In typical PF fashion these days, LG is off gallivanting around playing golf somewhere while JK works his craft. We are sorry we haven’t been able to provide you, our readership, with a consistent stream of valued content. Nonetheless, our ever-popular Predictions series carries on with the year’s final major, the PGA Championship at Valhalla. It’s been 14 years since Tiger and Bob May famously dueled in perhaps the greatest display of golf skill in history. If you’ve got a spare … well, who cares how long it takes, it’s worth it:

Check out 6:30 to 8:10 in Part 1, especially:

ACTUAL SCORES (updated 8/10)
1 Rory McIlroy -16
2 Phil Mickelson -15
T3 Henrik Stenson -14
T3 Rickie Fowler -14
T5 Jim Furyk -12
T5 Ryan Palmer -12
T7 Jimmy Walker -11
T7 Ernie Els -11
T7 Victor Dubuisson -11
T7 Hunter Mahan -11
T7 Steve Stricker -11

JK:
Winner: Sergio Garcia (T36 at -3. Correct: Rory McIlroy)
Winning Score: -8 (-16)
Runner Up: Ricky Fowler (T3–close; Phil Mickelson)
Low PGA Professional: Rod Perry (all MC, low was Jamie Broce at +3)
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Roberto Castro (MC. Mikko Ilonen was correct)
Last Year’s Winner (Dufner) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Top 10. He likes this event (WD)
The Master’s Winner (Bubba) Will: MC. Dude’s too flaky. (T65 at +3)
The US Open Winner (Kaymer) Will: Make the cut (MC)
The Open Champion (Rors) Will: Top 10 (Winning is Top 10…right?)
How many prior PGA Championship winners will be in the Top 10: 2 (correct: Mickelson and McIlroy)
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Sergio fires another round in the 20s to take it. (not exactly)
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Tiger WD, and thousands of references to Tiger/Bob May (a lot about Tiger, but it was really about Boy Wonder)
Tiger Woods will: WD. Back issues (close. lots of grimmacing and +6 MC)
Zach Johnson will: Top 10. This course sets up well for him. (T70 at +5)
Steve Stricker will: Make the cut. He just can’t get over it. (Top10, T7 at -11)
Dustin Johnson will: Share a coke with Paulina (sorry, this is just a holdover from last year’s, but it’s too funny to leave out)
Who is most likely to “Jim Furyk” it? Jim Furyk (final round 66, he did nothing of the sort. Stenson, Fowler, and Mickelson all bogeyed, so any of them I guess)

LG:
Winner: Sergio Garcia (First time in the history of the PF that JK and I pick the same player not named Tiger to win) (still no)
Winning Score: -14 (close…-16)
Runner Up: Rory McIlroy (close….he won. Two years in a row for LG)
Low PGA Professional: Stuart Deane (no, see above)
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Daniel Summerhays (t33 at -4)
Last Year’s Winner (Dufner) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Make Cut (WD)
The Master’s Winner (Bubba) Will: Make Cut (Make Cut)
The US Open Winner (Kaymer) Will: Make Cut (MC)
The Open Champion (Rors) Will: Runner Up (close)
How many prior PGA Championship winners will be in the Top 10: 2 (correct)
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Sergio takes it.  Redemption. (we all wish)
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Sergio’s first major (nope)
Tiger Woods will: Top 10 (MC +6)
Zach Johnson will: miss cut (…and hopefully throw that hideous putter into a lake) (nope)
Steve Stricker will: Make cut (Top10)
Dustin Johnson will: give no …um… thoughts… about this tournament at all. (probably)
Who is most likely to “Jim Furyk” it? No one.  Sergio’s day has come. (not exactly)

It’s time for the playing of one of greatest and oldest championships of all time – the Open Championship.  Known in the states as the British Open, the Open Championship was first played on October 17, 1860 at Prestwick in Scotland. The inaugural tournament was restricted to professionals and attracted a field of eight golfers who played three rounds of Prestwick’s twelve-hole course in a single day.

This year’s contest will take place at the site of Tiger’s last Open victory in 2006 – Royal Liverpool, more commonly known as Hoylake.  Often called one of the greatest displays of iron play in the history of the game, Tiger’s two-shot victory (-18) over Chris Demarco (-16) on the baked-out links involved him hitting driver once and not hitting a single one of Hoylake’s notoriously penal bunkers all week!  The PowerFade is excited for Tiger’s return to Hoylake, but our picks may suggest a different outcome that TW taking a swig from the Claret Jug.  On to the picks!

ACTUAL (updated 8/11/2014)
1 -17 MCILROY, Rory
T2 -15 GARCIA, Sergio
T2 -15 FOWLER, Rickie
4 -13 FURYK, Jim
T5 -12 LEISHMAN, Marc
T5 -12 SCOTT, Adam
T7 -11 SCHWARTZEL, Charl
T7 -11 MOLINARI, Edoardo
T9 -10 LOWRY, Shane
T9 -10 MCDOWELL, Graeme
T9 -10 DUBUISSON, Victor

LG:
WIN: Miguel Angel Jimenez (MC)
PLACE: Rory McIlroy (Win -17)
SHOW: Tiger Woods (solo 69th, +6)
Winning Score: -8 (-17!)
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Kevin Streelman.  Seriously. (T54, +2. Marc Leishman or Shane Lowry were the choices)
Last Year’s Winner (Phil) Will … (Win, Top 10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Miss Cut (T23, -5)
The Master’s Winner (Bubba) Will …: Miss (Correct)
The US Open Winner (Kaymer) Will …: Make cut (correct, solo 70th at +8)
The current PGA Champion (Duf) will …: Miss (T51, +1)
How many prior winners will be in the Top 10: 1 (0)
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? MAJ takes it in a playoff with Rors. (Rory won it. played great)
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Rory breaks the Major scoring record of 63, but posts an 80 to bring the field back.  Surges on the weekend to come up short.  Takes away a lot of positives from the experience. (close, but no)
Who is most likely to “Sergio Garcia at Carnoustie” it?  No one. (correct. no one yakked)
Will you watch on Sunday? Yes. (?)
Tiger Woods will: Top 10 (guessing 3rd, but two strokes back) (incorrect. wildly incorrect)
Sergio Garcia will: Top 10 (correct – T2 at -15)
Dustin Johnson will: Make (correct, T12 at -9)
Jason Day will: Make (correct, T58 at +3)
Jordan Speith will: Miss (incorrect, T36 at -2)
Rory McIlroy will: Second. (almost)

JK:
WIN: Justin Rose (T23 at -5)
PLACE: Jonas Blixt (MC)
SHOW: Matt Kuchar (T54 at +2)
Winning Score: -1 (-17)
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Yasaku Miyazato (MC)
Last Year’s Winner (Phil) Will … (Win, Top 10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Make cut, probably just outside the top 10 (correct, T23)
The Master’s Winner (Bubba) Will …: MC (Correct)
The US Open Winner (Kaymer) Will …: Make cut (Correct)
The current PGA Champion (Duf) will …: MC…dude is having some real short game issues right now (Incorrect)
How many prior winners will be in the Top 10: 0 (correct)
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? J Rose plays consistently all week while everyone else folds under the pressure (incorrect)
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? uh, basically the same as LG–Rory goes nuts and then yaks all over the place (close)
Who is most likely to “Sergio Garcia at Carnoustie” it?  Sergio Garcia (no, he played tremendously)
Will you watch on Sunday? unlikely. i’ll be driving home from waygus (watched a little)
Tiger Woods will: Make the cut, but barely (correct, with incredible precision)
Sergio Garcia will: Make the cut (T2…much better than making the cut)
Dustin Johnson will: Make the cut (correct, just outside top 10)
Jason Day will: Top 10 (nope. Thumb injuries).
Jordan Speith will: Top 10 (incorrect, T36)
Rory McIlroy will: outside Top 10, but make the cut (sure…)

Update 6/16/2014
Great job by Martin Kaymer in successfully making out national championship a boring event. Top 10 Included below:
1 KAYMER,Martin -9
T2 COMPTON,Erik -1
T2 FOWLER,Rickie -1
T4 BRADLEY,Keegan 1
T4 DAY,Jason 1
T4 KOEPKA,Brooks 1
T4 JOHNSON,Dustin 1
T4 STENSON,Henrik 1
T9 SCOTT,Adam 2
T9 WALKER,Jimmy 2
T9 SNEDEKER,Brandt 2

It’s that time again. It’s hell week. It’s our national championship, the ultimate test of golf, this year returning to Pinehurst #2, site of Payne Stewart’s victory in 1999. A lot of hype surrounds Phil Mickelson due to his runner-up finish at the last Pinehurst Open AND his runner-up finish at last year’s US Open. There will be plenty to talk about, of course, as with any major championship. Lo and behold, LG and I need to make our picks. With about as much certainty as we always have, here are our picks (it should be noted that JK and LG have $100 on Spieth vs. McIlroy):

JK:
Winner: Jordan Spieth Kaymer. Spieth T17
Winning Score: E -9
Runner Up: Billy Horschel correct answer: Fowler and Erik Compton. Horschel T23 at +6
Low Amateur: Oliver Goss MC
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Stephen Gallacher MC
Last Year’s Winner (Justin Rose) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Make the Cut, just outside of Top10 exactly right. T12
How many prior US Open winners will be in the Top 10: 1 actually, 0. Furyk was closest at T12
Masters Champion (Bubba) will …: M/C. This isn’t a bomber’s course Correct.
British Open Champion (Phil Mickelson) will …: Make cut Correct.
PGA Champion (Jason Dufner) will …: Top 10. Incorrect. MC
Sergio Garcia will…: Top 10 Incorrect. T35
Dustin Johnson will…: Top 10 Correct. T4 at +1
Rickie Fowler will…: MC Not exactly. T2.
Jordan Spieth will…: Win nope
Jimmy Walker (current Fedex points leader) will…: Top 10. Correct. T9 at +2
Adam Scott (current world #1) will…: Make the cut Actually, Top 10
What will be the major storyline of the tournament: Spieth’s redemption from his loss at Augusta. Kaymer runs away with it
What is your Bold prediction: Tiger makes some odd announcement in the middle of the tournament to get the attention back on him. awwww. we could’ve used something besides golf this week.

LG:
Winner: Rory McIlroy LG Fail. T23
Winning Score: -3 -9
Runner Up: Sergio Garcia Incorrect
Low Amateur: Fitzpatrick Correct
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Erik Compton hell of a pull here, LG. CORRECT!
Last Year’s Winner (Justin Rose) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Miss Cut incorrect
How many prior US Open winners will be in the Top 10: 2 Incorrect
Masters Champion (Bubba) will …: Miss Cut Correct
British Open Champion (Phil Mickelson) will …: Top 10 Incorrect
PGA Champion (Jason Dufner) will …: Miss Cut Correct
Sergio Garcia will…: Runner Up Incorect
Dustin Johnson will…: Top 10 Correct
Rickie Fowler will…: Make Cut Incorrect. T2, not just Make Cut
Jordan Spieth will…: Make cut Correct
Jimmy Walker (current Fedex points leader) will…: Miss Cut Incorrect. Top 10
Adam Scott (current world #1) will…: Top 10 Correct
What will be the major storyline of the tournament: Amazing leaderboard going into the weekend, but the lowest ratings for the U.S. Open ever. probably true
What is your Bold prediction: Sergio has a 2 shot lead going into the back nine, but Rory comes storming back from 4 back to win. not even close, but i like the boldness shown here

Here at the PF, we pride ourselves first on having families, careers, and loving the game of golf outside of the computer. As you may have noticed, our intense love for the game of golf has left us little time for posting lately. We apologize if you were waiting for the next instruction post on how to repaint a club, or the next insightful course review. While we wish we could always jot down every thought on the page for all of you to digest, we have grown to a realization that our lives outside of this pursuit are becoming more difficult to manage, and the fringe (including the PF) has suffered.

That said, even in the worst of times, my (and LG’s) favorite segment of our endeavor here is the major predictions page–especially the Masters. It’s a signal that the golf season is truly starting (yea, I know, there’s been a lot of golf played already…but still). It’s a signal that Spring is fully upon us, and that the time for long rounds of golf after work and good times with friends are here. In commemoration of this, I give you our Masters Predictions [sic] 2014:
Correct answers in italics updated 4/13
Top 10:
1 Bubba Watson -8
T2 Jonas Blixt -5
T2 Jordan Spieth -5
4 Miguel Jimenez -4
T5 Rickie Fowler -2
T5 Matt Kuchar -2
7 Lee Westwood -1
T8 Bernhard Langer E
T8 Jimmy Walker E
T8 Rory McIlroy E
T8 John Senden E
T8 Kevin Stadler E
T8 Thomas Bjorn E

JK:
Winner: Jordan Spieth T-2. Not Bad. Congrats Bubba
Winning Score: -11 -8
Runner Up: Dustin Johnson MC *achem*
Low Amateur: Matthew Fitzpatrick Arthur Goss
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Thorbjorn Olesen T-44 at +9. Unknowns? Probably Jimmy Walker or John Senden, but no one, really. A bunch of people who you might not have heard of if you don’t follow the game closely, but most are well known
Most difficult hole vs. par? 11 correct, +0.480
Easiest hole vs. par? 13 correct, -0.301
Last Year’s Winner (Adam Scott) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut)? Just outside the Top10, so Make the Cut.correct. T-14, one shot from T-8
How many prior Masters winners will be in the Top 10? 1 2 – Bubba Watson & Bernhard Langer!
US Open Champion (Justin Rose) will …? Make the Cut correct, T-14 at +1, just outside the top 10
British Open Champion (Phil Mickelson) will …? Top10 incorrect, MC
PGA Champion (Jason Dufner) will …? Make the Cut – he doesn’t putt well enough to compete incorrect – MC. Let’s call him Mr. 9 from now on for his performance on the 13th hole
When will Sergio Garcia implode? Sergio finishes Top10. No implosion this year. MC. No chance to implode
Dustin Johnson will…? Runner up. MC….yea I missed it.
Bubba Watson will…? Miss the Cut or win the tournament
Rickie Fowler will…? Miss the Cut or finish in the top 10
Jordan Spieth will…? Win it.close–T-2
Jimmy Walker will…? Miss the Cut or finish in the top 10
Matt Jones (last qualifier for the tournament) will…? Miss the Cut. Sorry Matt. correct.
Ben Crenshaw, Larry Mize, and Sandy Lyle. Who wins? Certainly not the fans. Uhhh….Crenshaw misses the cut by the fewest? first off, crenshaw was the worst player in the entire field. Second off, Larry Mize AND Sandy Lyle both MADE THE CUT! Sandly Lyle wins this at +9, but still amazing.
What will be the major storyline of the tournament? Spieth reigniting shades of Tiger Woods circa 1997.Bubba winning his second green jacket, although Spieth had a chance at this story for awhile.
What is your Bold prediction? It’s a two-man chase for the jacket on the last day, no one else even close. this was pretty accurate, Jonas Blixt made a charge and finished T-2 but it was really all about Bubba and Spieth until about the 12th hole, and then it was all about Bubba.

LG:
Winner: Jason Day MC
Winning Score: -5 -8
Runner Up: Sergio Garcia MC
Low Amateur: Garrick Porteous MC
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Brandon de Jonge T-37, 2 shots ahead of my flop for this category, Thorbjorn Olesen
Most difficult hole vs. par? 10nope, 11. 10 was +0.24
Easiest hole vs. par? 13 correct
Last Year’s Winner (Adam Scott) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut)?  Make Cut correct
How many prior Masters winners will be in the Top 10? 2 correct
US Open Champion (Justin Rose) will …? Make Cut correct
British Open Champion (Phil Mickelson) will …? Top 10 MC
PGA Champion (Jason Dufner) will …? Make Cut MC
When will Sergio Garcia implode? Back 9 on Sunday. not even a chance for that to happen that way
Dustin Johnson will…? Play great until sunday.  Make Cut MC
Bubba Watson will…? Miss Cut win the tourney
Rickie Fowler will…? Miss Cut finish top10
Jordan Spieth will…? Top 10 correct
Jimmy Walker will…? Miss Cut finish top10
Matt Jones (last qualifier for the tournament) will…? First exit – Miss Cut.yeah
Ben Crenshaw, Larry Mize, and Sandy Lyle. Who wins? No one.  SNOOOOZE.  (I’ll take Crenshaw) correct…
What will be the major storyline of the tournament?  Tiger Not being there.  Also, Jason Day wins a Major (without Tiger there) Tiger wasn’t even mentioned
What is your Bold prediction?  Jim Nantz gets a cold and can’t call Sunday. oh how we wish…

Updated with actual 8/11/2013

1 — -10 — Jason Dufner
2 — -8 — Jim Furyk
3 — -7 — Henrik Stenson
4 — -6 — Jonas Blixt
T5 — -5 — Scott Piercy
T5 — -5 — Adam Scott
7 — -4 — David Toms
T8 — -3 — Jason Day
T8 — -3 — Zach Johnson
T8 — -3 — Dustin Johnson
T8 — -3 — Rory McIlroy
T12 — -2 — Graeme McDowell
T12 — -2 — Boo Weekley
T12 — -2 — Marc Leishman
T12 — -2 — Roberto Castro
T12 — -2 — Marc Warren
T12 — -2 — Kevin Streelman
T12 — -2 — Steve Stricker

Yep, that’s right. Tiger’s return to the winner’s circle. JK takes the title for the Open Championship, but let’s see him top these picks. Here they are, folks:

LG:
Winner: Tiger Woods -Nope, DUFNER!
Winning Score: -10, Dead on! 
Runner Up: Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, close though! 
Low PGA Professional: Bob Sowards, nope, but none of them made the cut, and my guy beat JK’s by a shot, so I’m calling it a win.
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Jason Kokrak, nope.  Only person that would have qualified would be Jonas Blixt
Last Year’s Winner (Rory) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Make the Cut, correct, but also Top 10.
The Master’s Winner (Scott) Will: Make the Cut, correct, but also Top 5.
The US Open Winner (Rose) Will: Top 10, incorrect – T33
The Open Champion (Philly) Will: Make Cut, Correct – T72
How many prior winners will be in the Top 10: 2, Correct!  David Toms and Rory
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Tiger dominates. Possible 63 watch. 1/2 right, 63 watch was correct, and Dufner definitely won it.
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Duh.. , #dufnering
Tiger Woods will: Win. wrong – Duf!
Zach Johnson will: Top 10, Correct! T8
Steve Stricker will: Miss Cut, sadly., incorrect – T12
Dustin Johnson will: Make Cut, correct, but also T8
Woody Austin will: Miss Cut, correct – 4 strokes for having 15 clubs didn’t help much either…
Gary Woodland will: Make Cut, CORRECT, Taking down solo 74th.
Shaun Micheel (last PGA winner at Oak Hill) will: [[LG to supply answer before tournament starts]] I didn’t see this one earlier, but definitely would have said MC.
Who is most likely to “Jason Dufner” it on the 17th hole on Sunday? Jason Dufner, well we’re going to have to redefine this term, but Dufner was the only person who had a chance to blow it today.  Well done, Jason.

JK:
Winner: Hunter Mahan, Incorrect – T57
Winning Score: -6, Incorrect – -10.
Runner Up: Tiger Woods, Incorrect – Furyk.
Low PGA Professional: Rod Perry, see above.  LG takes down the W here.
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Rod Perry (a la Mark Brooks, maybe?), Definitely not.  
Last Year’s Winner (Rory) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Miss the cut, Incorrect – T8.
The Master’s Winner (Scott) Will: Top 10, Correct! 
The US Open Winner (Rose) Will: Make the Cut, Correct! 
The Open Champion (Philly) Will: Make the Cut, Correct! 
How many prior winners will be in the Top 10: 4, Incorrect – 2.
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Mahan plays solid while everyone else falls away, Definitely not. 
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Mahan gave away victory for his baby–he wins the big one, Definitely not. 
Tiger Woods will: T-2, Incorrect.
Zach Johnson will: Miss cut, Incorrect – T10.
Steve Stricker will: Miss Cut, Incorrect – T12.
Dustin Johnson will: Top 15, I’m not sure this is a valid category, but correct! 
Woody Austin will: Miss Cut, Correct! 
Gary Woodland will: Make Cut, Correct! 
Shaun Micheel (last PGA winner at Oak Hill) will: Not even sniff the cut., Correct! 
Who is most likely to “Jason Dufner” it on the 17th hole on Sunday? Jason Dufner, See above.

From the PowerFade team, Congrats, Jason.  Though your winning reaction was not as great as your grabbing your wife’s rear end after the win, we’re still amazed by the ball-striking display you put on.  

 

 

Updated with actual 7/23/2013

Ahh… Time for the Open Championship.  If you’re like me at all, you’ve probably stopped watching professional golf and have been trying to play as much as possible.  I honestly forgot the Open was coming up, but am very excited to see another playing of the oldest major!

ACTUAL (basically, just look at JK’s):
Winner: Phil Mickelson
Winning Score: -3
Runner Up: Henrik Stenson
“Unknown” in the Top 10: There really wasn’t one, closest was Hideki Matsuyama, but if you watch any golf you’ve seen this guy.
Last Year’s Winner (Ernie Else) Will … (Win, Top 10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): T-26, +8
The Master’s Winner (Scott) Will …: T3, +1
The US Open Winner (Rose) Will …: MC
The current PGA Champion (Rory) will …: MC
How many prior winners will be in the Top 10: 1 (Tiger Woods)
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Both
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Phil’s comeback from Merion
Who is most likely to “Sergio Garcia at Carnoustie” it? No one
Jason Dufner will: T26, +8
Tiger Woods will: T6, +2
Sergio Garcia will: T21, +7
Paul Casey will: Not in the field, LG
Ian Poulter will: T3, +1
Dustin Johnson will: T32, +9

Top 15:
1 — -3 — MICKELSON, Phil
2 — E — STENSON, Henrik
T3 — +1 — POULTER, Ian
T3 — +1 — SCOTT, Adam
T3 — +1 — WESTWOOD, Lee
T6 — +2 — MATSUYAMA, Hideki
T6 — +2 — JOHNSON, Zach
T6 — +2 — WOODS, Tiger
T9 — +3 — MOLINARI, Francesco
T9 — +3 — MAHAN, Hunter
T11 — +4 — SNEDEKER, Brandt
T11 — +4 — CABRERA, Angel
T13 — +5 — LEONARD, Justin
T13 — +5 — JIMENEZ, Miguel Angel
T15 — +6 — DE LA RIVA, Eduardo
T15 — +6 — ENGLISH, Harris
T15 — +6 — SCHWARTZEL, Charl
T15 — +6 — WILLETT, Danny
T15 — +6 — KUCHAR, Matt
T15 — +6 — BRADLEY, Keegan

LG:
Winner: Graeme McDowell (Mickelson)
Winning Score: -8 (-3)
Runner Up: Sergio Garcia (Stenson)
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Bud Cauley (Close, T-32 at +9. Good call, though, LG)
Last Year’s Winner (Ernie Else) Will … (Win, Top 10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Top 10 (T26, +8)
The Master’s Winner (Scott) Will …: MC (T3, +1)
The US Open Winner (Rose) Will …: Make cut (MC)
The current PGA Champion (Rory) will …: MC (MC)
How many prior winners will be in the Top 10: 3 (1 – Tiger Woods)
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? GMAC gets it done. (both)
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Tiger doesn’t win another major. (Phil’s return from Merion)
Who is most likely to “Sergio Garcia at Carnoustie” it?  …Sergio. (No one–maybe Dustin Johnson, 76-77 on the weekend, but that wasn’t uncommon…or maybe snedeker, who shot 79 on day 2. He wins if he shoots E on Friday)
Will you watch on Sunday? Yes.  Live? no.  (?)
Jason Dufner will: MC (T26, +8)
Tiger Woods will: Top 10 (T3, +2)
Sergio Garcia will: runner up – Top 10 (T21, +7)
Paul Casey will: Make Cut (uhhhhhh….not in the field)
Ian Poulter will: Make Cut (T3, +1)
Dustin Johnson will: MC (T32, +9)

JK: wait…before we get started….are you really not picking Tiger, LG?
Winner: Phil Mickelson (YES)
Winning Score: +1 (-3)
Runner Up: Luke Donald (MC)
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Bud Cauley was a nice call LG. I’ll go with Josh Teater (solo 82nd at +17)
Last Year’s Winner (Ernie Else) Will … (Win, Top 10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Make the Cut (YES, T26)
The Master’s Winner (Scott) Will …: Top 10 (YES, T-3)
The US Open Winner (Rose) Will …:  BE AWESOME AT EVERYTHING but still miss the cut (YES)
The current PGA Champion (Rory) will …: top 10 (MC)
How many prior winners will be in the Top 10: 1 (YES, Tiger Woods)
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? This is usually one that is a combination of both–a guy who plays OK, but not lights out, while everyone else gets thrashed by the conditions. I’m going with Phil coming back from Merion to win it. (YES)
What will be the biggest story of the tournament?  Phil Rebounds from Merion (YES) 
Who is most likely to “Sergio Garcia at Carnoustie” it? We could also call this “Phil Mickelson at Merion,” but…I’ll go Jim Furyk (MC)
Will you watch on Sunday? Unlikely Live? if it’s happening then it’s live, so unlikely (yes, actually…while on a plane. Third time I’ve watched a major championship on a plane this year).
Jason Dufner will: choke on his dip. MC (T26)
Tiger Woods will: probably pull out with injury, but if not, top 10–in the running all week, but unable to close. (YES, exactly right, actually…except the injury part)
Sergio Garcia will: show up well but never be in the discussion. Make the cut, likely top 15. (YES, almost exactly right–one shot from top 15, but T21 at +7)
Paul Casey will: who? MC (well, he wasn’t even in the field)
Ian Poulter will: sad to say, he’ll make a run, but he’ll just make the cut. Likely top 20. (YES, exactly…except T3 is better than top 20 for sure)
Dustin Johnson will: (meh)

Answers added 6/19/2013 in BOLD

In preparation for this year’s second major, we boldly offer our US Open Predictions 2013.

ACTUAL:
Winner: Justin Rose
Winning Score: +1
Runner Up: Jason Day and Phil Mickelson
Low Amateur: Michael Kim
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Billy Horschel (T-4), Hideki Matsuyama (T-10), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (T-10)
Last Year’s Winner (Webb) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Made the cut
How many prior winners will be in the Top 10: 1 (Ernie Els)
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it?: Phil lost it, but Rose won it too.

Best finish:
Phil, Kuchar, or Stricker?: Phil (T-2 +3)
Els, Vijay , or ZJ?: Els (T-4, +5)
Rory, Luke, or Westwood?: Luke Donald (T-8, +6)
Furyk, Tiger, or GMAC?: Woods (T-32, both others MC)
Sergio, Bubba, or DJ?: Watson (T-32, +13)


JK:
Winner: Steve Stricker (Rose, Stricker T-8 and had a good chance but tripled #2)
Winning Score: E (+1)
Runner Up: Tiger Woods (Phil and Day, Tiger was T-32)
Low Amateur: Steven Fox (MC, Michael Kim, T-17 at +10)
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Scott Stallings (T-53)
Last Year’s Winner (Webb) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Make the cut (true)
How many prior winners will be in the Top 10: 3 (1)
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it?: likely Stricker barely hangs on, but everyone else will lose it (you decide)

Best finish:
Phil, Kuchar, or Stricker?: Stricker (T-8, but Phil T-2)
Els, Vijay , or ZJ?: Els (Yes)
Rory, Luke, or Westwood?: Rory (T-41; Luke T-8)
Furyk, Tiger, or GMAC?: Can’t go against GMac at the US. He just has magic there. (Furyk and GMac MC’d, so Tiger won by default)
Sergio, Bubba, or DJ?: DJ (Bubba, but DJ was not far behind)

BOLD prediction? Tiger gets into another controversy that keeps him from winning (partially true–his elbow became an issue)

LG:
Winner: Tiger Woods (Not even close)
Winning Score: -6 (not even close)
Runner Up: Steve Stricker (T-8, not bad)
Low Amateur: Michael Weaver (solo 64th. Good job picking a guy who made the cut though)
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Charley Hoffman (sectional qualifier has to be an unknown, right?) (MC, and, no, he’s one of the most recognizable players on tour, and a prior PGA TOUR winner)
Last Year’s Winner (Webb) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Miss the Cut (made the cut)
How many prior winners will be in the Top 10: 2 (just els)
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it?: Tiger wins by 3. (Tiger won the second hole by 3 when he tripled it)

Best finish:
Phil, Kuchar, or Stricker?: Striks (Phil)
Els, Vijay , or ZJ?: ZJ (yes, JK, ZJ). (MC)
Rory, Luke, or Westwood?: All three MC. (Luke was top 10, all 3 made the cut)
Furyk, Tiger, or GMAC?: Tiger (by default)
Sergio, Bubba, or DJ?: Sergio (Mr. Quad did not win this group)

BOLD prediction? Americans take the top 5 spots. (Too bold. An englishman won it)

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