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Best Major of 2008?

post #1 of 18
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I gotta go with:
1) US Open...Tiger on one leg, the playoff vs Rocco etc....one of the best majors of all time
2)PGA...Padraig draining everything down the stretch and Sergio coming oh so close once again.
3)The Open...Greg Norman in the hunt and Padraig once again with a clutch back nine to win Opens back to back.
4)Masters...usually my favorite but this year it comes in last. Lacked drama down the stretch with Immelman having a big lead down the stretch and playing well.
post #2 of 18

Majors

Agree with your order.

Wanted Sergio to win PGA - didn't happen
Wanted Rocco to win Open - didn't happen

But you can't argue with the best player won. Lot of similarities. Paddy putted great when it counted just like Tiger did. One of my real downfalls too - putting.
post #3 of 18
There was the US Open. Then there were the other majors. Ranking them does the US Open a disservice. The gap between the US Open and the PGA was bigger than the gap between the PGA and a normal tour stop. Nobody whined about the US Open being unfair and the winning score was higher!

OK - I'm biased. I love Torrey Pines! The only thing good about Oakland Hills is ... Windsor is right next door, eh?
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by therusty View Post
There was the US Open. Then there were the other majors. Ranking them does the US Open a disservice. The gap between the US Open and the PGA was bigger than the gap between the PGA and a normal tour stop. Nobody whined about the US Open being unfair and the winning score was higher!

OK - I'm biased. I love Torrey Pines! The only thing good about Oakland Hills is ... Windsor is right next door, eh?
I caddied at Oakland Hills during the PGA......it was borderline unplayable on Thursday & Friday not to mention how different they made the course from the practice rounds to the tournament rounds, hence the complaining. Those exact words also came from a former Ryder Cup member. Very similar to having US Open rough at Augusta with the contours and firmness of the greens.

I have played Torrey Pines and love it too but I don't think it could have been more difficult than Oakland Hills. Torrey has length but does not have the greens to compete with Oakland Hills.

Yes the winning score was higher, by 2 shots....look at the cut score.....+7 makes the cut at Torrey and +8 makes the cut at Oakland Hills.
post #5 of 18
As a story, Tiger on one leg at the US Open edges Harrington going back-to-back over a stunning performance by Norman in the Open; PH mastering a brutal USPGA under pressure from Sergio comes third, comfortably ahead of Immelman's US Masters.

But for me, among majors, the Open is always No1, and the one I would dream of winning if I had taken enough mind-altering substances to make an elephant think it was a hummingbird.
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Treewell View Post
I gotta go with:
1) US Open...Tiger on one leg, the playoff vs Rocco etc....one of the best majors of all time
2)PGA...Padraig draining everything down the stretch and Sergio coming oh so close once again.
3)The Open...Greg Norman in the hunt and Padraig once again with a clutch back nine to win Opens back to back.
4)Masters...usually my favorite but this year it comes in last. Lacked drama down the stretch with Immelman having a big lead down the stretch and playing well.
I would switch 2 and 3. Who even won the Masters?
post #7 of 18
Padraig back to back proves to me who's number two in the world.

Serge is a gagger like Mickelson.

I think Oakland Hillls was the tougher test of all the Majors this year.
post #8 of 18
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I caddied at Oakland Hills during the PGA......it was borderline unplayable on Thursday & Friday not to mention how different they made the course from the practice rounds to the tournament rounds, hence the complaining. Those exact words also came from a former Ryder Cup member. Very similar to having US Open rough at Augusta with the contours and firmness of the greens.

I have played Torrey Pines and love it too but I don't think it could have been more difficult than Oakland Hills. Torrey has length but does not have the greens to compete with Oakland Hills.

Yes the winning score was higher, by 2 shots....look at the cut score.....+7 makes the cut at Torrey and +8 makes the cut at Oakland Hills.
- You see, my comment was not about the whining. So let's average the cut line and the winning score and say the scoring results were in the same neighborhood and thus the difficulty was roughly the same. It seems only fair to rate "tough, but fair" higher than "tough, but not fair".

And you missed my entirely cheap shot at Detroit over San Diego.
post #9 of 18
Kosmo,

Did you get to experience any of Detroit's more (cough) exotic forms of entertainment while you were there?
post #10 of 18
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Kosmo,

Did you get to experience any of Detroit's more (cough) exotic forms of entertainment while you were there?
Unfortunately I did not get to see any "canadien ballet" shows......We were about 25 miles north of downtown Detroit but I did over hear Mickelson and Anthony Kim talking about the establishments on the putting green. They seemed to like em in Detroit!
post #11 of 18
Kosmo, I see your guy did not make the cut. Too bad. TERRIFIC that he even made the field as a club pro. We're all ears on any further insight or anecdotes you may have from the PGA. Anthony Kim is having a heck of a year, in the hunt in many top events. Maybe he will be Tiger's next big rival??
post #12 of 18
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I would switch 2 and 3. Who even won the Masters?
Now that's an extremely harsh judgement on a good young player who won well.

Immelman's win was a timely reminder that there is life in golf outside the US. Harrington confirmed it.

Now we have that wee break (seven damn months!) before the next US Masters to get through ... thank the whatsits for the Ryder Cup, eh?
post #13 of 18
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Kosmo, I see your guy did not make the cut. Too bad. TERRIFIC that he even made the field as a club pro. We're all ears on any further insight or anecdotes you may have from the PGA. Anthony Kim is having a heck of a year, in the hunt in many top events. Maybe he will be Tiger's next big rival??
My guy did not hit enough fairways to be competitve. He struggled with the driver from the beginning and when you miss fairways, you won't hit greens. I still cannot believe Harringtons up and down at 18 on Sunday, that was ridiculous, the lie must have been good.

When Jack Nicklaus called the greens at Oakland Hills, "the toughest green complexes in championship golf", he was right. During the practice rounds the greens were probably running about 10-11 on the stimpmeter. Thursday and Friday they had to be closer to 14 and much firmer. Many shots would bound through the greens and end up in the primary cut of rough, 4" cabbage, and you would have no chance to get the ball close to the hole. On many occasions, I got to the ball first and handed him a wedge and said" hit it hard,"and the ball would maybe fly 50 yards. I will get the "real" story this week when I speak to the greenskeeper at my course who was a volunteer cutting greens at the PGA. One of the toughest things in any Major are the greens of designed par 5's being used as par 4's. Those greens were designed to receive short iron shots, not 4 irons and hybrids.

Anthony Kim is very good and I do think he will challenge Tiger in the future, but Tiger will probably spank him like he does everyone else.

All in all we had a blast hanging out with 94 of the top 100 players in the world. Oh yea, the biggest a$$ hole out there is........................Vijay. He whines like a 3 day old puppy!
post #14 of 18
Would love to see Vijay and Colin Montgomery in an 18 hole playoff-whinefest at a major. Maybe someday in a seniors event
post #15 of 18
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Would love to see Vijay and Colin Montgomery in an 18 hole playoff-whinefest at a major. Maybe someday in a seniors event
That is the bad thing about the media, Monty is one of the friendliest and nicest guys out there. The media makes Vijay out to be some kind of hero when it is truly the opposite.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Treewell View Post
I gotta go with:
1) US Open...Tiger on one leg, the playoff vs Rocco etc....one of the best majors of all time
2)PGA...Padraig draining everything down the stretch and Sergio coming oh so close once again.
3)The Open...Greg Norman in the hunt and Padraig once again with a clutch back nine to win Opens back to back.
4)Masters...usually my favorite but this year it comes in last. Lacked drama down the stretch with Immelman having a big lead down the stretch and playing well.
Can't argue with this line up.
The US Open kept me on the edge of my over stuffed chair
post #17 of 18
+1 for Tiger on one leg
post #18 of 18
Never have I wanted Tiger to lose more than the Open. I am old guy and was rooting for Rocco loudly, bemoaning Tiger. He is just unreal, willing himself to win. His mindset is simply what makes him so good. Just win baby.

And the PGA, what a clutch performance by Paddy. What else can you say, Sergio and Curtis didn't play badly, just not good enough, and Paddy was on fire. Great finish.

Open 1, PGA 2 British 3 Augusta last this year.
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