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Will Another Obscure Golfer Come Through and Win?
Think for a second. With the dominance of Rory McIlroy creating a smokescreen over the entirety of the golf world (not unlike Tiger Woods used to do), how much of a chance have you given any other golfer to win a tournament since The Open Championship?
McIlroy has shown flashes of brilliance in The Barclays and the DBC but not in totality. He’s getting warmer and warmer with each event here.
Looking at the 70 players alive, a few random names could sneak up and win this: Bill Haas, Cameron Tringale and Hideki Matsuyama.
That doesn’t sound any crazier than Kirk winning.
Can Phil Mickelson Play Like It’s 1990?
Mickelson is the Nosferatu of the FedEx Cup: He won’t die. His play has been more erratic than an EKG, yet here he is.
He won at Cherry Hills way back in 1990 as an amateur and hasn't played there since. Mickelson said on Golf Channel.com, “I’m not really focused that well but I’m hoping...going back to Cherry Hills my motivation is extremely high. It’s been an issue for me this year. It’s something I’ll have to address in the offseason. I need to work on seeing the shot.”
He’s 53rd in the FedEx Cup standings, but like any of these guys, a win will put him right at or near the top heading into the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
Will One of Those Ryder Cup "Fringe" Players Win?
Now that Tom Watson, the Ryder Cup captain, has made his picks, those fringe players who had Watson on their minds don’t have to worry anymore. They can just go out and play golf, knowing their fate has already been sealed.
Because of that, expect someone like Ryan Palmer to play extremely well in Denver.
Even the players who were selected may want to prove their viability as a pick, so look for Hunter Mahan, Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley to have big weeks. And maybe Kirk will play with a Ryder Cup chip on his shoulder.