26mi235 wrote:Steve Stricker is only one back and has never won a major, although he has finished well a number of times. At 46 he plays a limited schedule but repeatedly end up in the top group of golfers -- and many do not know who he is. He was quoted as saying that the course is the longest short course (ever?). Because he is older and not big and strong, he is pressed to get up on the longer par 4s (it is only a par 70 course, so a number of the longer holes are par 4s).
Bambam, do you have any comments on this guy?
Obviously a good player. Amazing how he overcame the slump he went into. He was a top player from 1996-1999, dropped out of the top 100 and even lost his card, and played very poorly from 2000-2006, but got back on tour, and from 2007-13 has been very solid. He's not one of the longer hitters anymore, but in his youth was pretty long, and I still think he's not that short a hitter.
Hard to see how anyone can root against Mickelson to me. Would be a great story. He's also playing mega-solid out there. His ball striking has been impressive to me. Really controlling his irons beautifully.
Tiger again showing he struggles (relatively speaking) on short, older style, tricky golf courses. He is almost unbeatable on big, modern, open courses - Torrey Pines, Bay Hill, Doral, Firestone. But not on courses like Merion. He actually rarely plays the courses on tour that are held on the older style course - never played Hilton Head, plays terribly at Riviera, played poorly at Westchester when he played there (no longer a tour course). Fortunately for him, and most of the modern, younger players who have grown up with the big ball and metal woods, more and more of the Tour courses are played on the modern style courses.