Sunday, June 19

MICHAEL CAMPBELL WINS THE U.S. OPEN -- MAKES NEW ZEALAND PROUD!

If Goosen-Gore was an improbable final pairing for the 4th round of the U.S. Open Championship, as I wrote this morning, then Michael Campbell winning it all seemed every bit as unlikely at the start of the day. But when all was said and done, the 80th player in the world ranking finished 2 strokes ahead of the world's #1 player, Tiger Woods, finishing at even par for the Championship; and, to be sure, the man from Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand, did it in style, showing grittiness and determination, and at times playing with such aplomb that he appeared on auto-pilot. His was a splendid 4th round. He's every bit a champion!

For Goosen, the wheels came off early and in a big, uncharacteristic way. Indeed, he and Jason Gore combined in the final round for 25 over Par! Who would have ever thought?

The last New Zealander to win one of professional golf's Majors was Bob Charles in 1963 (he won the British Open that year). So, do you think they're celebrating in New Zealand? You bet they are!