U.S. Open Bits and Bites

Well, middle of June and Father’s Day are upon us and that can only mean one thing; it’s U.S. Open time! A couple quick points of interest for the upcoming major event.

Visit the official site for the U.S. Open and you will see they are running a Blog right through the weekend. Go to

If any of you were watching the Golf Channel last night you will see that the USGA has some new toys they are working on. One of which is called the Turf Tester that is still in development stages. This device is sort of like a Stimpmeter only it tests greens and fairways for firmness. Hopefully this will help prevent another debacle like they had at Shinnecock last year.

Okay, now to my picks. SirShanksAlot had Luke Donald as an underdog pick! Does anybody really consider Luke Donald an underdog? He’s one of the best iron players in the game and definitely one of my favorites. I’m not expecting him to win but I do think we will finish top 5. I am looking for David Toms to do some damage too, he appears to have his game back on track after a lengthy battle with his agent. Again, a terrific iron player and Toms is not the type of guy who will back down from this challenge easily. And that brings me to pick number three, the Big Easy. Els has been inconsistent at best in the States this year but he seems to be only a few bad holes shy of winning tournaments again. A threat in any major Els possesses the all-around game to do well at Pinehurst No. 2. And what about Tiger? Talk is there for the Grand Slam again, I say forget it. Tiger seems to have lost some of the mental edge he used to hold over the field, he doesn’t seem as patient or relaxed on the course right now and errant tee shots continue to hurt him.

Before I leave I guess I should make an underdog pick, and unlike SirShanksAlot I will pick a true underdog. Zach Johnson has really impressed me this year and I think he could make a name for himself at this year’s U.S. Open.

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