There’s History To Be Made At The PGA Championship

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It’s an exciting time to be alive!! It’s golf season!! This morning marks the opening round of the 2017 PGA Championship. While the 1st tee-time is set for 7:20 a.m., TNT’s coverage doesn’t start until 1:00 p.m. This makes NO sense seeing how the 2 most popular groups will be done playing by the time TV coverage starts. Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka, and Jordan Spieth tee-off at 8:25 a.m., and Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, and Henrik Stenson tee-off at 8:35 a.m. Someone please explain this to me….

Anyway, the 99th PGA Championship will be held at Quail Hollow Country Club, in North Carolina. There is an exciting field of mostly young golfers ready to entertain you. Entertain me clowns!! Expect a competitive tournament over the next 4 days, but before I tell you who’s going to win, let’s meet the favorites:

  • Rory Mcilroy (+700)
  • Jordan Spieth (+900)
  • Dustin Johnson/Hideki Matsuyama (+1200)
  • Rickie Fowler (+1400)
  • Jon Rahm/Brooks Koepka (+2200)

Despite winning the Open Championship just a few weeks ago, Jordan Spieth is not the favorite here. This surprises me, but Mcilroy is no slouch. My prediction is coming soon..relax!!

I think Jordan Spieth and Rory Mcilroy have something special in store for us this weekend. The PGA Tour is going to love what these fine golfers are about to do for their sport. They will separate themselves from the field over the next 3 days, and come Sunday, will be staring each other down in the final pairing. While Mcilroy has won 2 PGA Championships in his career, I think this is Spieth’s year.

Prediction: Spieth will beat Mcilroy in a playoff on Sunday to capture his 1st PGA Championship.

This will give Spieth consecutive major victories, and more importantly, the career grand slam. He would become the youngest player to accomplish this feat (yes younger than Tiger Woods). Allow me to put the career grand slam into perspective. Over the vast history of golf, there are only 5 golfers to complete the career grand slam:

  • Gene Sarazen
  • Ben Hogan
  • Gary Player
  • Jack Nicklaus
  • Tiger Woods

That’s it!! Arnold Palmer couldn’t do it. Phil Mickelson hasn’t done it. But, Jordan Spieth will do it. Golfer’s like Spieth don’t come around every year, so enjoy his dominance while it lasts.

 

Who do you think will win the PGA Championship?? Post your prediction in the comment section below.

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Big Weekend In Sports

This was a big weekend in sports that just passed us by. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and their Father’s Day. If you spent some time on your couch with your television like I did, than you definitely enjoyed yourself. There were 3 major sporting events going on, and I’m going to give you a quick rundown of what took place in each one. First you had Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday night. Then you had the finish of golf’s U.S Open Sunday Evening. And last but certainly not least you had Game 5 of the NBA Finals Sunday night. None were more exciting than the hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.

If you saw Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals than you already know how epically great that game was, and how competitive this series is going to be. Quickly for those who don’t know, the Blackhawks took Game 1 in triple overtime! It was a game for the ages and it set the table for game 2. How could Game 2 live up to the expectations that Game 1 laid on top of its napkin you ask? Well, they mustered up another exhilarating overtime thriller, that’s how. The Boston Bruins evened up the series at 1 game a piece by winning 2-1 over Chicago. Boston allowed a lonely goal in the 1st period and then tightened up the defense for the rest of the contest. You can catch what should be another exciting game on Monday night on NBC. The puck drops at 8:00 p.m. in Boston. Enjoy!!

Now, ever since Thursday morning’s rain delayed U.S. Open got started, everyone was wondering and waiting for Tiger to make his push towards his 15th major. The only problem was that the push never came. Tiger didn’t start out too badly but played progressively worse as the week went on. Tiger finished with a career worst 72-hole score of +13. I guess we’ll all have to wait for the British Open to see if Tiger can end his 5 year drought without a major victory. His last major came at the U.S. Open in 2008 after beating Rocco Mediate in a ’19’ hole playoff. While Woods struggled with Mr. 3 Wiggle all weekend, Justin Rose minimized his mistakes and gutted out his 1st major victory. He won by 2 strokes (+1) over 2nd place finishers Jason Day and Phil Mickelson (both were +3). This is Phil’s 6th 2nd place finish at U.S. Open. Man that’s gotta suck! Anyway, job well done Justin Rose, and better luck next time Phil.

Sunday night’s NBA Finals Game 5 was one that was certain to bring big drama. The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat have exchanged wins all series, but everyone was expecting the Heat to carry their momentum from game 4 into game 5 and finally put this series out of reach. Boy were they wrong. Despite another solid performance from Dwyane Wade, the Spurs were simply too good for Miami. They basically carried the lead from wire to wire and won the game by a score of 114-104. San Antonio’s ‘Big 3’ hopped in their time machine and pulled a performance somewhere out of 2003. They scored a combined 67 points while arguably the Finals MVP at the moment, Danny Green, added 24 points of his own. Green hit another 6 3-pointers and surpassed Ray Allen as the all-time leader for 3-pointers in an NBA Finals. Manu Ginobili was inserted into the starting lineup and hit the Spurs first shot. He was off and running from there and never looked back. While the Spurs seemingly couldn’t miss, Lebron James went ice cold in the 2nd half. For the game he went a putrid 8-22 from the field, and will need to play a whole lot better if they plan on raising any more banners in Miami this year. You got what you asked for Lebron. Now all you have to do is execute. Good luck buddy, you’re going to need it.

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