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Congrats to Gary Woodland for winning our country's open championship.  I'm sure that he had to take a few deep breaths hitting those shots with two time champ, Brooks Koepka closing in on him.  Shots like hitting the wedge while on the green at 17 and the 3-wood up the hill at the par 5, 14th hole, were serious nerve testers.  I couldn't have been the only one watching and saying, he can't be trying this right now, can he?!?!  When you execute, you can make any decision look good.  I think the biggest take away was that Pebble Beach played extremely easy.  These were some of the lowest scores of any U.S. Open.  The USGA was probably not thrilled that it was damp and windless through the weekend.  The benign conditions caused records to fall.  Victor Hovland was -4, which topped Jack Nicklaus' -3 record of the lowest amateur score at the U.S. Open.  The players must be pretty happy after years of complaining about the tournament being tough and unfair.  I'm interested to see how the USGA treats the setup for next year. We'll see if Winged Foot plays easier or more challenging than it did back in 2006.  I'm also interested to see if a familiar track is just what Phil Mickelson needs to take the trophy home.  I'm already getting excited for it and it's a year away, but first, we have the Open Championship left on the docket.  We will see you at Royal Portrush.

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