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Old 07-11-2004, 12:17 PM
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British Open ideas and picks here.

A couple of longshot ideas for me:

Jean Francois Remesy- The french players typically are an adventure to watch in the British Open, I think Remesy is an outstanding player and has had a great season. Think he could be right there.

Lee Westwood- Don't think he is in the greatest form, but I think this kid has one more major run in him, the major would have to be this one.

Ben Curtis- I know the criticism on this guy (and I have been his loudest skeptic) but I love the way the guy plays at good courses. Quite frankly he is putting several rounds together and not complete tournaments but his "stick to itness" kind of makes me thinks he may be worth a shot. He putted great last year in the Open and by his stats he has regained his stroke. I like him in this spot.

Shigeki Maryuma- Maybe not a long shot. Played great in the U.S. Open and his consistency and his middle iron play may point him out here. The drawback is that I don't know about his current form. I think he should have won on the PGA tour in the past two weeks and didn't, I just wonder if he is "Major" championship caliber.

The Golf Forum has been a great resource during the major golf championships. Any picks and opinions would be appreciated.
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Old 07-12-2004, 11:27 AM
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Will post my picks later in the week but two interesting sidebars..

Saw Thomas Levet qualified for the Open with an amazing finish yesterday. Hopefully he will put that driver away this time on 18.

Also saw that Henbsy will not play in the Open. Said he had no experience on links courses. That is incredibly lame to me. Guy should turn in his card. Coming off the greatest win of his life and is afraid to take on the best in a major? How much experience on links courses did Curtis have? You want experience go over there and play. Just shocking to me his reaction. Refusing to play in a major when he is in peak form
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Old 07-12-2004, 02:18 PM
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Aly- I agree with you that if given the opportunity one should jump at the chance to play in a major. Its almost a duty of the game, its tradition and history. However, I almost understand Hensby in this case. Carnoustie is the toughest course on the British Open rotation but Troon is a close second, the course is very difficult, the weather is going to be, to say the least interesting. Hensby finishes late on Sunday has to go home to get clothes for the weather, since he probably doesn't have the proper gear with him, make travel arrangements (he probably can't catch a ride with one of the private plane guys) and then prepare for brutal climate and a very difficult golf course and a great field. All of this can be handled where it affects players is the next several weeks after the British Open.

The courses and conditions are so different than anything on the PGA Tour it takes players weeks to re-acclimate to the conditions. Also I have found playing on the rotation that you can ruin your tempo and timing.

Look at Fred Funk who is going after Ryder Cup points and had a great U.S. Open is skipping this week even though you can get triple Ryder Cup points at the Open. He feels he can get more points playing in the BC Open and Milwaukee and not risk the British Open throwing him off form for several weeks (like it did to him last year).

Its too bad John Morgan, who truly wanted to go to get the spot, but instead the R and A its ultimate wisdom gave the spot to a local qualifier.
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Old 07-12-2004, 03:09 PM
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I hear you Buzz but still bothers me.

Funk is being shortsighted too. Placing the Ryder Cup over a major.

Does anyone remember how many victories Phil has in the Ryder Cup (or how many losses Tiger has)?

Some marginal players try to qualify even though its a lot of $ to fly over there and stay. Out of respect for the game and the event.

I can totally understand Hensby not trying to qualify a few months ago because of the expense and stuff. But he just won a boat load of money. Is set for a while now and should see how he stacks up. Dont think if he played bad it would hurt the rest of his year. Agree it would be a big rush and all but still would make the effort.
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Old 07-12-2004, 04:01 PM
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Hensby tried to qualify at Congressional several weeks ago and missed by a shot. He missed by another shot last week. I thought it was interesting he said that if he would have qualified he wouldn't have played in the John Deere thus he might still not have his first tour win.

I always respected guys like Justin Leonard who went over to play in the Open in their younger years because they felt it was what they should do for the game. Leonard said he would go over to qualify if he hadn't got in- that was before they had Open qualifying in the United States.

The PGA should co-host another tour stop to encourage players to play a couple of weeks. They should co-sponsor the Scotland Open a great event and a great golf course- allow that money to count as PGA money and you might get some good players to go over there for a couple of weeks.
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Old 07-12-2004, 05:50 PM
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Hensby makes no sense if he tried to qualify for the British and then once he does he says he doesn't have any experience and won't show. Did he really think he'd gain ENOUGH EXPERIENCE in a week of practice and he can't gain it in a few days? WEAK to say the least!

I don't blame those who skip tourneys when the course doesn't match their game ( like Lietzke skipping a right-to-left course for example ) and I can even "slightly" understand those who skip majors when they know it is a waste of the money as they have no chance due to the conditions or their mindset ( Hoch plays crappy in cool or windy weather so why waste the trip and $ when he knows he won't even make the cut or some wild driver who relies on scrambling skipping the Open because of the tight fairways and deep rough ). But for a RUGGED AUSSIE who slept in his car 10 years ago you'd think he'd be up for a challenge ( hot as he is too ). He's never played on a cow pasture course with 40 mph wind, that's all you need to do to get ready for links golf! LOL
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Old 07-13-2004, 03:23 PM
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Well you can eliminate two players that I liked:

Davis Love III- He is beginning to play good again and has a top ten at Royal Troon. The guy likes links golf however both Stanley and Correct Odds have him so he probably he has no chance.

Sergio Garcia- The course may be too tough for him but love the way he is playing going into this however Stanley and Mark Lye both have him as a recommendation so he probably doesn't factor.

I am going to play Adam Scott and he is my only play so far, will probably add Stephen Ames and Retief later today. Staying away from Tiger and Els. Love Vijay Singh just haven't figured out how to play him yet.
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Old 07-13-2004, 04:59 PM
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Not quite sure if you're taking a shot at Stanley or not.

Ytd....Outrights +48.91 units
....Match-ups + 9.31 units

I think the guy is as solid as they come and his site contains great info. Just my two cents.
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Old 07-13-2004, 07:19 PM
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Really Buzz, Stanley ranks right up there in knowledge and capping skill and consistency. His only flaws are overrating the Euro-players some and weighting the tours as all equal in his formulas, which is a flawed default, but those are minor things and he ranks right up their with skills and applied math to capping. Plus he's a real stand-up bloke to boot! I'm always HAPPY to be on the same side he is and we share some of the same techniques so it is fairly often the case.

Now some of the other sites that pick 30 players every week then brag about having the winner or expect players/punters to shell out 100 units on futures every week when there is a good shot at going 0-fer, those are the sites and cappers that I ignore, such things are really ridiculous and the way to lose your roll quick, IMO!
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Old 07-13-2004, 08:06 PM
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Sorry I love Stanley, think he has great info and a great record. However when he likes somebody and I hear somebody else like that person and I have bet on him, it seems the other players Stanley likes (that I didn't bet) go on and win, while the other flails. I just think you get "hot" players and they typically don't do very well. Mark Lye likes Sergio so that is probably a scratch.

Its just a theory I have.

But absolutely was not taking a shot at Stanley.
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Old 07-13-2004, 08:29 PM
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Okay here are my picks. Bombs away.

Taking the following outrghts

Appelby 55-1
Jacobsen 60-1
Levet- 110-1
Howell III 120-1
Parry 220-1

Really like the Levet play.
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Old 07-13-2004, 08:30 PM
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To say it better. When Stanley and I like a side together it seems to never work out. Its probably more my fault than his. LOL!!!

I like Davis Love and Sergio before the week started, my heart sank when I saw he had them too. Now watch Appleby will win or finish high- the guy I really don't like this week. LOL!!!
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Old 07-14-2004, 03:08 AM
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so far, for me:

RETIEF GOOSEN +1500 Jazz
PADRAIG HARRINGTON +2500 Jazz
D. Love III +3000 Pinnacle
A. Scott +3550 Pinnacle
C. DiMarco +11100 Pinnacle

approximately balanced, ie, will profit roughly the same if I'm fortunate enough to win
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Old 07-14-2004, 10:36 AM
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I like to look at the threesomes. Anyway came across a few interesting ones.

Phil (who I see no one is picking) is one with with Maryuma. Pretty funny, same as the Open.

Norman in with Tiger


Lickliter with Monty and Bjorn (alot of cursing from the first two)

Curtis with Faldo

Els in with Leonard


I know they make a point of creating some groups, like putting Open winners together or else stuff like Mickelson and Maryuma.

I see Tom Weiskopf is still playing in it. Pretty amazing since most of the old timers dont anymore
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Old 07-14-2004, 10:58 AM
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What do you do with Mickelson?? His record is horrible, however the new and improved Phil may be patient enough to give it a go.

Does Montgomerie deserve a look since he is a member at Troon??

Nobody is talking Darren Clarke, the guy took second in 1997 at Troon.

Aly- I like your Levet play as well, think he has a solid chance.

I am kind of thinking about playing Mickelson against Els in match ups.
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Old 07-14-2004, 11:08 AM
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I should have also mentioned that Bjorn and Monty have some history together (disagreements) so am sure that grouping was deliberate.

Buzz, I like Clarke. Think he has a real chance. Not Monty though.

I think Phil will play well. Depending on round one I may pick some interactives on him. Saw some real value in the longshots right now.

I dont like Tiger here, but for those that do you wont likely get as good of odds as you will get now.

I know this isnt your favorite major, but it is mine. I am really pumped about it. I love waking up on the weekends and having it on right away. Over by 2 and you have the rest of the day. The whole history and prestige. Guess its my Scottish blood.

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Old 07-14-2004, 01:19 PM
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jlpblade, probably too late for you, but wsex has Dimarco at 170/1. Worth putting a sawbuck down on him.
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Old 07-14-2004, 01:40 PM
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WSEX had better odds on virtually every future I saw (compared to Pinny). Good job WSEX
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Old 07-14-2004, 02:53 PM
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Like Chad Campbell at 60-1. (Pinny)

Great ball striker, not the best putter. These greens are relatively flat.

Don't like Tiger...par 71 courses have never proven to be to his liking. glta
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