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He's the guy who had the best score when the U.S. Open That No One Wanted to Win finally came to an end. The field was backpedaling faster than that Texas representative who apologized to BP, but McDowell made a ton of putts and did just enough to hang on for a great victory.
Man, did it look beautiful on TV, especially at dusk. The 14th green needs to be bulldozed, but the course proved that 7,000 yards can still offer a tough test. And it's only $495 to play, about what you'd spend on a few hats and windshirts in the USGA merchandise tent.
The top cat at the USGA—everyone's favorite whipping boy—struck back when Woods petulantly griped about the greens by comparing Tiger to his archnemesis, Mickelson. Fay stopped just short of swiping at the air and making the sound of a hissing feline in the process.
For 45 minutes or so on Saturday night we remembered what it was like to have Woods in the hunt. That electrifying sense that he could do anything at any time and lift us all with him replaced the creepy knowledge that he could do anyone at any time.
Five years into his tenure as the USGA's setup man, Davis has turned the Open on its head, using imagination and flexibility to create difficult but not diabolical tests with more options than a Wall Street CEO.