Rarely will a major tournament he was as unpredictable as that gets underway Thursday morning at Pebble Beach. Usually, we choose 5 or 6 players capable of winning and a good chance of success. For the 110th edition of the US Open, I admit I'm a bit annoyed prediction side.
First, no one knows what to expect from Tiger Woods. It appeared to us somewhat rusty in his last outing at Memorial tournament two weeks ago and very clever one who can predict what Tiger will appear on the tee Thursday. Woods has only played four tournaments in 2010 and it is easy to see that his game suffers. It is not known what his state of mind so that I feel it will take a few more weeks of competition before he feels back in the shoes of a world leader ... especially more than that title might escape the hands of Phil Mickelson in the coming days.
Speaking of Mickelson, one must consider the favorite at Pebble Beach, although he too has not been very convincing in the last two tournaments in which he participated. Since he has the ability to steal the title of No. 1 player in Woods, Michelson seems to play with more pressure on his shoulders. However, it remains my choice to win next Sunday. It should however be wary of big Ernie Els, the current points leader in the FedEx Cup and third in the Order of Merit on the European side. One is nicknamed the Big Easy has impressed many with his victories in Miami (CA Championship) and Orlando (Arnold Palmer Invitation) earlier this season. In just 12 tournaments in 2010, Els has pocketed close to $ 3.5 million in scholarships. No one would be surprised to see him win a third career title at the US Open.
I also like the chances of victory of the young Colombian Camilo Villegas and those of English Lee Westwood, winner of yesterday's St. Jude Classic played in Memphis. Both players are in resplendent form and both have the necessary arsenal of moves to win the golf Pebble Beach will have a very different face than the one we see at the annual pro-am played in February . Villegas and Westwood have completed their classes and are ripe for a major title. Their experience and talent will protect them against any form of bullying.
Finally, when we toured the list of qualified players, we quickly realize that many of them could cause a surprise. How to ignore Tim Clark, Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington and Paul Casey ... just to name a few? And that the eventual winner is perhaps not on this list. At the risk of repeating myself, it becomes increasingly difficult to predict anything at major tournaments. The quality of international players has never been higher and even now the recruits began to win tournaments regularly.
One thing seems certain at 100%; we will be entitled to a high level of performance, and on one of the most beautiful courses in the world. Remains only to wish that your favorite players a good start and are the leading players late Sunday afternoon!
* PS RDS this round 4 of the US Open starting Thursday 13h ... it's a date!