After Friday’s hole on one Steve Stricker was on everyone’s radar. After that ace on the 8th hole he scored 5 under 67 to lead the pack and never let up that lead the rest of the tournament. The win was impressive his flawless putting was incredible to watch. With this win Stricker propelled himself to be the top ranked American according tho the OWGR. Taking over the #4 position is also the highest he has ever been ranked in his career.
This week in golf we also have the US Open Sectional Qualifiers held across the country in 11 different cities today. It’s a chance for golfers to play a one day 36 hole qualifier for the 63 spots remaining in the field for the US Open next week. Notably Vijay Singh did not show up to the qualifier breaking his streak of playing in 62 consecutive majors (pretty impressive). Gary Woodland earned his place at the US Open after finishing in 6th place at the Memorial Tournament moving him to 41st in the rankings, qualifying himself for next week at the Congressional.
Not to jump the gun and start talking about the U.S. Open too early but it should be interesting to see how difficult the course is. Graeme McDowel, last years winner, played a practice round and the recently renovated Congressional Course, commenting that it was every bit as difficult as it was promised to be. One of the toughest courses a 7,574 yard par 21 set up. Arguably one of the hardest major to win on Tour players will have to bring their A game to this course.