Oakley’s Ricky Barnes Finishes Runner-up at 2009 US Open
In quite possibly one of the longest and most dramatic US Open’s in the history of the tournament, Monday’s final round of play brought the 109th addition to a close under extremely challenging conditions. Winds were swirling, greens were faster and slower at the same time, the tall rough wrecked havoc and the pressure of the playing Bethpage Black came to a head for the remaining field.
The morning kicked off at 9am with Oakley’s head-to-toe golfer, Ricky Barnes still leading the field with a -8, but laying in the high grass of the rough on the second hole. Not the best place to start your final round of competition, never mind at your nation’s biggest Major. Not deterred all week by the insanely tough golf course and even more insane weather, Barnes knocked a miraculous shot out of the rough to save a possible horrible opening hole on Monday.
From there the course lived up to it’s warning sign – “The Black Course is an extremely difficult course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers” – golf’s equivalent to a triple black diamond course. Ricky felt the heat from the field and the course on Monday, and ran off several bogey holes in a roll, but some how was still not out of it.
However closing in on the lead and not as affected by the pressure was former world number one and long time Oakley eyewear player, David Duval. Double D played some fantastic golf considering the conditions and would end up finishing tied for second place by sinking some amazing long putts on the back nine.
Even with a final round of six over, Ricky was still in contention going into the last hole of the final round. Needing a birdie / bogey combination from him and leader Lucas Glover to push it to a play-off, Barnes was ready to bring the heat. Watching Glover hit the safe and shorter iron shot off the tee of the par 4 18th hole, Barnes pulled out a fairway wood and bombed his drive down the middle, a good 50 yards further than Lucas, applying the pressure and letting Glover know we would not take this lying down.
Lucas Glover would then knock a decent second shot onto the back of the green leaving a good chance at par. Barnes responded with a closer shot to the hole, making Glover putt first to finish their round.
Once on the green Lucas knocked a decent putt to about six feet from the hole, but still leaving room for a possible two putt bogey. Next up was Ricky, who seemed to take forever in lining up the putt of a lifetime with his brother and caddie Andy.
Barnes stepped up, hit the putt, and seemed to read the break perfectly as the ball began to bend right towards the cup at the very end where it simply did not slow down enough, slipping just past the cup. Thus ending Ricky’s run at not only his first major on the PGA Tour, but his first win ever on Tour.