PGA: A Look Back on the US Open
The 2020 US Open has concluded. To this sportswriter is the hardest of the four majors to win. The rough is thick the fairways are narrow, and the course is long. These courses can bring the best players to their knees. Most of the time the winner of the US Open is over par. The beautiful Winged Foot Golf Course did a great job hosting. The weather was on the cooler side all week. For most people that do not play the game when it cooler the golf ball does not go as far. That is because of the rubber core. The rough is super thick and deep. Most of the week we saw in the deep rough the ball sink to the bottom of it. It takes a lot of power to get out of the rough. It does not help that the fairways it lines are narrow.
Some of the top stars on tour struggled all week. For example, Phil Mickelson was nine over par in his first round and finished 13 over for the tournament. Tiger Woods finished his two days at 10 over which means he did not cut. Collin Morikawa the winner of the PGA Championship did not make the cut he finished his US Open at seven over par missing the cut by one shot. First-round leader Justin Thomas finished at six-over-par for the tournament. One of the favorites coming into the tournament was Dustin Johnson who finished in a tie for sixth at five over par. Winged Foot has been around for a long time. I was discussing with a fellow golfer that if we were to play on this course, we would be 40 over par.
For the first three rounds, Matthew Wolff leads the tournament. But like all players that have the lead and are new to it falter on Sunday. Why do you ask? Simple even though there are no patrons along the fairways there is still pressure. The best players may not feel it but it still there. The one whose game they felt would never win a US Open is Bryson DeChambeau. Many say he is too technical in his game. DeChambeau’s clubs are all the same length he got that idea from Bobby Jones. Jones clubs are on display at Augusta National that is where Bryson got the idea. Well, they were wrong DeChambeau was the only player to have all four rounds under par. He also hit the least number of fairways of any player all week. That means he got used to hitting out of the deep rough.
DeChambeau because of the second first winner of a major in 2020. This is good for the game of golf. The only major left now is the Masters in November. Look for most of the players that missed the cut or struggled in the US Open will play better at Augusta National. I am not saying that Augusta is not a tough golf course. This week shows how hard the game is and how human PGA professionals are. I want to congratulate Bryson DeChambeau on his US Open as we now shift our attention to the Masters.
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