The nation’s championship is here, and it’s shaping up to be a true test of championship golf. Oakmont’s difficult setup is the ideal venue to crown the most deserving player. While some will complain about it’s penal nature, Oakmont is a course where quality golf shots are rewarded and poor ones find big trouble.
Jordan Spieth won his second major of 2015 at Chambers Bay after Dustin Johnson 3-putted the 18th hole to fall 1 shot short.
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Weather plays a big role in any golf tournament. Oakmont is currently playing extremely firm and fast, which makes the course extremely hard. If the forecasted rains come through, the course could soften a bit and yield some lower scores. That’s why we think that the winning number could be closer to par than some of the predicted +8 scores earlier in the week.
Oakmont may look a little different from the last time they hosted a U.S. Open as the club has taken out over 7,500 trees on the property. While the common golf fan may think this would make the course easier, the USGA’s Mike Davis argues that the course now plays harder because of healthier rough and increased winds.
What makes Oakmont so difficult? The golf course was designed by Harry Fownes to be the hardest test of golf in the world. Its bunkers are deep and plentiful (Oakmont has 98 more bunkers than the Old Course), the rough is long, and the green complexes are extremely challenging. In order to play well, a player has to have a sound strategy of keeping the ball in the fairway off the tee and below holes, which is very tough on a firm and fast golf course. Oakmont is sure to yield a great champion. Of the 8 U.S. Open winners in its history, 7 are multi-major winners.
Thursday and Friday should make for great television as the USGA has put together some dynamite pairings for golf fans. Here are a couple that we are excited about.
Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed
A lot of contrast in styles here, you have steady-eddie Matt Kuchar who comes in hot (his worst finish a t6 in his past 4 starts), long-bombing Bubba and his new hitops, and Patrick Reed who’s got all the tools to be a U.S. Open Champion.
Rory McIlroy, Danny Willett, Rickie Fowler
Don’t need to say much about this pairing, tons of star power. Fowler has been struggling as of late but could be a sneaky pick to win with his great tee-to-green game and putting. Willett hasn’t played much tournament golf since his Masters win, but his game screams U.S. Open champion in the future. McIlroy comes in motivated given Spieth and Day’s recent major success. Will he take home his 2nd U.S. Open title?
Zach Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth
This group has it all. “The Grinder” Zach Johnson has won the Masters and British. Could he get one step closer to the career grand slam? “The Scientist” Bryson DeChambeau may have some convoluted way of solving the Oakmont formula. Then there’s “The Golden Boy”, who looks to win another major and prove that he has fully recovered from his Masters heartbreak.
Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson
A couple of wiley vets here, with Rose being the only one of these superstars to have won a U.S. Open. For Phil, it’s all about the career grand slam as he looks for his first U.S. Open win at a course where he famously called the rough “dangerous to players’ health.” The big Swede, Stenson, is in pursuit of his first major title. Stenson’s tee-to-green game is there, but the question always lies with his ability to make putts.
Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson
The major game but a majorless grouping. While Sergio and Dustin have had many a close call, Matsuyama is a budding star the golf world expects to win a few. This group should hit a lot of precise shots at Oakmont, but the lingering question for each will be the putter….
Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott
Three of the most talented players and best swings in golf, this group will be fun to watch. Each player has the game to win a U.S. Open but haven’t yet. Could this be the year?
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