Kerr's notes: Congratulations to Kaymer, Compton; now it's our turn

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 16, 2014, 4:21 am

(Editor's note: Cristie Kerr, the 2007 U.S. Women's Open champion, is filing a daily blog with GolfChannel.com, offering her views on watching the men at Pinehurst No. 2 as the women get ready to play it this week for the U.S. Women's Open.)

By CRISTIE KERR

PINEHURST, N.C. – What an unforgettable arrival for the U.S. Women’s Open. 

I didn’t get here in time to practice alongside the men as they warmed up Sunday for the final round of the U.S. Open, but I got a larger dose of excitement being among them than I really wanted, thanks to Dustin Johnson. I’ll get to that in a moment. 

The final group had already teed off when I got to the range, but after getting my work done, I hiked out to watch my friend, Erik Compton, play on the back nine. Erik and I grew up in Miami playing Dade Amateur Golf Association events as kids. I caught up with Erik's pairing at No. 13, where my week nearly ended before it began. Dustin Johnson hit a rocket off line there that nearly took me out. I literally had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. I’d love to make some headlines here this week, but that’s not the way I imagined making them. 


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Once I was out of Dustin's way, it was nice being out there. It was terrific to see this golf course in a Sunday setup, with the huge galleries, in the heat of competition. I really got a feel for how firm and fast it can play. With the hot temperatures expected next week, I couldn't help wondering how the course is going to hold up. I just hope they don’t lose the golf course, but the USGA knows what they’re doing. I’m sure they’ll put a lot of water down. 

I was so proud of Erik, how well he handled himself, finishing second and getting himself into the Masters. I’m sure he didn’t see me out there. He was playing with tunnel vision, as he should. I wrote yesterday about what a classy guy he is. He showed that again Sunday after the round. We saw him at dinner at the Darling House restaurant in the village. He was with Charlie DeLucca and Charlie's son. Charlie was an important part of Erik's life and my life as the head of the Dade Amateur Golf Association. They call Charlie the Godfather of Miami golf. They all came over, and Erik spent a little time with my family, including my son, Mason. I congratulated him, and he wished me luck. Our passing each other through Pinehurst just adds to the special nature of this week. 

I’d like to congratulate Martin Kaymer on winning the U.S. Open. What a great performance. He handled the weekend pressure so impressively. It’s our week now, and I’m excited to get going, to see how this course is going to play. I love the U.S. Women’s Open, and I love Donald Ross golf courses. It should be a special week.

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By Grill Room TeamJuly 16, 2018, 10:36 pm
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”