Posted 15 July 2012 - 07:52 PM
Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:14 PM
Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:53 PM
This just in!
Tiger says the Open is his favorite Major.
Let's light this candle!
Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:42 PM
If the weather is going to be horrible (like it is expecting), I think Rickie might have a great chance. His third round at St. George's last year was arguably one of the best bad weather rounds in a major in recent years.
I don't see Rory winning this one this year. The swing changes coupled with him not being a particularly good bad weather player (i.e last year's third round w/ Rickie Fowler) doesn't work in his favor. The same goes for Luke also.
Lee's ballstriking will be the reason why he will be a factor.
As for Tiger. He hasn't played the weekend in about two years now and I am pretty sure he wants to win this one. At the US Open, I was thinking since Lytham is pretty short Tiger could play it like he did Olympic for the first two days (like he played Hoylake). But since the weather is projected to be rough, its going to be pretty difficult for him. I still see him contending since this is his "favorite" major. Also, the GOATs (of this generation) Federer and Serena won at Wimbledon a couple of weeks ago....so it might bode well for Tiger.
My darkhorse is the dude that t-2 w/ Phil last year....DJ. And Martin Kaymer.
Edited by tgtaggie, 15 July 2012 - 10:45 PM.
Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:02 AM
The Open 2012: Tiger Woods calls sections of the Lytham rough "almost unplayable" after first practice round
There will be no plotting his way round with irons off the tee like he was able to do at Hoylake because he course is playing too long after the prolonged rain that has fallen and the wind will be a big factor too. Tiger's 3 Open wins were all achieved in sunny, windless conditions. It will be very interesting to watch how he & Phil tackle this very tough track with their less than pinpoint driving
I see a straight hitter lifting the claret jug come Sunday. Garcia, Kaymer, Molinari, Z.Johnson, Furyk & Westwood come to mind........ Oh, I know he misses more fairways than he'd like, but it's hard not to imagine Luke up there too
Edited by HCEG1, 16 July 2012 - 01:17 AM.
Posted 16 July 2012 - 01:23 AM
Posted 16 July 2012 - 06:26 AM
Rickie will have a nightmare first round and be 10 shots behind going into weekend (if he makes the cut)
Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:07 AM
I really like the Ishikawa, Kaymer, Tom Watson pairing.
Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:02 AM
He later clarified his comment by saying "I'll never win a major...the way my game currently is"
Or something along those lines.
Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:18 AM
For the same reason Bubba will not find an excuse to miss the next US Open I suppose...
By the way, think how funny would be if he ends up being the only one of the flight playing on the weekend and maybe even winning the Jug!
Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:29 AM
Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:55 AM
- Tiger - is either going to win or struggle bad. After watching his first couple rounds at Olympic, I really thought he might play this year's Open like he did at Hoylake...but hearing about soft conditions has altered my thinking.
- Phil - No offense...near impossible rough makes me think the sometimes wild Lefty will struggle. I still remember him injuring his wrists for practicing shots out of thick rough in prep for a US Open.
- Rory - I'm seeing some sparks of his sharp game coming back, but I still don't think he feels comfortable yet. When the rain and wind howl down on the players, I wonder if it'll hold up.
- Garcia - I actually like him in Open Championships, but his mental state is always cause for concern. He is his own worst enemy.
- Poulter, Rose, Kaymer - Depends on if their game is in top form...which I never seem to know until midway through the tournament.
- Westwood - ....he might be the best pick for this tournamnet....
Edited by Skaffa77, 16 July 2012 - 11:57 AM.