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06-07-2011, 05:42 PM
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2011 U.S. Open @ Congressional

Figured I start this up as it's only a week away, and the big news today was that Tiger Woods is opting out (first time since 1994 he won't have played it).

Could be time for one of the guys like Dustin Johnson or Rory McIlory to come through and win a major, or an older guy like Steve Stricker who is coming into the tournament hot.

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06-07-2011, 07:15 PM
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its going to be weird without Tiger in it.

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I miss real Tiger

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Oooh Tiger's out? That sucks.

Open is basically a few miles away from here, but won't be attending. Good to have a big-name event in this neck of the woods.

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NBC will be thrilled with these developments.

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Too bad Tiger is out, but it's for the best. He wasn't going to compete and he would likely have further injured his leg. Going to be weird without him though.

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Shame about Tiger..

Got a good feeling about The Goose this week.

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As always we must hope this tourney isn't ruined by low scores.

Winner 6-under or above, please.

Can't deal with -16 in a major, just can't.

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06-14-2011, 07:51 PM
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My top-3 favourites for this week:

1) Steve Stricker: he got hot at the right time and he has the putting to win a major. His driving distance might be an issue, but he's a smart player and won't take any risks on the par-5's.

2) Rory McIlroy: he bounced back right after his Masters collapse, and he has all the components to win a major. Only thing that will hold him back is if he mentally checks out for a few holes again.

3) Matt Kuchar: he's been the most consistent golfer the past 2 seasons and he has been playing well of late too. He doesn't do anything exceptionally well, but he will limit his mistakes and stay in contention on the weekend.

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http://twitter.com/NJ_StevePoliti/st...61158806388736

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Tiger Woods is out at the Open. Here's my column on why his replacement represents everything good about this event. http://*******/iw1lLv
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The golfer who replaced Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open already has done something his big-name counterpart almost never does: He stopped to sign autographs.

It happened at 12:10 p.m. outside the majestic clubhouse at Congressional Country Club, and when the fans lined up outside the ropes started holding out Sharpies and hole flags, it was a confusing moment for Michael Whitehead. They wanted him? To do what?

“Thank you!” a woman told him.

“Thank you,” he replied sheepishly.

Most of the fans probably didn’t even know his name, but a few knew his claim to fame.

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As always we must hope this tourney isn't ruined by low scores.

Winner 6-under or above, please.

Can't deal with -16 in a major, just can't.
As long as it's competitive, why does the winning score matter? Personally I do not get much enjoyment watching the best players in the world scrambling to make pars and shooting in the low 70's. I see that every weekend when I play with my regular group.

I'd much rather the USGA set the course up fairly and let the players shoot what they are going to shoot rather then have them trick the course up with ridiculous pin placements that take absolutely perfect shots to be even remotely decent while even good shots get penalized. These guys are so good that the only way to keep scores close to even par is to trick up the courses.

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06-15-2011, 12:35 PM
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As long as it's competitive, why does the winning score matter? Personally I do not get much enjoyment watching the best players in the world scrambling to make pars and shooting in the low 70's. I see that every weekend when I play with my regular group.

I'd much rather the USGA set the course up fairly and let the players shoot what they are going to shoot rather then have them trick the course up with ridiculous pin placements that take absolutely perfect shots to be even remotely decent while even good shots get penalized. These guys are so good that the only way to keep scores close to even par is to trick up the courses.
We watch the pros tear up courses all year at -18. The majors to me are at most fun to me when guys ARE struggling to make par.. thats what makes it fun.

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We watch the pros tear up courses all year at -18. The majors to me are at most fun to me when guys ARE struggling to make par.. thats what makes it fun.
We'll just agree to disagree on this. I don't find it fun to watch the best players in the world struggle to make par just because the USGA has made the greens too hard and put pins in places that it takes a perfect shot to be good, which is a huge factor as to why the scores are high.

Frankly, as long as the tournament is still up for grabs when the leaders hit their tee shots on the 10th hole on Sunday I could care less if the players are 18-under or even par.

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http://twitter.com/TigerWoods/status...57029682241536

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Last time I missed a USGA event Salt N Peppa was still cool and Whitehead was a toddler.
http://twitter.com/TigerWoods/status...57170929614848

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Wait, Salt N Peppa is still cool!!

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The majors are all about testing a player's overall game. You should have to be able to make every shot out there to win. If that means making the rough long, the greens fast, and the pins in tough spots then so be it. You should be punished for making bad shots because that further tests your ability to escape a bad hole.

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We watch the pros tear up courses all year at -18. The majors to me are at most fun to me when guys ARE struggling to make par.. thats what makes it fun.
Agree 100%

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The beauty of this tournament is that if the team you want to win tonight loses, then you can jump right into this.

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06-16-2011, 10:37 AM
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Davis Love on the first page of the LB early!

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The majors are all about testing a player's overall game. You should have to be able to make every shot out there to win. If that means making the rough long, the greens fast, and the pins in tough spots then so be it. You should be punished for making bad shots because that further tests your ability to escape a bad hole.
I don't have a problem with punishing bad shots. What I have a problem with is punishing good shots, which often happens in the US Open because they have the pins set in ridiculous spots on greens that are as hard as tabletops.

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I don't have a problem with punishing bad shots. What I have a problem with is punishing good shots, which often happens in the US Open because they have the pins set in ridiculous spots on greens that are as hard as tabletops.
Fair enough. I like to see guys struggle for pars because it brings out the best putters, and it shows who can putt under pressure. I guess that's why I have no problems with the fast, tough greens/pins.

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So very happy about the US Open today to get my mind off hockey...not quite sure what I think of this however....

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/golf/blog...rn=golf-wp2639

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So very happy about the US Open today to get my mind off hockey...not quite sure what I think of this however....

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/golf/blog...rn=golf-wp2639
Yeah, a bit odd to say the least but I liked it. Rare to see golfers in that mode.

Meanwhile, Rory is off to a blistering start - 6 under & a 3 shot lead after round 1. With Tiger missing, I'd love to see Rory hang on this time & get his 1st major.

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Rory McIlroy is the quickest to get to 10-under par in U.S. Open history. No one ever did it in the 2nd round, McIlroy did it in 26 holes.

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McIlroy ruining the tournament..

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