Tuesday, June 15, 2010
My Top Ten Guys to Watch at Pebble Beach
This week is the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, one of the great golf venues in the world hosting one of the best golf tournaments in the world. Everyone is going to be picking golfers to watch, and since I'm not that creative, I'm doing it too!
Here are my top ten golfers to keep an eye on at Pebble.
1.) Lee Westwood: He won last week on the PGA Tour for the first time since 1998, and has been in contention at the last three majors, and two of the last three U.S. Opens. Along with that, he had a top-five finish the last time Pebble Beach hosted this event, and his hair has looked incredible lately. He is my favorite to win, and the guy that I'd bet on if I had any money (blogging rules!).
2.) Phil Mickelson: What, you don't expect Lefty to be in the mix at a major championship? I'm going to go out on a limb and say he finishes second at the U.S. Open this year.
3.) Dustin Johnson: The last two years, Johnson has left Pebble Beach with the Pro-Am trophy, and he hits it far enough to make the changes on No. 9 and 10 obsolete. Also, during his press conference yesterday, a girl friend of mine asked, "Is he high? I think he's high." You have to love a guy that girls think looks high.
4.) Zach Johnson: Don't sleep on the other Johnson! Zach has a win and a top-12 in his last three events, and can putt with the best of 'em. If he hadn' already won a Masters, I'd say the U.S. Open is an event that sets up great for his game.
5.) Camilo Villegas: Already a solid year under his belt, Villegas played well at the St. Jude and has finished in the top-10 at the U.S. Open before. Also, his abs!
6.) Steve Stricker: Here is a decent combination for a U.S. Open sleeper: never misses fairways + never misses putts.
7.) Tiger Woods: I heard a story about him playing well at this event a few years back, and I'm fairly certain he likes Pebble Beach. Maybe if Steve Williams will toss his driver in the ocean before round one, Tiger might have a chance.
8.) Ricky Barnes: He's played Pebble a lot, and tends to bring his best game when the field is the toughest.
9.) Robert Allenby: He continues to have a great year, plus since 2002, Allenby has bounced back the next year at a U.S. Open after having a crappy finish the year before, (Since '01 (DNP), he's gone t-12, t-39, t-7, CUT, t-16, CUT, t-18, CUT) so he is due to have another good one in 2010.
10.) Padraig Harrington: I just want him to win so I get to hear him talk some more.
Alrighty, who is your pick!?