All majors are noteworthy, but it sure feels like this year’s are especially monumental. Part of that is surely due to the return of Tiger Woods (more on this shortly) and the level at which golf is being played across the board right now. The top 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings is an embarrassment of riches that includes, by my count, 13 golfers who are either already locks for the hall of fame or on the trajectory towards it. That’s insane.

It also leads to an abundance of storylines for the second major of the season. U.S. Opens are often known for their courses, but the prevailing theory this time around is that the course (which you can read about here) is going to play a secondary role to the players. Hopefully that’s the case after three straight years of consternation. Here are nine storylines to keep an eye on ahead of this year’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock.

1. Lefty’s slam: The first two storylines are also the most obvious. Here’s my take on Phil Mickelson: I think he has two more real chances to touch off the Grand Slam. He turns 48 on Saturday and will be 49 next year at Pebble Beach. After that, it’s Winged Foot, Torrey Pines, The Country Club and Los Angeles Country Club. Could Mickelson win a U.S. Open on one of those courses at age 50 or beyond? Sure, he could, but I think his last best chances are this year and next. That’s not exactly a hot take, but it’s worth noting, especially given the fact that his last two appearances at Shinnecock have both been top-five finishes.

2. Tiger’s last decade: This is my sixth year covering golf but just my third U.S. Open with Tiger Woods playing. He has been in the field just three times since 2010 and doesn’t have a top 20 finish. Still, he’s been splendid so far in his most recent comeback. He’s top 10 in strokes gained tee to green (within the range of players I expect to win this event) and obviously knows how to win U.S. Opens, which he last did 10 years ago. How much money could you have won by betting against Woods winning a major in the 10 years following that splendid one at Torrey Pines? For Tiger to get his first victory in five years at this place, in this tournament, might be too much to ask. Even for him.

3. Fowler’s first? I wanted to pick Rickie Fowler this week. I really did. I picked him for the Masters, and he almost made good on it. I couldn’t pull the trigger because Dustin Johnson might be playing chess to Fowler’s (and everyone else’s) checkers, but his quest as one of the handful of big time players without a major is fascinating.

The good news for Fowler is that this is a course that rewards patience and level-headedness, and maybe nobody on the PGA Tour is more patient and level-headed (at this talent level). He lacked the giddy-up he needed last year at Erin Hills after a crazy good first round. If he repeats those first round heroics in 2018, he can defend his way to major No. 1, and what a place to get it. Also, he has the best average finish (5.7) of any golfer over the last five U.S. Opens with at least three cuts made.

4. Spieth’s (so-called) struggles: Everything is relative, especially when you get into the range of top five players in the world. Jordan Spieth is No. 4 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained from tee to green. This is good. It’s in the class of players who could win this golf tournament. But he’s also not finished in the top 20 in any of his five events since the Masters and currently ranks No. 190 (!) in strokes gained putting. Cause for concern? Maybe, maybe not. But it’s certainly a massive talking point heading into the second major of the year. On the flip side, there’s this.

5. J.T. was the quietest No. 1: Justin Thomas was poised to enter this event as the seventh No. 1-ranked player in the world in the last seven years. Then Johnson torched the FedEx St. Jude Classic field for win No. 18 and took it back from him. Still, it feels like Thomas is flying in a little bit under the radar. I don’t know if he’s going to win this week, but it would definitely concern me if I’m in this field that one of the top two players in the world (who has somehow followed his elite 2017 year with one that’s nearly as impressive — if not more so — in 2018) isn’t really being talked about.

6. D.J.’s crown jewels: The No. 1 player in the world (again) is coming off a masterpiece at TPC Southwind in Memphis. Aside: You have to hole out your final shot of the tournament for a six-stroke win over Andrew Putnam to be considered a masterpiece. Now, he has a chance to win two U.S. Opens in three years and add Shinnecock to his embarrassing array of conquered courses: Riviera, Pebble Beach, Oakmont, Cog Hill, Doral, Crooked Stick.

Shinnecock’s variety is unparalleled in the United States. It requires every club and shot in a professional’s arsenal. Shinnecock is a course that won’t favor a particular style of play. It has enough width to allow the shorter player to use accuracy while not taking the driver out of the long player’s hands. The green complexes’ rolled-over edges and short grass surrounds create a razor thin margin of error.

The undulating fairways will produce a bevy of uneven lies that, coupled with ever-changing wind directions, will make it excruciating to control distances. A shot one yard from perfect can mercilessly tumble 30 yards away. The severe nature of the slopes of the greens will test a player’s touch and also command respect and thoughtful approach play. Shinnecock Hills will expose any and all flaws in a player’s game. It’s the finest major championship venue in the game because it asks the widest variety of questions to players. Shinnecock Hills will crown the week’s most well-rounded and skilled golfer.

7. Reed’s follow-up: Hey guys, remember me? The aftermath of Patrick Reed’s Masters win was about as quiet as it could have been given Reed’s age (27), nationality (American) and what could lay ahead of him (more majors). He flirted with contention last year at Erin Hills, and he could certainly do so again this year at Shinnecock. Can you imagine Reed holding a press conference at Carnoustie in a month with a pair of majors under his American flag-themed belt?

8. Ryder Cup implications: Such is the setup for Ryder Cup points that an American golfer can rise from deep in the rankings, win a major and catapult himself onto the team. These events provide so many Ryder Cup points that it would be nearly impossible for somebody like Jimmy Walker (15th), Luke List (20th) or Billy Horschel (23rd) to not make the team following a U.S. Open win. Keep that in mind when you’re staring at a third-round leaderboard that looks like our 2017 third-round leaderboard.

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9. Rory’s aggregation: Take any non-Tiger, non-Phil collection of three random golfers at the top of the world rankings, and it’s a pretty decent bet that Rory McIlroy has more majors than those three golfers combined. For example: Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day (average world ranking: 12, combined majors: three). Or, say Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama (average world ranking: 4.3, combined majors: two). It’s really startling to think about the fact that, despite all the criticism he’s received and opining about gym work and putter woes, McIlroy still has four of these things. If he can add another U.S. Open, especially at a place like Shinnecock, especially before the age of 30, his status as an all-time legend will only grow.

Source: CBS Sports

Golf Scorecard

Warm beautiful weather brought many golfers out to the course this weekend.  The results are in for the WEEKEND SCRAMBLES:

Saturday 5-person scramble starts at 7:30 this time of year.  This format is a traditional scramble

1st Place  – Stuart, Rex, Frank, Dick, & Bob at -14

2nd Place  – Kenzie, Bama, Angie, & Jess   -11

3rd Place – John, Jerry, Wayne, Clem, & Whit   -9

Closest to the Pin was Team 4 :  Team 4 -Jim Dunham’s Team

Sunday 2 – Person Scramble.

Last week it was called the 2-Man scramble.  We give congratulations and gratitude for the three women who played this week thus allowing us to call it once again the 2-Person Scramble.

This week’s format was a SHAMBLE – not because of my golf swing per se.  Mike Summers found out this format and we gave it a whirl.  Everyone hit’s a their own drive.  The team picks the best drive to play.  Every team member then plays their own ball to finish the hole.  The best individual score is then chosen for that hole.  It made your strategy on the par 3’s similar to a regular scramble however the par 4’s and 5’s were more similar to playing stroke.  All in all a fun way to play.  But isn’t it always fun as long as your playing?

At least I though so until I missed that 3 foot birdie putt.

The scores:

1st Place – Rick May & Joe Jenkins at -2

2nd Place – Steve Bevins and Stu Hoff +1

3rd Place  – AJ Mangini and Phyllis Clark +5

Closest to the Pin on #17 was – Joe Jenkins – your golf balls are behind the counter with your name on them.

Everyone else’s winnings have been credited to their CLUB CREDIT accounts.

 

Don’t forget Father’s Day is right around the corner.  Everybody Rides for the Walking price all day on Father’s Day.  We also have several golf specials available at our online store,  click here  www.mainlandsgolf.com/onlinestore

Until next week fellow golfers . . .

 

 

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Sunday Two Person Scramble

Come out to beat the Mike/Tyson Team!

Sundays at 5 PM |  $15 per person

Price includes:

  • $3 that goes back for prizes
  • Top three teams get gift certificates.
  • The pot is split 50%, 30%, 20%  for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Come in to the pro shop or call to sign up – (727) 577-4847 

 We are going to have different formats each week :
  • June 10 – Shamble
  • June 17 – Standard Scramble
  • June 24 – Alternate Shot
  • July 1 – Standard Scramble
  • July 8 – Stableford
  • July 15 – Standard Scramble
  • July 22 – Better/Best Ball
  • July 29 – Standard Scramble (4 club)
  • August 5 – Shamble
  • August 12 – Standard Scramble
  • August 19 – Alternate Shot
  • August 26 – Standard Scramble
  • September 2 – Four Ball
  • September 9 – Standard Scramble (3 club)

Today is Women’s Golf Day!

Women’s Golf Day is a one day event celebrating girls and women playing golf and learning the skills that last a lifetime.

It is a collaborative effort by a dedicated team, golf management companies, retailers and organizations all working together to engage, empower and support girls and women through golf.

Watch the celebration all around the world!

Source: Golf Channel

Thanks to everyone who came out to play this weekend! Here’s the Results:

Saturday 5 Person Scramble
Flight A
1st  Team #2  Rex Carl Stuart Frank Bob   -10
2nd  Team #8  Jim Steve Vinnie Tom Rob    -10
3rd  Tea, #7  Matt Johnny John Anthony     -9
Flight B
1st  Team #3  Al Tom Greg Craig Marc       -8
2nd  Team #6  Cynthia Dawn Terry Dee Dan   -8
3rd  Team #5  Bama Paul Kenzie Angie Jess  -8
Closest to Pin  #8  Steve Tackich

Sunday 2 Person Scramble
Mike Tyson  60
1st  Stuart Hoff / Steve Bevins  68
2nd  Kevin Pilsbury /  AJ Mangini  68
3rd  Andre Vanoyen / Dave Lanham  69
4th  Bob Arsenault / Bob Beard  72
5th  Rick Pightling / Lew Tucker  76
6th  Brian Barr / Dave Wall  77
Closet to Pin  #17  AJ Mangini

Brooks Koepka gave Justin Rose his best shot on Sunday at Colonial, posting a seven-under 63 in the swelter Texas sun. And it still wasn’t nearly enough. Nothing was stopping the Englishman at the Fort Worth Invitational, as he shot rounds of 66-64-66-64 to finish three strokes clear of Koepka and making him the fifth multiple-winner on the PGA Tour this season.

“I’m delighted with the way I played this week,” Rose said. “Obviously the way I hit the ball this week I can be proud of the way—I’m a little bit speechless to be honest with you. Fooch [Rose’s caddie Mark Fulcher] and I had a great week out there. What a hard week, Fooch just kept me hydrated, fed, watered. Some of the challenge this week was just getting around this golf course.

“I haven’t played this venue in awhile, [so] to win on a golf course like Colonial, I couldn’t be more proud. It’s such a special golf course, I’ve loved playing here this week.”

Rose, who hadn’t made an appearance at Colonial since 2010, will be back for good now, and may have a few more wins in Fort Worth in his future if he plays as well as he did this week. He ranked first in the field in greens in regulation, strokes gained/total, strokes gained/tee-to-green and strokes gained approach-the-green. The impressive performance earned him his ninth career victory on tour, and it indicates he could be peaking at just the right time as he looks to win a second U.S. Open in a few weeks at Shinnecock Hills.

“I’d love to be more comfortable on the greens, wouldn’t we all,” Rose said. “But I feel like I’ve still got upside. When I look at my game I still feel like, this week was a big step in the right direction. Taking the range game to the golf course, there’s always a bit of a lag effect. You see your progress on the range long before you see it on the golf course, and this week it came for me, but there’s still more work to be done.”

Koepka, who will be defending his U.S. Open title at Shinnecock, looks to be rounding into form as well despite just returning from a wrist injury. He’s steadily improved in all three of his last starts, tying for 42nd at the Wells Fargo, tying for 11th at the Players thanks to another final-round 63 and now this week’s solo second.

“Feel like I’m playing really well,” Koepka said. “You know, for some reason over the past two years I feel like we probably had more second-place finishes than anybody. That’s kind of disappointing. At the same time, I’m playing well. I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.”

Emiliano Grillo shot a six-under 64 to finish in solo third, giving him his best finish this season. Kevin Na came in one stroke behind in solo fourth, tying the course record with a nine-under 61.

Source: Golf Digest

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