The latest version of the U.S. Open is over, and it was an unmitigated success.
Not only did Tiger Woods not win, he missed the cut. The winning score was over par. Phil Mickelson did everything but hit the ball into to the dinosaur mouth. The whole show was a disaster.
As a result, we finally had a golf tournament worth watching beyond the back nine on Sunday.
For the second straight year, Mr. Brooks Koepka is your winner of the U.S. Open, but the organization that should be quietly celebrating is the USGA.
Its premier tournament was absolute smoking hot trash, and thoroughly entertaining. Please ignore the stiff white purists who ripped this year's event, and just trust the entertainment factor.
Because that's what professional golf is, it lacks, and refuses to embrace: It's just entertainment.
As golf grows smaller, and increasingly more elite (i.e. white) it wonders why a dwindling number of sports viewers want to watch any of the the PGA Tour's top events, other than The Masters.
The best golfers in the world have zero personality, and there is no dominant figure like Tiger, who is just so clearly finished we are approaching the "sad and pathetic" stages of athlete fading.
Between the courses, the golfers themselves, the equipment, tournaments are now routinely won by scores well under par.
The tour pros want birdies, or eagles. They don't want to be embarrassed.
The only way they will deliberately put themselves in harm's way is if the tournament is a major; They will risk an embarrassing four days for the U.S. Open. For the British. For the PGA Championship. For the Green Jacket. Or for a giant bag of green money.
"I enjoy hard golf courses,” Koepka told the media masses at ShinnaDisasterHills after winning the tournament.
Yes. He gets it. Finally. It's not all about winning a golf tournament 10 under par.
Before Koepka's tournament-winning score of plus-1. The "worst" total good enough to win a PGA Tour event on the schedule, which began on Oct. 5 to 8, was eight-under. Justin Thomas was eight under par to win the Honda Classic on Feb. 25.
On the 32 events completed on the PGA Tour 2017-18 calendar , all but five have been won with scores that were under par by at least 10 strokes.
The only score even close to par was the U.S. Open.
Not everyone wants to watch the pros reduced to tears, and behaving like weekend hacks who can't control their emotions after a bad putt, like Mickelson, but we all want to see these guys challenged.
Ian Poluter wondered aloud if "Bozo set up the course."
Spoiled child? Your table and bounce house are ready now.
Too many of the golf events now, and its courses, are not challenging today's players, and specifically their equipment. The pin placements are too friendly, and the rough bears a striking resemblance to a freshly cut lawn rather than a weed patch.
Of course, to be fair, the same thing was happening in 2001. Phil Mickelson won the Buick Invitational that year with a minus 55.
Dominance is captivating, and will both reach and create a large audience, but golf no longer has that. Jordan Spieth is great, and he's not Tiger.
So if golf is unable to provide dominance it needs to create a challenge. A challenge more than just once a year at the U.S. Open.
The 2018 U.S. Open may have been a disaster to the precious golf purist, but they are not the issue. They will always watch.
Golf, and the PGA Tour, needs to get real, and the occasional disaster is a healthy occurrence.