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The Open Championship Picking The Majors

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 08:11 Monday, 13 July 2015 22:02

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by Alfie Lau
 
The dream for the Spieth Slam is still alive, which means The Open Championship at St. Andrews has one compelling storyline above all others: Can Jordan Spieth win his third consecutive Major and continue his dream of the 2015 Grand Slam?
 
Here at Inside Golf, our Grand Slam dreams died with our recent prediction that Rory McIlroy would beat Spieth at Chambers Bay at the U.S. Open.
 
But we don’t give up easily, so it’s time for us to sharpen our pencils, take another stand and Pick The Majors for The Open Championship.

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Jordan Spieth Wins U.S. Open At Chambers Bay

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 June 2015 20:37 Sunday, 21 June 2015 20:12

by Alfie Lau
 

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Jordan Spieth is now halfway to the Grand Slam.
 
Spieth survived a double bogey on the 17th hole to make a two-putt birdie from 15 feet 4 inches to defeat Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke at the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Tacoma, WA.
 
Spieth, the first player to birdie the final hole to win the U.S. Open since Bobby Jones, heads to St. Andrews next month halfway to history and a worthy heir to World No. 1 Rory McIlroy.
 
Johnson will rue the par he made on the final hole, because after he hit a gorgeous 247-yard approach to 12 feet 4 inches, he hit his first putt three-and-a-half feet long and missed the comebacker to lose the U.S. Open in the most heartbreaking fashion.

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Brad Fritsch Finishes Top 50 In U.S. Open

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 June 2015 20:09 Sunday, 21 June 2015 19:09

by Alfie Lau
 

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Canada’s only hope at the 2015 US Open, Edmonton’s Brad Fritsch, had a passable weekend effort, shooting back-to-back rounds of (+2) 72 to finish the tournament at (+8).
 
Fritsch, who now calls North Carolina home, is still connected to Canada via his sponsorship deal with the Ottawa Senators, had bogeys on his first and 4th holes before birdies on 8 and 12 had him back to even for the day heading into his final six holes.
 
But three bogeys and only a birdie on the par-5 18th awaited Fritsch as he completed his first 72-hole U.S. Open.

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Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner – Inside Golf Inside Chambers Bay

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 June 2015 19:06 Sunday, 21 June 2015 17:05

by Alfie Lau (with files from Bryan Outram)
 

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Usually, 11:30 a.m. at a U.S. Open Media Centre is a busy time because it’s the beginning of lunch. But today’s lunch surprise had nothing to do with food and everything to do with Monday’s breakfast and lunch plans.
 
“You have been chosen to play Monday golf at Chambers Bay,” is the opening line of the email sent to both Bryan Outram and myself by the USGA.
Because of the 18-hole playoff to determine a winner of the U.S. Open, the USGA keeps possession of the golf course for Monday and sends out these great notes to fill a tee sheet, but there’s one condition.

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It Ain’t Easy Being Green

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 June 2015 16:03 Sunday, 21 June 2015 15:37

by Bryan Outram
 

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If there has been a major championship in recent history that’s taken as much heat for the condition of its greens, this writer certainly can’t remember it.
 
It’s not uncommon practice for the USGA to have its championship layouts become progressively harder and faster as a tournament goes along, but it appears in this case they’ve taken the firming of the greens to a new, and not very popular, level.

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