Guys to Look Out for This Weekend at the PGA

Paul Casey, One of the More Popular Players Around the World Despite his Recent Struggles.

Paul Casey, One of the More Popular Players Around the World Despite his Recent Struggles.

Jim Furyk has Been One of the Most Accurate Drivers of the Past Decade and has an Impressive Resume that Includes a U.S. Open Victory.

Jim Furyk has Been One of the Most Accurate Drivers of the Past Decade and has an Impressive Resume that Includes a U.S. Open Victory.

Matt Kuchar has had the Season of his Life so Far and Now Looks for an Elusive Major Win.

Matt Kuchar has had the Season of his Life so Far and Now Looks for an Elusive Major Win.

Adam Scott already has a Major this Year Winning the Masters and has Been Close to Winning More Tourneys this Year. Could he Grab Another Major Title This Season?

Adam Scott Already has a Major this Year Winning the Masters and has Been Close to Winning More Tourneys this Year. Could he Grab Another Major Title This Season?

The PGA Championship is off to a hot start this season and the leaderboard is filled with likely and unlikely players which is already making this a really fun tourney. The reason I am writing about weekend guys to look out for so early is because I won’t be writing tomorrow as I will be out of town but without question it will be a great tournament at Oak Hill. Jim Furyk has been playing well, taking advantage of his accurate driving. There are several great players to look out for and the leaderboard is filled with so many different type of players whether they’e heavy hitters or putting masters or, it’s almost anybody’s title. At a course like Oak Hill, it’s always very important to have solid accuracy off the tee and soft touch around the greens. However, it’s both a course for power players and control players which is why Oak Hill is a terrific course to host a major championship and it already shows as there are several players within striking distance. As mentioned above, Jim Furyk is a great guy to look out for at this tournament this weekend as he is one of the most accurate hitters in golf history despite having arguably the lowest power. That’s why Jim Furyk is awesome because he figures out other ways to beat you even though he barely averages 270 yards off the tee. He’s a grinder, he has that trademark looping swing and can be a great putter when he’s on his game. The 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year is a great choice for a player to look out for.

Another player to look out for is Masters champ Adam Scott as he features a unique combination of power and solid putting so it could very well be possible that he can win another major this year. He is arguably the only all-around player within the top 10. He can easily tear this course apart but with so many other great players on the leaderboard, it will be tough for him to take the Wanamaker trophy and run, plus it’s tough to win two majors in one year unless maybe he changes his name to “Inbee Scott” (Sharing the name of LPGA star Inbee Park who won three majors this year). A surging Paul Casey is also a top player on the leaderboard and Paul hasn’t been a factor on Tour in quite some time. At one point he was one of the most dangerous players in all of golf and was also an all-around kind of player at one point but I feel like he doesn’t have it as much anymore but can still be a solid player.

He’s still one of the best power hitters on tour averaging 299 yards off the tee and if he can putt well the rest of this tournament then it will bid well for a popular player in Paul. Finally, one guy you just can’t help but watch is Matt Kuchar who has had the best season of his career to this point and looks to only get better. The amazing thing about “Kuch” is that he doesn’t have a lot of power or accuracy off the tee but he figures out other ways to win, whether it’s being clutch, having great touch around the greens or getting amazing sand saves. That’s a key thing. He always manages to get himself out of trouble and that’s what can make a player extremely dangerous because he can take advantage of mistake that other players can’t and that’s just one of the many reasons to look out for Matt Kuchar this weekend. Enjoy the rest of the tournament everyone!

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Brandt Snedeker’s Victory in the RBC Adds to his Resume

Matt Kuchar's performance This Season Makes him a Favorite at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

Matt Kuchar’s performance This Season Makes him a Favorite at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

RBC Champ Brandt Snedeker Pumping his Fist After a Great Victory. Hunter Mahan Led the Tournament Until he Withdrew Due to his Wife Going Into Labor.

RBC Champ Brandt Snedeker Pumping his Fist After a Great Victory. Hunter Mahan Led the Tournament Until he Withdrew Due to his Wife Going Into Labor.

Brandt Snedeker who has been really good this season and his victory at the RBC Canadian Open has just added to his already very solid resume. He now has six PGA Tour victories and eight overall with 4 of his six PGA Tour wins coming in back to back years in 2012 and this year in 2013, This is a sign of a golfer who is really starting to get into a zone. Four wins in two years? That’s always impressive and not only that, he has eight top 10’s in 16 events played, missing only four cuts. The only thing that’s holding him back from being one of golf’s modern day greats is the fact that he hasn’t won a major. If he can get at least two majors under his belt and at least eight wins then he’s a surefire hall of famer. He has gotten really close in majors so it won’t be a surprise if he either wins at the PGA Championship or in a major next year. I don’t think he’ll win the PGA Championship this year BUT it wouldn’t honestly be a surprise if he did win it. He has two wins this year so he knows how to win golf tournaments so the PGA wouldn’t be any different plus like I said, he’s placed very well in majors but here’s the kicker.

Brandt’s best finish at the PGA was in 2007 where he finished T18th and which is solid but it’s his worst finish in a major and it’s not even close to his best finished in the other majors (T3rd at The Masters, T3rd at the British Open and T8th at the U.S. Open). So it will be very interesting to see how he does at the PGA or even in the next tournament because for him to overcome an injury and finish 6th at The Masters and 11th at a very tough British Open is absolutely astonishing to me. Matt Kuchar, arguably the best American player on Tour, was one of the runner ups in the RBC and he’s also a guy to look out for come PGA Championship week which is just two weeks away. Matt, like Brandt, has six career PGA Tour victories with two of them coming this year. He however, has one more overall win than Brandt, giving him nine total wins and his best finishes at the majors are better than Brandt’s also with all of Matt’s best finishes in the four majors being in the top 10 (T3rd at The Masters, T6th at the U.S. Open, T9th at the British Open and T10th at the PGA Championship) with two of those top 10 finishes coming last year (At The Masters and British Open). So you have two of the best American players in golf not named Woods to look forward to at this year’s PGA Championship along with many other great players so let’s hope the last major of the year is a classic.


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Three Cheers for the Red, White and Boo!

Boo Weekley, Your 2013 Crowne Plaza Invitational Champion and 2008 Ryder Cup Hero

Boo Weekley, Your 2013 Crowne Plaza Invitational Champion and 2008 Ryder Cup Hero

Once, a beloved Ryder Cup hero, pulled off a victory at Colonial for his third career PGA Tour victory. Doesn’t seem like a lot but he has been finishing fairly strong in tournaments throughout his career so he could have won at least two or three more tournaments. He’s a very good golfer and has great touch around the greens. He’s not a great putter but his approach from 200 yards out is terrific as he ranks 20th on the PGA Tour in that category. If his recovery and putting skills can improve then he will win many more tournaments on Tour but those are arguably the two most important skills to have and he doesn’t have them right now but is very good in every other area. Although his putting as a whole isn’t the best, his putting out of 25ft is phenomenal.

He’s a terrific ball striker and hits his irons and wedges well. He’s also extremely accurate off the tee and the more fairways he hits the more he’ll take advantage of his incredible Ball Striking skills. He’s 4th on Tour in Ball Striking and 18th in Driving Accuracy Percentage which shows how good of a player he is. Despite only having three wins, he is easily one of the most under rated players on Tour. He’s nearly masterful at skills a lot of other players don’t have. His putting just isn’t up to par. If he was a much better putter then he would be very dangerous on Tour. He’s 185th on Tour in Putting/Strokes Gained.

If his putting is improved then he could rise up in the ranks on Tour unless other skills start to fall off but when a player’s Accuracy and Ball Striking is as good as Boo’s, it’s almost impossible not to finish in the top 25 almost every tournament. He’s also terrific with Eagle opportunities, he’s 3rd on Tour with eight Eagles this season. He defeated another very accurate player and defending champion in Zach Johnson and an all around player in Matt Kuchar who then was the highest ranked player in the field. He’s finished in the top 10 three times this year, ranking tied for 8th, tied for 6th and 2nd respectively. The Tampa Bay Championship, where he finished 2nd, could have been his third victory before his victory at Colonial but just came up short.

He also has never finished worse than 70th all season with the exception of two missed cuts, one being at the Sony Open at the beginning of the season and one just last week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship ironically. So keep an eye out for Boo this year, although he’s still a very popular player, he’s an under rated player this year so keep an eye out because his latest victory in five year could be a momentum booster and the season is still fairly young.


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Matty Matt Wins WGC Match Play & Down Goes Poulter! Down Goes Poulter!

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Everyone’s favorite kind of Matt wins the Accenture WGC Match Play….like a BOSS!

He defeated defending champ Hunter Mahan today with a 2 and 1 victory in Arizona.

I love Hunter Mahan, but I really enjoy the way Matt Kuchar plays.

He goes out there with confidence and it shows with every hole he plays.

He isn’t an all around player but is good in many fields like his approach game. If there weren’t so many talented players on Tour right now, Matt Kuchar would be a furry & ferocious beast with sharp fangs and foam mouth.

There was a time however where Matt was the hottest American player on Tour. But now that role is being filled by Brandt Snedeker but you can easily putt Kuchar back in the picture again after a solid performance today.

Also, how about Mr. Poulter? You know, that guy that wears all of those funky clothes?

Yeah well, that dude is normally the best “funking” Match player in the game of Golf, maybe even one of the best in the history of the game.

The only reason why he probably wouldn’t rank super high is because he is still young and hasn’t been on Tour long enough. I like Ian Poulter.

His attitude is “Ok” but he can be a heck of a player at times, esspecially with these Match Play tournements.

At one point in time he was 6th in the world rankings and got very close to no.1 until gentlemen by the names of Kaymer and Donald came flying in with their capes, one with a picture of Frankfurt Germany on his back and the other with both a picture of London and Chicago on his back.

Eventually, Poulter said “DERP!” and took off and made way for the two other golfers and then well, we knew what happened when a certain “Mcilroy” came along.

Anyways, Matt Kuchar is already on his way to becoming one of American golf’s elite as he has the talent and is hungry for more wins as he only has a few wins on his resume with no Major titles.

It will be very interesting to see how he does down the road this season. With Matt, Snedeker, Tiger and Phil, American golf may just bring sexy back ya’ll! Til next time, PEACE, ADIOS, SIANARAA!


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