Graeme McDowell shot his best round of the tournament on Sunday, but he had a few words about the course conditions after his two-under 69.
What are the players saying at the 143rd Open Championship? Many have talked about putting a 2-iron in their bag to fight the windy conditions, and how the course is playing compared to the ’06 Open at Hoylake. On Thursday, we will see which course strategy works the best, but for now, it’s all about the quotes.
Softer greens meant lower scores in the opening round of the U.S. Open. Kevin Na and Graeme McDowell registered two-under 68s to take the early clubhouse lead at Pinehurst No. 2.
The U.S. Open pairings for the first and second rounds were released today, and the only way to handle that news is to immediately rank them from worst to best. The criteria? Golfing prowess, personality, watchability, potential for fist fights, sex appeal, etc. Bonus points if the USGA got clever with the pairing in question. Let’s go!
Ready for the Masters? Let the countdown begin with GAME GOLF’s live Twitter Q&A on Tuesday at 5pm EST (for an hour). The event will be co-hosted by PGA Tour players and participants of the Masters, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood and Jim Furyk, along with the company’s CEO John McGuire and several journalists, including yours truly.
Following his pre-tourney press conference at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, Graeme McDowell held court and spoke about Tiger Woods with a scrum of reporters. And God forbid, McDowell told the truth, saying Woods had lost his former aura, according to a report on PGATour.com:
Asia will provide Europe with a warm-up match play event before the Europeans face the Americans later in the year for the historical biennial matches at the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles next October. This new exhibition, the EurAsia Cup, will be held at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia from March 28-30, 2014, according to the EuropeanTour.com.
Henrik Stenson stuck his second shot on the par-5 18th to a foot for a straightforward kick-in eagle to shoot a 64 on Sunday, and also cap off a six-shot victory at the DP World Tour Championship, the fourth and final event in the European Tour’s equivalent of the FedExCup.
With his eighth European Tour title, the Swede became the first golfer to win the PGA Tour’s FedExCup and European Tour’s Race to Dubai in the same season. In other words, Stenson is filthy rich and essentially a walking ATM machine.