The GrindJune 16, 2015

Chambers Bay takes the spotlight, Leo dates a golfer, the U.S. Open's new theme music, and a pretty coed's pretty swing

Welcome to another edition of The Grind, where we think we're the only ones in the world who didn't see "Jurassic World"** over the weekend. We did see the "Game of Thrones"** finale, though, so we know what widespread carnage looks like. Which brings us to the U.S. Open. For the first time, our national championship will be contested at Chambers Bay. And for the first time, the tournament will be broadcast on Fox, which took over after two decades of coverage by NBC. TV viewers could be in for quite a week of watching people struggle -- but isn't that the beauty of the U.S. Open? Its grueling nature certainly makes it the official favorite event of The Grind. But while we're giddy to watch the best players in the world labor to make pars, there's plenty else to talk about. Let's do it.


Inbee Park: WINBEE took back the top spot in the Rolex Rankings with a dominant victory at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Park claimed this event for the third consecutive year (on a third different golf course) and has now won five of the past 12 LPGA major championships. She also didn't make a bogey for a Joe DiMaggio-esque 56 straight holes at Westchester Country Club to close things out. The one disappointing part of her week? She only got sprayed with water:

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Fabian Gomez: The 36-year-old Argentinian walked in Memphis to a four-shot win to pick up his first PGA Tour title. It marked a third consecutive week that a winner on the PGA Tour entered the event without a top 10 in 2015. Golf!

Bernhard Langer: The 57-year-old German blew away the field at the Constellation Senior Players Championship to win the event for a second straight year. Surprisingly, this is only Langer's fifth senior major title despite capturing three in the past 12 months. Looks like someone is extra motivated to win as much as possible before that anchoring ban kicks in.

Related: Inside the art of the spray on the LPGA Tour

New U.S. Open theme song: We've been concerned with how Fox Sports would replace Yanni's iconic "In Celebration of Man" (Of course, nothing could ever take the place of that musical gem) for two years, but the network seems to have come up with an acceptable theme. Phew. Movie composer Brian Tyler ("The Avengers," "Furious 7" and a lot of other action films we've never seen) is the man behind the new music. Here's a condensed version. Just be warned, if you watch as much of the U.S. Open as we do, you'll probably get tired of it by Saturday.


Lydia Ko's other streak ending: For the first time in 54 events, Ko missed a cut on the LPGA Tour. It also meant she is still without a major. What are you waiting for, Lydia?! You're already 18! Of course, we kid. But it does make us wonder when the Skip Baylesses of the world will start shouting similar hot takes. It's sad to see this other streak -- and her consecutive sub-par rounds streak -- come to an end, but they also make you appreciate how amazing Ko is.

Doing the "Happy Gilmore" swing: Guys, let's retire this one for good, OK? It's been done to death and now it's causing near-death experiences.

Andrey Pavlov: This Russian golfer opened the second round of the European Tour's Lyoness Open with a Happy Gilmore-like 17. And he didn't even have that heckler following him around the whole time and calling him a "jackass."

Actually, we're impressed Pavlov's caddie packed more than the two sleeves of balls his golfer lost on that disastrous hole. And we're also impressed that Pavlov not only finished the round, but shot a back-nine 37 to salvage a 90. Something tells us John Daly would have handled the situation a little differently. . .

Photos: Meet the WAGs of the PGA Tour

Tiger Woods and Adam Scott: Linked by their similar (at one point) swings and Steve Williams, these two stars now have another connection: Neither were selected in Golf Digest's U.S. Open fantasy draft. Out of 24 picks. Imagine the odds you could have gotten on that happening a couple years ago when Scott was winning the Masters and Woods was No. 1 and winning five times on the PGA Tour? On the flip side, I'm buying my squad (it helps to get the top pick) of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk and Sergio Garcia.


The PGA Tour heads to Chambers Bay for the year's second major, the U.S. Open. A unique links layout built on an old sand and gravel pit, as Golf Digest's Ron Whitten said, "It's the first U.S. Open to be contested in a sand box." Sounds fun!

Related: 11 people with the most at stake at Chambers Bay

Random tournament fact: Fifteen years ago, Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open by 15 shots at Pebble Beach. There's been a lot of murky "Era" talk lately, but that was definitely in the heart of the Tiger Woods Era.


-- Tiger will win this U.S. Open by 15 shots: 1 MILLION-to-1 odds

-- A player will be picked up by a mic using Mike Davis' name in vain: 4-to-1 odds

Related: The story behind the greatest theme song in sports

-- If ESPN still covered early rounds, Chris Berman would have made a David Hasselehoff-beach joke: LOCK


Billy goat Bradley getting some work done out on these seaside dunes at Chambers Bay. What this nmbr adjust 2?#4left

— Jason Dufner (@JasonDufner) June 15, 2015

Billy Goat Bradley! Love it. And while we're coining nicknames, is it Chambers Bay or Carnage Bay? Carnage Bay! Can't wait.


Bubba Watson's putt around the world. Well, at least around Carnage, sorry, Chambers Bay:

Putting & reading the greens well so far!! Good read @jtedscott!#USOpenChambersBay

— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) June 12, 2015

And if you want to get even more prepared/pumped up for the U.S. Open, check out's series of preview videos featuring yours truly. Oh, and a lot of other editors/writers:


Introducing recent San Diego State grad Paige Spiranac, who was a part of the Aztec squad that won the Mountain West Conference championship. This is Paige's swing:


A video posted by @_paige.renee on Jun 8, 2015 at 7:59pm PDT

This is Paige juggling a golf ball:

😂😂😩 Because posting the trick shots you actually pull off are boring. This is all @jennisis11 fault. Now my trick shot days are over. #fore #putaneyeout

A video posted by @_paige.renee on May 30, 2015 at 2:23pm PDT

And this is just Paige being Paige:

A photo posted by @_paige.renee on Jun 14, 2015 at 3:19pm PDT


"Mike, some old golfer just died. Do I have to say something?" -- President Selina Meyer (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) to her press secretary on HBO's brilliant comedy, "VEEP."


Kelly is the reigning Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Rookie of the Year and a host of Golf Digest's Sexiest Shots video series. She also played college golf at Georgetown and now she's Leonardo DiCaprio's girlfriend. Go golf!

OK, so Leo probably isn't dating her for her well-rounded short game.



According to Forbes, Tiger Woods has been passed by Phil Mickelson as the world's highest-paid golfer for the first time since turning pro in 1996. These are dark days for Tiger, although it's tough to have sympathy for someone who only makes $50 million these days. . . . Chris Wood rallied from five shots down to win the Lyoness Open and claim his second career European Tour title. That's almost as impressive as Andrey Pavlov rallying to shoot 90 after opening with a 17. . . . Colin Montgomerie went to the hospital for chest pains on Sunday morning, but still shot 68 at the Senior Players later that day. Monty finished a million shots behind Bernhard, but the ol' hospital to third-place trick is impressive. . . . Speaking of impressive feats, how about the miracle up-and-down I made at Pound Ridge Golf Club from just above a rock ledge behind the 15th green? We've heard so much about the short-game creativity needed to contend at Chambers Bay, but let's see someone try to top that this week.


Was Adam Sandler actually good at the Happy Gilmore swing?

Is Jon Snow really dead?

Has anyone checked on Johnny Miller lately?

-- Alex Myers is an Associate Editor for Feel free to email him and please follow him on Twitter since he has self-esteem issues.

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