"Tournament's over, folks"
By mustang6560 on 6/15/12
So, yea, someone should roll up a newspaper (if you can find a newspaper anymore) and smack Alan Shipnuck in the head for writing his latest column.
Tournament's over, folks.

There may be 54 holes left to play, but Tiger Woods has already won this U.S. Open. Forget the fire hydrant, the swing change, the dropped-kicked 9-iron -- that's all ancient history now. Woods displayed some vintage dominance during a first round 69 at our 112th national championship. He's three shots out of the lead and no one can catch him.
No, Alan, the U.S. Open is not over, which means Tiger Woods is not the winner. Tiger, like everyone else in the field, is one duck-hook away from losing the U.S. Open. Yes, Tiger looked in control during his first round en route to a -1 par 69, but lets not crown him just yet. There is a lot of golf to be played by a lot of talented golfers.

I have no legitimate beef with Tiger, but I hope he doesn't win now so Alan looks like an @$$.

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dartboss04 says:
Based on what I saw yesterday, the article isn't crazy. If he puts together a similar round today, watch out.
mjaber says:
The article isn't crazy, if you make the jump that Tiger is the same player he was 5-6 years ago, and the rest of the field sees him the same way they did 5-6 years ago. I don't think either is true. The course will be more difficult as the day goes on. It will be firmer, and faster then it was in the morning yesterday. I doubt the leader after day 2 will be any more under par than the leader after day 1.
SpaceMaNy0 says:
Just goes to show how people need someone to worship.

The most annoying thing to me is that now that he's won it, they won't even bother showing the rest of the golfers on the weekend broadcasts. Oh, right, they do that every week.
birdieXris says:
Let's not forget the sketchy distance control Tiger had with his short irons. Vintage Tiger? No, not by a long shot. vintage Tiger would have been 5 under.
Mandelbaum! says:
I'm sure this was just Alan's sensationalizing way of saying 'Tiger's in good form'. Rather than publishing a quality report analyzing the events of the day, he chose to grab headlines.

What bothers me more is how Tiger is ALWAYS the lead-in…seemingly to any story. At some point yesterday, on pgatour.com, there was an image of Tiger with the headline, 'Look who's lurking'. Meanwhile, Michael Thompson was already in the clubhouse at -4. Why wasn't the story about him and how he trounced the field on a very difficult course?
Kurt the Knife says:
joe jones says:
Dumb, Dumber, Dumbist. What was it I have said about so called expert columnists and commentators.
BME_Badger says:
I don't know. He's half way through the toughest stretch on the course at -1 and is now the leader overall at -2. Yesterday's leader is imploding in his first 6 holes and hasn't yet played the toughest part of the course.
BAKE_DAWG40 says:
Over? Not by a long shot. No pun intended. If Woods holds it together, we may see +1 of +2 winning. Can't wait to see the pin placements on Sunday.
Rule13 says:
I must preface my comment by stating that I grew up playing with Phil Mickelson in the SDJGA (I don't know him personally though), so I am not what one would call a "Tiger" fan. I have grown more than a little tired of the fear mongering that the media has perpetrated on the golf world. Who cares if Tiger in near/at the top of the leaderboard after round 1? Round 2? or round 3? Anything can happen in 18 holes (everyone on this website knows that). The TOUR players are no longer wetting themselves when Tiger walks up to the tee...
aaronm04 says:
Was it over when the ... Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
sjduffers says:
Hmmmm... I don't remember the Germans bombing Pearl Harbor... and that's because they didn't! :) If you are going to make a point with a comparison like that, at least make it accurate.

Of course, the US Open is not over yet. There are 36 more holes to play (or more), on a really tough golf course which may get even tougher as the greens dry out more: the forecast is hot and dry in the Bay Area for the week-end (ok, not by the ocean, but it'll warm up there too, still). That said, Tiger is in good form and it's nice to see.
askarzy says:
Someone never saw Animal House ^
legitimatebeef says:
Alan Shipnuck the guy who wrote that sleazy "fictional" novel about Tiger's sex-capades. He has a deranged love hate fixation with the man, it would not surprise me if this was a lame attempt at jinxing the whole thing. What a creep. Fans of golf deserve better "journalists" that this.
bkuehn1952 says:
What!?!? I read his article and did not bother to watch the tournament yesterday since the winner had already been decided. Now I am told that they actually have to play two more days and that Tiger did not win after playing 18 holes? Geez, you can't trust anything you read now a days.
JPinMI says:
And in other news...


@aaronm04 LMAO for the Animal House reference.
mustang6560 says:
@beef- I don't like your new profile picture.
hughesj says:
75 on third round, it may be over now...
CeeBee says:
Was hoping he could do it but birdiexris is right. His short iron distance control sucks. Go Ernie!!!
Pappybro says:
"Fans of golf deserve better "journalists" that this."

If you want to call it 'journalism'. Shipnuck is seven years of college down the drain.
legitimatebeef says:
Nathan, sorry you don't like my portrait but I'm not going back to Jim Anchower. I felt it was time to move on.
falcon50driver says:
Yogi Berra was right, It ain't over til it's over.
jcstoll says:
Man, that was some foreshadowing - "one duck-hook away from losing the US Open", even though it was Furyk's duck hook.
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