We have the US Open here from 1997, the AT&T National from 07-09 and the 2005 Booz Allen Classic. Tiger’s not here, so let’s go wild with the picks, folks!!!
This is the third event of Month 6. For a refresher on the rules, hit the link — Contest Guidelines and leave your Fantasy Four below (don’t forget your ONE Nike Athlete).
Record at Congressional; 3rd in ’09, 1st in ’08, T25 in ’07. Record at US Opens, T16 in ’09, T26 in ’08, T21 in ’07. AK turns 26 on Sunday. Let’s hope he’s still playing.
He’s playing amazing golf. He’s made 12 of his last 13 cuts, averaging 20th place over his last 5 starts. Cink finished T13 here in ’97. Could be the safe Nike play this week.
Won the US Open in ’09, but I put him here because of his play at Congressional, also. T12 in ’07, T5 in ’09, so you know he likes the course and can play in US Open conditions.
Francesco is coming off of a T8 in Italy, T50 at the BMW PGA and a 5th place at the Volvo Match Play. Had a T13 at the US Open in ’09.
other Nike athletes to choose from :: Paul Casey and Charl Schwartzel.
Shouldn’t Vegas be playing? He won a PGA Tour event this year..oh, well.
recent finishes –T11 St. Jude, 2nd BMW PGA, T9 Volvo Match Play, 1st Ballantines,
Westwood controlled last week. He’s hunting for a major this week and finished T19 here in ’97. In his last 7 majors, he has 3 Top 10’s and 7 Top 25’s. He’s a lock.
recent finishes – 1st Memorial, T12 Players, T13 Zurich, T11 Masters, T4 Houston, T18 WGC Caddy
Stricker is playing great, solid golf. T36 here in ’97. T2 here in ’07.
recent finishes – T7 Memorial, 1st BMW PGA, 2nd Volvo Match Play, T4 Players, T8 Zurich, 2nd Heritage, T4 Masters, T6 WGC Caddy, 1st WGC Match Play
Does his history really matter here? He has a pair of Top 20’s in US Open’s, but this is the only major he doesn’t have a Top 10 in. THis should be that year.
recent finishes – T2 Memorial, T6 HPBNC, T16 Colonial
Kuchar’s a rocket. T6 at last year’s US Open. Top 30’s in each of the last 6 majors.
Others playing well; Alvaro Quiros, K.J. Choi, Nick Watney
I’m putting a twist on the History section this week. Few things to note;
History at Congressional is the 1997 US Open, 2005 Booz Allen Classic and the AT&T National from 2007-2009.
Over the past 4 years at the US Open, 5 players are averaging Top 25’s (min 3 appearances) – Graeme McDowell, Peter Hanson, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim.
Jim Furyk has nothing but Top 10’s at Congressional (97 US Open, 07-09 AT&T National) T8, T3, T3, T7.
Stewart Cink and Ernie Els were T2 after the second round of the 1997 US Open, with Els going on to win.
Other winners at Congressional include; K.J. Choi (2007 AT&T National) and Sergio Garcia (2005 Booz Allen)
Alan :: Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy and Francesco Molinari
Bob :: Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald and Stewart Cink
Damian :: Hunter Mahan, Ryan Moore, Lee Westwood and Anthony Kim
I don’t mind that Tiger isn’t playing. I would love to take Kaymer and Kuchar on my bench (and Donald of course) . I’m fully confident that one of those 7 dudes will win this week…I’ll throw McIlroy in there, too..since Moore plays well at US Opens and at Congressional. ..it was a toss up between them.
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Remember, you have to pick at least ONE Nike Golfer and have your picks in by WEDNESDAY at Midnight (PST).
It is also your responsibility to sub your player if they WD before the deadline