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I will be honest, I cannot remember a non-major tournament with the hype and interest surrounding last weekend’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational; it almost felt like a Major. What more is that I cannot remember two back-to-back weekends in golf that have had so much meaning. Now that the season’s final major is upon us, and the less important weekend is over with, we look forward to what should be a fantastic 4-day event at the Atlanta Athletic Club where the world’s best will be competing for the Wanamaker Trophy and the PGA Championship.

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Fifty-Two threesomes of the world’s best golfers will tee off on very early Thursday morning eastern time at the renowned Royal St.George’s Golf Course in England as they begin their push to win one of the greatest Majors in all of golf; The Open Championship. Quite a few big storylines in golf loom for dissection as the 2011 Open Championship approaches, and it only makes for a more thrilling tournament. With Tiger again absent from play this weekend the field, once again, opens up significantly to those whom you would not ordinarily expect to be a contender on Sunday of a Major Championship. Coming off an improbable dominating first Major win, and just under a month of vacation, Rory McIlroy looks to go back-to-back. Finally after this weekend’s Scottish Open Luke Donald (World Number One) looks to keep his winning streak going – winning his first tournament as world number one this weekend – while Phil “Lefty” Mickelson desperately needs to get one started this weekend. These story-lines will surely play a role in what should be a drama-filled weekend, as many of these top players will be looking to hoist the Claret Jug and 5 million pounds.

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Well, all I can say is if I were a betting man this would not be my conjecture for the outcome of the First Round at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Throughout the day the course played extremely difficult leaving no room for error – the epitome of the US Open – as players had to refocus after a good percentage of their shots. See Golf’s National Championship has a different approach than the rest of the majors; in the Open – especially in the first two rounds – you have to keep your head above the water…there is no going low (Or at least that’s what we expect). As long as you are in the field on Saturday, you likely still have chance; the unfortunate fact about the Open, though, is that one gets to the top of the leaderboard by demonstrating poise and consistency. Not destroying the course in only one 18-hole round, rather testing your nerve because you have to make pars ALL DAY LONG.
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With the 2011 US Open on the horizon in Bethesda, Maryland, many players are entering into the field to prove a lot not only to the media and the fans, but themselves. The sixth hosted USGA Championship at Congress Country Club will play host to a number of players with something to show for such as Luke Donald – recently dubbed number one player in golf – and Eldrick “Tiger” Woods – the most dangerous player in golf who has been on a steady decline for quite some time. These two specifically have caught some fire in the past couple months; the difference is that Woods continues to catch the fire and criticism from the press for his injuries, withdrawal at the Players Championship, and overall down fall, while Donald’s game is blazing hot.
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