It is that time of year for the year's most brutal setup of a golf course, the US Open. This year it is contested at Congressional near Washington DC.

Since only three of the current players in the world top ten rankings have ever won a major, it is wide open. I think that I heard that the last ten majors have be won by ten different players, and that most of them were not in the world top ten at that time. Who knows who will win.

The "experts" have said that this course favors a player that plays well at Augusta. This is due to many of the holes being doglegs left, and the rough being graduated, favoring long hitters who draw the ball.

I would love to see Steve Stricker break through. Other Americans I see with a good chance include Watney, Dustin Johnson, Mahan and Kuchar. Other than KJ Choi, the most likely foreign winner would be a Euro in the top ten.
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I’m rooting for Luke Donald and Adam Scott this week. I have been watching on and off online this morning and the course looks really tough. I used to do some work for Pebble Beach and one of the executives there is normally a 4, but he told me he shot a 105 when the course was set up for the US Open. Eek
I've had the pleasure of playing the Congressional tracks many times. The course is beautiful this week, with rough that's not quite up to Open standards due to lack of rain around here. Greens are quick, but not over the top. I'm going to stay the hell away from River road until next week. What a zoo!

PH
From my experiences on the US Open courses, I would gladly take anything under 100 (my index is 8.2) with a tournament setup. That would be from 6,600 to 6,800 yards, which is less than what the pros play. A good player can easily take four or five shots from around the green on some holes.
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Originally posted by Dom'n'Vin'sDad:
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
with rough that's not quite up to Open standards


I dont' know, PH. Since they have gone to a graduated, three level rough, it looks pretty standard - from what I can tell on television.


Just passing along the groundskeepers' bitchin'.... They were counting on some rain to get it thicker and succulent which never developed. Not saying it won't be diabolical, but they were shooting for more. They are also worried about the greens just a little. I think they were reading 12 early today, and they are concerned that if they cut 'em any tighter and roll them, that they'll brown up. They're showing some brown already. They were hoping for 14.

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by Dom'n'Vin'sDad:
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
with rough that's not quite up to Open standards


I dont' know, PH. Since they have gone to a graduated, three level rough, it looks pretty standard - from what I can tell on television.


Just passing along the groundskeepers' bitchin'.... They were counting on some rain to get it thicker and succulent which never developed. Not saying it won't be diabolical, but they were shooting for more. They are also worried about the greens just a little. I think they were reading 12 early today, and they are concerned that if they cut 'em any tighter and roll them, that they'll brown up. They're showing some brown already. They were hoping for 14.

PH


Thanks for the insight!
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Originally posted by GlennK:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Glad to see the Lebron James like fraud ( Mickelson) is 9 back. Big Grin

May he miss the cut!
What? He is top 10 in wins and majors all time.


Glenn, just poking at little Phil. I can not stand him ( complete phony) and love to watch his poor course management.

I followed him at The Masters this year for only three holes, and he was +5 on those holes. Big Grin
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by GlennK:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Glad to see the Lebron James like fraud ( Mickelson) is 9 back. Big Grin

May he miss the cut!
What? He is top 10 in wins and majors all time.



Glenn, just poking at little Phil. I can not stand him ( complete phony) and love to watch his poor course management.

I followed him at The Masters this year for only three holes, and he was +5 on those holes. Big Grin


You must have been a black cloud for him. Big Grin
McIlroy has just finished a stunning display of golf, coming in at 11 under for 36 holes. This is with a double bogey on 18 which hopefully does not foreshadow previous collaspes in majors. He has clearly mistaken Congressional for Hartford or Memphis, because you just do not shoot 11 under at the US Open. CCC may be on double secret probation for allowing such good scoring.

In all seriousness, I also hope that Rory wins the tourney. He would join a select list of major winners under the age of 25 which comprises Jones, Nicklaus, Woods, Ballesteros and Els.
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
The more interesting question is whether Rory will learn from the last round at the masters or will it haunt him this weekend. That nasty hook showed up again on the last hole today.


As a person who can also hook the ball, I understand. Mad
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Originally posted by Gkapoor:
The more interesting question is whether Rory will learn from the last round at the masters or will it haunt him this weekend. That nasty hook showed up again on the last hole today.
my hook showed up on 18 today too. Frown
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Originally posted by Ed Bowers:
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Originally posted by irwin:
I wonder if Tiger is watching.


Yes and doing a lot of crying. Rory tied or beat most of Tigers records re the US Open.


Yup. This might just be exactly what Tiger needs. He has two choices at this stage of his career. He can get fired up and come back guns-a-blazin', or he can shrug his shoulders and let the young guns pass him by. I'd love to see the former. It would be great for golf

PH
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Originally posted by irwin:
8 strokes up entering the final round.
If Rory shoots just even par 71, YE Yang would need a 63 (a U.S. Open record) to force a playoff.


but he shot 80 last time when people start chasing him!

amazing rounds of golf tho so far.
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Originally posted by irwin:
8 strokes up entering the final round.
If Rory shoots just even par 71, YE Yang would need a 63 (a U.S. Open record) to force a playoff.


but he shot 80 last time when people start chasing him!

amazing rounds of golf tho so far.


And this is the reason why I'll be tuning in today when it really should be game over. I don't expect him to fall apart, but it should keep the story line interesting.
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Originally posted by The Cabernet of Doctor Caligari:
20 players under par Sunday morning.

Not a real U.S. Open.



Completely agree. Mad

I had an 1 3/4 hour drive this morning to share breakfast ( and Champagne) with my dad. I listened to every sports/golf show I could find on Sirius radio. To a man, everyone was upset at the ridicules layout. The U.S. Open is known as the toughest of the Majors, by design.

The current score of -14 is the same score if you combine the last 10 Open winners. I understand there has been rain which has helped a great deal, but come on.

This may be the first time ever that the winner of the Open has a lower score than the winner of the Masters.

The Kemper Open played tougher. Roll Eyes

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