AT 8:06 A.M. LOCAL TIME, the world’s top three golfers will tee off in the 108th U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California. That would be Eldrick “Tiger” Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott.
And these elite golf warriors are playing hurt.
In case you’ve just returned from another galaxy, Tiger is recovering from surgery No. 3 on his left knee. Despite more knee speculation than Ping has putters, Woods says he’s ready to rumble.
“I’m good to go,” Tiger said on Tuesday. “I plan on playing competitive. Come game time on Thursday I’ll be ready.”
Not to be outdone, Adam Scott also has an injury. The Australian star broke his right pinkie finger several weeks ago. No worries, mate. Adam is up to this week’s task.
“Broken finger won’t stop Adam Scott,” announced The Sydney Morning Herald. (But he’ll have to lay off pinkie wrestling for a while.)
And Phil? He’s an inch taller, in case you haven’t heard. It’s all that stretching he’s been doing. I know, I know − it’s not an injury. But the unplanned growth did cause Lefty to go to a 37-inch putter.
How does that factor into Mickelson’s game and U.S. Open chances? I haven’t a clue.
−The Armchair Golfer