Father's Day and the U.S. Open: There's nothing like it

Father's Day and the U.S. Open: There's nothing like it

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The following is a commentary blog from FOX6 Sports Director Rick Karle:

It's sure to be an emotional scene come Sunday at Pinehurst, North Carolina.

You see, the folks at the 2014 U.S. Open will crown a champion, and the chances are that there will be a very proud father shedding a tear or two as he watches his son raise the trophy.

A total of 156 golfers, most of whom are lucky enough to still have their dads with them, will be vying for one of the great titles in U.S. sports, and as they do, the fathers of those golfers will beam with pride simply for seeing their sons in the Open field.

My dad was a golf nut. Oh, the best score I remember him turning in was a 93, but the man just kept going back for more.

One of his biggest thrills was to watch me play. Now let me be clear: I hit the golf ball more like Fred Flintstone than Fred Couples, but one of my dad's greatest joys was to share time with me on the golf course.

It didn't matter if I strolled to a par 5 and scored a birdie or a snowman, he relished the company he was in: father and son, a hot dog at the turn, and off to the back nine to see more golf balls lost.

My dad died a year ago today. I must admit that while I miss him dearly, I'm happy for him in knowing that he died in his sleep at the age of 86 and went straight to heaven's driving range.

It was there a year ago that he likely met his good buddy Dick Harrington. The two hit a few balls and strolled to the first tee.

And who knows? Maybe the big guy in charge gave them a few tips. I can only imagine what might have taken place as dad was prepared to play the 14th hole at Heavens Gate Golf Club as a giant water hazard stood between him and the green.

As dad was prepared to hit his shot, he reached into his golf bag and took out an old scuffed ball, figuring that if he hit the ball in the water it would be no loss.

A mighty voice suddenly came from on high: "HAVE CONFIDENCE- USE THE NEW GOLF BALL!" Dad reached in and grabbed a new ball.

That voice on high came from above once again: "TAKE A PRACTICE SWING." Dad took a practice swing, when immediately came that booming voice: "USE THE OLD GOLF BALL!"

As I watch the final round of the U.S. Open this Father's Day, I hope that the winner of the tournament is lucky enough to have his father present to share the moment.

And while you may not be playing at Pinehurst this weekend, be sure to share some time with your dad and tell him that you love him. You never know when your golfing days with your favorite playing partner may come to an end.

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