I watched a lot of sports broadcasts last weekend to see what I could learn about the new LIV pro golf series, and I, of course, tuned in to the US Open, which is played in exceptionally charges outside of Boston.
In the beginning, it talked about a lot of things that I already knew about LIV. But what interested me the most came from Michael “The Caddy” Collins, who was on ESPN’s First Take. He said the price to go on the Korn Ferry Tour, golf’s premier tour, was excruciating unless you were a really good golfer. He said the entry fee is $6,500. The cost to travel to the first four tournaments, in the Bahamas (twice), Panama City and Bogota, Colombia, would be $30,000, according to Collins, as golfers pay their own way to the tournaments.
I haven’t heard much about LIV, which pays huge incentive fees to high-profile players leaving the PGA Tour.
But Sunday was also Father’s Day and I’m a six-time dad. I heard all the children plus a few in-laws, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. And, believe me, listening to my loved ones is much more enjoyable than watching golf on TV. But back to the US Open and golf in general.
With no former PGA golfers and now LIV or Jordan Spieth at the top of the US Open standings, my Sunday pick became Scottie Scheffler, who led until maybe 4 p.m. Sunday. , when Matt Fitzpatrick took over. Then my choice fell on Will Zalatoris. You’ll notice that all of my picks are from the United States. No Brits. Not Matt Fitzpatrick, although he spends more than half of his time in the United States. Scheffler and Zalatoris missed, say, 20-foot putts on the 18th. Zalatoris’ putt missed by about an inch. On the 18th, Fitzpatrick put his second shot into a nasty sand trap. It looked like he was in deep trouble, but he pulled it out and in a reasonable position to sink his final putt. Fitzpatrick called his own bunker shot “one of the best shots of all time”, saving the writers the trouble of describing it later.
His winning putt sent Fitzpatrick’s dad and mom into dances and hugs.
And the victorious golfer seemed to be embracing everyone in Massachusetts. Fitzpatrick caddie Bill Foster celebrated his first Grand Slam tournament win with tears.
AND NOW FOR A LOCAL SPORTS ANNOUNCEMENT, which I steal from Facebook: Dexter Butler – son of Bill Butler, the man after whom the Bobby Menendez Gym floor at Key West High School is named, and Anita Butler – has been named head coach of the men’s team basketball at Key West High School. He succeeds Chris Ellis, who coached for a year before stepping down and returning to St. Louis.
I’ve been a Dexter fan since he was shortstop for the Conchs and later played for the University of South Florida and Nova Southeastern. In Key West, he was captain of the baseball and football teams. He graduated from Key West in 2004.
Upon returning to Key West, Butler, 36, worked at First State Bank, Wells Fargo and Iberiabank before teaching sixth grade and American history.
Dexter and his wife, Maria Castillo, are the parents of little Viviane, born on October 27, 2021.