Breaking Down Golf’s Remaining Majors
Adam Scott won The Masters in dramatic fashion. Now, we have three more majors to go on this year’s calendar, The U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania, The Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Links in Scotland and the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester.
Who wins these? Dustin Johnson is my pick at Merion. He has progressed recently in his career and it takes a thinker to get around that course and a long, straight hitter. Plus, Johnson is due. First time major winners happen all the time now, so who better than Johnson, who should have been in a 2010 PGA Championship three-way playoff if not for a stupid club grounding rule in the bunker? Martin Kaymer ended up winning.
The Open Championship winner will be Tiger Woods. For months I’ve said this is the year he will win a major. Woods came up short at Augusta but Muirfield Links is the perfect place for Woods to make key putts, hit plenty of greens in regulation, which he has done all year (a big reason for his three wins in 2013), and break the two iron stinger shot out of the golf bag. Woods also loves history, and golf history is abound in Scotland.
Oak Hill is a beast. It’s long, it’s narrow and it has tough greens to hit into and putt on and yes that rough isn’t fair. Another first time major winner is in store here. This course will test patience and grind you, so the golfer who takes it in stride will have success here. Goofy Jason Dufner is my pick to win the PGA Championship. Dufner, like Johnson, is due. He is also really good and has a complete golf game to tackle Oak Hill. Dufner won’t let the challenges bother him, he will just play.
By: Mike Lindsley, “Mid-Day with Mike,” 1-4, Yankees pre/post game host on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio. Follow The Team on Twitter @1045theteam.