Last week the golf world stopped to take a trip down memory lane at Merion Golf club in Philadelphia and as the saying goes 'History repeats itself', just ask Phil Mickelson. We can't say he choked coming down the stretch but I'm sure he's even wondering if he'll ever win the US. Open. The real winners this week other than Justin Rose and Sean Foley, has to be Merion GC and the USGA. After all the talk that Merion was too small a ballpark for the pros and the infrastructure needed to host a major. If you paid attention I think it's safe to say Brandel Chamblee and rest of the media predicting 62's and records being broken, may be as good at their current jobs as they were in their failed pro careers. We should all tip the cap to Mike Davis for the set up that give Merion the ability to challenge the top players in the world.
Before we shift from the Philadelphia to Cromwell, Connecticut and the Travellers Championship, I'll leave you with the questions the US. Open has me contemplating; Will Phil ever win the US Open? How long until Jason Day gets his first major? Can Justin Rose become a multiple major winner? Did Steve Stricker really get #SHANKAPOTAMUS trending? And finally What a the chances Tiger Woods never wins another major? Did Billy Horschel seriously have Octopuses on his pants?
TPC @ River Highlands
Par: 70 Length: 6,844
Architect: Robert J. Ross & Maurice Kearney
Purse: 6,100,000 (1st- 1.08 mil.)
2012 Marc Leishman (-14)
2011 Fredrik Jacobson (-20)
2010 Bubba Waston (-14)
2009 Kenny Perry (-22)*
2008 Stewart Cink (-18)
* Tournament Record
Okay, I could keep talking about the US Open but this week we have the Travelers Championship on deck.Which another chance to pick Winners and if your like me you could be excited to close out the spring session and win your second trophy. If you're not well you should really pay attention.
(A List): Nicholas Colsaerts, (B): Fredrik Jacobson, (B): Hunter Mahan, (C): Lee Westwood
(A List): Jason Dufner, (B): Charlie Hoffman, (B): Davis Love III, (C): Harris English
Random Tournament Facts:
- Notah Begay III actually won this tournament in 2000.
- Patrick Cantlay has the course record with a 60 in 2011.
- Travelers has the 2nd highest attendants behind the Phoenix Open.
- Justin Rose is showing up this week, but Webb Simpson did last year too.
- If your still wondering if you say Octopuses, Octopi or Octopodes well watch this.