The U.S. Open golf tournament got underway this morning at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Normally that's not such a big deal on this college sports website. But this year a trio of former Bulldog golfers, Bubba Watson, Russell Henley and Christo Greyling, will all be vying for the title. Watson is predictably among the favorites in a fairly wide open field, and Henley will be trying to reprise his 2010 U.S. Open performance, in which he earned low amateur honors at Pebble Beach.
Greyling on the other hand may be the most interesting story in the entire field. He was the top ranked junior golfer in the land when he signed with Georgia in 2000. As the Augusta Chronicle's Scott Michaux recently recounted, however, Greyling has been through the ringer ever since, suffering through depression brought on by a bad reaction to the acne drug accutane, the sucide of his father, and the day-to-day travails of any journeyman pro golfer. He seems to have things headed in the right direction though, and recently became engaged to his longtime girlfriend, former Georgia Gym Dawg Laura Thornsberry (he proposed at Amen Corner during the Masters).
By the time this comment thread goes live all three 'Dawgs should have teed off at Congressional's renowned Blue Course, a par 71 layout with a 73.6 course rating that doesn't even begin to encapsulate its subtle difficulty. I'm guessing that fewer than a quarter of the roughly 80 player field finishes the day below par. We'll be monitoring the situation in Bethesda from the Dawg Sports bunker outside Uvalda, and will probably post additional comment threads for the remainder of the tournament should events warrant it. In the meantime, swing easy, don't go for the hidden pins, and . . .