First and foremost, it’s been quite a while since I last wrote anything. In fact, it’s been a little over two months. That’s pretty sad for someone who loves the game of golf so much and basically watches every tournament every weekend. I am going to make a better attempt to get back into it more consistently going forward, and I hope you still visit!
The first leg of the the PGA Tour Playoffs start tomorrow, and what a better way to kick it off then with the event being held at the famed Black Course at Bethpage State Park in New York. I am curious to see how the course plays outside of U.S. Open conditions. Tiger Woods won back in 2002 when the Black Course became the first publicly owned course to host a U.S. Open. That year, Tiger Woods was the only player in the field to go under par in what became one of the most difficult courses played. Seven years later, in 2009, Lucas Glover won the U.S. Open in a rain soaked week. There is no denying the course is tough, but how tough will the setup be outside of U.S. Open conditions? I guess we shall see.
So I know you are all just itching to see who my picks are for The Barclays — so here you go:
What a surprise right? Yes, I am picking Tiger although I think his mental state of mind is still not there in big events. Sure, he has won three tournaments this year, but come on, who cares about those events when you are only five majors away from being the record holder. Majors matter and that’s it. Does the win ten years ago help Tiger this week? Who knows, it was ten years ago. I think he will be pressing the first two rounds with Rory being in his group but I think he can overcome that and be in the mix come Saturday and Sunday.
For some reason, this guy just seems to have brass nuts. I don’t know what it is. If it wasn’t for a couple bad final rounds over the last couple years, he may have a couple more majors under his belt. He is probably the only European player I root for. He will be there hanging around by Saturday and Sunday and wouldn’t be surprised if he wins on Sunday.
Being 1/4 Australian, I was devastated to see Scott blow the lead at Royal Lytham a few weeks back. After a good bounce back at the PGA Championship, I think he might be poised to pick up a big win this week.
I thought about this one for some time now. Sergio finally picked up another win at the Wyndham last week after a four year winless drought on the PGA Tour. Sergio is a head case, there is no denying that. When something goes wrong, he blames everything but himself and sometimes his attitude just pisses me off. But this dude is playing some good golf right now and I think he has his confidence back. I would not be surprised if Sergio is there again for a second week in a row.
So there are my picks. What do you think? Who do you think has a chance? Let me know below or Tweet me up @Front9Back9.