DAVID GREENE, Host:
Good morning, John.
JOHN FEINSTEIN: Good morning, David.
GREENE: Have you dried off?
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FEINSTEIN: It'll take me a few more days. I don't want to say that it was wet there, but there was a point over the weekend where I thought the best bet to win the Open was Michael Phelps, because it was going to be whomever could swim 72 holes first was going to be the champion. That's how wet it was.
GREENE: Well, seriously, I saw all the TV images of umbrellas. It was all we were seeing. I mean, did that become the big story, sort of overtaking the actual champion?
FEINSTEIN: Tiger Woods said it very well yesterday. He said he didn't know what day it was or what round he was playing. And that's all the more credit to Lucas Glover for being the last man standing at the end.
GREENE: Well, the most popular winner probably would've been Phil Mickelson. What happened to him?
FEINSTEIN: And he was right there, David. He got tied for the lead when he made an eagle at the 13th hole. But then his putter, which has always been his Achilles heel under pressure, let him down again. He missed two short putts - one at the 15h, one at the 17th. And that cost him and he ended up as a runner-up yet again.
GREENE: I guess putting can always kill you in the end.
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GREENE: Well, the other two runner-ups they had some interesting stories as well.
FEINSTEIN: Ricky Barnes, again a star seven years ago when he won the U.S. Amateur, hadn't even been playing on the PGA Tour 'til this year and had no finish higher than 47th. And he ends up tied for second in the U.S. Open.
GREENE: Well, there is this name I've heard once or twice before - Tiger Woods. You haven't mentioned him yet.
FEINSTEIN: Yeah. Tiger lost the tournament on Friday morning. Finishing up his first round after the rain he played the last four holes in four over par. And he never recovered from that. He tried. He got to within a couple of shots late yesterday, but he just never could recover from that terrible start and ended up in sixth place. And, of course, now all the questions will come again. Is Tiger losing it? And believe me, he's not losing it, David.
GREENE: His name will certainly stay out there.
FEINSTEIN: He will be back. He will win major championships again. It just turns out he's human like the rest of us, just better than the rest of us.
GREENE: John, thanks for being here.
FEINSTEIN: Thank you, David.
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