There is an incredible quote from the great golf movie "Tin Cup" that basically sums up what every golfer is trying to do on the longest day of the year that completed on Monday. The goal is to qualify for the U.S. Open, and there is no better explanation of exactly what that means than from Roy McAvoy.
"I mean it's open. Anyone's got a shot at it. You just gotta get past a local and a sectional qualifier, and unlike Doral or Colonial or the AT&T, they can't keep you out. They can't ask you if you're a garbageman or a beanpicker or a driving range pro whose check is signed by a stripper. You qualify, you're in."
The movie might be far-fetched, but every now and again we get a guy just like that Kevin Costner character that qualifies for one of the four majors with nothing but a dark tan and a great golf swing.
Introduce 42-year-old Dennis Miller, who found himself at the star-packed Scioto Country Club on Monday trying to get into the U.S. Open. He'd tried 12 times before, never making it, and with names like Kevin Streelman, Davis Love III and Steve Marino, few people were paying attention to a Director of Golf from Youngstown, Ohio.
But Miller shot 71-70 to get into a four man playoff for three spots, and the putt you see above was on his fourth playoff hole. It looked in all the way, but the ball cruelly stopped on the lip, leaving Miller a missed opportunity at Olympic Club.
Well, for a moment it did … Miller turned around in disgust, and as he was walking up to his ball, it dropped in. Pandemonium, celebration and a trip to a major championship to share the same turf as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson followed, and it was incredible.
A lot of professionals spent last week at the Memorial complaining about cell phone cameras, but if it wasn't for those things, we'd never get to see the raw emotion of a 42-year-old man reaching a dream he has had since he was a kid.
Great stuff, Mr. Miller, now go have some fun in San Francisco.
h/t Devil Ball