I watched parts of the Scottish Open, the U.S. Women's Open and the John Deere Classic. The results added fuel to what was already a highly anticipated Open Championship at the Old Course in St. Andrews.
|Another win for Jordan Spieth.|
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Spieth, of course, will be gunning for the third leg of the Grand Slam this week at the Home of Golf. It seems highly improbable to me -- especially without much preparation or experience at St. Andrews -- but at this point I wouldn't rule out anything. The kid has more confidence right now than Titleist has golf balls.
In Gee Chun slipped past 54-hole leader Amy Yang to win the U.S. Women's Open by a stroke at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania. Chun, 20, from South Korea, fired a 66 that included three consecutive birdies on 15, 16 and 17. Her 8-under total of 272 tied the U.S. Women's Open record held by Juli Inkster (1999) and Annika Sorenstam (1996).
With impressive victories at the Players Championship and Scottish Open this season, Fowler is beginning to fulfill the hype that has been as loud as his clothing. Even with world No. 1 Rory McIlroy sidelined and probably regretting his most recent kickabout, this Open will be great theater. A Spieth-Fowler showdown would be grand, but let's not forget other thoroughbreds: Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Justin Rose, Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson, Branden Grace, Matt Kuchar, Adam Scott. And there's the old warhorses: Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Ernie Els and, dare I say, the ancient five-time Open winner, Tom Watson, who nearly pulled off a miracle in 2009. This is Watson's farewell Open.
Beware of the surprise winner, too. It happens more often than expected. Think Darren Clarke, Todd Hamilton, Ben Curtis and Paul Lawrie.
If my schedule allows (and I think it will), I'll be tuned in for a lot of the coverage this week at St. Andrews. How about you?