G-Mac at the U.S. Open thought twice about his remark about Jim Furyk and apologised if it was thought to be disrespectful. Fortunately Jim agreed, “I am a plodder”
In the days leading up to the event, plodding also came up at the Elling/Huggan Pond Scrum.
Commenting on previous winners and the likely winner this time round in 2012, John Huggan said,
“I'd exempt Billy Casper from the "no-name winners" category. Three majors and over 50 PGA Tour wins means he was a proper player -- and then some. The same, however, cannot be said of messrs Fleck, Simpson and Janzen. Plodders, all of them.”
Huggie adding to his thoughts of why plodders do so well said, “But that's what you get when you narrow the fairways and pour concrete on the greens. The better players lose their edge and it becomes nothing more than a test of execution for four days. Flair, imagination and shot-making? Might as well leave them in the clubhouse.”
“The better players lose their edge,” confirmed by the fact that the better players, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy didn’t make the cut and Tiger terminated his chances with terrible final two rounds.
Steve Elling said, “Plotting or plodding? Either way, two decent Open attributes.” And predicted.
“Here's an insane Olympic Club fact: Billy Casper and Lee Janzen both erased seven-stroke deficits in the final round to ultimately win. Nobody at home better change the channel early at this venue, especially since two of the last three holes are par-5s and present some scoring chances.”
Walking of the fifth green on the final round, Webb Simpson was not seven shots, a mere six shots behind, but continued to plod on and eventually win what some would say is another victory for the plodders.
Much has written about Tiger’s failure to push on and finish the job in the final two rounds. However it’s Rory’s form in the last few weeks that makes you wonder, where to from here?
John Huggan had already voiced his concerns about Rory’s chances at the U.S. Open.
“My bigger question re Rory's chances this week are more to do with the bigger picture. Does he have more than one gear? I have doubts about that. Any time the course is not soft enough for him to go full-bore at every target, his play has been less than stellar. And, after last year, there is no way that the USGA is going to have the course at anything less than brutal. Just as they did in 1974 -- the "massacre at Winged Foot -- in the wake of Johnny Miller's 63 at Oakmont 12 months previously, look for them to exact some revenge this time round.”
Rory said he was going to attack the Olympic course and he did. But maybe he should learn to occasionally plod, particularly when he picks his strategy for next year’s U.S. Open.
Huggie says, “Next year at tiny Merion will be even worse too. All because of the ball that goes too far…
Anyway, all of that means we will see a plodder win.”
Here’s the link to the Elling/Huggan Pond Scrum
Quote of the Day
“Call me snobby, but someone less than a superstar is going to be holding the trophy at the end of this. And I hate to see that.” – John Huggan’s prediction for the 2012 U.S. Open
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