Golf Starz Take – Web.com Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
For those of us here in Columbus, Ohio. There are two major weeks in golf. The Memorial Tournment and the Web.com Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.
What I love most about this tourney is it take place on a course we grew up playing. The Scarlet course at THE Ohio State University. OSU has two course on its grounds. The Grey course and the Scarlet course. Obviously the Scarlet course is more challenging but the Grey is one that many kids growing up are able to play and have fun. Scarlet has been home to players like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and John Cook – in fact Jack Nicklaus returned later for a renovation that restored the bunkers and lengthened the course to 7,455 yards. The course now ranks in the top 10 best college golf course (LINKS Magazine and Golf Week). You can check out the course here.
The field this year is stacked. We have up and coming players and guys who are trying to keep their tour cards. Past winner are names we are reading now on some major hardware. We have seen Justin Thomas win here and Rickie finish second (foreshadowing?). We will let the results speak for themselves. This year we will have the pleasure of seeing guys like Zac Blair, Daniel Summerhayes, Willy Wilcox, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Armour just to name a few (*list of notable below). There are plenty of guys we know and have been watching tee it up on the tour and guys we are really excited to see what is next for them. Check out the full field here.
As we move away from the web.com regular season into the finals, we will see a number of guys who are able to punch their ticket to the big show. Every putt matters. Every position you are able to climb up gets you one step closer to every kids dream of playing on the PGA tour.
Last note on the tournament before we get to our picks… the atmosphere at the tournament is electric to say the least. First, it is free to get into. Second, there is a a “pub” located around the 13th green that offers fun drink deals and games (dollar beers for 13 minutes for every birdie). This is closet we in the Midwest get to TPC Scottsdale stadium course. Plus with opening weekend of college football, for what we hear there will be games broadcasted in certain areas of the course. Nothing better than watching good golf with a fun atmosphere.
Now to our picks – we are going to change it up and pick three guys we think can win:
- Willy Wilcox
- Tom Lovelady
- Ryan Armour (Go Bucks)
- Zac Blair
- Troy Merritt
- Kyle Reifers (Local Kid)
As always include your picks below and let us know if you are going to be there. We plan on living at the course the next couple days so give us a shout. Also, if any players would like to connect for a beer/conversation let us know.
*List of Notables: Stuart Appleby, Ryan Armour, Ricky Barnes, Zac Blair, Jonathan Byrd, Brian Campbell, Roberto Castro, Alex Cejka, Ben Crane, Ken Duke, Ryo Ishikawa, Scott Langley, Spencer Levin, Curtis Luck, Hunter Mahan, Troy Merritt, Kyle Reifers, Sam Saunders, Daniel Summerhays, Cameron Tringale, Peter Uihlein, Johnson Wagner, Willy Wilcox.