U.S. Open 2021: This local weather update could NOT have come at a worse time
If you heard a strange sound right around 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, it may have been every dad in Iowa screaming at his TV set. At that very moment, Louis Oosthuizen stroked what turned out to be the putt that sealed Jon Rahm's 2021 U.S. Open victory. But unfortunately, a lot of people in the Hawkeye State never saw it.
In what has to go down as the worst-timed weather update in history, an NBC affiliate station cut away from the tournament-deciding moment. Not before Oosthuizen addressed the putt, but while it was rolling towards the hole.
You almost have to see it to believe it:
That is rough. The ball was about a foot away from the hole!
In case you're not familiar with the situation, Oosthuizen trailed Rahm by a shot on the 17th hole. After hitting his tee shot in a hazard, the South African's chances appeared to be over. But he dropped and hit a fantastic third shot to this point to set up a par attempt, and. . .
OK, so you can probably gather he missed by now since it was Rahm hoisting his first major championship trophy. Meanwhile, Oosthuizen was left settling for a sixth runner-up at one of golf's four biggest events since winning his only major at the 2010 British Open.
But if you were in Iowa, you missed the miss. Look, we get that a dangerous weather alert is more important than a golf tournament, but they couldn't have waited another half second? Again, that's rough.
Of course, the abrupt cut away didn't actually affect anything. Oosthuizen missed. Rahm won. Mother Nature did her thing. And hopefully, there weren't too many Midwestern remote controls thrown through the TV.