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10 Thing I Think & More…PGA Style

by Jeff Skinner

1.  Rory McIlroy was four months younger than Tiger Woods when they both won their second major.  Rory is the man now.

2.  The Ocean Course lived up to its reputation: with wind it’s a killer, without it’s getable.  The greens aren’t the issue on The Ocean Course, it’s getting there.  All the pros putted well all week.

3.  It was a bad break for Carl Pettersson when he unknowingly moved a leaf in the hazard on the first hole.  But he responded with three birdies after he was informed of it but the two stroke penalty did plenty of damage.

4.  Rory said he spent afternoons on the beach all week when the weather permitted.  It looked like his Sunday was a day at the beach too.

5.  Fellow Irishman Graeme McDowell says that Rory is now the golfer that kids look up too.  He’s right, Rory is the role model for kids right now.

6.  Another disappointing major for Phil Mickelson.  After saying his game was “just a bit off” he shoots 73-74 on the weekend.  Something is going on with Phil the Thrill.

7.  At the end of the second round Lee Westwood led the field in greens in regulation.  He missed the cut.  What’s that saying about putting for dough?  It’s time to call Dave Stockton again Lee and this time stick with him.

8.  Northern Irishmen have now won four of the last eleven majors.  Maybe it’s the Guinness.

9.  The Ocean Course was listed as the longest course in major championship at 7,676 yards.  Is there any end to this?

10.  Tiger Woods continued his streak of never coming from behind to win a major.  His weekend play at the majors this year has been horrid.

11.  McIlroy and Woods are the only active players under 40 with multiple majors.  Wow, that says something about the state of the game.

12.  Rickie Fowler’s major season: Masters T27, U.S. Open T41, Open Championship T31, PGA missed cut.  Really?  For the future of American golf?

13.  Adam Scott hasn’t bounced back from the Open Championship with a win but he was in it for a bit on Sunday.

14.  Ian Poulter was the only player to ever threaten Rory in the final round but with Rory’s game it was a fruitless attempt.  The good news for Poulter is that he moved into the top ten on the European Tour’s Ryder Cup Points List.  Poulter lives for the Ryder Cup.

15.  The talking heads mentioned that Rory had changed the shaft on his driver during the Open Championship and that he straightened out his swing in recent weeks.  It showed this Sunday as Rory never faltered in any aspect of his game.  If Rory continues to play like this he’ll be number one for a very long time.

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  1. Rory’s performance reminded me of what Tiger use to do. Outside of a early charge from Poulter whom wasn’t going to keep it up, everyone else was struggling to mount anything. Rory did shut the door with his incredible putting display.

    It’s a shame that there wasn’t more wind on the weekend. Would have made things a bit more bunched on top of the leaderboard.

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