This year's tilt will be the 118th in history and will take place at Shinnecock on Long Island. If the name sounds familiar to those casual fans, it's for good reason. All you golf nerds like me already know the stories, the Opens, the triumph and the (relative) tragedy this legendary golf course has seen. 
If you like birdies and you missed the Fort Worth Invitational last week then you missed out. Good Lord, was Colonial Country Club gettable -- including on Sunday. In the end, Justin Rose fell just one shot shy of setting a new tournament scoring record -- but final score of 20-under was good enough to score him career win No. 9. 
It's late on a Wednesday night here in Western Massachusetts, and I'll be honest -- there's nothing I'd like to do less than write this piece about the Shell Houston Open. I'm sorry. My heart is already in Augusta, Georgia. My head, filled with dreams of pimento cheese sandwiches and Jim Nantz-isms. I know you're all there, too.