124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

The Loop

Bethpage causes Hartford Hangover

June 24, 2009

CROMWELL, Conn. -- The U.S. Open went so long it darn-near ran into the Travelers Championship. And although the tournament's thankfully didn't overlap, there still is a hangover effect being felt at TPC River Highlands from the long, grueling week at Bethpage.

"I just played nine late yesterday," said Anthony Kim. "Just hit one ball. Didn't putt. … You want to give it everything you have [in the Open] and leave it all out there and that's what I did last week." Although Kim added that he still felt fresh, that wasn't the case for Open runner-up Ricky Barnes, who was a passenger in the car to Connecticut from New York City on Tuesday and was in no hurry to get to River Highlands.

"I knew I didn't want to rush out here and get drained physically trying to sneak in 9 or 18 holes," said Barnes. "I slept about 90 percent of the way here. It was rest well needed."

Open champ Lucas Glover, however, was another story. "Physically I'm OK, but mentally I'm tired," said Glover . "Mentally I'm going to have to focus a little harder because I'm tired up top."

At least Glover won't have to carry the Open trophy anywhere. "My wife's flying home today to take care of some things and she's taking it with her," Glover said.

*- E. Michael Johnson