Happy Father's Day to all of the dads. Sports play a big part of this special day. Baseball stadiums at all levels are filled with sons and daughters who are treating Dad to a game...even if they are too young to be footing the bill themselves. This year the Baltimore Orioles added something special. They opened up the outfield so that before the game, fathers could play catch with their kids. Talk about your Field of Dreams moment! I bet every participant, no matter their age, will never forget it.
I am usually part of this tradition as my son and I will take in a game on or close to Father's Day. An exception was made this year, however, as he is enjoying his honeymoon.
So I filled the void with another Father's Day sports ritual...the final round of the U.S. Open. This is the one professional golf tournament that most weekend hacks can sit back and watch the pros face shots out of deep rough and try to putt on impossible greens and record scores that they regularly post. I love this tourney for that and some of the great moments it produces. Whether it was Johnny Miller's round of 63 at Merion (this year's site) in 1973, Tom Watson's chip shot at Pebble Beach in 1982 or the unforgettable duel between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate at Torey Pines in 2008, the U.S Open is a special tourney that always has the last round scheduled on a special day.