Greetings from the road at – and to – the U.S. Open at Olympic Club. Changed up the script a bit in 2012 – I decided to make a road trip out of it, covering the near 800 miles by rented sports utility vehicle with my esteemed sports columnist, John McGrath.
We got on the road Monday at 9:45 a.m., made two stops along the way and arrived in sweltering Sacramento (expected to be 96 degrees again today) just before 9 p.m., and found our way downtown to a couple of establishments before calling it a long day.
The challenge this week will be getting through the rough traffic of San Francisco. This morning, we will be driving in on Interstate-80 westbound en route to the media parking lot near Daly City, which is approximately 95 miles and expected to take 21/2 hours to reach.
Today is also the run of golfing star interviews, including Tiger Woods at 1 p.m., followed by Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Bubba Watson.
Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley is expected to play a practice round today at 2:45 p.m., so I will try and track him down earlier. He is my subject for a story Wednesday (lots to detail later).
No rain in the forecast this week. Should be fun. Hope you follow.