‘No one in the field at Chambers Bay made more birdies than the Scot’s 18. Not Jordan Spieth. Not Dustin Johnson. Not Rory McIlroy,’ writes John Huggan who’s reporting on the recent U.S. Open and Scotsman Jimmy Gunn’s performance.
For sure it’s a feel good story
John writes, ‘Perhaps the best feel-good story of the week was the emergence of the 34-year-old Dornoch-native. Currently a regular on the almost anonymous eGolf Gateway Tour in Arizona – where he makes his home – Gunn played 132 holes en route from the obscurity of local qualifying to a cheque for more than $64,000.’
Not bad for someone is who doesn’t have a world ranking.
Great Scot, that short?
Monty was another Scot who did himself proud by not only making the cut then following it this week by coming second in the U.S. Senior in spite of his lack of length off the tees.
‘Australian Adam Scott, averaged 336.9 yards from the tee compared with Monty’s 266.1. Different games. In truth, the 52-year-old Scot did well to make the cut,’
Three times more three-putting
Jimmy Gunn may well have felt right at home on the greens however here’s some hard facts about the greens at Chambers Bay from Mike Stachura
‘Finally, and most tellingly perhaps, comes three-putt percentage. As a means of comparison, the tour average for the year generally hovers around 3.00, and, of course, U.S. Opens are more difficult. But at Chambers Bay a player three-putted a relatively absurd 8.58 percent of the time. The average for U.S. Opens from 1997-2014 was 4.84. The only year that comes close to Chambers Bay’s number is Oakmont in 2007 at 7.22. Chambers Bay is more than three standard deviations worse than the U.S. Open average for the last two decades. That seems beyond an aberration.’
Here’s the link to John Huggan and Mike Stachura
Quote of the Day
“Go to dinner with good putters”? - Harvey Penick on the subject of how to improve your putting performance by mixing with the masters of the art.