What a fantastic finish to this year’s US Open!
Congrats to Graeme McDowell for winning and congrats to my good buddy, Cam Stewart, aka the Ragin’ Redhead, who nailed him down last week at 76:1 odds. You can catch Cam every Wednesday at http://hardcoresportsradio.com at 5:30 for his weekly six pack. Or if it's easier tune into Sirius Channel 98 and you can catch the very same show.
McDowell is the first non-American to win the US Open since 1970 when Tony Jacklin got the job done with a dominating seven shot victory over the field at Hazeltine Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.—YOU BETCHA!
The course at Pebble was demonic. Instead of the typical “US Open rough effect”, you had the atypical, “US Open fairway effect.”
Fairways were extended right to the cliffs as the rough was shaved down to nothing. I am not sure about the rest of you, but I love watching pro golfers struggling to make par. It makes me feel better, plus it gives you an enormous perspective on how difficult a course can be when certain circumstances are adjusted by the grounds crew.
The US Open is a major, and it should be a difficult time. So to all you naysayers who want -23 scores posted, take a look at this week’s tournament in Connecticut. The average score for the tourney winner here in the past five years is almost 17 under par.
It’s time to head east for the Travelers Championship at TPC Cromwell. In the past few years this event has been dominated by Hunter Mahan. It is a sentimental stop on tour for Mr. Mahan, as this is where he earned his first ever PGA Tour victory. He should contend this week again, but I am concerned about his recent play. In his last five tourneys his best finish is dismal tie for 17th place at The Players Championship. Hunter has missed the cut in his last three attempts.
My favorite pick (Matt Kuchar 33:1) has decided to pull out of the event at the last minute. No info has been posted on his lame ass website as to why he has withdrawn. I guess he doesn’t need the million bucks..
It’s Yahoo fantasy update time! I now have 3,384 points on the season. I moved up one percentage in FOHM to the 69th percentile, and overall I stepped up two ticks into the 77th percentile. I now am leading one Yahoo expert, Eric Planer, by four points. I am trailing the others, but am slowly gaining ground. Greg Vara has me by 23 points, Mike Arkush has me by 51 points, and Matt Romig is still slapping me around with his 191 point lead.
It’s bombs away at TPC Cromwell, so let’s see who I am riding this week:
Start Kenny Perry
Sit Scott Verplank
Start Retief Goosen and Bo Van Pelt
Sit Stewart Cink and Hunter Mahan
Start Ricky Barnes
Sit Rickie Fowler
Before we jump into the six pack, here are some honorable mentions: Cink 25:1, Mahan 28:1, Perry 28:1, Barnes 50:1, Snedeker 40:1, Weekley 50:1, and Michael Allen 125:1
Let’s crack open a nice warm six pack, shall we?