The golfing world is again excited for the third Major of the 2019 PGA Tour season. The front end-loading of Majors appears to be a big hit for the fans and we shall see what happens at the end of the year. Throw in there the Majors for the LPGA and professional golf is on fire. So this week, we focus on the Men’s US Open at Pebble Beach. As with all Majors, there is tremendous talk about who is going to do what and when; in my opinion, this weekends event will be the ‘Clash of the Titans’!
An obvious choice to me is Phil Mickelson. He won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am this year and would seem to have the track dialed in with his 268 final score. Unfortunately for Phil, the US Open conditions will be a greater challenge than the Pro-Am. However, it would be a great story for him and golf to complete his career grand slam; but, the field is going to be very tough.
Rory McIlroy has to be a favourite considering his resounding win at the RBC Canadian Open last weekend. Everyday of the even, he shot a lower score and capped his great play with a 61 on Sunday. He additionally is playing his best golf in years and this might be the springboard he needs to win his 5th Major. Here is what you think:
Then of course there are the plethora of players like Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, or Justin Rose who could easily step up and slay the might Pebble Beach. This part of the field is so strong that I am finding it challenging to see anyone leading the pack. I know I missed many other names, but who has the time to mention them all!
Before you start screaming at your device, I did not forget about Brooks Koepka. He is a breed apart when playing in Majors. His dispassionate approach to regular golf is only matched by his burning desire to win Majors. He is both loved and despised by golfing fans for his attitude, but whatever works to win. IS this Major the time when the Koepka bubble breaks?
Finally, the USGA’s approach to setting up its golf tournament is forever under scrutiny. They appear to be obsessed with setting up the course for players to fail or struggle. This approach has not been successful and most fans do not appreciate their attempts. It does not make for good golf watching to see the course over-shadowing the players. It is like when referees decide the final score in the championship final – every sports fan I know hates that! So, here is hoping the USGA keep the focus of this Major on the fans and final score.
The US Open is just around the corner. I will be making my predictions tomorrow and we shall see if I can be as successful this event as the last major.
Are you ready for the US Open?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!