Play will resume today at 9 a.m.EDT in the weather-plagued 109th US Open Golf Championship at Bethpage Black on Long Island with journeyman pros Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover atop the leaderboard at -7. Also in the mix is the crowd's favorite Phil Mickelson at -2 and the former world's no. 1 player from a decade ago, David Duval, who has resurrected his form. Farther back and running out of holes is the non-golfing world's favorite player Tiger Woods at level par. Tiger will resume his final round on no. 8 and while it's conceivable that he could post say a 66 and get into the clubhouse at -4 the odds aren't in his favor to repeat as Open champion.
The story of the Open so far has unfortunately been the weather thanks to a cutoff area of low pressure in the Atlantic that has inundated an already soaked golf course and rendered normally tabletop fast Open greens as slow as your living room carpet. And weather will again be a factor in today's play, not so much from rain but from winds from the NNE gusting to 20 mph. Any of you who play this game know how the factor a player hates most in battling his nerves, his opponents and the golf course is wind and guys going out earlier when the wind will be less of a factor have a chance to post a score and get in the clubhouse and then wait for the leaders to perhaps come back to them.
So who do I think will hoist the champion's trophy later today? Why the tour's nicest guy playing with the burden of his wife Amy's diagnosis of breast cancer. So go Lefty, go!!