Forecasting the 2016 Ryder Cup: August 22nd

Paul Azinger and whatever the hell this is at the 2002 Ryder Cup.

Paul Azinger and whatever the hell this is at the 2002 Ryder Cup.

We’re just over a month away from the Ryder Cup, and I’m almost as excited as Paul Azinger is above. This will likely be the last Ryder Cup Forecasting post that I do before the event, as the qualification period ends after the Barclays on the PGA Tour and the Made in Denmark event on the European Tour.

Just two quick reminders: First, the Americans have four captain’s picks available, while Europe only has three and second, if you want to see full match play records for each of the players mentioned in this piece, you can click on their bolded names and see the results.

Previous Forecasting posts: February 9th – April 19th – June 29th

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Can we stop talking about what’s wrong with Rory McIlroy?

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Rory McIlroy’s last major victory came at the PGA Championship two years ago. In the time since that win at Valhalla, Rory has played in 42 events worldwide, winning five times and placing inside the top-15 in 30 of those 42 starts. He’s got 8 top-5 finishes in fifteen starts this year alone. Admittedly, Rory most certainly does not qualify as “most players,” but for most players, that would be the definition of a fantastic run of golf. For Rory, this stretch has meant that according to some, he has fallen behind the pack.

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This week: Match play, Carnoustie and Canada

In case you haven’t seen these previews before, I come at them from the standpoint of whether or not it’s worth your time to tune in based on a variety of factors. Field strength, TV schedule (North America) and the course are the three main factors at play when discussing the watchability of each event, along with whatever notes I can dig up that contributes to its quality. Each event is then given a Miller score (because Johnny Miller really is the best) out of ten. I usually only focus on the PGA and European Tours because that’s where my knowledge tends to sit.

This week: The RBC Canadian Open, the UL International Crown, the Senior Open Championship. Note that there is also the Web.com Tour event in Utah this week, but that won’t be covered in this post.

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Thoughts on the 2016 Open Championship

Stenson trophy

Henrik Stenson won the Open Championship on Sunday at Royal Troon, holding off Phil Mickelson to claim his first major championship victory. Here are my takeaways from the week.

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Video Review: The 1989 Open Championship Playoff

Mark Calcavecchia, Wayne Grady and Greg Norman pose for a photo before starting their playoff at the 1989 Open Championship.

Mark Calcavecchia, Wayne Grady and Greg Norman pose for a photo before starting their playoff at the 1989 Open Championship.

Have you ever gone on YouTube and realized that two hours later, you’re still watching Seve Ballesteros videos? What about Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, or instructional videos from Bobby Jones? You can get caught in an endless number of rabbit holes on YouTube, especially if you know where to look and so I figured that I could probably turn some of these videos into actual posts. We’ll keep it light, embed the videos and have some fun with screenshots, GIFs and commentary. If something has been bolded, you can click on it for more information.

With the Open Championship being played this week at Royal Troon, I decided to take a look back at the 1989 tournament held over the famous Scottish links. That event went to a four hole aggregate playoff between Mark Calcavecchia, Wayne Grady and Greg Norman.

Previous Video Review posts: Tiger’s first PGA Tour win in Las VegasBallesteros and Trevino vs. Aoki and Faldo in the One Club Challenge

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This week: The Open Championship and the Barbasol

In case you haven’t seen these previews before, I come at them from the standpoint of whether or not it’s worth your time to tune in based on a variety of factors. Field strength, TV schedule (North America) and the course are the three main factors at play when discussing the watchability of each event, along with whatever notes I can dig up that contributes to its quality. Each event is then given a Miller score (because Johnny Miller really is the best) out of ten. I usually only focus on the PGA and European Tours because that’s where my knowledge tends to sit.

This week: The Open Championship and the Barbasol Championship.

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On the USGA, the Rules of Golf and HD cameras

On Sunday at CordeValle, Brittany (not Bethany) Lang won the U.S. Women’s Open, defeating Anna Nordqvist in a three-hole playoff. It’s Lang’s second career win on the LPGA Tour and her first major, but unfortunately, her win is being overshadowed by another USGA rules issue just a few weeks after Dustin Johnson was penalized at Oakmont.

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This week: The Scottish Open and the U.S. Women’s Open

In case you haven’t seen these previews before, I come at them from the standpoint of whether or not it’s worth your time to tune in based on a variety of factors. Field strength, TV schedule (North America) and the course are the three main factors at play when discussing the watchability of each event, along with whatever notes I can dig up that contributes to its quality. Each event is then given a Miller score (because Johnny Miller really is the best) out of ten. I usually only focus on the PGA and European Tours because that’s where my knowledge tends to sit.

This week: The Scottish Open and the U.S. Women’s Open. Note that the PGA Tour is taking the week off as the scheduled stop, the Greenbrier, was cancelled due to the awful flooding in the West Virginia area.

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Forecasting the 2016 Ryder Cup: June 29th

Sergio gets a little bit of redemption on the 6th, winning the hole with a long putt.

Sergio gets a little bit of redemption on the 6th, winning the hole with a long putt.

Three months.

That’s all that’s left before we see the best competition in golf, and the 2016 Ryder Cup is looking like a very intriguing event with lots of new faces to go along with seasoned veterans on both sides. It’s been a couple of months since I last took a look at the rosters and how each team stacks up, so below, you’ll find each team’s qualified players, those who are on the bubble, five thoughts on the roster and who I would select as my captain’s picks if the competition started today.

Before we take a look at where each team stands, note that American captain Davis Love III will be making four additional captains picks after his qualifiers, while Darren Clarke will be selecting three Europeans to take to Hazeltine in addition to his nine qualified players. Also, whenever a player’s name is bolded, you can go to his match play record page to get full details on all the matches he has played across all competitions.

Previous Forecasting posts: February 9th – April 19th

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This week: Firestone, Reno and France

In case you haven’t seen these previews before, I come at them from the standpoint of whether or not it’s worth your time to tune in based on a variety of factors. Field strength, TV schedule (North America) and the course are the three main factors at play when discussing the watchability of each event, along with whatever notes I can dig up that contributes to its quality. Each event is then given a Miller score (because Johnny Miller really is the best) out of ten. I usually only focus on the PGA and European Tours because that’s where my knowledge tends to sit.

This week: The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the Barracuda Championship and the Open de France.

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