Chima McLean who runs the Kings Golf Academy in downtown Toronto has agreed to become yet another regular contributor to Ontgolf.ca. While we’re setting up a blog for him, here’s his first post. While most of his articles will focus on instruction, this one is on the potential winners — and losers — at the U.S. Open.
3 Who Will NOT win at Winged Foot
1. Tiger Woods- The course does not favour his strengthens. He was not playing well before [photopress:woods.jpg,full,alignright]his time off, in spite of 2 wins handed to him by Olazabal and Toms. He has been away from Competitive golf for 9 weeks. Coming back from a long lay-off and winning the San Diego Open is one thing but the U.S. Open? No way. Finish-35th
2. Vijay Singh- He won last week but it won’t matter this week. His wild tee shots will be penalized by the much narrower fairways and punishing rough. His last 4 starts before his win last week at his favourite course, were in the 35th to 50th range, the longest period without a Top 25 finish in 8 years. Finish 25th.
3. Davis Love- The defending PGA Champion on this course form 1997 should have the kharma but this is not the same course or set-up as 1997. He has been on the verge of winning this year a number of times only to make a big number and fade. This week, a big number will lead to more big numbers because there are NO legitimate birdie holes this week and trying to recover too quickly from mistakes will lead to more mistakes! Finish-M.C
3 who could win but probably won’t
1. ernie Els- he has been close to being on form but is still not fully back from last year’s Knee injury. Still, he has the U.S. open mentality and should contend. Finish- 5th
[photopress:Mike_weir.jpg,full,alignleft]2. Mike Weir- Course plays to his strategic style of play. Has a great record at majors, even when the rest of his year is not so spectacular. Finish- 4th
3. Stephen Ames- Like Weir, a very strategic player and the Players Championship winner is usually the type of player that contends at a U.S Open. Finish-10th
3 new faces to watch
1. Trevor Immelman- On a hot streak with two second place finishes and two sevenths in his last 4 starts. Drives it well with an incredible short game. Short on U.S Open experience- Finish-12th
2. David Howell- number 10 ranked plyer in the world. Won in Europe a few weeks ago, 12th [photopress:davidhowell.jpg,full,alignright]last week at Westechester. Straightest driver this side of Fred Funk and maybe the best putter in the world! Finish-6th
3. Adam Scott-Should have won 3 times this year but just couldn’t get the crucial putt in the hole. A former Players Champion knows how to be strategic and is driving it great! Not a great U.S. Open record. Finish -7th
The top 3 this week:
#3- Retief Goosen- US Open specialist with ice water in his veins. You will never know if he has made birdie or Double! Has played reasonably well this year and seems to have solved his Driver problem. What a blade!
#2- Jim Furyk- US Open specialst as well. Never misses fairways and a GREAT short iron player that will serve him well with the severity of the Winged Foot Greens!
#1- Phil Mickelson- No surprise here. He has figured out when to gear back and when to go for it. Magical short game and he is the number one player in the world right now, no matter what the ranking say!
By the way, I personally cannot stand cheering for this guy but I can’t let that stand in the way of a rational analysis.
It should be a fascinating week. You can hold my feet to the fire with these