Monday, June 11, 2012

2012 US Open Preview--From The Olympic Club

Well, US Open Week is upon us!  My favorite tournament of the year in the United States.  I love seeing golfers humbled by long, thick, lush rough, and sloping fairways.  And, oh yeah, the greens are never easy either.  Which is why I was disappointed last year by Congressional Country Club yielding such low scores to not only winner Rory McIlroy at -16, but Jason Day as well at -8. 

This year, though, The Olympic Club will prove to be the test to which many golf fans are looking forward.  USGA director Mike Davis has stated that the first six holes may be the toughest opening holes in golf history, and not many will argue.  Hole 1 is a long, downhill par 4 that has played as a par 5 in every other Open at Olympic.  It will play at 520 yards.  The next five holes do not ease up at all either.  Look for hole-by-hole walkthroughs later this week.

The featured pairings this week include the customary 1-2-3 pairing as well as a group of juggernauts.  Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, and Lee Westwood headline the field and will play together the first two rounds.  Also, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson are paired together and will play the first two rounds together as well.

Also, Brandt Snedeker has withdrawn, opening a spot for one of the top amateurs in the world in Jordan Spieth, and Paul Casey has pulled out with another injury, which allows Andy Zheng into the field.  Zheng will become the youngest ever player in the US Open at 14 years old.

That is all for now, please stay tuned for hole-by-hole coverage as the week progresses.

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