The toughest test in Golf – The US Open
Its here again and this time its being played on a course that Ian Poulter recently described on twitter as “a farce”. The USGA are renowned for tricking up the golf course for their feature event of the year and after some scathing comments they might just relent on the rough and the speed of the greens. It will still take a magician to get it around this demanding course without having a major blow-up somewhere but I think it will be possible for winning score in the region of 8-10 under.
So who are we looking for. Its simple. A master shot maker, a great putter, someone with loads of patience and someone who can hit it gun barrel straight off the tee. Ben Hogan, that’s who we need. Interestingly most of the players we considered are good at three of those but not the fourth. So lets see if we can find a few who might be slightly different players so that we can spread our basket across the field.
Our Golf Major tactic has always been to find four against the field and we have decided on the following four to bring home the bacon this weekend at the much maligned Chambers Bay links course.
Sergio Garcia – The Spaniard has found some consistent form this year. He hits it gun barrel straight off the tee and has a simply magic short game full of loads of imagination. His one weakness is his streaky putting under pressure but if he just has an OK week then he could be right up there in an event where putting may not separate the field.
Henrik Stenson – When in good form the big Swede has no peer and he has been hinting that a big performance is not far away. Three placed finishes early in this year and top 20’s in both Majors tell us his game is in a pretty good place. I also think Stenson plays better on the tougher courses and this one will certainly test him.
Justin Rose – Almost the complete tour pro these days. Take him anywhere, any course, and country and he plays well. He seems to be in contention every week and makes very few mistakes. I just dont know if he has that touch of brilliance and I think to win he needs an event where nobody really fires. He should be in the top 6 and get us a profit.
Phil Mickelson – I thought my days of writing about Phil were over but there is just something about him that makes you think there is one more major in him. Now that he seems to have control of his driver he becomes a whole new proposition. We know he is magic at scrambling and around the greens and so it seems right to be with him on this course.
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