I was browsing channels on the tv waiting for the US Open Championships to start, when I chanced upon the finals match of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships at Baltusrol Golf Club’s Upper Course between Michael Thorbjornsen of Wellesley, Massachusetts against Akshay Bhatia from Wake Forest, North Carolina.
It was an exciting match play duel between the two best junior golfer in America with Michael needing the whole 36 holes to edge out a 1up win over Akshay. No one was in complete control of the match until the last hole as the two traded knockout blows that either seems able to counter when finding themselves a hole down. I was particularly impressed with Michael’s swing as it was fundamentally sound and very powerful compared to that of Akshay who is a southpaw.
In the end it was Michael who triumphed in the duel and considering this was his first Junior Championships and two more to go makes you wonder if he can do a Tiger Triple which is a long shot but not impossible. With this win Michael qualified to play for the US Open Championship next year making the young golfer visibly excited at the privilege of being able to play at one of the prestigious majors of professional golf.
Tiger Woods is tied 5th after moving day Saturday at the Open Championships in Carnoustie, Scotland. My Dream of watching Tiger get his fourth Open Championship Title is very much alive after Tiger scored an amazing 5-Under Par 66 catapulting himself up near the top of the standings and giving the young guns on top something to worry about.
Tiger will be teeing it off later around 2:25 in the afternoon together with recent PGA winner Italian Francesco Molinari who himself had a low moving day score of 6-Under 65. Winds will be expected to be much stronger today compared to yesterday making it much harder to score low for those on top of the standings. Pin placements are also difficult today so I’m really looking forward to watching how Tiger will overcome the hurdles of Carnoustie and play good enough to catch up and overtake the leaders and get his 4th Open title.
On top of the heap is defending Open Champion Jordan Speith who played exceptional yesterday to grab pole position and will likely do everything to achieve a very special back to back Open Championship title. Jordan will be a very formidable obstacle to hurdle if Tiger wants to win today, I just hope that Tigers game would be a notch higher than those of Jordan, Kevin, Xander and Francesco later. GO TIGER!
Korean Superstar In-Gee Chun is trying to end her title drought by winning the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic at Legends Championships Course in Oneida Wisconsin. In-Gee scored a first day 5-under 67 and followed it up today with a 6-under 66 to place her tied 3rd and very well within striking distance of the friday leader Sei Young Kim.
In-Gee came very close several times last year in capturing a title but has always come up short by placing runner-up to the likes of Ariya Jutanugarn and Jin Young Ko. I’m pretty optimistic In-Gee will win more than one title this year and by playing more tournaments this year her chances of winning goes even higher.
Current leader Sei Young Kim is also on a roll this week and would serve as a formidable brick wall to In-Gee Chun’s path to victory. Sei Young carted a 63 and 65 the first two days to lead second placer Yu Liu by 4 strokes and I’m looking forward to what happens at tomorrow’s moving day Saturday.
Francesco Molinari came out the final round bringing with him his best game of the year as he demolished the field with an 8-under round and winning the tournament by whopping 8 strokes. It seems as Francesco cannot do any wrong as he hit the greens with amazing accuracy and sealing it off with unbelievable putting that seems to find the hole everytime.
The tournament was sealed by Francesco at the Par 5 Hole No.10 as he was already leading Abraham Ancer by 3 and he nailed a very long putt for eagle making his win a mere formality. This win is Francesco’s first in the PGA Tour and nothing can be sweeter doing it with Tiger in the field.
Tiger meanwhile settled for 4th place as he continues to chase his career 80th win which im sure is just around the corner.
Im pretty excited for tomorrow’s final round of the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac after Tiger carded a 3rd day 68 placing himself tied 10th with a 7-under total and very much in contention for the title tomorrow.
Tiger is now using a Mallet Putter which was very effective friday when he only 26 putted his way to a 65, though the designer of the putter Clay Long doubts he will stick with the tailor-made putter and will be back with his trusty Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS Putter pretty soon.
If you have a relationship with a putter, a good relationship with a specific putter, and then you’re always prone to pick it back up,
Long, 66, told USA Today Sports.
I mean, at some point he’ll pick that (Scotty Cameron) putter back up and go, ‘Boy, this looks good. Wow, man, I didn’t realize how good this looks,’ when he starts putting better or gets a little more confidence.
Abraham Ancer is currently leading the tournament tied with Francesco Molinari at 13-under. Tiger would need to overhaul a six stroke lead to join the winners circle of the 2018 season.
Gaby Lopez leads for the first time in an LPGA tournament round, her 8-under 63 score was her career low and enough to put her on top of the heap by 1 stroke. The Walmart NW Arkansas Championships is being played at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers Arkansas, home of the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Gaby Lopez is a homegrown talent as she was an Arkansas Razorback in her college days and now is in her 3rd year in the LPGA, hopefully she can sustain her good game and be able to go all the way to the finish and bag her 1st win. Winning her first tournament at home would be a very sweet prospect for Gaby.
Hot on Gaby’s trail is the older half of the vaunted Jutanugarn sisters, Moriya is gunning for her second win for the year and Gaby needs to put her A game throughout the tournament to hopefully keep Moriya at bay.
Shinnecock Hills finally silenced Dustin in the third round of the US Open Championships as the world number one struggled to get the feel of the super fast greens of “The Beast”. Dustin let the rest of the field catch up to him, making this US Open an interesting one instead of a blow out by the world number 1.
Most of Dustin’s putts were short, this is due to the fear of the ball running away from the hole if he putts it too strong. The same fear was also instilled by the Shinnecock greens on everybody on the field playing in the afternoon as “The Beast” just got the better of everyone in Round 3.
Dustin ended the 3rd round still tied on top with Daniel Berger, Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka at 3 over par. Tomorrow will be a round to look forward to, If “The Beast” can still get the best of “The Bomber” or will it be the other way around and Dustin bags his second US Upen in 3 Years proving me right for picking him as one of the three that will win the US Open Championship 2018.
A sad day for us Tiger nerds as our Golf demi-god is out of the 2018 US Open in Shinnecock Hills, Tiger was not able to recover from the devastating round he had in day 1 where he scored 8 over par.
Tiger’s second day was much better as he was able to salvage a 2 over par game as he continued to struggle to come up with much needed birdies and pars and his nemesis hole no.1 still got the best of him on day 2.
Tigers two day score of 10 over par was not enough to carry him to round 3 as he missed the cut by 2 strokes and everyone continue to wonder when will be the first of many comeback trophies come.
Looking forward to the start of the 2018 US Open Championship tomorrow at Shinnecock Hills, and like most avid Golf fan, I have my personal picks to win this year’s US Open.
My 3rd Overall pick is PGA Bomber Dustin Johnson, he just regained his No.1 ranking after his win this week at the St. Jude Classic making him a shoe-in favourite to take the crown, although history is against him as no one has ever won in back to back weeks of the St. Jude Classic and the US Open, but who knows, there will always be the first time.
My 2nd Overall pick is Mr. Short Game Jordan Spieth, I like Jordan’s chances in Majors as he has always taken his game a notch or two higher in the Major stages and he is a pretty good finisher if he is contending or leading on a Sunday round.
My No.1 Pick!
I’m a TIGER NERD, Nuff Said!!!
Long Hitter Dustin Johnson just left his counterparts in his dust as he dominated his way to a win at the Fedex St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis. Dustin finished with 19 under, six strokes clear of his closest pursuer Andrew Putnam who finished with 13 under par.
It was game over at hole 13 when Dustin made a birdie and followed with another birdie at the closing holes and capped it off in a convincing fashion with a walk off eagle hole out at the final hole.
Andrew Putnam was able to give Dustin a challenge on the front nine but eventually faded out at the later part of the round as Dustin executes his finishing blows to runaway with the win.