The US Open begins this week at Oakmont Country Club, which by all accounts is going to be the toughest test of golf for the professional ranks this year. From a par 3 which measures 288 yards to two of the par 5s reaching over 600 yards to the knee high rough and slick greens. When the tournament was last contested at Oakmont the winning score was +5 by Angel Cabrera, and unless the course receives a lot of rain over the next few days I would expect to see a similar score. Players have complained that golf isn’t fun this week because of the difficulty, but maybe that’s part of the reason why I love it.
The US Open is my personal favorite tournament of the year (I’m American so I may be slightly biased). I believe part of this comes from seeing the best players in the world struggle like the average Joe golfer to get the ball in the hole. Part of this may come from the time of the year, and the event coinciding with Father’s Day, which brings back good memories of my Dad supporting my golf game as a youngster (there is also a great story about my Dad banning my brother from joining us on the course after a golf cart collision, but I’ll leave that for another time). I also think the fact that anyone with a handicap index of 1.4 can attempt to qualify (Amateur or Professional) and compete in one of the biggest events in the world is truly remarkable. All of these factors together make for a very special week of golf.
So, I’m sure you’re wondering do I have any predictions for this week? Well being in India I’d love to see a win or high finish by Anirban Lahiri or Jeev Milka Singh, but my predicted winner this week is going to be Dustin Johnson. It’s only a matter of time until he breaks through and wins a major championship with his ball striking abilities and distance.
It will be a week filled with cringe worthy moments that are hard to watch, but something tells me we won’t be able to take our eyes off it.