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Pro Clifton McDonald Shoots a 127 at U.S. Open Qualifier

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Mcdonald misses cut by 55 strokes

The U.S. Open just passed, and many of you were probably thinking to yourself how cool it would be to play in the tournament.

Well, maybe after seeing how tough Erin Hills was, you may have second guessed that wish, but it would still be cool to play in a U.S. Open.

The problem? You aren’t good enough to qualify.

If you’re on the PGA Tour, you have a good chance of making it, but if you’re not, good luck.

Here is a little perspective:

At local qualifiers around the United States 8,979 people played and only 525 advanced.

So, you have to be pretty good to even get through the local qualifiers.

The local qualifier in Plymouth, Massachusetts was at Pinehills and the top scores were 70 and 72.

So your score has to be pretty low. You should be able to know, before blowing $175 bucks, if you even have a chance to proceed.

That’s where Clifton McDonald comes in. The man, the myth, the legend.

Playing to a 2.4 handicap, McDonald must have been hopeful to make the U.S. Open.

Well, after a 68 on the front which included a 14 on a par 5, his hopes may have been crushed.

Most people would withdraw or no card. Not him though.

He followed up that scorching 68 with a 59 on the back.

That included a rare bogey, three triple bogeys, and a whole lot of double bogeys. He went +29 on par 4’s for the day, not ideal.

That adds up to a 127, +55. Yikes.

You have to commend him for actually sticking it out and finishing. Grinder.

Social media comments relating to McDonald’s performance were both brutal and hilarious.

But I mean come on man, if you suck that bad, stay at the range for another 6-8 months. Pace of play must have been BRUTAL with him around.

I just feel bad for the legitimate golfers who were there. At least they got a good laugh.

U.S. Open Final Take

shinnecock hills Erin Hills US Open Feature

The Run-down of the U.S. Open

Well, the U.S Open has come and gone and it wasn’t quite old school U.S. Open.

Leading up to this week the talk was all about the toughness of Erin Hills and the length of the course.

The U.S. Open is famously the hardest tournament of the year, with lightning fast greens, narrow fairways and fescue that looks like an uncut hay field.

Erin Hills had potential, but guys like Brooks Koepka overpowered the course.

Averaging 322 yards a drive, the long par 5’s and 4’s was not a hassle for him. He shot an amazing -16 for the week to become the 117th champion of the U.S. Open.

Putting his dominance aside, there were some other storylines as well.

Justin Thomas tied the record for lowest round at a U.S. Open (63) and is the lowest score in relation to par in the history of the golf tournament.

Is Erin Hills hard enough?

For the tournament there was seven people who shot -10 or better.

Since 2000 only three winners have shot double digits below par:

  • Tiger Woods in 2000 with a -12
  • Rory McIlroy in 2011 with a -16
  • Koepka this year with his -16 effort.

This years U.S. Open was a watered down version of what could have been —

Shinnecock Hills

Faster greens, deeper rough and taller fescue may have had the course playing more like Pebble Beach in 2010 when the winner shot even for the week.

Now the hype for 2018 starts, and we can all pray that Shinnecock Hills will provide a tougher test, some drama and maybe a memorable Sunday.

Shinnecock Hills hosted in 2004 where the winner carded a -4, so maybe there is a little hope.

But no matter where the U.S. Open is, it will still hold the stigma of “toughest golf tournament on the planet.”

If it holds true is a whole other story.

Golf Will Continue to Remain in the Olympics

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Last year was the first time in a while that golf was a sport in the Olympics.

Like everything, it had its critics. But for the most part the tournament and the golf was a success and a lot of people enjoyed watching Justin Rose capture the gold.

The International Olympic Committee must have agreed because last week they announced that golf would be in the Olympics through 2024.

The 2024 Olympics will be held in either Los Angeles or Paris.

The next Olympics will be held in Tokyo in 2020, where they will be playing at Kasumigaseki Country Club. This club has two courses and the 2020 Olympics will be played on their East course.

Golf Olympics
Kasumigaseki Country Club

A big discussion happening in Japan right now is how the golfers will play that course. Many traditional Japanese designs have two greens, one for summer one for winter.

So instead of a temporary green, you have a whole separate one. A genius idea, but people are debating whether to leave them there to keep the integrity of the Japanese style or to switch it up.

For the next few summer Olympics, the golf is in good hands.

BBC reported that it seems like the IOC is going to pick Paris as the host of the 2024 Olympics, so golf would be played at Le Golf National.

Golf Olympics
Le Golf National

Le Golf National, host of the 2018 Ryder Cup, is a gorgeous course in the south-western outskirts of Paris.

And then for the 2028 Olympics, if they are to vote for it to stay in, as reported by BBC, would be in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles would host the golf portion of the Olympics at the famed Riviera Country Club.

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Rivera Country Club

Riviera is a private club in the Pacific Palisades that has endless great moments over the many tournaments it has hosted.

Golf seems to be a great sport for the Olympics, the only improvement may be making it a team event like the Ryder Cup.

But other than that, good job IOC, you did something right.

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