Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rory McILroy swing analysis: Part 2

Somax performance institute releases part 2 of their Rory McILroy swing analysis. They compare his swing to Hogan and discuss why his putting stroke is much better than Y.E. Yang, who he played with in the final round at the U.S. Open.

Part 1

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

AT & T National Betting Odds

The AT & T National begins Thursday at Aronimink Golf Club and is hosted by Tiger Woods, who will not be playing this week due to injuries. Justin Rose is the defending champion. Here is a look at the Bodog betting odds as of Tuesday evening.

Nick Watney: 14-1
Ryan Moore: 18-1
Hunter Mahan: 20-1
KJ Choi: 20-1
Bill Haas: 25-1
Rickie Fowler: 28-1
Justin Rose: 33-1
Adam Scott: 33-1
Anthony Kim: 100-1
Notah Begay: 400-1
Tiger Woods: 1000-1

Friday, June 24, 2011

Rory McILroy U.S. Open swing analysis: Part 1

Here is the somax performance institute providing an analysis of Rory McILroy's swing. According to them, his swing is much better than it was in the past, but they do see potential problems.

Predicting career major championship victories

How many career major championship victories will the following players have?

My predictions:

Tiger Woods: 20
Rory McILroy: 14
Phil Mickelson: 6
Martin Kaymer: 4
Jason Day: 4
Ryo Ishikawa: 4
Matteo Mannasero: 3
Charl Schwartzel: 3
Louis Oosthuizen: 3
Dustin Johnson: 3
Graeme McDowell: 2
Anthony Kim: 2
Rickie Fowler: 2
Luke Donald: 2
Y.E. Yang: 2
Alvaro Quiros: 2
Bubba Watson: 2
Nick Watney: 1
Hunter Mahan: 1
Matt Kuchar: 1
Adam Scott: 1
Sergio Garcia: 1

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Travelers Championship betting odds

The Travelers Championship begins Thursday at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut with Bubba Watson the defending champion.

Notable player betting odds from Bodog.

Hunter Mahan: 14-1
Nick Watney: 16-1
Bubba Watson: 18-1
Zach Johnson: 22-1
David Toms: 25-1
Lucas Glover: 33-1
Padraig Harrington: 33-1
Ian Poulter: 40-1
Aaron Baddely: 50-1
Ricky Barnes: 60-1

How could McILroy beat Tiger's records?

1. Stay Healthy (Woods has had four knee surgeries, a broken leg, and an Achilles problem)

2. Keep the same swing (Woods has gone through four major swing changes, some of which probably cost him victories in the long run)

3. Don't get married too young

4. If married, don't have 127 affairs

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New "Feherty" show now on Golf Channel

David Feherty is partially insane and off his rocker but at the same time very smart and entertaining when it comes to golf. His new show "Feherty" opened up last night on the golf channel with Lee Trevino as his main guest. Feherty shared a bit about his own battles with alcoholism and drug addition, told several funny stories, and had segments of him interviewing fans at golf tournaments. Upcoming shows will feature him interviewing Charles Barkley, Johnny Miller, Don Cheadle, and Tom Watson, among others. Golf channel has found something with this show and hopefully it will be around for awhile.

SI: Golf's New Era

Tiger Woods just received the new issue of SI, cut the cast off his leg, smashed a club in his living room, and went straight to the driving range.

Tiger Woods vs. Rory McILroy

Now that Rory McILroy has turned into the next Tiger Woods overnight, let's analyze what Rory needs to do to surpass Woods.

Currently, Woods is 35 and McILroy is 22. Woods has 71 career victories with 14 majors. McILroy has three victories with one major. All McILroy has to do now is win 68 total times and 13 majors in the next 13 years in order to equal what Tiger has now. McILroy needs to win an average of 5.2 times per year and one major each year until age 35.

Is it possible? Yes. It it likely? No.

McILroy does have the best overall swing in the game today. He's also proven he is capable of winning major championships in runaway fashion as Woods used to. What hasn't been seen yet is his capability of winning the close ones in which he has to make clutch shots and make every single necessary putt as Woods used to do.

In Tiger Woods' career, he won three straight junior amateurs, three straight U.S. amateurs, and of course the 14 major championships. During his prime, he was the most dominant golfer the sport has ever seen.

Tiger Woods Major Championship Victories:

The Masters 1997: Won by 12 shots over Tom Kite
PGA Championship 1999: Won by 1 shot over Sergio Garcia
U.S. Open 2000: Won by 15 shots over Ernie Els
British Open 2000: Won by 8 shots over Ernie Els
PGA Championship 2000: Won in playoff over Bob May
The Masters 2001: Won by 2 over David Duval
The Masters 2002: Won by 3 over Retief Goosen
U.S. Open 2002: Won by 3 over Phil Mickelson
The Masters 2005: Won in playoff over Chris Dimarco
British Open 2005: Won by 5 over Colin Montgomerie
British Open 2006: Won by 2 over Chris Dimarco
PGA Championship 2006: Won by 5 over Shaun Micheel
PGA Championship 2007: Won by 2 over Woody Austin
U.S. Open 2008: Won in playoff over Rocco Mediate

Of all the supposed "next Tiger Woods", McILroy is definitely the most deserving of the label, but he must have a lot of good fortune in his career and avoid the pitfalls and problems Woods had to surpass him.

By the way, had Tiger made a few more putts at Augusta in April, he would have won the Masters. He isn't dead yet, he's just injured. If he's able to get healthy, he will be back and possibly more motivated than ever now that a potential rival has arrived.

Golf never got to see Tiger Woods vs. Jack Nicklaus. However, there is strong possibility of seeing Tiger Woods vs. Rory McILroy.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

Chris Berman unfortunately "back, back" for U.S. Open

Simply put, Chris Berman should not be allowed to announce golf tournaments, much less the U.S. Open. Year after year, he is horrible as I've discussed here, here, and here. This year, Awful Announcing has put together a nice list of enjoyable anti-Berman tweets.

ESPN does not make a lot of mistakes other than hiring Berman and then allowing him to announce golf.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

U.S. Open Betting Odds

The U.S. Open begins Thursday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Tiger Woods is out with injury. No player is dominating the golf world right now and the last four majors have had first time winners. With a long and difficult course that will supposedly see 14.5 stimp speeds on greens to go along with deep rough, the tournament is wide open.

Here are some notable player betting odds from Bodog.

Lee Westwood: 11-1
Luke Donald: 12-1
Phil Mickelson: 14-1
Rory McILroy: 16-1
Dustin Johnson: 25-1
Martin Kaymer: 25-1
Steve Stricker: 25-1
Graeme McDowell: 45-1
Adam Scott: 50-1
Charl Schwartzel: 50-1
Retief Goosen: 50-1
Ernie Els: 66-1
Geoff Ogilvy: 66-1
Anthony Kim: 100-1
Louis Oosthuizen: 125-1
Ty Tryon: 1500-1

Friday, June 10, 2011

U.S. Open pairings announced

Opening round pairings have been announced for the upcoming U.S. Open at Congressional. Who will we be watching?

Luke Donald (#1), Lee Westwood #2), Martin Kaymer (#3)

Graeme McDowell (2010 U.S. Open champ), Louis Oosthuizen (2010 British Open champ) Peter Uihlein (U.S. Amateur champ)

Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Davis Love III (Major winners in their 40s group)

Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sergio Garcia, Alvaro Quiros (Spanish group)

The Molinari brothers, Matteo Manassero (Italian group)

Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter, Hunter Mahan (2 crazy dressers and a cowboy cheerleader husband)

Padraig Harrington, Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink (recent major winners)

Ryo Ishikawa, Anthony Kim, Y.E. Yang (Asian group)

Steve Stricker, Retief Goosen, David Toms (Stricker is best without a major, Goosen has 2 majors, Toms with 1)

Phil Mickelson, Rory McILroy, Dustin Johnson (The all implode group: Mickelson is five-time runner up of event with his most notable loss the debacle at Winged Foot. McILroy went house hunting on the back nine at Augusta while DJ had a few blow up holes at Pebble last year and bunkergate at the PGA.

Charl Schwartzel, Trevor Immelman, Zack Johnson (Masters champions)

Nick Watney, Geoff Ogilvy, Lucas Glover (Watney is due for a major. Ogilvy and Glover have one a piece)

Barkley to play left-handed?

Charles Barkley is listed at 500-1 to win the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic next month. It should be more like 500 million to 1 because he doesn't have a snowball's chance. As his right-handed swing has been analyzed all over the internet as perhaps the worst swing in history, he says he may play the tournament left-handed. He has tried a similar experiment in the past when he combined right-handed, left-handed, and one-handed shots. Barley also invented a new swing technique earlier this year with a back leg convulsion. Can't wait to see what's next.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Past U.S. Open Winners

 Bobby Jones is one of only four players with four U.S. Open victories.

The U.S. Open has been played since 1895. Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, and Willie Anderson hold the most titles with four victories each. Tiger Woods has won three. The tournament has widely been dominated by Americans until recently, which has seen winners from Ireland (McDowell), Argentina (Cabrera), Australia (Ogilvy), New Zealand (Campbell), and South Africa (Goosen). Whose name will be added in 2011 to this list of past champions?

2010: Graeme McDowell (Pebble Beach)
2009: Lucas Glover (Bethpage)
2008: Tiger Woods (Torrey Pines)
2007: Angel Cabrera (Oakmont)
2006: Geoff Ogilvy (Winged Foot)
2005: Michael Campbell (Pinehurst)
2004: Retief Goosen (Shinnecock Hills)
2003: Jim Furyk (Olympia Fields)
2002: Tiger Woods (Bethpage)
2001: Retief Goosen (Southern Hills)
2000: Tiger Woods (Pebble Beach)

Fed Ex St. Jude Classic Betting Odds

Before the big dance starts next week, the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic still has to be played. This will give some players the chance to tune their games prior to the U.S. Open, while others will be playing for the money and fed ex points. Lee Westwood comes in as the defending champ and will have a chance to win a regular tour event this week before he doesn't win a major next week.

Here are some notable player betting odds from Bodog:

Lee Westwood: 7-1
David Toms: 9-1
Zach Johnson: 14-1
Sergio Garcia: 25-1
Geoff Ogilvy: 40-1
Retief Goosen: 40-1
Padraig Harrington: 50-1
Y.E. Yang: 66-1
Anthony Kim: 66-1
Camillo Villegas: 80-1

Pick: I'll take Sergio this week. His game has slowly been rounding into form, he just hasn't been able to put four rounds together yet. His should have a lot of confidence after shooting two great rounds earlier in the week to qualify for the U.S. Open.

Update: Great pick by me. He shot 78 in first round.