Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale

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The Open was a smashing success again this year, with Jordan Spieth blitzing his closest competitor Matt Kuchar, the sentimental favorite, in the final 5 holes. 

The golfing world loves to see history being made with Spieth's 3rd major, on the way to possibly being only the 6th player to win the Grand Slam, or at least the modern one -- Bobby Jones, at least, would have been included. Nevertheless, at only 23, he's in a class with only Tiger and Jack for greatness. 

The golf world loves a great story either way, which the majors tend to produce, especially the British Open, or the Open. Kuchar would have won his first major at 39 years old, having a stellar career, including a Players victory and 6 other PGA Tour wins.

Personally, Kuchar was my favorite to win, and was one of the 8 that I mentioned could win in my pre-tournament predictions. I never thought it would go down to the wire like it did though, with Jordan shooting 5 under in the last 5 holes. Wow, what a blistering finish, and what a heartbreak for Matt. 

Matt is contending with Lee Westwood as the best players to have not won a major, that still have a chance to do so. Colin Montgomery is likely the best player to have not won a major. 

I've been watching Kuchar closely for the last two seasons, waiting for him to win a major, cause I know he has the silent hunger, more than anyone else out there, after Dustin Johnson got his at the U.S. Open last year and Brooks Koepka did this year.

Congrats to Jordan Spieth for his victory, it was another great Open. The PGA Championship has another great story line to tell now with Grand Slam possibilities. Also, I'll look foward to seeing Kuchar win his first major soon. 

By the way, it was awesome to watch the event live on the Open app, and listen to it on their live radio feed. For someone who doesn't have cable or television, this was great; even if I did have those the viewing and listening through the Open app is first class and much preferable to commercial television stations. Bravo chaps. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Predictions for the 146th British Open in 2017

The Open is here, starting tomorrow (Thursday July 20th) the best players in the world will be teeing it up at Royal Birkdale for the 146th British Open Championship. 

The third major of the 2017 year has many contenders for the Claret Jug; no-one has showed dominance of late. Dustin Johnson was the hottest golfer until his injury before the Masters, yet I can't see him winning this major anytime soon anyway. 

This Major takes more than just playing well, it takes a certain hopeful or prayerful humility to win; it takes someone who's paid their dues or can fully accept a gift from nowhere. Either way Major goes to the golfer who wants it the most and has a steady game. 

My prediction this year is Justin Rose will win. He's ranked number 12 in the world and has already won a U.S. Open at Merion in 2013. I believe he's got the hunger, has paid his dues to win the oldest and most prestigious golf tournament in the world, and has the steady game to make it happen. 

Others that will contend closely are: Shane Lowry, John Rahm, Zach Johnson, Russel Knox, Phil Mickelson, and Matt Kuchar. 

The dark horse to win: Cameron Smith.

Whoever wins, I'm looking forward to watching and following this years 3rd Major.

The Majors now have their own mobile apps, this has provided incredible viewing for us, the fans. 

Who is your favorite to win the Open?