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US Open - day four

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Rain - do one. It's been hammering it down for too long in New York the past few days, so let's forget about the weather.

The third round of the US Open will be followed by the start of the fourth round and though this tournament will not now be won until Monday, plenty of players will fade out of contention today.

Can Tiger hunt down the leaders? Can Ricky and Lucas hang on to their stunning scores? Can Lee continue his phenomenal US Open form and get right into contention once more?

We're about to find out.

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posted Jun 21, 2009

I predict the unthinkable:

Goosen and Woods in a play off.

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posted Jun 21, 2009

'where the hell is toxteth'.... honestly some people.

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posted Jun 21, 2009

What time will this end?

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posted Jun 21, 2009

tigercity

isn't the Nationwide a tour for those not good enough for the main tour. In a shootout on the US PGA tour glover will do him by 10 shots (which is why the bookies make him 1-2 in the 2 ball and Ricky 5-2-In gambling terms that is a massive difference) Toxteth is a nice place for a riot

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comment by baggers (U9048028)

posted Jun 21, 2009

What time will this end?
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Probs just before 1.30 British time.

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posted Jun 21, 2009

Probs just before 1.30 British time.
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Cheers, Duval to win on -6

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comment by vinyl1 (U1697655)

posted Jun 22, 2009

"isn't the Nationwide a tour for those not good enough for the main tour.

Yes, but only by about 1/10 of a stroke. The average PGA player will beat the average Nationwide player 52% of the time.

At these levels, it's really that close. Several guys have come off the Nationwide tour and won on the PGA tour.

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posted Jun 22, 2009

There are a couple of ways to look at the Nationwide Tour, saying it is for people who aren't good enough is fairly short-sighted and simplistic.

For a lot of people it can be an important step in the progression to the PGA Tour (and learning to cope with tour life), as qualifying school is an extremely testing time it offers another way to earn your tour card, it is a good option for people who had a loss of form (or injury) the year before, it teaches people to compete at the top end and learn to win rather than trying to accumulate enough 30 place finishes to scrape their card for another year.

As vinyl1 says, in recent years a fair few guys have come off of the Nationwide and been competitive straight away, to the extent that a number have won on their first year.

(if you want a simple example, take Michael Sim who is having a decent US Open - 6 top 10's, including 2 wins from 9 starts this season. Watch him go on the PGA Tour next year)

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comment by Tano (U13770795)

posted Jun 22, 2009

I'm with chilli on this one and I feel the same can be said for the second tier of European golf - the Challenge Tour.

Tano Goya, Michael Hoey, Jeppe Huldahl and Christian Nilsson have all won European Tour events this season yet just last year all four were slogging it out on the Challenge Tour.

Markus Brier, a respected, consistent European Tour player with multiple wins, was playing at the Kärnten Golf Open - a Challange Tour event - a few of weeks ago in his native Austria as his foundation was presenting the event.

As a regular on the European Tour surely he romped home by a few strokes...nope. He contended, eventually finishing in a tie for fourth five strokes behind eventual winner Christoph Günter.

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comment by Golfbug (U1702519)

posted Jun 22, 2009

When it rains in America it pours and play gets stopped, where as in Europe they usually still play on (Birkdale 2008).

I've liked the way the players have responded to the New York galleries. The tournament has been spoiled by the weather but the locals have still supported the tournament and that's been the biggest highlight so far.

I would like to see Phil Mickelson win this US Open, can you believe it's 10 years since Payne Stewart pipped him at Pinehurst.

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