The New Golden Child

Congrats to Justin Thomas on taking down the 2017 PGA Championship!  He is now the newest first time major winner.  With three wins already this season it was going to be a success, but this cherry on top makes it one to remember forever.

JT put together a wonderful final round that was a bit sloppy at the end, but had plenty of precision when it mattered most.  The cushion on 18 was crucial as it allowed him to play that super difficult hole a little differently.

The PGA is a great tournament for him to win with his father and grandfather being PGA professionals.  That makes this a storybook ending that the media will eat up. It was awesome to see his parents overwhelmed with joy at his victory.  Also seeing Jordan, Rickie, and some other players stick around until the end was cool.  These guys want to beat each other, but aren’t afraid to support their friends when they are in contention.

Well played, Justin!

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2017 PGA Championship Picks

Three posts in a week, now we’re cooking with gas!  Don’t get to used to this though as I still have a real job :).

The last major of 2017 is upon us.  I am pretty excited about this one due to the proximity.  I won’t be able to make it up to the event, but Quail Hollow is a course I have walked around plenty.  It will be a great challenge to the pros and always seems to crown impressive winners.

Before I get into the picks, I wanted to take a moment to address the recent news that the PGA Championship is going to move to May.  I think this is a great idea for a few reasons.

First, it opens up the tournament for many more venues.  Courses in the south and west can definitely host more easily.  One thing I like about the PGA is that it tends to go to newer venues even though the US Open has been changing its tune on that front.  The new date may allow viewers to see tracks they wouldn’t otherwise.  Let’s get back to Riviera and Champions Golf Club.  Let’s see new places in California, Texas, Oklahoma, and The Carolinas.

Second, football is king in September.  NEWSFLASH!!!  I am not the first person to share this opinion, but golf should end by early September and give these guys a break.  I miss the Silly Season and Fall events that are low stress for everyone but guys fighting for their cards.  I want to see more mixed team events, more events with players mic’ed up, and more events that are just different from 72-hole stroke play.  Bonus opinion: Will this allow us to bring back the Skins Game? Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Third, this sets up an action packed stretch of golf from March to August.  The Players, The Masters, and onward.  I’m all for it!  Then when the calendar hits September I can be all in on football with the exception of the Presidents/Ryder Cups.  Coincidentally those tournaments make for great tailgate viewing.

Alright, now on to who I think will take home the hardware.  I will stick with my initial pick at the beginning of the year.  Rickie Fowler kicks in the door and wins. My reasoning?  Quail is a place he has had success and I just think his time in coming.  If not now, within the next two years.

Other players that I think will be in the mix…

  1. Rory McIlroy – He should live at Quail Hollow.  He plays the course extremely well and seems to always be in contention here.  I almost wanted to pick him to win.
  2. Hideki Matsuyama – Guy is just on fire right now.
  3. Jordan Spieth – He always seems to be around the lead anyway, but I don’t think he completes the Career Slam this time.  Contrary to popular belief, it is hard.

I’m not a dark horse is going to win this tournament.  A lot of big name guys have decent form coming into the tournament.  Let’s sit back and enjoy what hopefully is a great event.

 

Spieth The Magician

That was an incredible finish from Jordan Spieth this past Sunday!  As a fan, I spent most of the final round feeling terrible that he was going to let another major slip away.

And then came The Drop.  The drive Spieth hit so far right ended up with him having to drop his ball on the driving range.  What happened on the following holes was spectacular, but what I think really won him the tournament was the bogey he made after that drive.  It kept him within shouting distance and set up the fiery stretch on the next few holes.

Another thing that stood out to me was the sportsmanship between Kuchar and Spieth.  Jordan apologized for the delay and Matt was very gracious.  It was the epitome of classiness.

Spieth now joins some rarefied air.  He’s got three legs of the career Grand Slam before his 24th birthday.  He’ll have the chance to complete it as Quail Hollow next month.  I hope to be there to see it.

Why I Play The Courses I Play

I wanted to get something out there to explain some of my reasons for playing certain courses.  This is prompted because I get a lot of recommendations for courses to play when I travel.  I want those to keep coming, so please don’t misunderstand what is to follow. Continue reading “Why I Play The Courses I Play”

2017 Open Championship Picks

I haven’t had a lot of time to write lately so this post is going up late.  It’s also going to be a little shorter than usual.

I’m going with one pick, Jordan Spieth.  I’ve been thinking he would win this tournament since the end of last season.  His game fits the course and he has taken a nice bit of time off so he should be well rested.

With all golf tournaments you just never know.  I also like Justin Rose and Jon Rahm this week.

There you have it, short and sweet.  Enjoy the Open, one of my favorite events of the year.

Playing Alone

Playing golf alone can be one of the most gratifying experiences in the game.  Don’t get me wrong I love to tee it up with others most of the time, but there is something about getting out early by yourself and flying around the course.  Because let’s be honest, it’s no fun playing by yourself if you’re stuck behind a bunch of foursomes. Continue reading “Playing Alone”