2021 Open Championship

July 14, 2021

Back to Royal St. George’s for another playing of the British Open (they love it when you call it that). In 2020, Augusta pushed hard to get us a Masters in November; the US Open was a shell of its former self; and the PGA Championship saw a great field with no fans at Harding Park. Meanwhile, these pricks at the R&A were annoying enough not to put on a competition last year. As a result, this has taken the place of the PGA Championship as “red-headed step child of the majors” in my book. Nonetheless, when we made this blog, we made certain commitments, and making horrible predictions was one of them. Here they are.

JK

Winner: Rory McIlroy
Winning Score: -9
Runner Up: Jon Rahm
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Chris Kirk
2019’s Winner (Lowery) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): MC
The Master’s Winner (Hideki) Will: Make Cut
The US Open Champion (Rahm) Will: Top 10
The PGA Champion (Mickelson) Will: Make Cut
Dustin Johnson will: Make Cut
Justin Rose will: Make Cut
Rory McIlroy will: WIN
Jordan Spieth will: Top 10
Rickie Fowler will: Miss Cut
How many prior major winners will be in the Top 10: 3
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Rory runs the tables
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Rory finally picks up another major

LG

Winner: Tommy Fleetwood
Winning Score: -14
Runner Up: Justin Rose
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Are there really any “unknowns” in a major field? Garrick Higgo
2019’s Winner (Lowery) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Be drunk at the bar MC
The Master’s Winner (Hideki) Will: Miss Cut
The US Open Champion (Rahm) Will: Make Cut
The PGA Champion (Mickelson) Will: Make Cut
Dustin Johnson will: Make Cut
Justin Rose will: Place!
Rory McIlroy will: Make Cut
Jordan Spieth will: Miss Cut
Rickie Fowler will: is he even playing?
How many prior major winners will be in the Top 10: 2
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Fleetwood makes his mark.
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Golf Jesus wins a major.

It doesn’t feel like it’s been a whole year since the US Open. And that is because it hasn’t. The September 2020 US Open gave us Bryson’s first major. Will he win another? Only time will tell, but we can guess….

JK
Winner: Brooks Koepka
Winning Score: -1
Runner Up: Dustin Johnson
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Corey Connors
Last Year’s Winner (Brooksy….oh, no, wait, it’s Bryson) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Smash a protein shake on his pants and look like diarrhea, but somehow end up top 10
The Master’s Winner (Hideki) Will: Make cut
The PGA Winner (Phil) Will: Miss cut
The Open Champion (No one) Will: screw the Brits. A whole year without their golf. Not a fan.
OWGR #1 Dustin Johnson will: Runner up
OWGR #2 Justin Thomas will: make cut
OWGR #3 Jon Rahm will: Top 10
How many prior major winners will be in the Top 10: 4
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? No one ever wins at the US Open. War of attrition is the default
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Godzilla comes out of the ocean to quietly watch golf from the beach. Bryson first asks for a free drop because Godzilla is in line-of-sight; Bryson blames five 3-putts on Godzilla breathing too loudly distracting him.

LG
Winner: Bryson baby!
Winning Score: -22. New record for the king of golf
Runner Up: Bryson. He gets both spots because of his margin of victory
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Bryson is the only name you need to know
Last Year’s Winner (Bryson) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Repeat, bro!
The Master’s Winner (Hideki) Will: no one cares. Bryson!!
The PGA Winner (Phil) Will: pay homage to Bryson
The Open Champion (No one) Will: the R&A will give Bryson the Claret Jug too in honor of his win
OWGR #1 Dustin Johnson will: behind Bryson
OWGR #2 Justin Thomas will: way behind Bryson
OWGR #3 Jon Rahm will: way, way behind Bryson
How many prior major winners will be in the Top 10: Bryson will be given all the majors in honor of his win
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Bryson wins after 11 free drops from ant hills
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Sales of protein shakes hit new record after Bryson drinks one from the US Open trophy

(LG was too lazy to write his own predictions. Some poetic liberty was taken)

Does it feel like a major? eh, not really. But it is, so here we are doing what we have to do.

JK
Winner: Bryson
Winning Score: -10
Runner Up: Rory
Low PGA Professional: Danny Balin
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Sam Burns
Last Year’s Winner (Morikawa) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Make Cut
The Master’s Winner (Hideki) Will: Make Cut
The US Open Winner (Bryson) Will: win, sadly
The Open Champion (?) Will: please stand up
OWGR #1 Dustin Johnson will: Top 10
OWGR #2 Justin Thomas will: Top 10
OWGR #3 Jon Rahm will: Top 10
The last winner at Kiawah (Rory) will: Top 10
Jordan Spieth will: Not top 10…MC
Phil the Thrill will: watch the weekend with Tiger. MC
How many prior major winners will be in the Top 10: 4
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Bryson protien shakes his was to a douchey post-round interview.
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? how boring this one will be

LG
Winner: Sergio Garcia
Winning Score: -3
Runner Up: Will Zalatoros
Low PGA Professional: Tim Pearce (LET’S GO, TIMBO!)
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Corey Connors
Last Year’s Winner (Morikawa) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Make Cut
The Master’s Winner (Hideki) Will: Make Cut
The US Open Winner (Bryson) Will: Miss Cut
The Open Champion (?) Will: be decided soon.
OWGR #1 Dustin Johnson will: Top 10
OWGR #2 Justin Thomas will: Top 10
OWGR #3 Jon Rahm will: Miss Cut
The last winner at Kiawah (Rory) will: Top 10
Jordan Spieth will: Make Cut
Phil the Thrill will: be back at the Farms taking $100s of the members
How many prior major winners will be in the Top 10: Not sure I can name enough to care
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Sergio wins!
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? How about… Sergio wins!?

Well, I have to say that I never thought that the first major of any year would be the PGA. Beggars can’t choose…I’m just glad we have golf. Can we bask in the idea that majors are back on TV….

ok, enough basking. Here’s our predictions:

JK
Winner: Rory
Winning Score: -12
Runner Up: Koepka
Low PGA Professional: Rod Perry
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Troy Merrit
Last Year’s Winner (Koepka) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Runner up
The Master’s Winner (TIGER) Will: Top 10
The US Open Winner (Woodland) Will: MC
The Open Champion (Shane Lowry) Will: MC
OWGR #1 Justin Thomas will: Top 10
OWGR #2 Jon Rahm will: Top 10
OWGR #3 Rory McIlroy will: win
Bryson Deschambeau will: throw roid rage at a spectator and get COVID-19
Phil the Thrill will: hit it all over the map and still shoot under par somehow
How many prior major winners will be in the Top 10: 5
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Rory birdies the last 4; brooks can’t catch him
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Golf….finally

LG
Winner: Finau
Winning Score: -9
Runner Up: Morikawa
Low PGA Professional: Too lazy to randomly guess from the list.
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Jazz Janewattananond
Last Year’s Winner (Koepka) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Top 10
The Master’s Winner (TIGER) Will: Top 10
The US Open Winner (Woodland) Will: MC
The Open Champion (Shane Lowry) Will: MC
OWGR #1 Justin Thomas will: Make Cut
OWGR #2 Jon Rahm will: Make Cut
OWGR #3 Rory McIlroy will: Make Cut
Bryson Deschambeua will: No idea, but not sure who this is… JK?
Phil the Thrill will: MC
How many prior major winners will be in the Top 10: 5
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Finau pulls out a huge W
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Karl the Fog, and the return of Major Championship Golf!!

Shinnecock Hills looks nuts.

JK:
Winner: Rory McIlroy
Winning Score: -2
Runner Up: Jason Day
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Alex Noren
Last Year’s Winner (Koepka) will…: Make the Cut
Masters Champion (Reed) will …: Top 10
British Open Champion (Spieth (OWGR #4)) will …: Miss the cut
PGA Champion (Justin Thomas (OWGR #2)) will…: Make the cut
Last week’s winner, DJ (OWGR #1), will…: Top 3
Justin Rose (OWGR #3) will: Make the cut
Jon Rahm (OWGR #5) will: Top 10
Phil Mickelson (6x runner up) will: Miss cut
Tiger Woods (duh) will: Make cut on the number
Will anyone break par for all 4 rounds?: no way
What will be the highest score that misses the cut?: +19
What will be the highest single hole score?: 11
What will be the major storyline of the tournament: Cory Pavin
Bold Prediction?: There are more Cory Pavin videos than Rolex commercials, and everyone forgets that Retief Goosen won it at Shinnecock more recently than Pavin.

LG might not be able to put in his predictions, so let me just fill in what I already know he’s going to say…
Winner: Tiger
Winning Score: -1,000,000
Runner Up: Tiger! He gets all spots!
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Who cares? Tiger!
Last Year’s Winner (Koepka) will…: Loser!
Masters Champion (Reed) will …: Loser!
British Open Champion (Spieth (OWGR #4)) will …: Loser!
PGA Champion (Justin Thomas (OWGR #2)) will…: Loser!
Last week’s winner, DJ (OWGR #1), will…: Loser!
Justin Rose (OWGR #3) will: Loser!
Jon Rahm (OWGR #5) will: Loser!
Phil Mickelson (6x runner up) will: Double Loser!
Tiger Woods (duh) will: TIGER!!!! WIN THAT SHIT!!
Will anyone break par for all 4 rounds?: TIGER!!!
What will be the highest score that misses the cut?: who cares? GO TIGER!
What will be the highest single hole score?: TIGER!
What will be the major storyline of the tournament: TIGER!
Bold Prediction?: TIIIIIIIIIIGER!

Somewhat in keeping with our tradition of a “Play of the week,” we’ll call this one a “Play of a lifetime.”

On March 11, 2018, Martin Trainer shoots -14 after SUNDAY QUALIFYING for the El Bosque Mexico Championship by Innova for his first win on the WEB.COM TOUR.  He’s the first player on the TOUR to complete this feet since 2016, and went from no status at all to fully exempt on the WEB.COM TOUR through 2019.  He’s also put himself in prime position to make it all the way to the PGA TOUR next year.  Truly a life-changing weekend.

Congrats, buddy!

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