The ax fell yesterday at Tucson Country Club where dashing young golf blogger Shane Bacon came up short in his attempt to qualify for the 2009 U.S. Open.
A couple of weeks ago, when Shane told me he'd decided to go for it, I momentarily imagined a fantasy pairing at Bethpage: Shane Bacon and Sergio Garcia. I even pictured the two strapping young men standing at the signature par 5 fourth, exchanging words of encouragement.
Yes, I know, Shane once called El Niño "a jerk," but it was a fantasy, remember?
Anyway, despite prodigal golf skills, Shane didn't quite make the mark for the upcoming Open, but he's an amazing writer, and he paints a fascinating story about what it's like to