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Golf in Godzone: Cambo’s Courage

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As a past U.S. Open Champion Michael Campbell is entitled to play in this week’s U.S. Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Fred Woodcock writes, “Forgetting for a moment that Campbell has missed five of the six cuts at the tournament since his magnificent win at Pinehurst in 2005, his European Tour season tells a sorry tale, one which has seen the TAB open the Kiwi at $500 to win this week, the highest odds of any player in the field.”

For those of us who’ve had acquaintances give up the game because they couldn’t carry on after suffering years of awful golf. People like Michael Campbell should be congratulated for their courage.
In Cambo’s case it must be hard enough to get-up for the easiest of European Tour courses. Deciding to play at the Olympic Club is a quantum leap in self-belief.

Euan McLean writes, “Butch Harmon has branded the “ridiculous” Olympic Club course set-up one of the toughest tracks in US Open history.”
“Harmon claims half of the 156-man field might as well not even tee it up on a tight course with punishing rough and uneven fairways.”

Butch says, “Half the field is probably eliminated before the tournament starts because it requires such ball-striking to get around it. Then you need to have the patience and the experience of contending in Major championships – so I think you can look at guys who have had success in previous US Opens.”
Guys who’ve had “success in previous US Opens.” That’s Cambo.

Butch again, “The whole course is extremely tough and I doubt whether the winning score will be under par. We definitely won’t see what Rory did last year.”
Winning score possibly not under par, so it won’t be a putting contest.

Fred Woodcock’s statistics suggest that it’s Cambo’s putting that’s letting him down.
And as we all well know improved putting performances can happen overnight.
Just ask Jack Fleck who pulled off the upset of the ages when he won an 18-hole  play–off against Ben Hogan.

Jack Fleck an unknown golfer from Iowa found his putting touch and the fairways and came from nowhere to win the U.S. Open.

“Distance isn’t that big a factor because the big hitters will seldom use a driver.” The good news for Cambo is that although he’s lost a wee bit of length. He’s more accurate than in his hey-day.

Euan writes, “If you are looking for two outsiders, Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk’s games suit the course well – and not many people are talking about them.”

Cambo came as a rank outsider to Pinehurst 2 and went away the winner. So anything can happen especially when it’s played on a “ridiculous” course which will need a bit of luck. And where the 17th green is already displaying shades of Shinnecock in 2004 where they had to water the 7th green to prevent balls from rolling off the putting green from a standing start.

Best of luck Michael

Here's the link to Fred and to Euan

Quote of the Day
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

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