21September2017

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Is it already that time to watch some old style golf?  I don't know about you but I love waking up early and already having a major championship underway.  It reminds me of playing early at a couple courses in Massachusetts, Myopia Hunt Club and Essex County Club.  They've both held major championships and are designed for Scottish links style play.  The weather can be very similar as well.  It can be so much fun or a nightmare.  That depends on how you use the wind and terrain.  From my personal experience, most of the time those elements are using you and probably laughing about it.  Deep perils bunkers, gorse bushes and thick fescue.  Just when I thought golf was getting too easy, it starts raining sideways with a thirty mile per hour wind.  It must be the masochist in all of us to endure these conditions just to pull-off a 40 yard putt, but it somehow seems worthwhile when you play all the slopes just right.  Or, you like the relate-ability of watching the best in the world make scores in the double digits on a hole.   I think that everyone likes to see them shoot twenty under par at the John Deer, but it might be more fun to see them struggle to shoot par and not be able to get out of a bunker.  Let the fun begin, right!

As I normally do, I will set a few predictions.  First, the obvious, Dustin Johnson is about as hot as the sun (or Paulina) right now. He is coming off of back to back victories and I foresee him in the top five.  He could pass Jason Day this week for the world number one ranking.  I think Day will also finish top five and hold on to his ranking.  Rory has been playing well as of late, with a win at the Scottish Open.  I think he will finish in the top 5 as well.  My pick to win is Adam Scott.  He has finished 10th, 5th, T3 and 2nd in his past four Open appearances.   He won a couple times this season with the shorter non-anchored putter and has a major under his belt.  If you put yourself in a good position enough times, it is bound to go your way eventually.  With that being said, there are a couple other guys that I would watch out for.  Ernie, Mickelson and Westwood have been playing okay as of late.  The three all finished top 5 at Royal Troon in 2004.  They are playing together too.  Sergio has been in the hunt but just can't seem to get over the hump and I expect that to continue.  Louis seems to be always in the mix in the majors.  I think the most under rated candidate that might shake things up would but Brandon Grace.  He might not be as off the radar as Todd Hamilton was in 2004, but I could see him breaking through.  Speaking of a dark horse, mine is Daniel Summerhays.  He is a long shot, but would be a big pay day with those odds.

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