The mystery of the U.S. Open trophy-presentation crasher, who charged onto the 18th green at Olympic Club in a Union Jack hat and made a bird noise before being roughly escorted off by the USGA's Mike Davis, has been solved.
According to Awful Announcing's Matt Yoder, the rooster-ish gent is a 40-year-old man from the U.K. who goes by "Jungle Bird." Writes Yoder:
Jungle Bird's Facebook page describes himself as a "fictional character" and "activist dedicated to raising awareness of deforestation :-)." Perhaps yesterday's episode will push him above 100 likes on Facebook.
Yes, we know this guy did it for attention. And yes, we know Truth & Rumors is providing that attention. But let's turn to the tape anyway:
Just to hit some highlights:
- The entrance: Out of focus, in your face.
- The distant, owlish look and posture that accompany the call. This guy's no amateur. Sorry, Beau.
- Bob Costas's nasal flare.
- Webb Simpson's "I just won the U.S. Open" dismissal of the British bird.
- And then we have Davis, who sets up the courses for the U.S. Open. All indications are that he takes that task very seriously. To him, the presentation of the trophy is borderline sacrament. So seeing him defend his hallowed turf like Office Linebacker Terry Tate? Well, that's just fine with us.
A New Cigar Guy?
Not all the characters at Olympic were quite so...avian.
It’s been a lean, stogie-free couple of years since the 2010 Ryder Cup, when Cigar Guy became an Internet sensation. According to Deadspin, he may have a new disciple out there. Note the guy in the old-school outfit hanging out behind Jim Furyk on Sunday at the U.S. Open:
Of course, given what we saw in the waning hours of the Open, this guy might be the most level-headed, normal dude in the city of San Francisco.
Cantlay to go pro?
Soon after Patrick Cantlay wrapped up his T42 at the U.S. Open Sunday, speculation sparked around the No. 1 ranked amateur. The Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard reported:
According to multiple sources familiar with the situation, amateur Patrick Cantlay plans to turn professional after this week's U.S. Open, although the 20-year-old said on Sunday at The Olympic Club that he has not made a decision…
…Cantlay, 20, who recently completed his sophomore season at UCLA and was runner-up at last year's U.S. Amateur, is playing next week's Travelers Championship and is scheduled to hold a news conference on Tuesday afternoon at TPC River Highlands.
Despite Cantlay's denial, sources say he plans to sign with Tiger Woods' manager Mark Steinberg with Excel Sports Management. GolfChannel.com asked Steinberg about his relationship with Cantlay Sunday at Olympic and he declined to comment.
The timing makes a lot of sense for Cantlay, who shot a 60 in Hartford last year. Clearly, the course agrees with him. As for signing with Steinberg, I'll offer this: You can't go wrong following Tiger Woods along the narrow fairway of turning golf into business. That said, who would wear a "PC" logo?
Obama hits 100 (rounds)
Barack Obama spent Father's day with loved ones: nine of his favorite Nike VR Full Cavity irons, a few choice Sasquatch fairway woods, and his pride and joy, a Taylor Made R11 driver. Obama logged the 100th round of his term on Sunday, according to Good Morning America:
President Barack Obama's love of golf hit a milestone today as he marked his 100th time on the links. His Father's Day achievement was reached at the Beverly Country Club in his hometown, the windy city…
…Obama was in Chicago this weekend to attend the wedding Saturday of longtime friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett's daughter. As of press time it is unknown if his family has further Father's Day plans, but first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to deliver a commencement address at Oregon State University this afternoon.
Tonight the president embarks directly for Los Cabos, Mexico, from this city for a G20 summit.
I hope he brings his sticks. Summits are held at resorts for a reason, and that reason is to challenge Putin to a 5-ruble Nassau.
Obama has come under attack from Republican rivals for his golfing habit, but, according to the article, he's nowhere close to the White House's most prolific player. Woodrow Wilson reportedly logged 1,200 rounds across his two terms -- that's roughly a round every 2.5 days.
Rumor has it the secret service painted golf balls black so Wilson could practice on the White house lawn in the winter.
Golf fans watching the final group Sunday may remember this clip of Graeme McDowell's tee shot into the par-three 15th hole (15 seconds in):
Yes, the fan said, “Yabba-Dabba-Do.” And, yes, it was awesome. Once. Just like “Get in the Hole!” and “You Da Man!” and “Mashed Potatoes!”, this one will get old fast.
Tweet of the Day
Friend ran into the NBC Chicken Guy last night at a bar. Said he was out of jail in 5 hours, still wearing the hat and handing out his card.— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) June 18, 2012