Mia M. Jackson • Sideline Pass • Up close and sporty!
Rory McIlroy rocked the U.S. Open with a record 16 under par. Until Sunday, I’d watched many a round of golf from the comfort of home. Thanks to one of SP Dads, I was at the tournament close enough to witness golf history, duck to avoid errant swings and want to hit that guy who screams “it’s in the hole.” Quickly, here are my top five U.S. Open memories:
U.S. Open winner Rory McIlory Image Credit: Paul Childs/Action Images/ZUMApress.com
5. The Fans. I met folks from all over. Most were from neighboring states like the two women I sat next to on the 18th hole who’d made the trip up from Southern Virginia. They were sports fans and took it all in – every second – enjoying the beautiful course at Congressional Country Club.
4. The Fashion. Golf fashion has gone sexy! I saw some of the cutest ladies outfits. Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring my cell phone or camera. Luckily, Sideline Pass has Jen who makes golf sexy, flirty and fun for women. Except for two women I saw in high-heeled wedges, most were dressed appropriately and comfortable in cute skirts, Polo shirt dresses or shorts.
3. Father’s Day. Throughout the day, I saw Dads with children and grandchildren walking the course. Some were all smiles while others had a simple, calm “life should be like this” look about them. They looked content, albeit tired by the end, but you knew there’s nowhere else they’d rather be. I heard grandpa yelled enthusiastically all day long, no doubt creating memories that these boys and girls can carry with them their entire lives.
2. Mitchell: While watching the last 10 pairings or so, I sat next to a young Mitchell – maybe 9 or so – who’d made the trip down from New Jersey. He’d clearly watched much golf with Dad and we counted strokes, watched the leaderboard and chatted as Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar, Y.E. Yang and other golfers closed their rounds waiting for Rory’s final score. We watched as Phil Mickelson finished with a double bogey still smiling at the crowd as he walked off the course, basking in fan love no matter the score.
1. Rory McIlroy. Brilliantly, Rory corrected his focus and approach to the last day of a course. Jack Nicklaus said that the young man called him and said, “How do you close a tournament?” The 22-year old Irishman apparently listened intently to the legend, using the advice to put together a wire-to-wire lead in a major tournament. Watching his father share the day was a fitting end.
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