Off the Tee: Memorial Goes to a Playoff, Tiger Hits Rock Bottom, U.S. Open Preview, plus a Look at South Dakota’s Two-Man Championship
We're closing in on the second major of the golf calendar, the U.S. Open, which promises to be as unpredictable as ever in 2015. Several players have put themselves in contention with their performances over the last few weeks, while others' games are in free fall. Back home, South Dakota gets ready to crown its best two-man team.
All of those topics, and more, were on the table for this edition of "Off The Tee" with Joel Harrington from 4 Deep Golf Blog. Here are some of the headlines:
- David Lingmerth wins The Memorial, beating Justin Rose on the third playoff hole. Joel says he was impressed with how the Swede kept his composure against an impressive field to capture his first PGA Tour win.
- Jordan Spieth made a big, final day rally which included this chip-in for eagle on 15:
Joel says Spieth is having one of the most consistent stretches of golf in tour history.
- Tiger Woods had the worst showing of his professional career - a 14 over par 302 at The Memorial. Tiger says he needs to play more, Jack Nicklaus says Tiger needs to ditch his coaches and get back to the basics, while Joel says Tiger is literally making up shots as he goes along and may need to reach out the Butch Harmon to right the ship.
- The 2015 U.S. Open begins June 18 at Chambers Bay, Washington. The Robert Trent Jones course is getting a lot of criticism from players. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are the odds-on favorites to win, but Joel believes there are two dark horses to watch: Jim Furyk and Brooks Koepka. As for the course design, Joel says this open could be an epic disaster.
- The South Dakota Two-Man Championships are this weekend at Meadowbrook Golf Course in Rapid City. Joel says the course puts a premium on hitting it straight off the tee, while the four ball, modified Chapman two-day format could make for some very low scores. He likes the defending champs Brandon Sigmund and Jeff Meyerink, along with veterans Pat Lockwood and Mike Brummer to contend for the title.
Here's my entire interview with Joel: