But playing this game recently has gotten me thinking about the upcoming 2015 Miller Masters on Sunday, May 24th. Seven mighty superheroes, and Mitch Eslick, coming together on the same golf course to battle it out for the ultimate prize: The Erv Cup. Then after that's been awarded, those same superheroes team up to battle against the other superheroes in 18 holes of best ball competition. Shots are made, laughs are had, insults are thrown, tweets are tweeted, and legends are born. It's just a great event. And no great sporting event would be complete without a preview from Thoughts From The 808. Listed below are previews and write-ups for each of the eight golfers participating in the 2015 Miller Masters, listed in order from most-to-least likely to win The Erv Cup.
After choking during both the 2012 Miller Master and 2012 Miller Open, Ben has rattled off four straight individual titles in these Miller Majors. He’s also won a best ball trophy during that time as well, which has to make him the heavy favorite entering this year’s Masters. Have I mentioned how great that 2012 year was? I really miss those days.
Long off the tee, Nick is always a contender to bring home an individual title like he did at the 2012 Miller Open. When the driver is working, Nick is one of the few legitimate threat to take down Ben even when Ben is playing well. But 2014 was the Year of Best Ball for Nick as he won Best Ball trophies at both The Masters and The Open. And most impressively, he didn’t even need a Mohawk to do so. Bring it back on Sunday Nick, the people want to see The Return of the Mohawk.
Playing on his home course should give Matt an edge coming into this event but health issues are probably the bigger story here. I could be giving the inaugural Masters champion a little too much credit here by ranking him this high but if being too optimistic is my cross to bear then so be it. Less than a week removed from surgery, you have to think that it’s going to take an incredible performance from Matt to be in serious contention late this weekend. But stranger things have happened. Jordan had ‘The Flu Game’. After Sunday, will everyone be talking about ‘The Hernia Round’ ? Only time will tell.
Speaking of guys playing on their home course, this is not one of them because his wife has forbidden him from getting a membership for four years. Anyways, remember when Tiger Woods used to dominate the field most years but would go into some majors in the middle of a swing change? So the chances of him winning weren’t very good even though he was clearly the best player on the course. Same story this year with Bollmeyer here and his new set of clubs. Once he gets acquainted with those clubs it’s going to take a minor miracle for anyone in this field to beat him, but I’m not sure if he’s dialed in enough yet to get the job done this weekend. Never count out a legend though folks.
Outside of a ridiculous outfit, you never know what you are getting from Andy in a Miller Major. He could come play lights out and be standing on the final tee with a shot to bring home a trophy. He could also be standing on the final tee needing a bogey to stay in the 50s. And I’d say each scenario is equally likely. If Andy does plan on pulling out a miracle round this year to win a major he’d better do it this weekend at The Masters. Word on the street is that it’s beans season in Rolfe this year, which means anything less than an 8 on Hole 5 at The Open is out of the question this year for Andy. So you better be standing on the final tee in contention on Sunday Andy, because I think you’ll be facing the 50’s in the final tee at The Open this year.
You put Ron Bollmeyer on the tee off box at a Miller Major in Rolfe and he is a threat to bring a trophy home for the mantle. Ron Bollmeyer at The Miller Open is just like Fred Couples at The Actual Masters. He knows the layout of the holes, he knows how to get around the golf course, he’s going to kill you with consistency, and regardless of age he is going to be near the top of the leaderboard coming down the homestretch. Unfortunately for Ron, The Open isn’t for a couple months and we are playing in Huxley this weekend.
BUT…..savvy, veteran maneuver by Ron a couple weeks ago to prepare for The Masters. While other competitors in the field were preparing by getting some #MillerMastersTuneUps in to fine-tune their golf game, Ron was getting his own #MillerMastersWardrobeTuneUp in during the Kentucky Derby to fine-tune his clothing game. The greats are always comfortable competing in outrageous outfits in these Miller Majors, and if this picture is any indication Ron is ready to compete on Sunday.
You got to be thinking Best Ball when it comes to Gary Fjelland in 2015. Not sure if an individual title is going to be in the cards this year but Gary emerged from 2014 as a serious Best Ball threat. After just missing out on his first Miller trophy on the final hole of the Best Ball portion of the 2014 Masters, Gary capped off the year with a Best Ball title at the 2014 Open. Look for Gary to ride that best ball momentum into 2015 and be putting with a purpose late on Sunday.
Let’s push the golf game to the side to a second. One thing you know about Mitch Eslick at a Miller Major is that his Snack Game is going to be strong. Whether it’s the beef jerky, trail mix, or a surprise entrant of some type Mitch Eslick is going to bring the snacks. That’s the true definition of a team player. Now about his golf game. Ahhh…………I’m really looking forward to what type of snacks he brings this year. In all seriousness though, you could tell that no longer being a golf coach had made Mitch a little rusty (just like his clubs) last year. After finishing in 7th place in every Miller Major ever, he finally slid down to a last place finish in the last Miller Open. Will Mitch reverse that trend in 2015? Let’s just say even though Mitch has fully embraced #TheBollmeyerWay, I don’t expect to be reading any tweets from his golf Twitter account any time soon. The only way I see Mitch moving out of the 8th seed in the near future is if Chase keeps improving his golf game and makes this a 9 man field.