Course: Torrey Pines South – 7643 Yards – Par 71
Location: San Diego, CA
Cut: Top-60 & Ties After 36 Holes
Field: 156 Players
Defending Champion: Bryson DeChambeau (-6)
Round 1 & 2 Tee Times: Here
Expected Weather – (photo from pgatour.com)
Scoring Conditions – As in most US Opens, we can expect firm and fast conditions with punishing rough. But just how tough will Torrey Pines play this year? Let’s take a look at what those on the grounds are saying:
Tiger’s 2008 US Open – Tiger Woods will not be competing in this years US Open of course, but this tournament being played at Torrey Pines will always evoke memories of one of Tiger’s greatest achievements: winning the 2008 US Open on essentially one leg. In the process this picture, taken as Tiger holed a putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff, has become one of Tiger’s most recognizable:
Phil’s Career Grand Slam – And just as Torrey Pines will always bring mention of Tiger Woods’ win in 2008, the US Open will always bring mention of Phil Mickelson’s annual attempt to complete the career grand slam. With three Masters titles, two PGA Championships and one victory at the Open Championship, this is the final notch Mickelson needs under his belt to truly reach all-time great status. After six runner-ups in this event and the age of 50 in the rear view mirror, to go along with three wins for Phil in his careet at Torrey Pines, there simply aren’t many better chances remaining for Lefty to complete the slam than right now.
Bryson vs. Brooks – After a strange back and forth in the media yet again this week, this time centering around whether or not the duo were asked for approval by the Tour to be grouped together to start the US Open, things now seems to have been debunked and downplayed by both sides. This of course leaves some disappointment in fans who hoped to see the two square off both Thursday and Friday. While we won’t get that yet, I am personally of the mindset that this is the right move actually. In my opinion the matchup would be infinitely better if it happened organically on a Sunday when their play gets them paired together, preferably in the final group; not by the PGA Tour organizers for a Thursday and a Friday. Either way, the fact that they’re causing such headlines is good for growing the audience of golf, and I’m all for it.
Is Brooks Hurt or Injured? – Brooks Koepka is of course coming off of knee surgery, but has played in the past few majors and certainly looked to be progressing well at the PGA. Well, this clip from Wednesday doesn’t exactly make it look like he’s back to 100%. That being said, it is Brooks so this could all be a troll on the media I guess?
Rahm returns Wednesday – After one of the stranger moments of the season a few weeks back at The Memorial, (when Jon Rahm was informed of his positive COVID test behind the 18th green after Saturday’s third round, while holding a six-stroke lead. He of course had to withdraw and missed out on the victory, but the ramifications have lingered into this week as well. With Rahm having to quarantine he will only be permitted on the grounds as of Wednesday, giving him just one day to prepare for arguably the hardest event of the season. The good news for Rahm is that he is very familiar with this golf course and has had a lot of success on it, so he will hope to keep those good vibes going once he can get back out there.
Spieth Injury – After an injury carrying his golf bag leaving the course recently left Jordan Spieth with dificulty pushing off of his right foot/heel, Spieth notes that while it is hurting, there is no more damage that can be done and it’s progressing well and shouldn’t be a problem this week… As much as I love golf, I have to admit it is amusing how often these kind of strange and embarrassing injuries occur in the sport.
TEEING OFF PICKS
The three players I like most to come out on top this week are:
Five players I feel should contend this week are:
Five guys with good odds that are worth placing a small bet on this week: