Truth & Rumors > Golf

Can Michael Kim win the U.S. Open?

Views
1800
Comments
34

05:19 AM ET 06.16 | There probably isn't an amateur golfer in the country who doesn't dream of competing in the U.S. Open or the U.S. Women's Open. Only occasionally, however, does an amateur win the Open, regarded by players and fans alike as golf's ultimate mental and physical challenge. Francis Ouimet did it in 1913. Jerome Travers did it in 1915. Chick Evans did it in 1916. Bobby Jones did it in 1923, 1926, 1929, and 1930. And Catherine Lacoste did it in 1967. Can Michael Kim do it this year? The amateurs who qualify to play against golf's Goliaths face an uphill climb at the Open, which is as much a test of mental stamina as it is a contest of technical skill. Just getting to the Open entails an endurance test. This year 10 amateurs qualified to enter the field by advancing from one of 111, 18-hole stroke play, local qualifiers to one of 13 sectional qualifiers -- 36 holes of stroke play in a single day -- and paying the $150 entry fee. Of the 10 who teed off Thursday, four survived the cut and will play the final round on Sunday.

Pro Golf Now

Michael Kim, AP Photo/Darron Cummings Michael Kim, AP Photo/Darron Cummings
June 16, 2013  03:30 PM ET

No

June 16, 2013  09:30 PM ET

Justin Rose. A deserving champion.

June 16, 2013  09:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Justin Rose. A deserving champion.

Zach Johnson could learn a thing or two from him...

Comment #4 has been removed
Comment #5 has been removed
June 16, 2013  10:28 PM ET

Feel free to insert a comma or period, anywhere you'd like, in that last comment.

June 17, 2013  12:19 AM ET

yes, well done Rose.

June 17, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Mickelson chokes again. Big surprise there. lol. Is there anyone who thought he was really going to pull it off heading into the final round?

Comment #9 has been removed
June 17, 2013  12:35 PM ET

Nope.

June 17, 2013  01:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Mickelson chokes again. Big surprise there. lol. Is there anyone who thought he was really going to pull it off heading into the final round?

Our national nightmare.

June 17, 2013  02:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Mickelson chokes again. Big surprise there. lol. Is there anyone who thought he was really going to pull it off heading into the final round?

Then I guess Jack Nicklaus is even a bigger choke artist...

June 17, 2013  11:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Then I guess Jack Nicklaus is even a bigger choke artist...

Phfft. Whatever that means

June 18, 2013  02:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Phfft. Whatever that means

More second place finishes in a Major than wins...

Comment #15 has been removed
June 18, 2013  03:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

More second place finishes in a Major than wins...

I didn't know that about Jack. That will be a strong arguing point in the "who's the greatest" discussions should Tiger match Jack's majors total.

June 18, 2013  06:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I didn't know that about Jack. That will be a strong arguing point in the "who's the greatest" discussions should Tiger match Jack's majors total.

I believe Arnie has more runner-up finishes than wins as well...

Comment #18 has been removed
Comment #19 has been removed
 
June 19, 2013  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I was aware of that and I attribute it to the fact that Jack Nicklaus had much better competition in his day that Tiger does in his.

+1. Just off the top of my head, Watson, Trevino, Player, Palmer, Floyd, Irwin. Not only were they great players they were tough, tough competitors. I try to come up with a similar list from today's players and can't even come close.

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    Irving: Fans don't deserve the Cavs
    Views
    11668
    Comments
    682
  2. 2
    Red Sox dodged two injury scares
    Views
    3078
    Comments
    503
  3. 3
    Trump taking a legit run at the Bills
    Views
    2379
    Comments
    106
  4. 4
    Why the Raiders have lost 111 of 160 games
    Views
    8477
    Comments
    66
  5. 5
    Bruins can't count on shut-down D
    Views
    2115
    Comments
    61

SI.com

SI Photos