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The Open 2016

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open2The British Open starts this Thursday and is being contested in Scotland at Royal Troon.  Many of the players traveled over to Scotland to play in the Scottish Open last week and got a taste of how the weather can play a factor in these events on Thursday.  The afternoon groups faced incredible winds that nearly made the course unplayable at times while the morning groups had gone out and enjoyed ideal playing conditions.

While the weather is often part of the storyline in the British Open, the best players in the world are also.  Here’s a look at who I think will factor into this year’s tournament and has the best chance to hoist the Claret Jug on Sunday.

The Favourites

  • Jason Day
    The clear number 1 player in the world right now is coming off a disappointing finish to the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, but that shouldn’t linger with a player of his quality and resume.  Expect Jason to factor in this year’s event.
  • Jordan Spieth
    2016 has not been as strong of a year as 2015 for Jordan, but he is still remarkably consistent and can’t be counted out.
  • Rory McIlroy
    Rory is coming off a strong showing in France, but needs to find consistency with his putter if he is going to win this week.
  • Dustin Johnson
    He is the hottest player in the world right now and just won his first Major.  He also has played well in the British Open recently. He has  chance at going back to back.

The Contenders

  • Henrik Stenson
    Finished T13 at the Scottish Open.  Was T% at the US Open and has three top 5’s in the majors in the last 2 seasons.
  • Adam Scott
    Cooled off after a red hot start to the season, but is tending upwards with a T18 at the US Open and a T10 at the WGC Bridgestone.  He has four straight top 10’s in the British Open.
  • Sergio Garcia
    He has nine top 10’s in British Open’s and has finished in the top 5 his last three events.
  • Branden Grace
    Finished T29 at the Scottish Open, but has three top 5’s in majors the past two years.
  • Zach Johnson
    He has three top 10’s including a win (2015) in the British Open since 2012. Finished T8 at the US Open and T10 at the WGC Bridgestone.
  • Louis Oosthuizen
    The 2010 Open Champion is playing better as of late with a T23 at the US Open and a T21 at the WGC Bridgestone. Contends in a lot of majors.

Contenders or Pretenders?

  • Matt Kuchar
    His in “Mr. Consistent”. He has five top 6’s in his last six events.  Only has one tope 10 in the British Open though.
  • Phil Mickelson
    He is 5th on the PGA Tour in scoring average, he is a past champion and is coming off a T13 at the Scottish Open after an opening 76 in the treacherous Thursday afternoon wind.  He has also missed the cut in both majors this year.
  • Martin Kaymer
    Has had a rough couple of years after winning the US Open at Pinehurst, but is showing signs of turning it around.  The former world no. 1 finished T13 at the Scottish Open and has four top 7’s in his last six events.
  • Lee Westwood
    He has five top 15’s in his last six events and was in contention at the Masters and US Open until a final round 80 at Oakmont.  Can he bounce back this week to get is first major?
  • Hideki Matsuyama
    Has contended in major after major in recent years, but his game has fallen off in the past month.  He seemed ready to win a major prior to the US Open.
  • Scott Piercy
    No real history of success in majors until this year where he plyed well at Augusta and finished 2nd at the US Open and again at the Bridgestone.

Dark Horses

  • Chris Wood
    Has a win this year and finished T11 in France.
  • Rafa Cabrera-Bello
    Has four top 4’s this year and is coming off a T21 at the Scottish Open.
  • Graeme McDowell
    His game seems to be trending upwards. T18 at the US Open and T10 at the Scottish Open.
  • Russell Knox
    The Scott would love to win on home soil.  Is 5th in the FedEx Cup standings and finished T10 at the Scottish Open.
  • Patrick Reed
    Loves the links style and has embraced the fans.  Finished T10 in Scotland last week.
  • Alex Noran
    He won the Scottish Open and also finished 8th in France.

Enjoy the golf!

Rob

Celebrating RedCrest

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In our June eNews, we asked to hear about your memorable moments at RedCrest. I’m delighted to share with you a wonderful story submitted by a long-time Cardinal golfer and men’s league member, Jim Hamilton.

As a thank-you to Jim, he will be enjoying his next round at RedCrest on us. Enjoy, Jim!

A Shot in the Dark

Jim HOn May 30, and for the first time ever, I played RedCrest as part of Cardinal’s Monday morning Senior Men’s League.  I had heard several unsettling things about the difficulty of this course; so, was prepared for a tough day, losing many, many golf balls.

Well, after a somewhat shaky start, my game improved, and I lost my fear of the course.  We were one of the last groups to reach the closest to the pin hole on #17, which was playing about 170 yards.  I hit my 4-hybrid onto the green.  It started rolling directly at the pin, and stopped about 30” away – only about 4” inside of the closest to the pin marker.

As a result, not only did I have the best shot I have ever hit on a par 3; but, I ended up closest to the pin.

Wait, there’s more!  On the day, my score was 110 (56 and 54) – one of my best rounds ever – on a harder course.  With a handicap of 44, my Team Captain (Sneed), told me that I had low-net as well.  He warned me that people might start calling me a “sandbagger” if I continue playing that well!

Now, that was a great day; but, let me add a couple of important details to this story. I am totally blind, and I played with another League member, Gord Weir, as my coach/partner for the round, and he was very helpful.  In fact, his comment that RedCrest is not really “so bad” quelled my concerns about playing this course to start the day on a positive note.  So, thanks to Gord for his guidance.  We will golf again on June 20, unfortunately, not on RedCrest!

Finally, 44 sounds high for a golf handicap.  However, in the world of blind-golf, the maximum handicap is 54, and my regular Golf Canada handicap is 46.6.  So, I really did have 1 of my better rounds.  I am so glad that I have this opportunity to play more golf than I would normally get to play.  It is clearly helping my overall golf game.  I look forward to competing in a few blind-golf tournaments this year, and at a higher level than previously!

Thanks also to the Cardinal for setting up this League!  It’s “the best thing since sliced bread”!

Learn more about Ontario Visually Impaired Golfers, a registered Canadian charity that promotes and provides golfing events for its visually challenged members at ontarioblindgolf.ca

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2016 U.S. Open

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USOpenThe USGA always loves high scores at the US Open and that will be easily accomplished this year as the event will be played at the very difficult Oakmont.  It was last held there in 2007 when Angel Cabrera came out on top with a score of 5 over par. Cabrera has a reputation for hitting it long, but the leaderboard was filled with names like Furyk, Toms, Verplank, Stricker and Janzen as well in 2007, proving it takes more than a bomber to compete here.

The top three players in the world are all playing well and any of them could certainly take home the title this year and they should be considered the favourites, but outside Day, Speith, and McIlroy, who else should be considered?

Here is how I see it….

Top 10 Contenders outside the top 3

  • Dustin Johnson He has finished in the top 4 in both the last 2 US opens and finished 5th last week at the St. Jude’s. Finished T4 at the Masters and 3rd at the Memorial.
  • Hideki Matsuyama Seems to always be in contention in the big events. T10 in the 2013 US Open was his best finish in this event.  T7 at the Masters and T7 at the Players this year shows he likes the big stage.
  • Justin Rose Has three top 10’s in his last six events. The 2013 champ finished T10 in 2007 at Oakmont.
  • Adam Scott Finished in the top 10 in both of the last two US Open’s and has not missed a cut this year.
  • Sergio Garcia Won the Byron Nelson a few weeks ago and has four top 10’s in the US Open.
  • Matt Kuchar Has finished T12 in the last two US Open’s and has finished in the top six his last four events.
  • Brooks Koepka His best US Open finish was a T4 in 2014 and is coming off a playoff loss at the Byron Nelson and a T2 finish at the St. Jude’s last week.
  • Retief Goosen The two time champion has finished T14, T12, and T12 in his last 3 events and they were all contested on difficult courses.
  • Daniel Berger He won last week so there may be a letdown after his first tour victory, but he has been playing well for a while with a T10 at the Masters and a T9 at the Players.
  • Lee Westwood He has five top 10’s in US Opens and has three top 10’s in his last 4 events including a T2 at the Masters.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Rickie Fowler
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Chris Wood
  • Billy Horschel

Enjoy the golf! Rob

Rob Brandon, Director of Operations, Cardinal Golf Club

2016 Masters

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For a long time we have worried about the state of the game without Tiger.  As we head into the 2016 Masters with Tiger on the sidelines, that worry seems to be fading.  The game has had an infusion of young talent over the last few years that makes it an exciting time to be a golf fan.  The state of the talent in the game is no more apparent than when you get asked “who do you think will win the Masters this year”.

Here is how I would answer that question…

 The Favourites

These players are all playing well and all have resume’s to suggest they could each be the 2016 Champion.  There really isn’t much to choose between them and my guess is the winner comes from this group.

  • Jason Day (OWGR #1)
  • Jordan Spieth (OWGR #2)
  • Rory McIlroy (OWGR #3)
  • Bubba Watson (OWGR #4)
  • Rickie Fowler (OWGR #5)
  • Adam Scott (OWGR #7)

 The Contenders

After this group the conversation gets more interesting.  Any one of these names could certainly win and while it would be a bit surprising if one of the top 6 guys did not win, it would not qualify as a major shock.

  • Henrik Stenson (OWGR #6)
    Has become a consistent contender in the majors.  Three straight top 20’s at the Masters. He’s looking to break through and this course should fit his high ball flight.
  • Dustin Johnson (OWGR #8)
    He has 10 top 10’s in majors, including 3 last year.  His game should fit Augusta perfectly and it showed signs of that last year with a T6.
  • Louis Oosthuizen (OWGR #11)
    Lost in a playoff to Bubba in 2012 in this event and finished T2 is two majors last year.  Seems to like the big events.
  • Justin Rose (OWGR #9)
    Finished in the top 6 three times in majors last year including a T2 in the Masters.  Is a streaky putter and if he gets hot with the short stick he could definitely win.
  • Patrick Reed (OWGR #10)
    Has seven top 10’s on the tour this year and his right to left ball flight works well at Augusta.  He also puts very well.
  • Phil Mickelson (OWGR #18)
    He leads the tour in scoring average this year and is a three time champion. Finished T2 in last year’s event.

 The Dark Horses

None of the names above should come as a surprise, but there are still some names that could surprise and help you out in an office pool with a strong finish.

Here they are…

  • Hideki Matsuyama (OWGR #14)
    Finished 5th in last year’s event and won in Phoenix this year. He putts very well.
  • Marc Leishman (OWGR #31)
    Has three top 4’s in majors including a T4 in 2013 Masters.
  • Charley Hoffman (OWGR #59)
    T9 in last year’s Masters. He is streaky.
  • Brandt Snedeker (OWGR #17)
    Seven top 10’s in major championships including two top 6’s in the Masters. Currently #3 in the FedEx Cup.
  • Danny Willett (OWGR #12)
    He has had a very strong year.  His putting could hold him back.
  • Branden Grace (OWGR # 13)
    Two top 4’s in majors last year.
  • Paul Casey (OWGR #25)
    Three top 10’s in the Masters including a T6 last year. Two top 10’s in his last two stroke play events.

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Enjoy the Masters!

Rob

Rob Brandon, Assistant General Manager & Director of Golf, Cardinal Golf Club

2015 British Open

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The British Open starts this Thursday and, as is often the case, the third major of the year is packed with story lines. With the injury to McIlroy, Spieth had clearly emerged as the overwhelming favourite going into last weekend where he added another victory to tighten his hold on the favourite tag. But wait a second…on the other side of the pond, Rickie Fowler was busy winning the Scottish Open on a course that closer resembles what they will face at St. Andrew’s. So does Rickie’s British Open success and victory on a links course put him on a level with Spieth this weekend?

Beyond the Rickie and Jordan, there is still no shortage of players to watch. Can Dustin Johnson bounce back after his three putt on the 72nd hole of the US Open? Can Sergio finally win a major? Is Tiger’s game ready? Is Justin Rose ready to start having some success at this championship? How is Jason Day’s health? There are lots of reasons to tune in this weekend so make sure you set your alarm clock for the early start times.

Here is how I see it…

The Favourites

Jordan Spieth
The hottest player in the world is looking to add the third leg of the Grand Slam.

Rickie Fowler
Was T2 last year at the Open, T5 in 2011, and T14 in 2010 when it was last contested at the Old Course.

Top Contenders

Dustin Johnson
He has the game to go along with past success at this championship. Two top 10’s in The Open and T14 in 2010. The big question is whether or not he can handle the recent failures in major championships.

Henrik Stenson
He has three top 3’s in this championship and his game looks to be in fine form. Was T3 in 2010.

Adam Scott
He has three straight top 5’s in the Open and was T4 at the US Open. His game looks to be in great shape.

Sergio Garcia
He has eight top 10’s in his last 14 British Opens. Was T2 last year at the Open. Is it his time?

Hideki Matsuyama
Was T6 in the 2013 Open and is playing well this year. Was 5th at the Masters and T18 at the US Open this year.

Contenders or Pretenders?

Matt Kuchar
His game is coming into form.  The very consistent Kuchar was T2 last week at the Scottish Open and was T12 at Chamber’s Bay. He has shown improvement throughout his career in this championship.

Luis Ooshtuizen
The champion from the 2010 event at St. Andrew’s has to be considered especially after his T2 at the US Open last month. Has been up and down this year.

Paul Casey
He has 6 top 10’s in his last 12 starts and was T3 in 2010.  His game is coming back into form.

Justin Rose
He looked like he was in form after shooting 66 on Thursday and Friday of the Scottish Open, but a very poor weekend and lack of success at the Open has certainly put a big question mark beside his name.

Jason Day
One of the top players in the world and coming off a gutsy performance at the US Open.  His health and lack of British Open success are big question marks.

Phil Mickelson
Has had an up and down year that has included 3 top 5’s since Augusta.  Seems to love links golf now.

Dark Horses

Ross Fisher
His game is also coming back.  He was T7 at the Scottish Open following a T11 at the BMW overseas.  Best Open finish was T13 in 2009.

Francesco Molinari
Has 4 top 6 finishes since May. T9 and T15 in his last two Open Championship’s.

Shane Lowry
Was T9 at the US Open and has had a very consistent year on the European Tour.  Shot 66 on Thursday and Friday at the Scottish Open before struggling on the weekend.

Victor Dubuisson
T9 in last year’s Open.  T10 at the Scottish Open last week.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello
Three top 5’s  and five top 13’s in his last 6 events.

Enjoy the golf!

U.S. Open 2015

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The USGA is ready to toy with the sanity of the world’s best golfers again this weekend with the 115th playing of the US Open.  This year’s edition will be played on a new course to the US Open rotation and already the golf course has is drawing some criticism from the players.  Combine the controversial Chamber’s Bay layout with the USGA’s demanding course set up and this year’s winner will surely have to not only control his golf ball, but his emotions if he is going to stand alone at the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.  Here are the players I think have what it takes…

  • Rory McIlroy – While he missed the cut in his last two events on the Euro tour, he won this championship in 2011 and is clearly the best player in the world.  Conditions will most likely play a part for Rory as he seems to play his best when conditions are wet.
  • Jordan Speith – He is still playing well after his Masters Victory.  A T3 at the Memorial and a T2 at Colonial a couple weeks prior shows his game has not fallen off since winning his first major.
  • Justin Rose – Perhaps the hottest player in the world right now.  The 2013 US Open champ was T2 at the Masters and has had a victory this year and a playoff loss two weeks ago.
  • Jim Furyk – The 2003 US Open Champ has a game tailor made for this championship.  The win at the Heritage this year was a big confidence boost.  The 3rd ranked player in the world is very consistent and has six top 10’s in the US Open.
  • Phil Mickelson – The 6 time runner-up is anxious to complete the career grand slam.  He has three top 4’s in his last 5 tour events.
  • Rickie Fowler – The win at the Players should give him the confidence to win more events.  He seems to always be a factor in the majors.  Finished T@ in last year’s US open and was in the top 5 in every major last year.  Was T12 at the Masters this year.
  • Dustin Johnson – Loves major championships. He has two top 10’s in the US open including a T4 last year.
  • Henrik Stenson – T4 in last year’s event.  He has cooled off after a great start to this season, but remains very consistent.
  • Hideki Matsuyama – His name is appearing on more and more leaderboards and that includes Majors. He was 5th at the Masters this year and T5 at the Memorial.  Also T6 at the 2013 US Open.  He is currently ranked 14th in the world.
  • Jason Day – He has missed his last two cuts, but loves the US Open.  He has finished inside the top 4 in three of the last four years.  His outstanding iron play should serve him well at Chambers Bay.

Honorable Mention:

  • Sergio Garcia
  • Paul Casey
  • Bubba Watson
  • Billy Horschel

Enjoy the golf!

Rob

Cardinal introduces FootGolf at Kettle Creek

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905-841-7378
King, ON
May 7, 2015
Cardinal Golf Club, known for its expanse offering 72 holes of golf across four courses; RedCrest, East Wing, West Wing and Kettle Creek, welcomes the latest up-and-coming and exciting new sport of FootGolf to its Kettle Creek course starting May 15, 2015. Recognized as an accredited course by the CFGA (Canadian FootGolf Association), Cardinal is one of 13 golf clubs in Ontario offering a track for the game for public play. There are currently 26 courses across Canada.

Canada joined the Federation of International FootGolf in 2013 and has 30 countries that are members worldwide. The first World Cup was played in June of 2012 in Hungary and was attended by 8 Countries. The second World Cup will be held in 2016.

FootGolf is a fast-paced game that combines the skill of soccer with rules of golf and is played on a short course. It does not require a set of golf clubs, but rather, is played with the use of your feet and a soccer ball. The game is played with a regulation #5 soccer ball, which is kicked from the tee blocks with the goal of reaching the hole in the fewest strokes possible. The hole is 21″ in diameter, which is located off to the left or right side of the regular golf green. The same rules that apply to golf also apply to FootGolf. 80% of players are 18 to 35 years of age.

Cardinal’s Kettle Creek 18-hole FootGolf Course is spread over 80 acres of land with various hole ranging from 90 to 225 yards. Groups up to 5 players can play at one time with their own ball or soccer balls can be rented. The dress code is golf apparel with a twist; collared shirt, golf pant or shorts, kneehigh argyle socks (optional), Indoor and turf soccer shoes (No cleats).

The rates at Kettle Creek are also the same as regular golf rates; 18 holes for $24 on weekdays & holidays and $29 on weekends. 9 hole rate is $14 on weekdays and $19 on weekends & holidays. Soccer ball rentals are $5 for 18 holes and $3 for 9 holes. Rates are per person and are subject to HST.

The first kick-off event is scheduled for Thursday, May 14 by registration only. The next event to follow is the Kettle Creek King Cup FootGolf Tour Event, in partnership with the Canadian FootGolf Association, on Sunday, June 7. It’s open to all ages and skill levels to enjoy a great day of FootGolf fun!

Become a member of Canada’s Foot Golf Association by visiting www.footgolf.ca

More information about FootGolf at Cardinal’s Kettle Creek course is available from Head Golf Professional (CPGA) Steve Courneyea at 905.841.0091 ext. 274 or stevec@cardinalgolfclub.com

Time for the Masters

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It is official…Spring is here!

This year’s Masters Tournament is full of story lines.  Rory tries to complete the career grand slam. Tiger makes his comeback at Augusta and we will all watch to see what shape his game is.  Dustin Johnson looks for his first major after getting his life in order. The list goes on…

It seems like you have to go back to when Tiger, Phil, Ernie, Vijay, and Love were at the top of their game to remember a time when all the top players in the world were playing this well coming in to the Masters. Here’s how I would rank them this week.

The Favourite…

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in LouisvilleRory McIlroy (OWGR #1) – He won the last two majors of 2014 and he Is desperately looking to complete the career grand slam.  He has struggled on the back 9 of this golf course, but the soft conditions this week should play right into his hands.

 

The top 10 Challengers

2015MastersPicks

  1.  Jordan Spieth (OWGR #4) – Has one win this year, but seems to be in contention every week.  Finished T2 at last year’s Masters.  The big stage doesn’t seem to bother him.  It would be nice to see a Jordan – Rory rivalry develop!
  2. Jason Day (OWGR #5) – He has two top 3’s at the Masters and is coming off a win at Torrey Pines this year.
  3. Bubba Watson (OWGR #3) – Has won 2 of the last 3 Masters.  The course suits his game perfectly and he has played very well this year.
  4. Dustin Johnson (OWGR #7) – He has seven top 10’s in majors, but is still looking for his first major.  Has a win this year at Doral and lost in a playoff at Riviera.  He seems to have his life in order now so look out!
  5. Henrik Stenson (OWGR #2) – His game is suited well for Augusta.  If he can putt well enough he can definitely win.  He has finished in the top 10 four times in the last 6 majors.
  6. Patrick Reed (OWGR #15) – There isn’t really any weakness in his game and he loves to hit it right to left which works at Augusta. He has only played in one Masters and four majors all together with little success.  Has won this year though and showed he’s not afraid of the big stage at the Ryder Cup.
  7. Rickie Fowler (OWGR #13) – He finished in the top 5 in all four majors last year, but is still looking for his first major title.  His play has been mediocre by his standards this year, but he shows up in majors.
  8. Adam Scott (OWGR #6) – the 2013 champ is going back to the long putter this week and his Master record is impressive.  His worst finish is T14 in the last 4 years and has seven top 10’s in the last twelve majors all together.
  9. Jimmy Walker (OWGR #10) – He has 2 wins this year already.  He was T8 at Augusta last year and had three top 10’s in the majors last year all together.  His game should fit well at Augusta.
  10. JB Holmes (OWGR #12) – Has a win and lost in a playoff this year. He has only played in one Masters so he has limited experience, but he hits it a mile which always plays at Augusta.

Now these picks should come as no surprise and if you are in an office pool, most people will have some combination of the names above.  If you’re looking to separate yourself from the crowded field, consider some of the other names below…

  • Brandt Snedeker
  • Paul Casey
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Justin Rose
  • Keegan Bradley
  • Matt Kuchar
  • Lee Westwood
  • Billy Horschel
  • Angel Cabrera

And if you really want to stand out…

  • Brooks Koepka
  • Hideki Matsuyama

Oh yeah….Tiger and Phil like Augusta too!

Enjoy the Golf!

Rob

Save Your Back

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The Joy of GolfUnfortunately once a person’s back is injured, golf is the last place they will be spending time to rehabilitate but there are certain things that can be done to prevent the injury on the golf course in the first place. Good posture is a must in everything we do in life from sitting at a desk to lifting weights in the gym. It is often forgotten on the golf course as players set up over the ball to make an extremely fast and sometimes violent swings at the ball. No one seems to be concerned when they are practicing their putting until they stand up tall after being in their putting posture for 10 minutes and there is a searing pain shooting through their lower back. By making a simple adjustment to their address position and engaging their core, their backs will have no pain and their ability to hit the ball farther might just be realized.

Engaging the core is as simple as; Pull your belly button in and draw it up, creating hip tilt underneath you. If your gluts are engaged then you’ve got it. Make sure that you are in the same form every single time you get into your golf posture. This will take pressure off the spine by straightening it and keeping everything together.

For help with this and any other golf concern, contact the staff at the Cardinal Golf Academy to start improving your game now!

Jody Boutin
Head Teaching Professional

The Open Championship: 2014 Contenders

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The British Open starts this Thursday and should be a very interesting event.  Tiger Woods will resume his quest to catch Jack’s major record on a course he has won on before. It was 2006 when he won previously at Hoylake and the golf course played very fast. In fact, Tiger hit only one driver all week to stay short of the trouble. The course looks much greener this week, but Tiger still says it is playing fast so expect much of the same from Tiger off the tee this week.

It will also be interesting to see if a veteran is able to capture the Open again this year. The past three opens has seen the old guard take home the trophy.  Darren Clarke won in 2012, followed by Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson. We even had Tom Watson take it to a playoff in 2009 before losing to Stewart Cink. This championship has definitely provided the older player with some hope and there are some good candidates in this year’s event to keep that trend going.

Here is how I see it…

Top Contenders

jroseJustin Rose: Has won his last two starts including the Scottish Open. Finished T14 at the Masters and T12 at the US Open. He looks determined to win his second major and when his putter gets hot he’s tough to beat.

HStenson2Henrik Stenson: Probably the best player in the world right now. A T14 finish is the only time he has finished outside the top seven in his last six events. Three top 4’s in his last 4 majors.

ascottAdam Scott: Contends every time. He’s only been outside the top 25 once this year in 10 events. Eight top 10’s in his last 14 majors.

MKaymerMartin Kaymer: Obviously hot with his win at the Players and US Open. Tied for 12th in France recently after the US Open. Looks ready to take the next step as a Two Time major winner now.

rfowlerRickie Fowler: T5 at the Master and T2 at the US Open. He has a knack for getting into contention at the Majors. He contended at the 2011 British open and is finished in the top 10 at the Scottish open this week.

MKucharMatt Kuchar: Eight top 10’s in his last 14 majors as well. Finished 2nd and T3 in his last two British Opens. Always seems to hang around the leaderboard and take home a good cheque.

DJohnsonDustin Johnson: He has two top 10’s in the British Open and was T4 at the US Open this year. Has had a quiet, but impressive 2014 season.

 

 

These Picks Could go Either Way

Jordan Spieth: Looks ready to win if he can only get out of his own way. Playing in the final group at the Masters was good experience. Only second appearance in the Open. We’ll see how he handles links golf.

Rory McIlroy: Very inconsistent play this year, but he seems to throw enough great rounds in to hang around.  He’s 4th in the Race to Dubai.  T8 at the Masters this year and T23 at the US Open.  Not great for Rory, but he can go off at any time. Showed signs of life at the Scottish Open with a 14th place finish.

Graeme McDowell: Won in France last week and was T6 at the Irish Open in his prior event.  Has only contended in one Major since his US Open victory. If the weather gets nasty he’s my pick.

Tiger Woods: I would be surprised if he contended, but he may not have to hit driver here and that can help. You can’t count him out.

Paul Casey: Another player showing signs of life.  Has improved every time in his last 4 events and finished T14 at the Scottish Open.

 

Top Contenders over 40

Phil Mickelson: His putting has let him down this year, but the slower greens overseas could help him here. Showed signs of improvement this week at the Scottish Open with a T11 finish and a final round 65. He has also learned to love links golf and like the challenge.

Angel Cabrera: Won last week at the Greenbrier and loves big events. Would not be surprised to see him win this week.

Jim Furyk: He has five top 10’s in the Open over his career. He has finished 2nd, T14 and T12 in his last 3 majors.

Thomas Bjorn: Should be considered a contender regardless of his age. He’s 1st in the Race to Dubai. He finished T8 at the Masters this year and has 3 top 15’ in his last four events. Finished T24 at the Scottish Open.

Miguel Angel Jiminez: Has been a factor at a lot of majors recently. A bit of an up and down year, but is a consideration to at least contend. Another good pick in poor weather.

 

Picks to impress in the office pool…

Jamie Donaldson: Back to back top 5’s in Europe before missing the cut at the Scottish Open. Third in the Race to Dubai.

Victor Dubuisson: Has cooled off a bit recently, but is 6th in the race to Dubai and finished T28 at the Us Open.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello: Two top 10’s in his last 4 events heading into the Scottish Open and finished T27 this week.  Has had a very consistent year.

 

Enjoy the golf and remember, it starts early!

 

Rob Brandon
Director of Golf

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