Thursday, June 14, 2012
US Open isn't just Tiger, Phil and Bubba
By DJ Gallo
The U.S. Open threesome of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson is getting all the buzz, but there are other groupings at Olympic which could be just as exciting.
Make sure to keep an eye on these guys:
Don't focus solely on superstars at the U.S. Open. There are other elite athletes, such as Miguel Angel Jimenez, deserving of attention.
Shane Bertsch, Tommy Biershenk, Martin Flores
You have probably never heard of these guys and there’s a reason: They’re basically cannon fodder. This threesome is the first to tee off at the U.S. Open and attack the course. Those who follow after them will view their corpses as warnings. “OK, I want to avoid that bunker. Shane’s torso is in there.”
Jason Bohn, Jae-Bum Park, Raphael Jacquelin
Here we have an American, a South Korean and a Frenchman. Three different languages means all kinds of awkwardness. If we’re lucky, one of them will accidentally do something that is offensive to another’s culture, and we’ll get an all-out fairway brawl.
Ernie Els, Angel Cabrera, Geoff Ogilvy
Angel Cabrera gives us the rare opportunity to see someone smoke cigarettes while playing a supposed sport at a high level. TO GOLF!
Aaron Baddeley, Miguel Jimenez, Matteo Manassero
Miguel Angel Jimenez gives us the rare opportunity to see someone smoke cigars while playing a supposed sport at a high level. TO GOLF!
Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell
After finishing in 12th place at the Masters, Sergio Garcia told Spanish media: "I'm not good enough ... I don't have the thing I need to have. In 13 years I've come to the conclusion that I need to play for second or third place." Emotional distress makes for riveting television.
Alvaro Quiros, John Senden, Gary Woodland
Quiros ranks fourth on the PGA Tour in driving distance, but 152nd in driving accuracy. This is the threesome to watch if you enjoy seeing spectators get hit with shots.
Adam Scott, Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley
Adam Scott’s caddy, Steve Williams, is only the greatest talent in the sport today. You can’t call yourself a sports fan if you aren’t going to watch him carry Scott’s bag, hand him clubs and tell him sometimes about wind.