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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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We are now half way through the month of July and quite a lot has transpired. The Open Championship, MLB All-Star Festivities, and Women’s FIFA World Cup – which I never thought I would be this interested in – have now concluded; they were the premiere events this July. With that being said today on the East Side we are going to take a look at what, where, and who have been hot; and who really have not been so hot with mid-way through the summer.

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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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The Month of June is coming to a close and not a lot of big-time sporting events are left; except for what should be a good ending to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. With that being said today on the East Side we are going to take a look at who, what, and where have been hot; and who really have not been so hot as the summer has begun.

Hot (Topic) : The Future of Golf – Now that Rory McIlroy has been crowned US Open Champion comparisons are started to be made between McIlroy and Tiger Woods. The Buzz is that McIlroy has now demonstrated that he can win despite the pressure – not of the players – of responding to his poor final back-nine at Augusta National Golf Course in April. With the struggles Tiger Woods has gone through, being the great golfer that he is, people are starting to question if Woods can ever be as dominant as he once was only a few years ago. The Topic is simply scorching because fans have so many different theory on which direction the game is headed and if Golf will transform into another type of system. A lot of questions may be answered starting on July 14 as golf will go to Royal St.Georges to decide the winner of the only major on European soil.

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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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