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That course was hard. I have never seen so many double bogeys and DFO’s made by the players on the first page of the leaderboard.

I don’t think I have seen course in recent memory in any tournament that allowed so many birdie opportunities for well played shots and so many double bogey opportunities for the slightest loss of focus.

Usually major championships are par and bogey fests with very few birdie opportunities, but most mistakes ended up in bogeys.

IMO, that is the way golf should be played. Good shots end up in birdie opportunities and bad shots end up in a 1/2 shot penalty and really bad shots end up in disaster. All too often in majors, good shots get unlucky and end up in disaster and on many of the new golf courses, bad shots get funneled back into play.

Going into Sunday, the leaderboard was very intriguing. Young, relative nobodies, that only hard core golf fans know. Two near seniors that have been long time winners, just never any majors…then you get to three straight major winners at the bottom of the first page.

(I write the following paragraphs early Sunday before anyone has played)
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Playing analyst, I have no confidence in anyone until you get to Adam Scott and the three major winners, but they are all 5-6 shots back…which would lead me to say whoever doesn’t lose it will win.

I really want to see Steve Stricker win. It would validate my opinion that he has the simplest swing on Tour and maybe him winning a major at 44 would get golf fans admiring his swing and maybe that would get the golfing public off of Sergio’s lag, Dustin Johnson’s bowed wrist and all of the other ridiculous schemes to generate power.

Straight and solid not only leads to lower scores, but also to a longer AVERAGE drive as more will be hit solid with a simple move versus some contortion that creates a an “OOOOOH, AHHHHHHHHH” 1 out of 20 times.
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I honestly wrote the first paragraph above early on Sunday. I realize these are all great players, but this is what happens when the course is scary and second tier players who have not won majors before are contending….but I didn’t think it was going to be that bad.

Brenden Steele…77 with an eagle…oops. Sounds like something I would do.

15 is nothing but an easy par 4.

I have to hand it to Bradley, he followed his triple with birdie-birdie and was great in the playoff.

I feel bad for Dufner. He is going to have some sleepless nights for a few days…or decades.

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  1. Calvin

    Really good “column”. Maybe you have a future that includes syndication or SI or something. 🙂 Call Feherty.

    I loved that course. It was the star for me. Beautiful, loving and demanding.

    I thought Dufner had a simple swing as well as Stricker. Dufner’s is basically an extended waggle. Different but simple. I hope he has continued success.

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  3. Bob Saunders

    Duffner’s waggle looked to me to be consistent with the swing Monte teaches. Monte?

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  4. Wally

    Bradley is superb tactician, he uses the right clum to get to a particular spot on the fairway. He reminds me of Ben Hogan, not is his swing, but in the way he picks out spots on the fairway. He knows how to use his tools, and sticks with his plans

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    • north

      Brilliant. 2 up in a playoff, he goes for the pin bringing the water and a possible double bogey into play. Just brilliant – only a young man could conceive of such tactics.

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  5. s.

    You write, “…Sergio’s lag, Dustin Johnson’s bowed wrist and all of the other ridiculous schemes to generate power.”

    I have a theory. If you asked Sergio, “Is your swing geared toward generating lag?” or if you asked Dustin Johnson, “Are you consciously trying to bow your wrist?” they would say, “No.”

    Besides a very few backswing oddities like Furyk’s, all of the Tour swings seem to be variations on the same basic theme. It is highly unlikely that pros are trying to micromanage every part of their bodies. What did Tiger say? He wanted to, “let it go.”

    It’s like individualistic variations in handwriting. The letters flow off the pen slightly differently for different people.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      s…i agree with you…I am talking about other people copying it.

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  6. cdnmike

    I for one was very glad to see Keegan beat Dufner. When I’m watching golf I want emotion… I want to be entertained. Dufner is about as even keel as you can get. I’m sorry but he’s boring. I know he’s talented and plays good golf but….. SNOOZE!

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    • meateater

      I know I complained a few weeks back about a guy showing no emotion, but Duffner was different. I loved his cool. The second he hit into the water on 15, you just knew he was going to find a way to lose, too. Tragic but compelling.

      Bradley is scary long. Monte, I’d love to see you break down his swing. It seemed to be very hands-driven. Not the typical modern pro swing at all.

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  7. Doug B

    I thought the contrast in personalities was fascinating. I felt sorry for Dufner, but Bradley’s comeback with consecutive birdies after the triple bogey was inspiring. I hated to see either one lose. This was a good example of how a leaderboard full of relative unknowns can still produce a riveting finish. I enjoyed the course, but I thought that numbers 15 and 18 were kind of gimmicky. I’m not generally in favor of making courses longer than what they are, but if possible I think both of those holes could be improved by moving the tees back about 40 yards and playing 15 as a driveable par 4 (those are fun coming down the stretch) and 18 as a true par 5 (which it already is for the members). Maybe the property doesn’t allow for that, but I think that making the course a true par 72 instead of a trumped-up ballbreaking par 70 would be an improvement. I know that par 72 courses are routinely turned into par 70 or 71 for PGA events just so that the aggregate under par makes courses seem more difficult than they actually are, but that’s kind of contrived, artificial change.

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  8. meateater

    I thought the course was fantastic. Scary but playable.

    I would have liked to see Duffner go after the pin on 17 in the playoff. Middle of the green 35 feet away wasn’t going to cut it. The time to play safe was on 15 during reggulation. He didn’t seem to be focused during the playoff. He missed two putts on pretty much the same line as putts he had just played in regulation.

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  9. rojoass

    I can tell football season is approaching. The MMQ’s are coming into full bloom.

    It is fun though………

    http://rojoass.com/

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