Saturday, June 18, 2011
So where did Rory McIlroy go after his record breaking second round at Congressional? To the range to work on his swing? To the putting green to groom that new stroke? To the tour truck for a back massage? To the physio truck? Answer: none of the above; Rors went off to see the Hangover 2.
"It's amazing. Incredible," said Steve Stricker, who finished 13 shots behind McIlory.
“If it’s anywhere near as good as the first one, it will be class” replied Rors.
We salute you, oh unTigerlike king.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Readers go and check your intruder alarms right now. Or else you too could be having an unwanted visitor. And when old Barter gets in, there’s just no getting rid of him! As GMac learned to his cost.
Not even a double bogey finish put could a dampener on what was truly one of the most remarkable rounds in US Open history from Rory McIlroy. Rors had it to record 13 under with one hole to play but his double bogey at the last saw him finish with a 66, 11 under.
Two birdies and an eagle on the way out and three birdies over the last five with only the poor 18th saw McIlroy take this Open by the horns. By the end of today he may well have the biggest 36 hole lead ever in a US Open, even eclipsing Tiger’s 6 shot lead in 2000.
Six shots has been the biggest lead after two rounds; Rors currently leads by eight
Only two people have ever got to 12 under during the US Open, Tiger Woods and Gil Morgan; it now look odds on that Rory will.
An eagle two on the eighth is the highlight of a phenomenal day so far.
Rock only arrived at Congressional at 3:30 am yesterday after shelling $1000 for a rental car and embarking on a road trip. US homeland officials almost blocked Rocky’s visa because of an almost 20 year old driving-under-the-influence charge. They eventually returned his passport on Tuesday evening leaving just three hours to get to the airport and on a flight to Newark . He then drove to Maryland, exhausted and jetlagged.
Makes the achievement of going under par without US golf experience or a practice round all the more remarkable.
"Out here, you went out with the mindset of, you know, I know it might sound quite negative, but not to make doubles. You can deal with bogeys out here, but a double is quite hard to take. Anytime I hit it out of position on the tee, on the fairway, I left myself a number, try to leave 10, 15 feet for par and hole it from there. If you're leaving yourself 10, 15 feet for par, it takes double out of play, really." -- Shane Lowry
"Yeah, it was -- well, you kind of think -- you reckon we start out the day at No. 10, but I've been thinking about 10 for three days, knowing that I was off at 7:44 the first day. It didn't help that it was raining. ... It is a tough start, and I'll be happy to not have to do it again." -- Padraig Harrington
Rory McIlroy produced a golfing masterclass at Congressional to storm to the top of the leaderboard at the 2011 US Open. Rors, armed with a new low to the ground putting stroke, shot a six under par 65 to lead by three from YE Yang.
As McIlroy and co finished their first round, the heavy rain started to fall sparking rumours that tomorrows early starters may get, by far, the best of the softening conditions.
No one ever won a major after one round, but many have lost it. All four Irish players remain perfectly placed after day one.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
The unknown golfer arrived at Congressional wearing only a pair of boxer shots and calling out for “Fanny”.
He did not know his name or where he came from. If you can help identify him please email the USGA at email@example.com.
Phil Mickelson’s opening double bogey in excruciating pictures at the 2011 US Open.
The Irish early starters put aside their mental problems, their inexperience and the weight of being defending champion to all fare excellently in the first round of the 2011 US Open. Overnight rain may have softened the greens a little, but they also softened the fairways and the Congressional proved as brutal as expected.
GMac lies T6 after a driving exhibition which produced a 1 under 70. Padraig is just one further back after a level par 71 and first off Shane Lowry, with little experience of US golf proved his class with a 72.
US President, Barak Obama last night met with Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and American Ryder Cup captain Davis Love “eye eye eye” at the White House.
The President spoke with Bubba about his ultra hairy chest as revealed yesterday in the new Golf Boys Oh Oh Oh video. Obama then became one of the few people ever to feel Davis Love’s enormous head. The trio then went outside to the garden where he and Phil Mickelson pelted pinnacles at reporters.
After the meeting, the Presidents official photographer snapped this photo of Obama thanking Phil.
“He is a stunning player. Jesus. I was impressed today. I forgot to play my own game. At least I acknowledged it and got back into it. But it was great to play with him to see that this course is not a beast. It's playable.”
Players having to start on the 10th hole at Congressional face a “nearly impossible” challenge according to on course reporters who watched the hole being played during practice.
The 200 yard carry to a 14.5 stimp green just 18 paces wide on the left hand side with bunkers and run off set to be a tough ask for players who have already played nine holes but set to be a bogey hole for those who have to play it straight out of the blocks.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
A large crowd of 2011 US Open Fans gathered last night outside Bethesda General Hospital where inside doctors battled to save Congressional’s Greens. The Greens were rushed to casualty after players noticed them turning a weird shade of brown. One green, the 14th, spontaneously combusted after briefly hitting 18 on the stimpmeter.
Surgeons managed to stabilize the greens, but not before a titanic 8 hour theatre battle where 1 million gallons of water were administered by IV.
“To be honest, we’re behind,” said Stan Zontek, the USGA’s agronomist and former Bond villain who has kept a bedside vigil with the ailing Greens. “I’m not sure we can make up for lost time. We may have to go ahead without Greens”
“We looking at having the players aim at a pin in a patch of dirt with a white circle around around it. It’s all we can do if the Greens dont make it” added Zontek.
“I think the course is in great shape,” said Dustin Johnson. “It’s a pity there are no greens. But then again at a U.S. Open, they always try to shock us a little.” More as it emerges.
Ben Crane is back and this time he is joined by Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson in the Oh Oh Oh official video directed by Samm. Classic
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Well its crunch time and here is my betting slip for the 2011 US Open. If you have read my US Open 2011 Betting Tips post you wont be surprised to see I’ve gone with Hunter Mahan at 23/1. I just cant get that 62 he shot at Congressional out of my head.
The best odds I could get for KJ Choi, the 2007 winner of the AT&T at Congressional were 34/1.
I’m going with the “players that have a new caddy always do well” theory with Adam Scott who is borrowing Stevie Williams for the week.
Brandt Snedeker won at The Heritage, top tenned twice in US Open’s and has played great at Congressional in the past.
I just think the odds on Sergio at 61/1 and Ernie at 76/1 are just too long. I will probably lay them on betfair so there’s no real gamble there.
Camilo Villegas is a shock, to even me. I got a sneaky email that said he had turned his game around somewhat, and the guy was right, he tied third last week; that’s the only reason I’m on board with spiderman.
Alex and Shane are bets purely out of personal interest. Alex Noren has the best blog of any Tour player, its a great insight into the behind the scenes of a players life. Shane Lowry is a fellow Irishman and hugely talented player. Both have massive character and I’ll have my fingers and toes crossed for them!
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One of the key shots you will see this week at Congressional is the 200 plus yard long iron. Many amateurs nowadays are afraid to hit long irons and trust hybrids instead. They look at face of, say, a three iron and the lack of loft does not inspire confidence.
Instead of committing to the shot and hitting down onto the ball, many people hang back and try to compensate for the lack of loft by scooping the ball into the air. Two outcomes are likely with this swing, a high weak shot that drifts to the right, or failure to get the ball airborne at all, aptly termed the “scutter”.
To hit a long iron you need to trust the club and sweep the ball of the turf. The key to doing this is good timing and tempo in moving the weight onto the right side during the takeaway and through onto the left side and a full balanced finish. When you have hit the ball, your right toe will be the only point of contact with the ground on that side, with all the weight on a strong straight left leg.
I will be watching this week’s US Open with great interest, but I’ll be especially interested in Louis Oosthuizen. If you remember his win at The Open last year, you might also recall the red dot on his glove, that I was responsible for. Now I know you are asking ‘could a little RED DOT on a golfers glove help him win the ultimate Major’. Well possibly it did and I feel that a seemingly insignificant dot COULD have an impact on YOUR game.
Before we get into that though let me ask you all a question: Did you ever get told to ‘just concentrate’ when you where at school? I am sure that the answer to the above is a resounding YES. It is almost a universal human experience to be told to concentrate or to tell others to concentrate. Yet have any of us ever been told HOW to concentrate, or what concentration actually is? ‘I just lost my concentration on that one!’
Monday, June 13, 2011
Here’s a link to a really excellent shotlink stats feature for every hole at Congressional Country Club from the Washington Post. The data was compiled from the 2007-2009 AT&T National events staged at the venue. You can view a before and after graphic for every hole to see the changes made for the 2011 US Open. Just cick on the pic of follow the link below.
If you’re tuning in to the US Open in the hope of watching guys dying of dehydration at Congressional, you are going to be disappointed. The forecast is for overcast conditions all four days with the threat of thunderstorms. It’s not going to be that hot either with a high of 83 Farenheit or 28 Celsius.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Steve Williams was busy dusting off his sideburns and sticking them back on for a trip to Washington where he is set to caddy for Australian Adam Scott. Mark Steinberg, Tiger Woods agent said Williams’s job with Scott doesn’t mean Woods is looking for a new caddie.
“When Adam found out Tiger couldn’t play, Adam called Steve, Steve called Tiger, Tiger called me, I called Adam and Steve called me. Then I got cut off, so Steve called back, but Tiger was already on the line so Adam texted Steve and confirmed the gig via facebook. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just for the U.S. Open.”
Scott and Williams, 47, completed an 18-hole practice round at Congressional at 5 p.m. Saturday; Scott practised the course and Williams practised staring down spectators and having heavy breathers ejected.