Posts Tagged ‘USOpen’

Courtesy of achievedstrategies.com


At the end of every month on the EastSide we take a moment to step back and view the realm of sports as one entity. This Top Ten may include Highlights, Stories, etc., ultimately helping the fan get a feel for what I thought were the best of sports for the month of June 2011.

What can I say about the month of June? It is where the beginning of summer meets the blood, sweat, and determination of a team to reach the Finals – in both the NBA and the NHL. June is the month in which athletes take their games to another level…and then they take it a little higher. The end goal is in sight, and three of the grandest prizes in sports are on the line – The Larry O’Brien, Stanley Cup, and the US Open Trophies. This June however was different, however, because some surprise stories took place; this month select athletes took the initiative to write their own stories, it made for an intriguing month to say the least. So without further adieu, let the countdown begin.

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Courtesy of bleacherreport.com


Some called it spectacular, others called it lucky; people are calling it triumphant, and it may as well be the start of something surreal. Nobody would deny that this weekend was anything short of exceptional at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland – and that is even a bit of an understatement. For a brief time in golf the roars of the gallery were not those for Tiger Woods, possibly the greatest golfer to roam the Earth, but they were for up and coming golfer Rory McIlroy. Surprised to say the least, I was waiting his McIlroy’s whole round sunday for him to screw up, to double a hole on the front nine, and basically waiting to see if he had what it takes to rebound from a tough hole.

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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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