US OPEN 2011 at Congressional: Eve of Destruction or Glory Days?

Thomas MorelandSenior Writer IJune 15, 2011

Bubba in 2011!!
Bubba in 2011!!Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Pick the winner of the US Open this season?

Even if I were to give you my six best picks this season, I doubt if they would win.

Has anyone reading these articles attempted to play golf in 90 degree weather, extremely challenging conditions, and super fast greens?

Oh, and you'll also be playing against the best players in the world, whose game, in their own dismal brains, does not seem to be quite right, shooting 66 the day before in practice.

One more side-note. Tiger Woods has been my pick to win the US Open for the last 14 years, so the field is wide open, baby.

Here's my educated guess on who comes up with this year's trophy.

Eve of Destruction Pick:

Phil Mickelson, to melt down slowly but surely through four days of awful heat and humidity, and to zip back to Arizona in his Jet.

Glory Days Pick:             

Bubba Watson—I love the name, he hits the ball a mile, and he's a little guy. Bubba is high on the Fed Ex points list so far, and playing well. Bubba Watson brings home the US Open in 2011. That has a nice ring to it.

Honestly, you might as well set up a dartboard with 60-75 good players on tour this season and throw darts.

In these conditions, I also like Steve Stricker. Stricker is all business, and if he can get hot with that putter, look out.

Luke Donald will not be a factor this week. It will be too hot! 

Matt Kuchar has been playing well for three years straight now, and you better throw that name in the hat every time he tee's it up.

Nick Watney and K J Choi are of course playing well, and deserve mention too.

Now, here's your bona fide sleeper pick to take home the trophy, in case these other five guys don't seem to have what it takes to beat all the best players in the world this weekend.

Ricky Fowler, in his orange popsicle outfit, may be on SportsCenter on Sunday. Good luck to all the great players and hopefully someone from the US can win the US Open.