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Friday, August 9, 2013

I Spend ONE Lousy Day Park-hopping and...

Look what happens! While I was pounding my feet into putty on the concrete playgrounds of Hollywood Studios, Epcot/World Showcase, and Magic Kingdom, the guys playing at Oak Hill went nuts!

Except for my longshot choice Steve Stricker, none of my picks could even get under par. Jim Furyk, on the other hand, ripped the place apart. He's co-leader at 5-under.

Adam Scott, who's done relatively little since the Masters, is the other co-leader and in position to not only get a second major but possibly lock up Player of the Year.

And look at some of the other players who suddenly showed up...

Lee Westwood is one off the lead after rediscovering his iron game without losing his newfound putting prowess.

Paul Casey is two off the lead. PAUL CASEY! I know he won in Europe just recently, but he's just barely healthy again. It seems too soon for him to be competitive in a major... but here he is.

Bomber Robert Garrigus is tied with him. Garrigus is relatively inexperienced in a situation like this. Bombers shouldn't do well on tight courses, should they? But here he is as well.

And I also have to put Kiradech Aphibarnrat in this category. K-Rat is a good player -- I've been watching for him on the European Tour -- and he has a win this year as well as another Top5. He's also ranked 85 in the world... but somehow Oak Hill doesn't seem to be a track where he'd run well. Still, as with Casey and Garrigus, here he is. K-Rat is just 3 shots off the lead.

While we won't know who's really in this thing until after today's round, we're already seeing indications that Oak Hill may be ripe for another Shaun Micheel. (It probably won't be the original, since he's 6-over.) But just the top 10 players, the guys at 3-under or better, are a smorgasbord of length and accuracy, of experience and inexperience. After Day 1 this truly is anybody's major.

And they picked a day I'm park-hopping at Disney to mix it up like this, just so I can't watch it. Somebody's got a sick sense of humor...

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