Volume Four Hundred Eighty-One

It’s almost U.S. Open time. You can almost hear the knees knocking.

Hittin' the LinksIt rained once again on the Memorial. But despite the soft conditions, players were mainly backing up on Sunday.

Matt Kuchar came out after Sunday’s rain delay and promptly made double-bogey. Dustin Johnson just might be the best tee-to-green player on the tour, and its worst putter. It sure looked like it this week.

With the U.S. Open starting in just 10 days, the big three are looking solid but not invincible. Jason Day and Rory McIlory were in the conversation until late on Sunday. Jordan Spieth looked a little shaky over the weekend but had his game working earlier in the week. With the way they are playing, as well as with some strong performances by others, Oakmont could be a whole lot of fun.

Let’s hit the links.

Hole #1: Wild Bill
This was the third straight year that the Memorial has gone to a playoff. This year with red hot world numbers 1, 2, and 3 in the field, the winner was… William McGirt, beating Jon Curran on the second playoff hole. [Link]

Hole #2: Vaya Con Dios, Donald
The PGA Tour is moving the Cadillac Championship to Mexico. Rory McIlroy reportedly quipped, “It’s quite ironic that we’re going to Mexico after being at Doral. I guess we’ll just jump over the wall.” [Link]

Hole #3: Back to Back
Swede Anna Nordqvist made it two straight at the Shop Rite LPGA Classic [Link]

Hole: #4: Speaking of Sweden
21-year-old Matt Fitzpatrick won the Nordea Masters in Stockholm by three strokes for his second European Tour win. [Link]

Hole #5: Solid Strokes
Some great putting down the stretch let Scotty McCarron take the Principal Charity Classic by a stroke over Billy Andrade and the World’s Most Interesting Golfer (M.A. Jimenez). [Link]

Hole #6: Ducks Soar
The University of Oregon Ducks men’s golf team won the national championship last week with the deciding match going into extra holes. [Link]

Hole #7: Let’s Call Him Squeak
Hideki Matsuyama has some squeaky shoes. [Link]

Hole #8: Can you spell, “Comp”
Jordan Spieth surprised a spelling bee champ with a trip to the Barclays to meet his idol. [Link]

Hole #9: Jurassic Golf
This gator on a golf course was trending on Twitter all week. [Link]

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