were ideal. Phillip put his U.S. Open heartbreak and Greenbrier missed cut behind him and went out and posted a stellar six under 66. That score has him tied for 3rd after round one, two shots behind leader John Parry. Big fucking whoop, right?
Yeah, exactly. GMac is on record for saying the course it too easy and isn’t worth a shit to prep you for the Open Championship. Ernie Els placed 50th here last year before winning the Open. Bottom line, it doesn’t matter what Phil does this week in the Scottish Open as it has no impact on his chances at Muirfield. The real news is that Phil took part in one of the Euro Tour’s famed video creations that typically go viral in about 14 hours. With Phil on board, the Euros went for a Happy Gilmore theme.
It’s entertaining and shows how good of an athlete these guys really are. The video also shows how laid back thing are overseas, at least until the first ball is in the air on Thursdays. The European PGA Tour creates these spots as advertisements for their product and has been been pretty clever in their marketing for a few years now. You might recall seeing a few of their other offerings from the past. My favorite was the Gong Show, see below.
In Omaha, Nebraska the U.S. Senior Open got underway. The usual suspects are at or near the top of the leaderboard as you would expect, save Freddie. He shot 71 and is 4 off the pace. The course looks fantastic and I’m shocked at the elevation changes you see on the telecast. Who knew Nebraska wasn’t all flat cornfields?
I think over the week the course will end up being the star, as it should be. The players love it, the fans are showing up in large numbers, and the course is protecting par as the USGA likes to see. That probably doesn’t mean it’ll get a big boy Open in the future, but it certainly could host future senior opens and other USGA events. It’s stock is on the rise.
The highlight of the day wasn’t actually a highlight at all. Co-leader Mark O’Meara’s ball landed on Mark Calcavecchia’s on approach to the 16th green.
I’ve never seen that happen, landing on the other ball on the fly. Of course Calc was allowed to replace his ball, but O’Meara had to play his as is. Golf, such as life, can be a bitch. Don’t worry, Mark O. got it up and down for his par three.