Hopes Are Dashed for a Shane-Sergio U.S. Open Pairing

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 catch lightning in a bottle try to qualify for the U.S. Open.