Five golfers to watch at the U.S. Open

Posted: June 7, 2012 by vindanton in Pro Sports
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By: Vin D’Anton

Alright so the Masters was a little brutal for your favorite little blogger (even though Phil came close), but this time I am going to take any gut or personal feelings out of it and pick with my brain…whatever’s left of it. Because a lot of the experts are drooling over Mickelson for this tournament, he probably will deteriorate midway through round three.

5. Hunter Mahan – Mahan has been playing too well right now to not do something in this tournament. The 30-year-old is one of the hottest golfers on the tour right now and has two first place finishes this season. He’s number two in the FedEx Standings and earnings as well so he is more than a solid bet.

4. Rory McIlroy – For my money, the best golfer in the world. His all around game has developed near perfectly in less than five years on the tour. I remember watching him as an amateur when I was at Augusta in 2009. He choked at the cut but put it behind him to become what he is now. After another brutal major performance at the Masters, he’ll be extra motivated to defend his Open title.

3. Rickie Fowler – Not a fan of him whatsoever…maybe it’s the atrocious 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneer orange Puma outfit, or the fact that he looks like he should be the frontman for One Direction…but he’s on fire right now. Disregarding his putrid performance at The Memorial, he was stellar in three stright starts: Wells Fargo winner, T2 at The Players and T5 at The Crowne Plaza Invitational. He’s one of a handful of young confident golfers who aren’t intimidated by the presence of Tiger. I love those Bucs uniforms by the way.

2. Matt Kuchar – He has become a fan and American favorite in 2012. Five top 10 finishes this year including the win at The Players and T3 at Augusta. We can breakdown the stats and his driving distance, but there is only one stat that defines Kuchar in 2012: he is ranked número UNO in scoring average…consistency.

1. Lee Westwood – OK so I lied. This one has some feelings behind it because it is agonizing as a golf fan to watch this guy come close year after year at majors. We can be here all day talking about the top five finishes in all four majors and talk about the shots that just missed to make him a champion, but he is my pick this year. The approach game is there, but the putting has to shapen up. But hey, who the hell am I to say that when he plays fantastic at Augusta and we all know about those greens. This is the one for Westwood.


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