Two great and very different Tournaments this week starting in America with one of the great old fashioned courses, The Old White TPC home of the Greenbrier Classic. Famous for low scores 59 was shot here by Stuart Appleby to win 4 years ago and also that it is one of the few top courses which finishes with a par 3.
We should see some exciting low scoring golf here and one player who will be popular is recent US Open runner up Phil Mickelson. Before you reach for the piggy bank to get stuck into backing the great man I should point out that on his last two visits he has flopped and missed the cut on both occasions. He will be seething about blowing the US Open and you may see a more focused player than before. Mickelson is not the only flamboyant left hander in town as Bubba makes his debut in the Tournament this week. This is Bubba last seen threatening his caddy two weeks ago on several occasions during the last round. As I have written before as well as being an incredible talent Bubba is a seriously weird individual who seems to struggle to accept any mistake could have anything to do with him. The American presenters seemed bemused as he jabbed his finger at the caddy who looked near to tears. It was as they say great TV though but I do fear for Bubba’s state of mind on these occasions.
Unusually for American courses there are only two par 5s which will count against Bubba and the other big hitters, he will probably say it’s his caddies fault!
If the Greenbrier is a low scoring birdie fest then the European Tournament this week is anything but as the tour rolls into Paris for the Open de France at the very tricky Le Golf National. Chosen as the host course for the Ryder cup in 2018 this is as tough as it gets on the European Tour with the closing three holes over water being extremely severe. Luke Donald is one of several Ryder cup stars to tee it up here and the course should play to his strengths. Matt Kuchar is coming over and like Donald this should be right up his alley. No sign of Rory and you have to say after his disastrous missed cut in the Irish Open last week where does he go from here. Harrington also missed the cut as did Darren Clarke and Gmac I bet the sponsors were thrilled!! Harrington and Clarke looked finished at the top level to me, Harrington has a touch of the mad professor about him these days constantly tinkering with his game often making things worse than they were already. It’s sad because he was a great player and he has pressed the self destruct button.
The course at Le Golf National is not for the faint hearted and will test every part of the players game. It really is four days to savour with extensive live coverage of both Tournaments on Sky. What better way to annoy others in your life than a 10 hour stint watching both Golf Tournaments.
I look forward to seeing you on the fairways!
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