PGA Tour: A look at the 2018 US Open
After a thrilling April and Masters tournament won by Patrick Reed now the golf world turns to the second major of the year, the US Open. This year’s Open will be held at Shinnecock Hills which is in South Hampton, New York. The course is spread out over ancient sand hills. The course is one of the oldest or oldest courses in the United States. It was built in 1891 and is a link style course. What that means is that players go out for the front 9 and come back for the back 9. The course looks easy but as the many US Opens in the past it will be tough.
The US Open is one of the toughest tournaments on the tour. Players should be ready for a test in which every aspect of their game will be tested. Link style course like Shinnecock Hills is very popular overseas where the game was created. The fairways at Shinnecock Hills are not narrow like many US Open course but the players should not let looks deceive them. The greens are also very inviting but can end up biting you in the butt if played incorrectly. The course nearly plays 7,500 yards and is a par 70. Most courses are par 72.
The defending champion Brooks Koepka will have his hands full if he wants to defend his title. The field is filled with star talent that will be coming after him and the US Open title. Tiger Woods is in the field. Is this the tournament where he comes out of his long streak of not winning? Is this the year that Phil Mickelson finally takes the last leg of the career grand slam? He has never won the US Open. The world number one and two are in the field in Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas.
Another part that might factor into making the course tougher is the winds blowing off of the seas of Long Island. The USGA has taken precautions that the wind could be pivotal in how the scores come out. The Open has been held here before in 2004 and after that, it went through a massive renovation. There were 500 trees removed, 450 yards were added, and the fairways widened and 10 new tees were added. The new tees will change the angle of tee shots which will add another challenge. This changes needed to be made so that the course could hold another US Open.
It will offer a much harder test than Last year at the wide open Erin Hills in Wisconsin. The wind that was supposed to play a factor did not last year. It was called a birdie fest and was very easy to score. Now what the USGA did not is the same result as last year. They took over 200,000 square feet of the fairway and replaced it with fescue rough. Now it made the width of the fairways 41 down from 65 yards. In 2004 the width of the fairways was only 26 yards wide.
The score on Sunday will not be 16 under par like it was last year. The course length alone will make it tough. The players will have to make great shots and will have to stay away from mistakes. I don’t believe that the fans will see Woods or Mickelson win. I think that recently engaged Rickie Fowler could be a favorite. The fans should not be surprised if Dustin Johnson or Justin Thomas take home the trophy. It should be as exciting as the Masters.
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