Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This Week in Golf

PGA Championship - The season's final major, glory's last shot, is being contested in Minnesota this week at Hazeltine National. Of the four major championships, the PGA Championship has created the most exciting Sundays in the Tiger era. Whether it is Sergio Garcia, Bob May, or Rich Beem challenging the likes of Woods or David Toms defeating Mickelson, the PGA has had some entertaining finishes. The year's most talented field comes together for one more chance to win a big one, and every player wants it desperately. The course they will have to win at, though, will be long. In fact, Hazeltine will play longer this week than any other championship course in history at 7,674 yards. I shot over 100 at a tough course measuring only 6,100 yards yesterday. The weather also plays a factor at most PGA's, since they are hosted in August. The typical heat and humidity are forecasted to visit for the opening rounds with cooler temperatures settling in during the weekend. A long course that demands a good short game in hot conditions for a major championship should scream Tiger Woods. Especially, since Woods has not won a major this year, and he has been smoking hot the past two weeks, winning at Warwick Hills and Firestone. Besides the obvious favorite, though, I predict Angel Cabrera has the game to contend right now. He either plays well or he doesn't, and last week, he looked good. Despite his lack of name recognition, he already has two major victories, the 2007 U.S. Open and the 2009 Masters. He can bomb the ball straight off the tee, and when he is playing well, his short game is also excellent. My sleeper pick this week is Ernie Els. Most fans would question whether the Big Easy would qualify as a sleeper, but the three-time major winner missed the cut at the first two majors of the year and has not been in contention anywhere on Tour since his win at the Honda in March 2008. I am also calling the top finisher of the senior golfers in the field will be Minnesota native, Tom Lehman. CBS will deliver weekend coverage of the much-anticipated event.

1 comment:

  1. When oure we going to get local coverage of the Illinois State Amateur Championship???? Come on now! It's on your home turf!


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