There is a traffic jam at the top of the US Open leaderboard. As you are aware, there are four players at minus 7 and 33 players under par. It is interesting to watch how course management, strong putting and nerves of steel helped many players work their way into contention. This is definitely an atypical US Open and anyone under par has a chance to win. Tomorrow is moving day; who will take unnecessary risks in the hopes of the big pay off?
Day two was uneventful for me. I watched as 6 of the top 10 players in the world missed the cut. I noticed the current leaders navigate from tee to green with precision. The fast movers of the day, Chez Reavie and Hideki Matsuyama, shot minus 7; four strokes ahead of anyone in the field. However, I did not feel the excitement of past US Opens.
As I watched the TV coverage, I did notice some things that might have an impact on the weekends play:
- Erin Hills is get-able. All the players but one who made the cut have at least one round under par. The big scary monster is not so scary after all and the fescue is having less of an impact on the scores as we were led to believe. I am not sure how the US Open feels about the current scores, but I find it slightly more entertaining than watching players trying so survive a round.
- The weather will affect the weekends play. There are thunderstorms on the horizon and they will impact the players later in the day. The wind is not having the effect expected on this open golf course; but with poor weather on the way, the wind might pick up. If it does, Erin Hills will become much tougher to play.
- Long hitters and short hitters have the same advantages at Erin Hills. Yes, the long hitters have shorter approach shots, but this is not always an advantage at this US Open. The greens are have undulations upon undulations, so course management is very important to low golf scores.
- Lastly, only two amateurs made the cut, Cameron Champ (-5) and Scottie Scheffler (-1). Only 5 amateurs have ever won the US Open; some of these multiple times for a total of 12 amateur US Open Champions. The last was 81 years ago, now wouldn’t it be fun to see Champ or Scheffler be the first amateur modern-day US Open Champion? I think it would be outstanding. Before I start counting my chickens, lets see how they do on moving day.
Day 2 of most Majors is very stressful. The cut line looms early and those on the bubble really start to watch the scoreboard. Yesterday was no different as I watched Dustin Johnson unsuccessfully attempt to shoot under par. But even with the added stress of having to make the cut, I was not enthralled as in years past.
Today is moving day. I hope it is more exciting that yesterday.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!