The pairing this week for the first two days have a lot of solid groups. The group to keep a close on eye is the 1:35 tee time of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Rory McIlroy. We all know the mess Dustin Johnson went through with the grounding of the club last year. McIroy pooped, for the lack of a better word, himself at the Masters this year, and Phil Mickelson has to be the crowd favorite since Tiger is out. A group that is going out early Thursday with the 7:44 tee time is made of Matt Kuchar, Paul Casey, and K.J. Choi. This could be a sleeper group of three guys that all have a chance to make a run at the championship. Steve Stricker will tee off at 1:24 with David Toms, and two time Open winner Retief Goosen. Here is a list of all the parings and times they will tee off.
With over 100 people playing this weekend it hard to single out one guy as the guy that is going to win the title. It wouldn't be fair for me to pick 10 guys either, so I'm going to give you my top three guys. My first guy has to be Matt Kuchar. Who? And why you ask? He is a long hitter that finds the fairway, and knows how to play par golf. That will be a huge key this weekend. My second guy is Steve Stricker. Might be a homer pick, but he played well two weeks ago. He also knows how to score, and stay out of trouble. My third guy is Graeme McDowell. He won it last year, and his putter can be very clutch at times. If you just play tee to fairway, fairway to green, two-putt for par, but sink a birdie here and there you will score well this week. The minute you find yourself right or left you will find yourself looking up at the leaders. That's why Phil, Dustin, and Rory kind of scare me. They could of course all still win without a doubt, but where is the fun in picking the best guys?