13 Jun The week before the US Open…
This week sees the US Open venturing to Congressional MD, and here is my preview on what to expect..
It is fair to say that the US Open is the hardest set up course you will play the course is 7570 yards long and has a heap of par 4’s that are 490 yards plus ( that’s 450 meters ) and the 18th is a par 4 that is 523 yards with water all over the place ! The fairways are 20 yards wide and rough 3-4 inches deep, greens running at around 14 on the stimp meter it’s hard to find something to enjoy and it’s a little sadistic, however I do really enjoy watching the best in the world tested like this, It certainly sorts the men from the boys. There will be 156 players fighting it out for the whopping $7 million prize money and it will be worth watching.
The type of player that wins this event has everything, long from the tee, accuracy and could hole putts with a rake and an Easter egg !
Luke Donald has played great this year and deserves to be favourite, he has the game for a US Open with his accuracy from the tee and putting he will be there for a long way, he is a little short from the tee which will put pressure on his second shots, but he has game.
Another player I see doing well is Steve Stricker , he has been on fire this year and again has the accuracy and putting skills to do well. He is also highly ranked as a scrambler!
I can’t see Lee Westwood playing that well as the course might be too tight for him, save him for The Open at Sandwich – his low ball hitting will be perfect.
I also think the Hefty Lefty Phil will struggle, he has had a patchy year especially with river and rumour is that he will not carry driver and hit 2 iron from the tee !
All that’s left is Kaymer – he could play well and is due to shine but he has swapped caddies with Paul Casey and that will cause a few hick ups for sure. Dustin Johnson – uumm not that keen but you never know .. a couple of roughies are Bill Haas & Bubba.
Jason Day is the only Aussie that looks anywhere near good form, Allenby has played well in spurts this year and I think a lot depends on his head each week. Mark Leishman with his length could surprise and will be big odds!
The US Open historically throws up some terrific finishes, I will never forget Olgivy’s win at Winged Foot that was great and I remember poor old Monty stuffing up the last, love it. How about Tiger and Rocco going head to head?! There is sure to be drama, not to mention a few drunk Americans yelling “ In the hole “