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lewisham ranger
24 Dec 16 13:30
Date Joined: 08 Aug 02
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Masters: Spieth
US open: Jason Day
British Open: Mcilroy
Pga: Rickie Fowler
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Report xmoneyx December 24, 2016 6:07 PM GMT
masters. - reed
us open - johnson
open - mickleson
pga - mclroy
Report donny osmond December 26, 2016 2:21 PM GMT
masters rory
us open rory
open rory
pga matsuyama
Report lewisham ranger December 26, 2016 2:47 PM GMT
rory three majors and then fails at the track where he normally dominates? Shocked
Report donny osmond December 26, 2016 4:44 PM GMT
pressure got to him ....
Report lewisham ranger December 26, 2016 5:24 PM GMT
I did consider this bet the other day but reckon it's pie in the sky stuff

probably though people underestimate the chances of a big player getting on a roll and winning lots of big tournaments in a year- spieth nearly managed it two years ago

certainly rory has already won multiple majors in a year and at his age he should be peaking- also a momentum player that feeds off confidence

anyway i checked out the odds for a rory grandslam and they were only 250-1, which were insulting, let's say he's 10-1 for each then the real odds for winning three in a row are 1000-1, let alone four, ok there is the momentum factor as well but bets like this (which they will get plenty of money for as well) are one of the reasons why bookies clean up
Report wedge1 December 26, 2016 6:15 PM GMT
woods and Fitzpatrick perm any 2 from 4
Report charlie muddle December 26, 2016 10:57 PM GMT
I think Rory will win a couple, Fowler and Matsuyama. Have taken some 10/1 on Fowler to win a major in 2017 i feel thats really decent price.
Report donny osmond December 26, 2016 11:40 PM GMT
if rory starts season well you wont get 10/1

is there a market on here  for rory grand slam ?

250/1 not too far away from being a decent daft bet
Report lewisham ranger December 27, 2016 11:22 AM GMT
next 2-3 years crucial for rory imo in creating any kind of legacy

will he finish his career an icon like woods, palmer, nicklaus etc

or will he just be very good but short of that status like mickleson and faldo

my guess is the latter as he needs to make hay in the next few years as can't see him winning many majors in his thirties

reason I disagree with your judgement don anyway is that I don't think he will choke if he wins the first three, if you've got the balls to win three majors in a row you're not going to blow the third through bad nerves, especially on a course you have good memories of
Report donny osmond December 27, 2016 2:10 PM GMT
i would hope that would be the case l r, good luck to him anyway.

a masters gives him the career grand slam and that sticks him right up there
alongside the greats

but he would need a good career to catch tiger, and then jack
Report wedge1 December 27, 2016 6:54 PM GMT
rory does not possess the mentality his ckoc gets in the way
Report FRANKIETHETORY December 27, 2016 7:38 PM GMT
Masters - Phil Mickelson
US Open - Rory McIlroy
Open - Rory McIlroy
US PGA - Henrik Stenson
Report lewisham ranger December 27, 2016 11:41 PM GMT
I think he would need a bloody good career to catch tiger or jack.

Tbh I would be amazed if any of the guys around today got anywhere near their numbers in terms of major wins- it's extremely tough to win majors, and apart from Tiger only Faldo I believe has won six or more majors in the post-nicklaus era.

Look at last year when the media were hyping up the big three and none of them managed to win a major. I was reading something the other day on some other forum which made me laugh- someone was saying about how now DJ had broken through he would rack up 7-8 wins every year and get close to jack's record of 18 majors. I'm thinking he's 32 and only got one major win ffs!!!

Rory however is younger and has already got four- I think he's possibly the best player when completely on song, sometimes he can look unstoppable however and now he seems to have sorted out the putting he could be in for a huge 2017 as you say.

However I also think Spieth is underestimated- I prefer him to Day and DJ in the longer term. His stats in terms of number of wins are not far off tiger at the same age. And I actually think that his collapse last year will help motivate him for the next masters- he will be extremely determined to wipe the memory of that as soon as possible.

I think the other danger is when you start predicting that such and such a player will get into double figures and more in terms of major wins is the possibility of an even younger player coming through- given the money in golf it's not unrealistic to see someone breaking through in four or five years who starts spanking everybody, therefore the time frame for everyone at the top now becomes that little bit shorter.
Report lewisham ranger December 27, 2016 11:43 PM GMT
The other thing I find interesting for Spieth for the 2017 masters is he's significantly shorter with the betfair sportsbook than anywhere else

do the sharp minds of betfair know something? Shocked
Report charlie muddle December 28, 2016 2:23 PM GMT
250/1 for Rory to win all4 majors doesnt really appeal to mw however 66/1 to be top 5 in all four @ 66/1 does as does Speith at a massive 90/1! Also Rory 33/1 to win BBC SPOTY 2017 also tickles my fancy
Report xmoneyx December 28, 2016 9:49 PM GMT

Danny Willett won the masters & got less than 2000 votes Silly
Report padlock December 29, 2016 4:50 PM GMT
Report kincsem December 30, 2016 6:12 PM GMT
US Masters: Mathew Fitzpatrick
US Open: Branden Grace
The Open: Patrick Reed
US PGA: Branden Grace

Happy 41st Birthday Tiger tomorrow.
Report kincsem December 30, 2016 6:15 PM GMT
Tiger Woods is 41 today.
Report sickoflayinwinners January 3, 2017 1:12 PM GMT
kinsmen , cant imagine fitzpatrick having the power for augusta.reed very likely to win one this year and at any  course.
Report kincsem January 3, 2017 1:24 PM GMT
You might be right, but Fitzpatrick led the 2016 US Masters greens in regulation with 75.0%.
He was also 10th in driving accuracy.
And he finished 7th.
His sand saves were 2/5 = 40%. 
Danny Willett's sand saves were 0/0.  That tells me he obviously avoided sand.
Report sickoflayinwinners January 3, 2017 1:43 PM GMT
in fairness, zach Jonson does well round augusta with limited power but its such an advantage to come in higher on those par 5s when reading in two.
Report prepared83 January 3, 2017 7:25 PM GMT
reed 12/1 to win any major this year
Report Catch Me ifyoucan January 3, 2017 11:09 PM GMT
All four 2016 Majors claimed by first-timers !

The Masters: Willett | U.S. Open: D. Johnson | British Open: Stenson | PGA: Walker

One of the last people who would have predicted Jimmy Walker's win in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol was the man himself.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan January 3, 2017 11:13 PM GMT
The last time that happened in one season was in 2011, and the major champions were Charl Schwartzel, McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Keegan Bradley.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan January 3, 2017 11:14 PM GMT
Did that foursome presage any particular budding golf trend? Not collectively. McIlroy was announcing his arrival, but the other three have since combined for only a handful of top-10 finishes in Majors and no Major victories.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan January 3, 2017 11:16 PM GMT
A dominant player or troika of dominant players — a group commanding enough to name an era after — has yet to emerge.
Report old applejack January 4, 2017 12:40 PM GMT
US Masters: Jordan Spieth
US Open: Dustin Johnson
The Open: Jim Furyk
US PGA: Rory McIlroy
Report Mighty Whites 2008 January 5, 2017 6:17 PM GMT
Happy New Year one and all hope you all have a good one.

Picking major winners is so hard this time last year there were plenty talking about how many the likes of Day, Rory and Spieth would win and we get 4 first time winners!Winning majors is hard only 13 players have won more than 5 in the history of the game. Of those currently playing only Tiger 14, Phil 5, Vijay and Rory 4 and Harrington 3 have won more than 2.

Hopefully we will have 4 great majors with exciting finishes. This year there are 4 four interesting venues. Augusta speaks for itself, Erin Hills looks brutally long and will depend on the set up, Birkdale is arguably the best course in Britain but can be very tough if the wind blows and then there is Quail Hollow a great stop on tour for the PGA.

Obviously form, luck and composure will play a huge part in who wins but for a bit of fun here are my predictions.

US Masters: Rory McIlroy
US Open: Jason Day
The Open: Alex Noren
The PGA: Rory McIlroy
Report Catch Me ifyoucan January 5, 2017 7:13 PM GMT
US Open...RORY

btw Lowry says.....
David Meyler.....@ShaneLowryGolf which Major are you going to win?
Shane Lowry retweeted DM.....Think my game is suited to them all. Depends if I'm in form or not at the time.
Report lewisham ranger January 5, 2017 8:56 PM GMT
downplaying tiger and rory a bit there catch me Wink
Report Catch Me ifyoucan January 5, 2017 9:28 PM GMT
Yeah, yeah...small letters instead of capitals would have been better Tongue Out
Report Catch Me ifyoucan June 13, 2017 10:55 PM BST
Catch Me ifyoucan • January 3, 2017 11:09 PM GMT
All four 2016 Majors claimed by first-timers !

A REPEAT in 2017 ?
Report kincsem August 17, 2017 4:00 PM BST
And the winner is NOBODY
Report kincsem August 17, 2017 4:06 PM BST
I see on another forum that the four major winners in 2017 all had ....
.... wait for it .....

.... six letters in their first and last name.
Report frames August 21, 2017 3:56 PM BST
Rickie can't win one when he qualifies with the 6 letter rule.No hope for him.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan December 12, 2017 1:52 PM GMT
US Masters: Sergio Garcia
US Open: Brooks Koepka
The Open: Jordan Spieth
US PGA: Justin Thomas

2018 MAJOR WINNERS ????????
Report lewisham ranger December 16, 2017 8:49 AM GMT
i think what this thread tells us in general is that it's hard to pick major winners and in general punters in this country overrate rory mcilroy.

although I do think rory was injured this year so who knows what he'll do in 2018. although no doubt he'll be overbet in the masters- a tournament where he experiences terrible pressure.

interestingly only spieth was picked out as a potential major winner and that was in the wrong tournament.

in 2018 I think this lot are interesting:


but who knows, thomas may confirm he's the best around, or johnson might, or pieters might have a big break through, or the english lot of fleetwood/hatton might confirm they are world class, or rose might carry on his sizzling form into the majors, or spieth or mcilroy might win a couple each and shut everyone out, there are so many good players around now that the possibilities are endless... Surprised

there are at least 20 players now who have an outstanding chance of winning a major and there are only four of them a year.
Report jedi sophie December 16, 2017 11:53 PM GMT
Think this is what you would call covering all bases Ranger....
Anyone in top twenty that didn't get a mention be gutted.
Report lewisham ranger December 17, 2017 10:33 AM GMT

perhaps you'd like to put up your 2018 major winners then, as apparently it's so easy? Crazy
Report lewisham ranger December 17, 2017 10:34 AM GMT

perhaps you'd like to put up your 2018 major winners then, as apparently it's so easy? Crazy
Report jedi sophie December 19, 2017 4:13 PM GMT
Has not even entered my head...

Golf lots to do with form, how we can judge who wins in 2018 in 2017 I will never know.

I do think if I mentioned a dozen or so of top 20 I may have a realistic chance.

Your views on golf and its leading players more changeable than the weather....
Report lewisham ranger December 23, 2017 12:56 PM GMT
yeah. It's probably preferable to wait until halfway through the tournament and mention how you've backed the leader, like you do.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan January 5, 2018 12:23 AM GMT
2018 MAJOR WINNERS ????????

In your quest to find the 2018 MAJOR WINNERS, consider this interesting article...
Report Catch Me ifyoucan January 5, 2018 12:30 AM GMT
More thoughts here...
Report Catch Me ifyoucan January 5, 2018 12:31 AM GMT

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Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 29, 2018 3:16 PM GMT
US Masters: Paddy REED
The Open: MOLI

Was impossible to predict......

April 11-14: Masters — Augusta National; Augusta, Ga.
May 16-19: PGA Championship — Bethpage State Park (Black Course); Farmingdale, N.Y.
June 13-16: U.S. Open — Pebble Beach Golf Links; Pebble Beach, Calif.
July 18-21: British Open — Royal Portrush Golf Club; Portrush, Northern Ireland.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 29, 2018 3:25 PM GMT
2023 Masters Champion - 14-year-old prodigy from India, Shubham Jaglan.....could be like RORY’s father prediction.
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