Think about it like this. There are 156 competitors, of which only 70 will be considered as ‘low scoring'. From there, we essentially undergo two final rounds of play that will separate the men from the little girls.
Who are my top ten choices for advancement?
1. Daly, John – Dardanelle, Ark.
2. de Jonge, Brendon – Matthews, N.C
3. Furyk, Jim – Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
4. Garcia, Sergio –Castellon, SPAIN
5. Mickelson, Phil – Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
6. Ogilvy, Geoff – Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
7. Woods, Tiger – Hobe Sound, Fla.
8. Day, Jason – Wexford, AUSTRALIA.
9. Cairns, Brian – Walled Lake, Mich
10. Chalmers, Greg – Sydney, AUSTRALIA
My choices, 1-7, are in Alphabetical order, and I suspect them to at least make it into the final two rounds of play, and hopefully, one of them will win. These are classic golfers that I have grown up watching, and some of them have decent game, but have been flying under the radar in the last few big tournaments. Although de Jong is not someone I have followed for years, he’s still going to make my top 10 because he is so young, and has had ample time to work on his game since 2010. Tiger Woods hasn’t been on his game lately, but let’s face it, he’s someone we like to watch, and we keep waiting for him to show us that same talent that we were so enthralled by during his win at the Masters in 1997.
Picks 8-10 are my ‘Wild Card’ picks. Jason Day, 25, has shown some promise, and he is someone I think we’ll see a lot more of over the next few years. Brian Carins, Club Pro from Michigan with a good short game, and Greg Chalmers, winner of the Australian open in 2011.
It’s interesting to note that there are no Canadians currently listed as playing, although one Canadian is on the Alternate list.
Good luck to all players, and may the best take the cup.