2011 U.S. Open Round One Thoughts

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, June 16th, 2011
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2011 U.S. Open - CongressionalRound one of the 2011 U.S. Open is completed.  Today’s competition had many interesting story lines and I won’t be able to address all of them.

Rory McIlroy

The biggest storyline is obviously Rory McIlroy, my pick to win by the way.  I have the tweet to prove it.  I watched Rory’s entire round today.  His first swing, on hole #10, was pure and the ball flew right over the flag stick on that par-3.  Despite watching the struggles of Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, McIlroy dropped a 65.  The nearest two competitors are Y.E. Yang and Charl Schwartzel, both with 68’s.

“Everything felt pretty good out there today and hopefully I can just keep it going out there tomorrow.” ~Rory McIlroy on his round today

“If you keep putting yourself there, sooner or later its going to happen for you.” ~Rory McIlroy on finishing off a major championship

I’ve enjoyed watching McIlroy play the last couple of years.  Today I was watching his swing closely and at this point I’d have to say that there’s no better swing in the game right now, except for mine of course.  I love watching his balance.

Statistically Rory was incredible today.  He missed ONE green in a U.S. Open, and that particular one he got up and down for par.  No bogeys in an Open.

Phil Mickelson

Phil started out on #10 with Rory as part of the featured group which also included Dustin Johnson.  Phil’s tee shot ended up finding the drink short of the par-3, and he would record a double bogey on his first hole.  He was spraying his 2-iron all over the course, spending a lot of time at what my buddies and I would call “the salad bar,” the deep stuff.  At one point I thought Phil might shoot himself right out of the tournament as he hit a driver out of the rough with a tree in his back swing.  Instead, Phil stayed in the pack turning in a round which looked like an 83 but was only a +3 74.

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson found TWO hazards on his 2nd hole, carding a triple bogey just like his 2nd hole last year in the final round at Pebble’s U.S. Open.  Aside from that hole, Dustin’s round was solid and he only added one more stroke over par to finish at a +4 75.

Robert Rock Rocks!

Who the heck is Robert Rock?  He doesn’t even have a bio photo on his profile page of the PGA Tour’s Major Championship site.  This English player had issues with his visa and had been working on getting that taken care of once he’d qualified for the U.S. Open two weeks prior.  In order to expedite the process and get all the legal issues taken care of to travel to the USA for the Open, he had to fork out about $16,000.  Then he rolls into Newark NJ last night very late, hiring a car to take him to Bethesda, Maryland.  The hired car was $1000.

Rock proceeded to play some great golf having never seen Congressional Country Club in person.  His fatigued and inexperienced round of -1 70 was very impressive.

My prediction on twitter this morning

I want to call it an international player. Love to see McIlroy. My top USA picks would be Nick Watney or Kuchar.

Other Story Lines

There are so many other story lines, like the condition of the course.  David Feherty said in the post round TGC broadcast that the greens were bad.  Paraphrasing.  Keep in mind that U.S. Open greens are typically dry and hard.  Casual fans who only watch majors will be wondering why the course isn’t pretty and perfectly green like Augusta and the Masters.

I’ve got to stop. So much more to talk about, and it is only the first round. Can’t wait to see what unfolds tomorrow.


Shaky start for Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson at U.S. Open

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, June 16th, 2011
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2011 U.S. Open - CongressionalThe featured group for today’s first round of the U.S. Open at Congressional is Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy.  The group started on the back nine about 20 minutes ago.

Phil Mickelson’s tee shot on the par-3 10th found the water hazard short, and he ended up carding a double bogey. Tough to start a U.S. Open with a double.

Dustin Johnson on the 11th hole (the featured group’s 2nd) found a creek to the right of the long par-4 off the tee.  His 3rd shot found the water hazard right of the green.  His putt for double slid right and he ends up making a triple.

Rory McIlroy is playing with these two, trying not get that bit of a bad vibe.  He’s even par after two holes.

UPDATE

Mickelson made birdie on #12, bringing it back to +1.  McIlroy made birdie on #12 to get to -1.  Johnson had a birdie chance but make par on #12 to stay at +3.


2011 U.S. Open Players List

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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2011 U.S. Open Players List By Name & Country2011 U.S. Open - Congressional

Brad Adamonis, United States of America
Robert Allenby, Australia
Aaron Baddeley, Australia
Sang-Moon Bae, Korea
Briny Baird, United States of America
Michael Barbosa (A), United States of America
Scott Barr, Australia
Brad Benjamin (A), United States of America
Bennett Blakeman, United States of America
Zack Byrd, United States of America
Jonathan Byrd, United States of America
Angel Cabrera, Argentina
Chad Campbell, United States of America
Michael Campbell, New Zealand
Patrick Cantlay (A), United States of America
Paul Casey, England
William (Bud) Cauley, United States of America
Alex Cejka, Czech Republic
Greg Chalmers, Australia
Kevin Chappell, United States of America
K.J. Choi, Korea
David Chung (A), United States of America
Stewart Cink, United States of America
Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium
Ben Crane, United States of America
Jason Day, Australia
Christopher DeForest, United States of America
Bubba Dickerson, United States of America
Robert Dinwiddie, England
Luke Donald, England
Jason Dufner, United States of America
Johan Edfors, Sweden
Matthew Edwards, United States of America
John Ellis, United States of America
Ernie Els, South Africa
Rickie Fowler, United States of America
Harrison Frazar, United States of America
Hiroyuki Fujita, Japan
Fred Funk, United States of America
Jim Furyk, United States of America
Stephen Gallacher, Scotland
Sergio Garcia, Spain
Robert Garrigus, United States of America
Brian Gay, United States of America
Elliot Gealy, United States of America
Lucas Glover, United States of America
Andres Gonzales, United States of America
Retief Goosen, South Africa
Christo Greyling, South Africa
Bill Haas, United States of America
Adam Hadwin, Canada
Todd Hamilton, United States of America
Peter Hanson, Sweden
Padraig Harrington, Ireland
Andreas Harto, Denmark
Gregory Havret, France
Wes Heffernan, Canada
Scott Hend, Australia
Russell Henley (A), United States of America
J.J. Henry, United States of America
Justin Hicks, United States of America
Charley Hoffman, United States of America
Beau Hossler (A), United States of America
David Howell, England
Jesse Hutchins, United States of America
Trevor Immelman, South Africa
Steve Irwin (A), United States of America
Ryo Ishikawa, Japan
Fredrik Jacobson, Sweden
Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain
Brandt Jobe, United States of America
Dustin Johnson, United States of America
Zach Johnson, United States of America
Sunghoon Kang, Korea
Robert Karlsson, Sweden
Martin Kaymer, Germany
Dae-Hyun Kim, Korea
Do-Hoon Kim, Korea
Anthony Kim, United States of America
Kyung-Tae Kim, Korea
Kenichi Kuboya, Japan
Matt Kuchar, United States of America
Maarten Lafeber, Netherlands
Martin Laird, Scotland
Joey Lamielle, United States of America
Marc Leishman, Australia
Thomas Levet, France
Brian Locke, United States of America
Adam Long, United States of America
Davis Love III, United States of America
Shane Lowry, Ireland
Hunter Mahan, United States of America
Matteo Manassero, Italy
David May, United States of America
Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland
Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland
Phil Mickelson, United States of America
Jon Mills, Canada
Edoardo Molinari, Italy
Francesco Molinari, Italy
Ryan Moore, United States of America
Kevin Na, United States of America
Ryan Nelson, United States of America
Seung Yul Noh, Korea
Alexander Noren, Sweden
Nick O’Hern, Australia
Geoff Ogilvy, Australia
Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa
Jeff Overton, United States of America
Ryan Palmer, United States of America
Cheng-Tsung Pan (A), Chinese Taipei
Brett Patterson (A,), United States of America
Tim Petrovic, United States of America
Scott Piercy, United States of America
Scott Pinckney (A), United States of America
D.A. Points, United States of America
Ian Poulter, England
Michael Putnam, United States of America
Alvaro Quiros, Spain
Chez Reavie, United States of America
Matthew Richardson, England
Alexandre Rocha, Brazil
Robert Rock, England
Justin Rose, England
Rory Sabbatini, South Africa
Sam Saunders, United States of America
Charl Schwartzel, South Africa
Adam Scott, Australia
John Senden, Australia
Marcel Siem, Germany
Webb Simpson, United States of America
Geoffrey Sisk, United States of America
Heath Slocum, United States of America
Michael Smith, United States of America
Brandt Snedeker, United States of America
Henrik Stenson, Sweden
Kevin Streelman, United States of America
Steve Stricker, United States of America
Michael Tobiason Jr., United States of America
David Toms, United States of America
Kirk Triplett, United States of America
Ty Tryon, United States of America
Marcel Turnesa, United States of America
Peter Uihlein (A), United States of America
Bo Van Pelt, United States of America
Camilo Villegas, Colombia
Nick Watney, United States of America
Bubba Watson, United States of America
Lee Westwood, England
Michael Whitehead, United States of America
Will Wilcox, United States of America
Chris Williams (A), United States of America
Chris Wilson, United States of America
Mark Wilson, United States of America
Gary Woodland, United States of America
Y.E. Yang, Korea


Memorial TV Schedule

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
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Great week on the PGA Tour this week. It is Jack Nicklaus’ tournament, The Memorial. Phil Mickelson will be in action.  Tiger Woods still injured and will not.

Below are the TV times. Set your DVR.

Days Network Times
Thursday, June 2 GOLF CHANNEL 3:00PM – 6:00PM (ET)
Friday, June 3 GOLF CHANNEL 3:00PM – 6:00PM (ET)
Saturday, June 4 GOLF CHANNEL

CBS

12:30PM – 2:30PM (ET)

3:00PM – 6:00PM (ET)

Sunday, June 5 GOLF CHANNEL

CBS

12:00PM – 2:00PM (ET)

2:30PM – 6:00PM (ET)


Rounds 3 and 4 to be completed today at TPC – PLAYERS Sunday TV Schedule

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, May 15th, 2011
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Due to the weather delay yesterday, they were not able to complete the 3rd round of THE PLAYERS Championship at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.  Third round will be completed early this morning (Sunday) and then the final round. Extended Sunday coverage is listed below.

Sunday’s PLAYERS Championship TV Schedule

8:45am-2:00pm ET Golf Channel
2:00pm-7:00pm ET NBC


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