Open Championship Thoughts

The 2015 Open Championship was so wonderfully weird and awesome. We had the best young American player in decades chasing history, compelling talents trying to climb the major mountain for the first time and a legend said goodbye to the world’s most iconic venue. If that wasn’t enough, we had a weather delay that seemed incredibly avoidable and the 54-hole lead was shared by an a relatively obscure amateur attempting to become the first non-professional to win the Open sine Bobby Jones in 1930. In short, it was a lot of fun and one of the best major championships we’ve seen in a long, long time. Below are some thoughts on the events that unfolded over the past five days as we saw Zach Johnson become the 2015 Champion Golfer of the Year.

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Open Championship Betting Preview – theScore

It’s Open Championship week, and once again I’m helping theScore with some preview material for the event. The first piece is a quick betting preview, where Gino Bottero, Justin Bourne and myself select a favourite, someone from the middle of the pack and a long shot that we think has the best chance of winning. My three picks are Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer and Charl Schwartzel.

Full article can be found by clicking this link.

Can Tiger Woods win the Open Championship?

tiger twirl st andrews

Tiger Woods has always said that he wouldn’t play in a tournament if he thought he couldn’t win it. The last time that happened was at the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which included a second round 61, allowing Tiger to cruise to a seven shot win over Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson. Of course, as we all know, the last time Tiger won a major championship was the 2008 U.S. Open when he defeated Rocco Mediate in an 18 hole playoff at Torrey Pines.

Depending on the book you use, Tiger is currently sitting around 35-1 to win the Open Championship this week. So, what we can we expect out of the 241st ranked player in the world at St. Andrews? Can he win?

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Rickie Fowler wins the Scottish Open

Rickie wins the Scottish Open.

Rickie wins the Scottish Open.

Rickie Fowler made birdie on the final hole at Gullane on Sunday, besting Matt Kuchar by one shot to take the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

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Danny Lee wins the Greenbrier

Danny Lee taps in for the win.

Danny Lee taps in for the win.

Danny Lee won the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday in West Virginia, outlasting Robert Streb, Kevin Kisner and David Hearn in a playoff for his first PGA Tour victory.

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Thoughts on the 2015 U.S. Open

It was a pretty crazy week, wasn’t it? So much happened at Chambers Bay that instead of trying to wrap up just the final round, I’m going to post some thoughts in point form and we’ll see how long it gets. Also, please make sure that you read both Kyle Porter and Shane Ryan on Sunday’s crazy finish. They’re both more than worth your time.

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U.S. Open: Ten Best Winning Storylines – theScore

My last preview piece for theScore, looking at the ten best winning storylines for the U.S. Open: Part One and Part Two.

U.S. Open Course Walkthrough – theScore

My second preview piece for theScore is a sponsored article for Johnnie Walker, and it takes a look at Chambers Bay and how it’s pretty much a mystery to everyone playing there this week.

The full article can be read by clicking on this link.

U.S. Open Betting Preview – theScore

It’s U.S. Open week, and once again I’m helping theScore with some preview material for the event. The first piece is a quick betting preview, where Gino Bottero, Justin Bourne and myself select a favourite, someone from the middle of the pack and a long shot that we think has the best chance of winning. My three picks are Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter.

Full article can be found by clicking this link.

Shane Ryan, Paige Mackenzie and the role of a journalist

Patrick Reed (Courtesy: Zimbio.com)

Patrick Reed (Courtesy: Zimbio.com)

(Disclaimer: Shane Ryan sent me a copy of his book, “Slaying The Tiger: A Year Inside the Ropes on the New PGA Tour”. I have not finished it yet, and while that fact does not change my view on the below article, I felt that it was worth mentioning.)

As you may have heard, there’s a new book out this week from author Shane Ryan titled “Slaying The Tiger: A Year Inside the Ropes on the New PGA Tour”, which as I’m sure you can tell by the title, is about the new wave of players on tour as golf finds itself in the post-Tiger Woods era. Just to give you a little background, Ryan is not a golf writer by the most standard of definitions. In fact, before an excerpt of his book was released about Patrick Reed, Ryan was definitely known more for his writing about other topics than anything he had ever done on golf, but for most of 2014, he followed the PGA Tour as they went around the United States and the end result was this book.

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