The U.S. Open Often Surprises Us

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The U.S. Open is the most difficult golf tournament of the year. By definition, it is an “Open” tournament, meaning a larger number of players can qualify as compared to other Major tournaments throughout the year (such as the Masters). The player pool consists of the top 156 golfers who either qualified automatically or played their way in. Automatic qualification is based on the following:

  •  Players who have won a U.S. Open in the last 10 years
  • Players who have won The Masters, The Open Championship (British Open), or The PGA Championship in the last 5 years
  •  Players who finished in the top-30 on the money list on the PGA Tour
  • Players who finished in the top-15 on the money list on the European Tour
  • And players who are ranked in the top 50 in the 2 weeks leading up to the U.S. Open

Those who did not qualify automatically must win an 18-hole local tournament as well as a 36-hole sectional tournament to gain entry.

* Oh yeah, just to be eligible to earn a spot in the U.S. Open, you must own a handicap index of 1.4 or better.

This means a player will shoot, on average, 1.4 strokes above par. In other words..they’re really freakin’ good at golf.

This format welcomes surprise success stories, such as Michael Campbell winning the 2005 U.S. Open. This year, although still early in the tournament, we are stumbling upon another completely unknown golfer. Allow me to introduce Xander Schauffele. Who?! Exactly. I’ll give you a hint – he’s the guy in the picture up there. Xander would be the 352nd ranked golfer in the world. His full name is Xander Victor Schauffele, and he is from La Jolla, California. He is 23 years old, and owns 1 professional win (2015 Northern California Open).

So why are we talking about this kid??

Because he is currently tied for 5th (-5) toward the end of the 2nd Round of the U.S. Open. There are currently a handful of unknown players littered across the leaderboard, but none are playing better than Xander. You can check the current leaderboard here. Only time will tell if he will climb into the spotlight over the weekend. For now, he can briefly enjoy making his 1st cut in a Major Tournament.

While the 1st 2 rounds of the U.S. Open have welcomed low scores, the majority of the top golfers are struggling. As of now, only 6 of the top-30 golfers in the world are in the top-45 of the leaderboard. Following today’s round, only the top-60 golfers will make the cut and advance to the weekend.

We could be looking at an interesting leaderboard come Sunday.  

Who do you think will win The U.S. Open?? Give me your prediction in the comment section below.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY EVERYONE!!

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For Those Who Didn’t Notice – The U.S. Open Is Upon Us

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It’s golf season baby!! For those who were too busy talking about the McGreror and Bros. Circus, it’s time to hit the links. Today, marked the start of the U.S. Open. The 1st round is currently underway. You can check out the leaderboard here. This year’s U.S. Open is being played at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. Erin Hills is playing host to the U.S. Open for the 1st time.

Dustin Johnson (2016 U.S. Open Champion – pictured above), who missed the Masters after falling down a flight of stairs, struggled today. He finished with an opening round 75 (+3). Johnson opened as the odds-on favorite to win this tournament at +750. Whenever you finally turn on your TV and follow the U.S. Open (I’m assuming on Sunday afternoon), you’ll notice an all-time great missing (Hint: his name is not Tiger Woods). Phil Mickelson is not playing in this year’s U.S. Open. This is the first time Mickelson will miss a U.S. Open since 1993. Mickelson is putting family first, as he is attending the graduation of his daughter in the San Diego area. He officially withdrew from the tournament today.

Rickie Fowler, the 9th ranked golfer in the world, stormed out of the gate this morning, posting a round of 65 (-7). That is the lowest 1st round score under par since 1980, and he is your current leader. Fowler has always possessed tremendous talent, however, the space between his ears often gets in the way. Maybe that flat brim of his is cutting the circulation to his brain. Stay tuned throughout the U.S. Open to see how Fowler and the rest of the top players keep it together.

Who do you think will win the U.S. Open this year?? Tell me in the comment section below.

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Sports Highlights in One Liners

Who said the Yankees couldn’t score runs, or were too old, or Vernon Wells was a bum?

I think Tiger Woods looks good in green, don’t you?

Listen, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, and Ray Allen are all really really hurt, so just leave them alone; okay?

Sorry everyone my Knicks bandwagon is already full so please tuck and roll as I kick you all off one by one.

Man I’m really glad that Women’s College Basketball Championship game was close.

Kobe Bryant is good at basketball.

Bryce Harper is good at baseball.

The Miami Marlins should officially be moved to the Minor Leagues.

Anyone who says they’re not rooting for Tiger Woods (the golfer) is lying.

14 year old golf phenom Tianling Guan gets to play in the Masters, but hitting puberty would be a greater accomplishment.

Can someone text me Mike Rice’s telephone number, I want to have him over for dinner?

“So much for having a case of the Monday’s”
– Rick Pitino

Good for you if you know what movie that last line is from.

Cody Zeller is not ready for the NBA.

Neither is his buddy Victor Oladipo, but when the money’s there you gotta take it right?

NEWSFLASH: The NCAA is corrupt.

Why in the world does the Masters TV coverage start at 3 o’ clock in the afternoon?

I went to a fight and a baseball game broke out.

HEY KNICKS, when you get a lead you need to put the pedal to the metal, the game doesn’t end in the 3rd quarter!!

A +1 (73) by Tianling Guan in the opening round of the Masters is more impressive than you could possibly imagine.

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I’m comin for that #1 spot!

So I decided to hop in my airplane and airlift a tiger to the jungle. I dropped the tiger right into a lion’s den, and guess what happened? Let’s just say the Lion isn’t the king of the jungle anymore. Still haven’t figured out what I’m talking about? That’s okay, I’ll tell you. Tiger Woods is the most dominant golfer the sport has ever seen. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (sorry old timers). Everyone else who doesn’t understand his greatness can now join me in amazement. What I’m saying (and have been saying for two years now) is that Tiger Woods is and has always been the same Tiger Woods we grew to know years ago. He hasn’t changed, we just think we got to know him a little better. He is still the intimidating force that we have all been scared of. Don’t you have nightmares about red shirts? No? Just me? Hmmm, weird. Anyway, for those of you who don’t know, Tiger woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Monday (yes on Monday). With this win, Tiger leapfrogged his way back to the #1 golf ranking in the world, and let me just say that this victory didn’t come without any obstacles. On Sunday, Tiger rolled in a putt on the 2nd hole right before the skies opened up and dumped torrential downpour on the course and brought about 60 mph winds. Play had to be suspended until Monday. After all that, he showed good poise and won the tournament by two strokes as he shot a final round 70. Tiger is starting to get used to playing on Monday (he might have to find a new color for his Monday shirts soon). As for his 2013 season he is on a tear and has now won 3 of his first 5 tournaments and two tournaments in a row. And guess where Tiger’s going to be on April 11th. That’s right, The Masters!! Tiger kind of knows a little bit about winning at Augusta, and as I wrote weeks ago, that is exactly what he is going to do. He is going to win a third straight tournament (which is RIDICULOUS by human standards), and his 5th green jacket. He will take one step closer to Jack’s unbelievable record of 18 majors, and one step closer to the indisputable rank of best golfer in the history of the world (I think he’s there already, but I’ll leave that up for debate). Is Tiger the best golfer that has ever lived? Tiger Woods at the top of the golf food chain is great for him, it’s great for fans, and it’s especially great for golf. People only watch golf to watch Tiger Woods play. They don’t tune in to watch Bubba Watson and Luke Donald duke it out. And they certainly don’t want to watch Tiger come in 11th place. They want to watch him crush his opponents on a Sunday afternoon. And that’s what he is going to continue to do. I’d say welcome back, but I never thought you left. Tune in to the best tournament of the year (bar none), The Masters, on April 11th on either CBS or ESPN. It truly is “A Tradition Unlike Any Other”.

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