Is it Gary Woodlands tournament to lose or win. He seems to be on cruise control and heads into Sunday with a one stroke lead. He is definitely not someone I would have selected as a potential US Open winner. Regardless, there he is and the rest of the field will need to step up their game to surpass him.
I watched much of the action and found the the entire course is starting to play tougher. The course is definitely drying out and therefore making approach shots challenging; even from 120 yards.
Rory McIlroy continues to struggle. He can’t get anything going on the greens. He is playing the well to the greens except the par 5s. He will have to shoot 6 or 7 under to have a chance to win.
Although I did not think he would be relevant in this tournament, Brooks Koepka is in the mix. Shooting a bogey free round was his key to moving up the leaderboard into contention. He will definitely the player to watch Sunday afternoon.
Lets not forget about Justin Rose. He is trading shots with Gary Woodland. He always seems to have an answer. The fact that he is the best putter in the tournamnet only makes his run for a second US Open title very possible.
Squeezed between Koepka and and McIlroy is Chez Reavie and Louis Oosthuizen. These two players are quietly playing well enough to win. I think they will need some help, but when you are in the top 5 heading into the last day of a Major, anything can happen.
Todays action was very soild. The players at the top of the leaderboard did not faulter. They navigated Pebble Beach with surgical percision. Anything can happen on Sunday and it is too close to call!
I can hardly wait for the action to start tomorrow.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!