Friday, 14 August 2015

PGA Championship: Predictions

With the PGA Championship being hosted at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin the boys are in for a tough weekend.  The forecast is a nice balmy 80 degrees Thursday-Saturday with a bit warmer on Sunday.  In other words perfect golfing conditions.  The top 4 FedEx Cup point getters are hitting the links.  Currently in first place is Jordan Speith with 3,839, second place Bubba Watson with 2,358, third place is Jimmy Walker with 2,014 and fourth is Jason Day with 1,859.  For the Rory fans the excitement grows as he plans on playing in this weekends event.
Golfers have been coming into the Pro Shop all week and asking me if he's response did you see him hit driver that he posted online...yup he's ready.  I'm not sure if he's ready for walking potentially 72 holes that will be the true test.  You have to remember that these golfers are athletes there's a certain drive they have that the rest don't poses.  I hope Rory isn't coming back to soon but he wants to win and I don't blame him I just don't want this to set him back.  Jordan Speith is defiantly in the hunt this weekend with his stellar year so far you cant count him out!!

This course is going to benefit the distant hitters but what's going to make the difference is course management.  For those of you readers who are new to golf, course management and the mental part of the game are extremely important.  An example of course management is when you have really big greens you are chipping on to you want to take a look at the slopes and figure out where you want your ball to land not so much focus on where it will end up.  On Hole # 2 on the Baby Boomer Par 3 Course the back of the green has what we call a death trap.  If you don't get your ball onto the high part when the flag is back there you could easily 3 putt.  Your course management thought should be to hit your chip a little father to the right on the flatter surface which gives you an easier putt.

In an interview Tiger Woods expressed his concern for the mosquitos at the Whistling Straits Golf Club stating: "I've never seen mosquitoes like this, like they've had here. I live in Florida and we go out in the evenings and you may get bitten, but here you get eaten alive." I'm so glad to hear we aren't the only course with those pesky bugs!!!

John Ziomek, Sports Center Coordinating Producer has picked Rickie Fowler for the win commenting: Betting that one of the best young players who has never won a major wins the Wanamaker Trophy this week. Take your pick between Jason Day, Dustin Johnson or Rickie Fowler. I'm going with Fowler to finally break through. His run in the majors last year, combined with his memorable win at the Players, shows that Fowler has been building for this moment. Very few players are playing better right now. The time is now for Fowler to earn that first major.

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