>The groupings are out for The Open this week, and here are some of the highlights:
Fernandez-Castano/Moore/Schwartzel – Very talented young players. I’ve been a fan of Charl since the beginning of 2009.
Poulter/Els/Cink – Two winners this year, along with last year’s Champion Golfer.
Woods/Rose/Villegas – Clearly the premier group. Rose is as hot as anyone right now. Tiger will do well just to keep up at the rate he’s going now.
Harrington/Ishikawa/Watson – Interesting mix of cultures and eras. It would be surprising to see Tom compete again, but who knows. Paddy has been a disappointment this year. He ended last year playing so very well, but it hasn’t transferred.
Casey/Cabrera/Fowler – Is it time for Angel to jump up and win a major again? Is Casey over his injuries? How will Golfer Smurf do on the links?
Jimenez/Westwood/Scott – We’ll really see how tough Lee Westwood is, after his huge disappointment at the US Open. Jimenez won last week, and Scott has been playing well also.
Montgomerie/Mickelson/Goosen – Interesting mix of personalities and styles of game.
ESPN’s broadcast starts at 4:00 AM ET on Thursday. Might as well sleep on the couch Wed night.