I just found the odds to win the (British) Open Championship. No surprise that Rory McIlory and now Justin Rose (after the Scottish Open win last week) are the top favorites. Tiger Woods is an 18-1 to win. The bookies know people will bet on him regardless. But I wonder, and please comment in your opinion on this, if Tiger Woods will make the cut at The Open.
Do you think Woods will make the cut?
Odds to win the Open Championship
Rory McIlroy: 14-1
Justin Rose: 14-1
Adam Scott: 16-1
Henrik Stenson: 16-1
Tiger Woods: 18-1
Martin Kaymer: 20-1
Phil Mickelson: 20-1
Graham McDowell: 25-1
Sergio Garcia: 25-1
Dustin Johnson: 33-1
Jason Day: 33-1
Rickie Fowler: 33-1
Jordan Spieth: 33-1
Bubba Watson: 40-1
Luke Donald: 40-1
Matt Kuchar: 40-1
Lee Westwood: 40-1
Angel Cabrera: 50-1
Brandt Snedeker: 50-1
Hideki Matsuyama: 50-1
Ian Poulter: 50-1
Paul Casey: 50-1
Thomas Bjorn: 50-1
Zach Johnson: 50-1
The Scottish Open is this week, along with the Women’s British Open. What a great time of year, where we golfers over the pond get to watch REAL golf for a change, links golf. Links golf is not the over-watered, over-fertilized, over-soft resort golf we have here in the USA. The ball bounces and rolls forever over there. Creativity and imagination are required to play well in real golf, unlike much of the dart board style golf we have here where we can hit 4-irons at the pin and the ball sticks within three feet…
Given how hard the ground is over there on Scottish courses, I’m not all that surprised at all that Rory McIlory could drive a par-4 green which was 436 yards. At Carnoustie last year I hit a 5-iron for my second shot on the par-4 15th hole from 255 yards. I was past pin high. Just imagine if you could tee off down the runway of an airport with a tail wind. That’s Rory’s shot. Still, the feat is very impressive. Here’s the video below:
McIlory apparently told Ian Poulter, who was in the group in front of him, that he hit 3-wood off the tee. Hehe. I still think when his swing is “on” and his timing is right, there’s no better ball striker on the planet than Rory McIlory.
Phil Mickelson won last year’s Scottish Open, prior to winning the (British) Open Championship. Phil is the only guy I can think of that can actually hit lob wedges on real links courses. Now there’s a video challenge of some sort where players see if they can flop one over a cardboard cutout of Phil:
Speaking of Phil and his short game, during a practice round a fan captured Phil hitting a backward flop shot. Unreal.
Ever have your luggage lost or damaged by an airline? I have many times. I can’t remember the comedian who said this but I love the joke: “I walked up to the airline ticket counter and asked them for a ticket to New York but I wanted my bags to go to L.A. The lady told me ‘we can’t do that!’ I asked her why not? You did it last week.”
Apparently global golf superstar Rory McIlory is not much different than us regular folks. He flew United to Ireland to compete in the Irish Open. Unfortunately for Rory, his clubs didn’t make it. Golf clubs are pretty important for professional golfers, so I’m told. From Twitter:
On another note, McIlroy announced that he will represent his home country of Ireland in the 2016 summer Olympics. Perhaps United will have his clubs back to him by then?
Greetings from 33,000 feet, the day after the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst’s #2 course came to a conclusion. While flying to the next Hooked on Golf Blog World Tour stop I’m attempting to write on my Google Nexus 7 tablet, which is working okay, albeit a bit slow and clunky on the typing end. Can’t use my laptop. Not enough room as Delta has cut down on space. No I’m not in first class. I’m on a golf blogger budget. I apologize in advance for typos and autocorrect errors.
Below are a few comments on this year’s U.S. Open, the players and the venue.
This is the first major championship other than the Masters where the golf course may have been the biggest star. This Donald Ross design had recently been restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Gone was the rough and in its place was native sand with small grass clumps and bushes. The edges were much more rugged and purposefully unkept. The ground was hard and brown, like Scottish links courses.
In short it was a beautiful example of modern minimalist golf design. I especially liked seeing puffs of dust when players would hit from the fairway. That is real golf folks. Not the over-watered, overly-green salad bars most of american golf courses have become. Easy on the ranch dressing please.
Barring the scoring of the winner, German golfer Martin Kaymer, I think the United States Golf Association’s setup produced what they wanted, a couple of players at or just below par.
Raise your hand if you thought Martin Kaymer would win. If you thought he would lap the field, quit your day job and go into sports betting or perhaps fortune telling.
After starting the tournament with two five-under 65’s, Kaymer was untouchable. He would have had to melt down in Normanesque fashion for anyone else to have a chance. That didn’t happen.
Kaymer looked to be playing a different course than the rest of the field. The German golfer was flying down the autobahn in a Porsche 911 while the rest of the field was driving a 1993 Buick on Louisiana State Road 85.
Final winning margin: seven strokes.
Kaymer now has two majors (2011 PGA Championship) and THE PLAYERS (always write that in ALL CAPS, that’s what they do) Championship win earlier this year.
With Tiger Woods out of the tournament while still recovering from back surgery, Phil Mickelson was star the ever-predictable golf media glommed onto. I think many golf scribes already had their stories written for when Phil won the U.S. Open and completed the career grand slam. That didn’t happen.
Rory McIlroy was the Las Vegas odds favorite to win. He did play some solid Open golf, but like most of the field could not get close enough to threaten. He was on the dance floor but could not hear the band.
Better known for his apparel than his golf game, Rickie Fowler might have claimed a major championship if Kaymer was not in the field. The golfer/traffic cone gained respectability tying for 2nd place. His Sunday orange outfit was subdued compared to the usual “traffic cone” look. This orange and white combo had more of a cream sickle look. Fortunately the cream sickle didn’t melt. That could have been messy.
Mentioned about 45.2 billion times in the broadcast was the story of Eric Compton. What a story, having reached a tie for 2nd place having undergone TWO heart transplants.
The guy has a lot of heart. I’ll be here all week. Try the veal.
Interesting to note who missed the cut. Some very big names failed to make the weekend including Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, and El Gato (Angel Cabrera). Luke Donald can only be described as a major disappointment.