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Avoided TST yesterday as I had the final round on DVR. Watched last night, started at Kaymer's tee time. I didn't think was boring, it's fun to see some total dominate even if it's not of our usual heros.

A Player's and a US Open in 2014. Does Kaymer get a lock on POY honours?
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Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post

Avoided TST yesterday as I had the final round on DVR. Watched last night, started at Kaymer's tee time. I didn't think was boring, it's fun to see some total dominate even if it's not of our usual heros.

A Player's and a US Open in 2014. Does Kaymer get a lock on POY honours?

Did you start getting the shakes?
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Avoided TST yesterday as I had the final round on DVR. Watched last night, started at Kaymer's tee time. I didn't think was boring, it's fun to see some total dominate even if it's not of our usual heros.

A Player's and a US Open in 2014. Does Kaymer get a lock on POY honours?

 

 

As of right now, Kaymer is in good position for it.

 

Was the US Open less exciting than others, yea. Was it boring, NO

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As of right now, Kaymer is in good position for it.

 

Was the US Open less exciting than others, yea. Was it boring, NO


I napped through much of it and then turned it off. It's like watching a tournament when you already know who the winner is. I got vaguely interested a few times when it looked like the wheels might fall off the Kaymermobile, but then he would birdie the next hole and dozed off again.

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Without looking up a specific name - I'm picking the highest rated German playing in the US Womens Open, to have a sweep for the fatherland.

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Sandra Gal, probably not a bad pick, actually.
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I'm really interested to see how much easier the pin placements are this week compared to last.  

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Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post

Avoided TST yesterday as I had the final round on DVR. Watched last night, started at Kaymer's tee time. I didn't think was boring, it's fun to see some total dominate even if it's not of our usual heros.

A Player's and a US Open in 2014. Does Kaymer get a lock on POY honours?

 

The last day of the British Open I'm traveling from Jersey to Florida and I'm DVR'ing it at home and planning to watch Monday. It's going to be hard avoiding finding out the outcome. My Ipod will be going all day with music, my texts will be shut off, and I'm disabling the internet on my phone so I don't accidentally hit "espn.com" which is an absolute routine for me. When I get home late that night I am going straight to bed.

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I'm really interested to see how much easier the pin placements are this week compared to last.  

Why would they be any easier? 

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The last day of the British Open I'm traveling from Jersey to Florida and I'm DVR'ing it at home and planning to watch Monday. It's going to be hard avoiding finding out the outcome. My Ipod will be going all day with music, my texts will be shut off, and I'm disabling the internet on my phone so I don't accidentally hit "espn.com" which is an absolute routine for me. When I get home late that night I am going straight to bed.
I'll be in DC and NY all British Open. I'll probably just look up the scores because i can't last four days without internet and finding the score 😉
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Why would they be any easier? 

Because pin placements on the LPGA tour are traditionally much easier than on the PGA. This is not a sexist comment, so save that argument.  It's just a fact.  It's been discussed here many times.  Still a really tough test, but you will not see the pins in some of the spots you saw them this week.  Trust me.  

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Because pin placements on the LPGA tour are traditionally much easier than on the PGA. This is not a sexist comment, so save that argument.  It's just a fact.  It's been discussed here many times.  Still a really tough test, but you will not see the pins in some of the spots you saw them this week.  Trust me.  

uh... okay. Didn't know that. 

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Brought this up in another thread and wanted to get some opinions on here.....was this US Open a result of Kaymer playing good and the rest of the players playing bad or was the course really that tough and only Kaymer just had an incredible week?

 

Some reasons I bring it up....Johnny Miller yesterday and then Nick Faldo this morning both said they feel that the players did not have a good week and that scoring was out there and players failed to execute. Also, in 1999 and 2005 this course had much harder greens, penalties for missing the fairway and they didn't make par-4s reachable like they did this one and if you take away Kaymer's score, the rest of the scoring was pretty much the same as '99 and '05.

 

Personally, I think it's somewhere in the middle. I think Kaymer played out of his mind, but I also think with the greens on Thursday and Friday as soft as they were and the lack of penalties for missing the fairway, there should have been lower scores. Same with Merion last year. For as soft as those greens were and as many wedges as players had in their hands, there was a surprisingly low amount of birdies made. It makes me question whether with the game today we just have a lot of "pretty good players" and no real elite players right now?

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Originally Posted by ChrisP View Post

Brought this up in another thread and wanted to get some opinions on here.....was this US Open a result of Kaymer playing good and the rest of the players playing bad or was the course really that tough and only Kaymer just had an incredible week?

Some reasons I bring it up....Johnny Miller yesterday and then Nick Faldo this morning both said they feel that the players did not have a good week and that scoring was out there and players failed to execute. Also, in 1999 and 2005 this course had much harder greens, penalties for missing the fairway and they didn't make par-4s reachable like they did this one and if you take away Kaymer's score, the rest of the scoring was pretty much the same as '99 and '05.

Personally, I think it's somewhere in the middle. I think Kaymer played out of his mind, but I also think with the greens on Thursday and Friday as soft as they were and the lack of penalties for missing the fairway, there should have been lower scores. Same with Merion last year. For as soft as those greens were and as many wedges as players had in their hands, there was a surprisingly low amount of birdies made. It makes me question whether with the game today we just have a lot of "pretty good players" and no real elite players right now?
A mix of both. I think that the players probably should have scored better. I think that 7 or 8 players had potential to finish under par(Stenson, Johnson, Na, Koepka, Sneds) but couldn't do it. However, I do not believe that the course was playing easy or anything.
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So Apparently the 2010 and 2008 Us Opens are on youtube. That is fantastic.
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Thread Starter 

Following the U.S. Open, for the first time in USGA history, the U.S. Women’s Open will be conducted at the same site, Pinehurst No. 2.

 

The USGA announced its official tee times for the first two rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open on Saturday.

Here is a look at some of the best pairings:

• Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Emma Talley: The world's No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, will be paired with one of the top-ranked amateur players in the world in reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Emma Talley. Park won the championship in 2013, one of her three majors of 2013. Lewis won the 2013 Women’s British Open.

• Cheyenne Woods, Natalie Gulbis, Juli Inkster: The only member of the Woods family who will play at Pinehurst throughout the two weeks, Woods qualified at the Scottsdale, Ariz., sectional. Gulbis is looking for her first major championship (best finish at U.S. Women’s Open, T-4 in 2005), while Inkster, 53 and the 2015 Solheim Cup captain, is looking for her third U.S. Women’s Open title.

• Lydia Ko, Suzann Pettersen, Cristie Kerr: Ko, 17, is playing in her first U.S. Women’s Open as a professional. She won this year's Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic for her first win as a pro. Pettersen, the winner of the 2013 Evian Championship, is playing in her first major of the year after missing the Kraft Nabisco Championship with a back injury. Kerr is the winner of the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Pine Needles.

• Michelle Wie, Catriona Matthew, Amy Yang: Arguably the hottest player on the LPGA this season, Wie won the Lotte Championship amid six other top-10 finishes in 11 events. Matthew is looking to win her second major championship; her best finish at the Open was T-4 in 2001. Yang finished second to Na Yeon Choi in 2012.

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Worst US open ever?

 

Runaway winner since Thursday... Terrible looking course.... No challengers... No Tiger.

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I think players should have played better and the "rough" seemed fairly forgiving for the most part. Wait, let me reiterate...to me it looked like the majority of the field should have putted better. The chances were there. I'm really curious as to how many putts inside 10 feet Henrik Stenson missed. That dude had the ability to go very low...especially on Saturday. 

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