1986 US Open Full Final Round Coverage

1986 US Open Full Final Round Coverage

Postby lagpressure » Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:37 am

http://advancedballstriking.com/flash_g ... h_golf.swf

Use the pause and play button on our new player. The stop button will rewind the show to the beginning. Due to the length of the event, the scroll bar may not function optimally.

Enjoy!
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Re: 1986 US Open Full Final Round Coverage

Postby lagpressure » Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:44 am

Our first installment of Classic Events of the Persimmon Age.

This is a great one and gives younger players a chance to see up close how some of the legends of the game performed under extreme pressure in very difficult US Open conditions. Older players will only be reminded. The game was substantially different back then, requiring much more shotmaking skills and ball placement strategy than what the game has evolved into today. There is a lot to learn here and ponder.

We welcome discussions here about the event and hope to raise awareness of the values of proper golf.
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Re: 1986 US Open Full Final Round Coverage

Postby dthiele » Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:13 am

Awesome John. Just great :) Many thanks for doing this..
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Re: 1986 US Open Full Final Round Coverage

Postby lecoeurdevie » Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:26 am

Thank you very much, nice call for the first one. Godspeed to Jim McKay, what a treasure he was and how sorely his talent is missed now.
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Re: 1986 US Open Full Final Round Coverage

Postby robbo » Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:23 am

Such a good idea Lag! Love the sound of the best in the world hitting persimmon.

Crowd limited to 19,000?! You mean they didn't shoe-horn anyone/everyone in the name of more money? They actually had the spectators' best interest in mind?! How innovative.

And all this time I thought Tiger's Sunday outfit was original. Lee should have trademarked it!

Kudos,

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Re: 1986 US Open Full Final Round Coverage

Postby Paul C » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:00 am

Thanks, Lag, really great seeing and hearing the sound of real golf. Seemed like almost everyone was playing well. Also loved how ABC covered the event, talking to final pairings on the range before going off (what a concept), the longer, almost leisurely camera angles following the players from tee to green, as opposed to today's coverage which mostly shows just putting. Noticed that Tway really teed his persimmon driver high. Seems like a different age and a long time ago and I guess it was, hard to believe. It's shocking to put that telecast up to today's game--two totally different sports.
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Re: 1986 US Open Full Final Round Coverage

Postby lagpressure » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:20 am

I propose we discuss this great event of golf history in 30 minute segments. There is so much to process and ponder here.

Even the great opening music (Barry White's "Love's Theme" from 1972) which some say actually was the basic template of the disco movement that soon followed.

Trevino wearing red and black again which he wore when he won his first US Open. He really seemed very relaxed and seemed to be excited to get out there. Norman did seem a bit apprehensive, but he makes a good point about how the nerves settle down once you get out on the course and into your round.

I found it interesting that in 86, most had not heard of Shinnecock and it had been considered too short a golf course to have a major event on. Interesting that going into the final round, no one was under par. Like Robbo said.. limiting the number of attendees to 17K is a foreign concept in today's mass marketing approach.

Seeing Ray Floyd just flush a long iron into #2, what a great looking swing he made. Very confident looking, like a premonition of things to come.

Trevino sneaking it by Tway off the first tee.. I played with Tway and he was long. It would have been interesting to see the shot shapes played.. I wonder if Trevino hit a lower drawing drive to keep it under the wind.

Classic Nicklaus even after an opening round 77 coming back on Sat with a 67 and starting out the final round 2 under out of the shoot to get on the Sunday leader board. Exciting stuff.. and to think Tiger was a kid watching this stuff.

The flashback scene of Norman talking about his great putt on 18 two years before was interesting when he and Zoeller had it out. I had forgot he was using a bullseye putter back then, as I usually think of him with the 8802 style blade.
I think it's interesting that he suggested he felt that putt might have won him the event because Fuzzy only needed par on 18 to tie, and could still have won with a birdie. Greg suggested the golf gods might have been in his favor, but as we know Fuzzy did par and beat him the next day in an 18 hole playoff. No easy task for sure.
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Re: 1986 US Open Full Final Round Coverage

Postby lagpressure » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:29 am

I take a certain amount of pride in being a persimmon player, and for a variety of reasons. It means more to me to shoot par or under par on golf courses that were designed with a certain style of gear in mind, and equipment at that time was restricted by what was once a functional governing body before all hell broke loose with Karsten and his ego camp.

I also like the feel of hitting persimmon, and having a greater ability to control shot shape and trajectory. I would not want to give that up for the kind of courses I am interested in playing. I do carry an extra 20 yards in my back pocket when I need it, but I rarely go after a drive more than twice a round. Ball positioning into the correct side of the fairway is much more important to me that trying to advance the ball as far as possible on every tee shot. Precision playing works well and is the reason I score much better than most golfers regardless of what gear they are using.
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Re: 1986 US Open Full Final Round Coverage

Postby twomasters » Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:11 pm

Shinnecock Hills is an awesome course for those that have never been there. This brings back good memories. I played The US Open there in 1995. See below

Look at all the names around me on the draw sheet...no offense to Bruckner or Boros but I would have liked to have drawn any of the other guys for the greater experience of the whole situation

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Re: 1986 US Open Full Final Round Coverage

Postby robbo » Sat Feb 05, 2011 4:15 pm

Very cool Bradley! My guess is that Boros and Bruckner learned a thing or two.

Is the Gold/White your caddie bib designation? For a second I thought the event might be handicapped and you were playing different tees with Boros and Bruckner on the "up" whites. :lol:
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