Well it’s playoff time boys and girls. Get excited. The top 125 players are here to compete for a shot at the big bucks and a cool trophy. First up is the Barclays at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ. Here are the picks… (more…)

Advertisements

This week we’re at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.  It’s a safe bet that Akron’s once favorite son won’t be bringing his talents back home to take in the action this weekend.  If you keep your eyes peeled, you may spy a Tuna Golf contributor or two roaming the property, though.  Standings and picks after the jump. (more…)

We’ve been too nice (by nice I mean, haven’t written anything at all) so I’m going to muck this place up a bit.  Everyone has their favorites and least favorites in any avenue of sport, and golf is no different.  There are some people who love Davis Love III.  I am one of them, but I know for a fact that AC over there (/points over there) hates DLIII for various reasons that only he can explain.  So today, I thought it’d be a nice gesture to go over some of the golfers I personally don’t like (not including Stuart Appleby, who I covered earlier this week).

Why?  Why not?   (more…)

Yours truly took the day off of work to relax and watch the second round of The Open. Because I was conned into playing power hour and some sort of drinking Yahtzee game late last night, I slept thru my intended start time this morning. Unfortunately for me, all of the “best” golf was played then and, after a hearty American breakfast (2 eggs over easy, bacon, homefries, and a short stack), I’ve been left with nothing more than slow golf, wind delays and terrible ESPN coverage. Hey, at least it’s better than sitting in the office!

The early group was rewarded with favorable weather -a little rain and little to no wind – by British Open standards . Most took advantage and posted low numbers that will certainly put them in a great position going into the weekend. As I write this, Louis Oosthuizen is your clubhouse leader at -12, which is five strokes ahead of the next group of players. The goofy looking South African went 65, 67 in his first two rounds, respectively, and I’m sure is enjoying himself watching the circus that’s taken place this afternoon. A few other players who also took advantage of the good weather this morning include Mark Calcavecchia, Paul Casey, Tom Lehman, Greame McDowell, and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Casey, specifically, had a stellar round going but tripled the 17th and settled with a 3-under, 69. (more…)

Here is your score update for our national championship, as we head into the third round:

Leaders:

  • Greame McDowell -3
  • Phil Mickelson -1
  • Ernie Els -1
  • Ryo Ishikawa -1
  • Dustin Johson -1
  • Jerry Kelly E
  • Paul Casey E
  • Brandon de Jonge E
  • Alex Cejka E
  • K.J. Choi +1

As for the Tuna Golf staff picks:

  • Phil Mickelson -1
  • Lee Westwood +3
  • Tiger Woods +4
  • Nick Watney +5
  • Zach Johnson +7
  • Tom Watson +8

On another note, the course seems extremely fair this year, and it looks like we’re now firmly in the era of the kinder, gentler U.S. Open.  Except, of course, for the green complex at number 14.  It’s been a bloodbath there so far this week.  Paul Casey, Kenny Kim, Ian Poulter, and Y.E. Yang all carded an 8 there, while Zach Johnson posted a 9.  Absolutely brutal.

Paul Casey

I struggled long and hard with this pick.

Frankly, with the changes to Augusta, I have no idea who’s the favorite anymore.  It used to be the best players would always come out on top, but the Masters is more like the US Open, where players are surviving rather than scoring.  Lets be honest, if this was the same course as it was in 2002, when Tiger, Phil, Sergio, Retief, Ernie and Vijay were all on the leaderboard, it’d be a little easier to choose, but after Zach Johnson and Trevor Immelman slipped on the Green Jacket, it’s not nearly as clear.

Plus, the top tier of players is just so closely bunched, with each guy having definite warts to their games at this moment that I didn’t feel real comfortable with anyone.

As much as I love Phil, Doral seems like a distant memory and his performance at the Shell Houston Open wasn’t exactly inspiring.  Sure, he got some extra prep time at Augusta, but that’s the thing with Phil…you just never know.  And I’ve been burned in the past whenever I’ve emotionally invested in him so I couldn’t, in good conscience, pick FIGJAM.

(more…)

angc2

A tiny change at the top and a new entry mark what was one of the most pleasantly surprising tourneys of the year at the SHO.  Sure, everyone had their eyes wander to Augusta all week, but that shouldn’t minimize the fact that the SHO was pretty thrilling, and when coupled with the tough course conditions and loaded field, it carries a lot of weight.  There’s some movement this week, just in time for the Masters.

Onto the rankings. (more…)