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G’day Golfers,

How fast is this year going? It feels like only last week we were gearing up for the first Major of the season with The Masters, and yet, here we are getting ready for the third Major of the season.

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The US Open is not like the other Major Championships, each Major is a test in its own right, but only the US Open can boast about being the toughest challenge in golf.
A general rule of thumb at a US Open set up is that even par is a very good score, anything less is an absolutely incredible achievement.

Once again the LIV boys are set to tee it up against the PGA Tour, but unlike the first few times the golfing world came back together it feels far less combative now. Some of the LIV guys are a welcome site and here’s hoping the golfing fracture is healed sooner rather than later.
Bryson Dechambeau has been the most consistent LIV golfer in the Majors so far this year finishing T-6 at The Masters and solo-2nd at the PGA Championship.
Brooks Koepka is also another notable LIV performer, although he’s nowhere near his major performance last year.

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This year the US Open is held at the historic Pinehurst (No.2), a par 70, 7-543-yard course of epic proportions. The last time Pinehurst (No2) held a major was back in 2014 and there’s been a major change since then, namely the grass from bermudagrass to bentgrass. In fact, it’s a special type of bentgrass called ‘Champion Ultradwarf bentgrass’ and this will be the first US Open in history played on this type of grass.
The other change since 2014 is the signature waste areas have had time to develop; they were only 4 years old back in 2014, and now 10 years later, they have more growth and craggily spots to give anyone who finds themselves there a hard time.

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Last year, Wyndham Clark won his first Major in only his 7th Major start, most players have would be happy to contend in their first few majors, let alone win one!
Last year the US Open was at LA Country Club and has been criticized since as been too easy for a US Open event, however that didn’t make the event any less thrilling. Clark shot an even-par 70 in the last round at to hold off McIlroy and Scheffler, who finished 2nd and 3rd. This was Rory’s best shot at another major win in years but with only 1 birdie for the day, he just couldn’t seem to make up the ground on Clark.

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The last time the US Open was at Pinehurst (No.2) Martin Kaymer ran away with it at -9 with 2nd place being split between Eric Compton and Rickie Fowler at -1. That’s right, that year there was only 3 players in the whole field that finished under par.
We should be in for some carnage as the course is looking even more formidable than back in 2014.

 

Field Highlights

·         Scottie Scheffler – Like every single event this year, Scottie Scheffler is the man to beat. He’s the one that will be consistent all week long, he’s the one that will be involved in the conversation come Sunday, and any player thinking about lifting the US Open trophy, he’s the dude you gotta play better than. His record this year is nothing but outstanding; he’s teed it up in 13 events and won 5 of them, including The Masters. In fact, he’s only finished outside the top-10 in 1 events, with his worst finish this season being a T-17 at The American Express.
 

·         Rory McIlroy – Another player with multiple wins this year on Tour (One at the Zurich Classic and the other the very next week at the Wells Fargo Championship), Rory will be looking to make an impact this week. After coming so close at the US Open last year and a recent run of success on the PGA Tour, things are definitely looking in Rory’s favour. Last time the US Open was here in 2014 Rory finished T26 with a +6. Rory’s last 5 starts have been a win, win, T-12, T-4, and a T-15 last week at The Memorial. Lets hope he can carry some of that momentum in to this years US Open.
 

·         Bryson DeChambeau – As mentioned above, Bryson has been the outstanding performer from the LIV Golf League at this year’s Major Championships with a T-6 at The Masters in April and a solo-2nd at the PGA Championship in May. Promisingly for Bryson, he seems to raise his game for the majors with his results at the majors this year outshining his results on the 54-hole tour (only a solo-4th at LIV Jeddah outshined his Masters performance). Driving accuracy is going to be key from the tee, so we may see Bryson struggle here if he trys to bomb and gouge his way around Pinehurst (No.2). Either way, he’ll be very fun to watch.
 

·         Xander Schauffele – Winner at the PGA Championship last month, Xander has the fresh taste of a major victory in his mouth and I’m sure he’s hungry for more. Up until that major victory, Xander had been agonisingly close to a win, not only at majors but also regular tournaments, for a long time. Before the PGA Championship Xander had racked up 5 top-5 finishes 12 events including 2 runner up finishes. On top of that he had zero wins last season and had 2 runner up finishes. It’s been a long time coming for Xander.
He finished T-10 at the US Open last year at LACC, and his best finish in a US Open was back in 2019 when it was held at Pebble Beach.

The rest of the field can be found here.

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This should be a very different tournament to the US Open last year with Pinehurst (No.2) looking devilishly difficult. Expect bogies galore, clutch pars, and birdies being celebrated like they’re hole-in-ones.

Who looks good to you?

Which surprising golfer is going to miss the cut?

Sound off in the comments

 

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I would like to see Bryson keep this run at majors going strong. But it becomes increasingly harder to keep thinking he's focused when the past month he has been releasing videos playing with junior clubs haha. Hopefully it leads to more creativity. At the same time unless he somehow gets arrested again I find it impossible to bet against Scottie. 

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If its the field vs Scheffler, I'm taking Scottie 🤣

But seriously, I'm soooo excited for this US Open - #2 is one of my favorites and it should be a great test with the "extra grown in" waste areas.  

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After watching how brutal the course was last week it has me even more excited.  The options they have with potential pin placements and tee boxes is going to lead to a lot of creativity hopefully vs people just smashing driver on every hole like at Valhalla. I have a feeling the winning score this weekend will be pretty close to par. My prediction is 4 under. 

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Just now, jayyarr said:

After watching how brutal the course was last week it has me even more excited.  The options they have with potential pin placements and tee boxes is going to lead to a lot of creativity hopefully vs people just smashing driver on every hole like at Valhalla. I have a feeling the winning score this weekend will be pretty close to par. My prediction is 4 under. 

Agreed on your last point - don't think we will see over par here, but it could be close...

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Hard to bet against Scottie. There of course could be a surprise, but he is truly on another level. 

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I’d like to see an Adam Hadwin / Stephen Jaeger / Sepp Straka first time winner.  Solid guys from tee to green.

I’m always going to root for the underdog.

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12 minutes ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

Hard to bet against Scottie. There of course could be a surprise, but he is truly on another level. 

Scottie making clutch putts is a scary experience for everyone else in the field.  Hard to see him not winning it all.  

The second shot is the key on Pinehurst #2.  The greens are diabolical.  Don’t let TV fool you. They are a nightmare.  Long drivers and high launch long iron players are at a clear advantage.  It’s a real test of all aspects of your game,  should be exciting to watch.  Can’t wait!

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Somewhat on topic. Are we having another pool for this major? Idc if there is a giveaway at the end or not. Just some fun fourm thing to do.  

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With the small undulating greens the players with the best short games will be in the mix.

Should be able to see a lot of creativity around the greens as the tournament plays out.

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Looks tough 😅

 

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I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out.  Was fortunate enough to go to Pinehurst last time the US Open was there and it was a blast.  Unfortunately, probably won’t get to watch too much this weekend because we’ll be traveling.

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And Rahm withdraws with a sore infection on his foot. Man, what a way to start the week.

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21 minutes ago, Michael.Sandoval33 said:

And Rahm withdraws with a sore infection on his foot. Man, what a way to start the week.

That's a shame. Although, his run in Majors this year hasn't been stellar

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2 minutes ago, Splatt said:

That's a shame. Although, his run in Majors this year hasn't been stellar

Very true, but with a guy like Rahm it's really hard to ever count him out of it. One less from the LIV field out there. 

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If I was in the field I'd be passing the hat to come up with enough scratch to pull a Shooter McGavin maneuver.....

.....and pay some knucklehead to wear a halloween costume police get up and jump on Scotties car as he drives onto the grounds first thing Thursday morning screaming at him "YOU TORE MY $80 PANTS!!!! "  🤣

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Was lucky enough to play #2 a couple of years ago.  Those waste areas are a b@#$h !  It doesn't take a very poor shot at all to run in there, and if you do there's no telling what you'll get.  There are all sizes of stones, clumps of wiregrass, various kinds of other vegetation.  The greens are borderline ridiculous.  Having played a lot of links golf back in Ireland and Scotland, I'm convinced that the greens as they now are at Pinehurst are not what Ross would have wanted.  My own suspicion - admittedly not backed up by any direct knowledge - is that years of top dressing and sand thrown onto the surfaces from bunkers have made them much more domed than intended, to the point where the places where holes can go are severely reduced.  Also, in Ross's time, it wasn't possible to get a green to modern-day speeds, old reel mowers couldn't get that tight. I played them running about 10.5-11 and they were restricted in where pins could go.  At the speeds Tour events use, the situation is exacerbated.  I just hope the USGA guys don't have another Shinnecock situation.  I dropped my membership after seeing them f-up that course twice, and then not disqualify Mickelson for what he did.  Ask yourself if Pat Perez would have gotten the same treatment.  Anyway, my pick for the US Open is Rory.  He's as long as anyone, he hits it so high the ball comes down with ice on it, and he has an under rated short game.  His weak spot is putting, he's streaky, but if he gets hot with the putter.....

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If one of the straight ball hitters can putt better than normal, could give us a surprise. Else, it's hard to bet against Scottie.

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Not to sound like a misogynist, but I was very surprised to see Michelle Wie win the Women's US Open at Pinehurst unless the golf course was set up completely differently from today.

Her skill set didn't seem to match what was needed then.

But then, the USGA does tend to experience a wide range of winners.

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