Wednesday, 11 June 2008

US Open - Extra Information

Phil Mickelson has won on Torrey Pines 3 times in the past (1993, 2000, 2001) and was runner-up in 1996, all unfortunately outside the remit of Golf Predictor, which incorporates results from 2003 onwards. This would give Phil a higher winning probability (of a couple of percentage points), but it wouldn't alter his ranking. He has also played several practice rounds there in the past few weeks and grew up on the course. Remember when I said that perhaps Tiger wouldn't win this week?!

Other players teeing it off this week who performed well at Torrey Pines before 2003 are Mark O'Meara (winner 1997, runner-up 2002), Davis Love III (winner 1996, runner-up 2001), Mark Calcavecchia (runner-up 1995) and even Tiger again (runner-up 2000). Factoring in their age and the the course now, I don't think the chances of the older gentlemen prevailing are any better though!

As far as the US Open itself before 2003 is concerned, the wins of that man, Tiger (2000 & 2003), Ernie Els (1994 & 1997) and Retief Goosen (2001) should also be kept in mind. However, the South African boys have been a bit all over the place if you look at their season performance charts on their prediction pages.

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