Wednesday, June 17, 2009
It's the US Open at Bethpage Black. Do you know what that means? It means bogeys and lots of them. The last time the US Open was held at Bethpage only one player, Tigger Woo, finished under par and only one player, The Titties, finished at even par
4 People to Watch to Contend
Obvious is Obvious- Tigger Woo - Picking Tiger to win is chalklity chalk goodness, so I'm going to avoid that. His case is obvious. He's the best player in the world still. He's the defending US Open Champion. He's won the previous US Open held at Bethpage Black. He just won his last tournament in come back fashion. And well his in contention every tournament.
From Poop to Promiseland - Sergio Garcia - Senor Sergio has been terrible this year. He's currently ranked #120. He has yet to record a top 10 finish and only has one top 20 finish. Plus his track record in the US Open isn't that stellar. But his track record at Bethpage in the one tournament held on the course is there. He finished 4th back in 2002, so perhaps this is the time for Sergio to make a run at the trophy? Probably not.
The Slightly Off His Rocker Brit - Ian Poulter - I think he might be slightly nuts, but he did play well at both the Masters and the TPC this year. The US Open is a different monster, but with the right set of pants worn, Poulter will be in contention again.
There is No Darkhorse - Padraig Harrington - I usually go with a Darkhorse in each of these columns, but I can't convince myself to pick any darkhorse for this tournament. Why? Look at the 2002 leaderboard. It's big time names, and Paddy finished in the top 10 then when he wasn't a huge name player. He's gonna be in the running.
3 People Who Might Surpisingly Miss the Cut
The Young American - Anthony Kim - Kim burst on the scene last year with a terrific summer and a solid Ryder Cup. This year he's been a bit more mediocre, especially when it comes to recent events. In his past 5 tournaments he's missed the cut twice and hasn't finished above 40th. Not quite the momentum to bring into Bethpage.
The Aussie - Adam Scott - If you've been paying attention than you're probably saying, umm if Adam Scott makes the cut it will be surprising. The former "next big thing", has been brutal this year. In his last 8 events his missed the cut 7 times. I repeat missed the cut 7 times. The one time he actually made the cut he finished 66th.
The Dick - Rory Sabbatini - Screw Rory Sabbatini.
2 People to Root For this Weekend
The Great Hat - Shingo Katayama - I <3 Shingo and his hat. Noooooo, Shingo withdrew due to back problems. Sad Face.
The Qualifiers - You have no idea who any of these guys are. They're the club pros who had a few things swing their way during qualifying and now have the chance to produce their very own version of Tin Cup. You can't help but hope that some guy out of nowhere winds up with a 2 stroke lead on Sunday looking at Tiger and Titties in the rearview mirror.
The Titties- Do I really think this is going to be right? No. But I'm picking the Titties for 2 reasons. First of all, it would easily be the best story if the Titties won while his wife was undergoing procedures to deal with her recently diagnosed Breast Cancer. Secondly, I really want to get my Callaway Driver for free.