2017 US Open Review and Predictions

“During the week of June 12-18, 2017, the U.S. Open Championship will be contested in Wisconsin for the first time. The championship will welcome the world’s top players vying for the title that has been contested since 1895. The United States Golf Association will provide the ultimate, most comprehensive test in golf to identify the best of the best, with past champions including Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Wisconsin’s own Andy North and Tiger Woods.” (US Open)

With under two weeks to go, many pundits are analyzing the data, watching which player is streaking, and trying to pick that underdog who may rise to the top. It is a challenging and stressful time for some, but for The ‘Amazing Kreskins’ at The Grateful Golfer, it is time to confirm your choices.

Erin Hills is a monster of a course. If you like link style courses, then this course is for you. Likely to play around 7800 yards, Erin Hills features two 600+ yard par 5s and three 200+ yard par 3s. The length of this course will favour the long hitters who have a great short game.

The hole by hole review (found here) is amazing. This track is both beautiful and deadly. Keeping the ball in play will be challenging and I think that where you ball comes to rest after a missed shot will determine the golfer’s fortune at the end of the day.

After reviewing the holes, I believe the par 3s will determine the winner of this years US Open. They are long, well bunkered, and feature a strong risk reward for those would be pin hunters. I would take a look at the hole-by-hole descriptions and when you get to the 9th hole, take a look at the bunkers protecting the green. That will be a challenging tee shot.

Important News: Phil Mickelson withdrew from the US Open to attend his daughters high school graduation. At 46, his chances of winning the US Open and completing his Career Grand Slam are becoming slimmer and slimmer. Personally, I think this is a great decision. His daughter’s graduation is an important milestone in her life and as her Dad, he should attend.

“Back of your head, you’re like, maybe something will change, maybe something will change, but nothing is really [changing], so here we are,” Mickelson said. “She’s very supportive. She’s always been, ‘Dad, I know you love the Open.’ She’s always been very supportive. But it’s one of those things you just show up. You just need to be there. It wasn’t really something that we discussed, because it really wasn’t much of a decision.” (ESPN.com)

The US Open is an exciting tournament that golfing fans look forward to watching. The predictions at The Grateful Golfer are varied and yet favour the long hitters. For those who have already made a prediction, if you want to make a change, now is the time. For those who did not entry at the beginning of the season, what do you think?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

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