You cannot beat an exciting U.S. Open Golf Championship. Here’s hoping the LPGA can provide one when they play the same venue the men just played up in the sand hills of North Carolina.

Martin Kaymer simply lapped the field in becoming the first player from the European continent to win the tournament and, delightfully, add a Father’s Day win to his Mother’s Day victory at The Player’s Championship last month.

First, Phabulous Phil faded fast. Subsequently on Sunday, several superior players sank into the sunset. In no particular order: Dustin dimmed; Erik exited; Fowler flubbed and Sneds went on the snide. Martin was, as so many have shouted, “Da’ Man!”

Oh, and pay particular attention to the amazing 11-year-old at the Women’s Open, the youngest ever to qualify for that tournament, albeit not the youngest ever to play in the tournament. Email me if an explanation is required.

Also more exciting

Rotary Club of Texas City tees up its annual tournament this year at Magnolia Creek Golf Course on June 26. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start to follow. It’s a modified Olds scramble with a cost of $100 per person. Contact Darel Beene at 409-771-9860 or Roger Whitener at 409-771-0933 for details.

Exciting and cheap

U.S. Open champ Martin Kaymer is bold enough to wear a lanyard around his neck with a tennis ball attached which he holds between his forearms while making swings on the practice tee. I haven’t seen the gizmo marketed, and I am pretty sure I can make one. Shoot, I once wore a grass skirt to help with a fundraiser, so this has no chance of embarrassing me!

Exciting when complete

With Rickie Fowler in contention (sort of) at the U.S. Open, there was considerable mention of the swing changes he’s been working on with former Bayou Golf Club head professional Butch Harmon. His second-place finish added to his fifth-place finish at The Masters will certainly create some 19th-hole debate on the relative merits of making any change at all. Next week, I’ll attempt to explain the pain and the pleasure of such change from the perspective of a guy who generally cannot make the same swing twice.

Be safe, on and off the course.

Gean Leonard is a columnist for The Daily News and can be reached at

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