2020 US Open
So the 2nd Major of the year has been and gone. First of all, what did everybody think? Did you enjoying watching the best in the world struggle? Did you enjoy seeing players make countless double and triple bogeys? Did you enjoy watching constant 3 & 4 putting?
The infamous Winged Foot West course was subject to the 2020 US Open and has held the event a total of 6 times. Last played in 2006 were a 72 hole score of +5, from former champion, Geoff Ogilvy, just shows what a beast of a golf course this can be.
So how does the course setup change from its normal day to day proceedings? One prime example is the 6th fairway, normally between 30-35 yards wide. This week it measures between 20-23 yards wide. The first cut of primary rough only measuring around a metre wide then into the jungle we go.
For the other 51 weeks of the year, the PGA tour is blessed with more forgiving rough, but not for the US OPEN. The toughest test of the year has seen multiple lost balls in the supposed “3 inch” rough. 3 inch rough where you can’t even see the players feet!! And 3 inch rough that world class professionals are unable to advance the ball more than 60 yards. Surely its longer!
I haven’t even got the greens yet!! Hopefully most of you have seen on social media, some of the extremities that the players are having to face on the greens this week. It almost looks harder to putt the closer you get to the hole.
Regardless of the moans and groans, we have seen some outstanding golf this week on a very penal golf course. Kick starting with two hole in 1's on the first day and some very good scoring. I think we all thought “oh this isn’t so bad”. However on day 2 the USGA let Winged foot setup the course, and this changed the scoring. Added with some extra wind the scoring plummeted with the eventual cut coming at +6.
Moving day arrived and the 36 hole leader Patrick Reed slumped to a tie for 11th spot with a +7 77 on the Par 70 7400 yard monster. The headliner was the Wolff, with his unique backswing move, playing a blinder, and by far the best golf of the week so far shooting 65 -5 to finish the day, with a 2 shot lead behind the tank that is Bryson DeChambeau, who displayed tremendous power and accuracy through 54 holes with his 5.5 degree driver sitting only 2 back with 18 to play.
The long awaited final round got underway with a lot of the potential winners falling at the first hole, dropping one, even two shots at times. Making it very much a two horse race, which it was until Wolff started to fade and could no longer keep his score going, having missed many fairways all week. Bryson played exceptionally well, playing the first 5 holes in -1, which are deemed the hardest on the course. Building on that momentum and knowing Wolff kept missing fairways, the putter finally warmed up for him to move 4 shots clear with 4 to play.
A clinical final round from DeChambeau, and perhaps fitting as he’s shown so much promise since the return to golf from Covid. Some might say it was an anti-climax,but none the less, hats off and Congratulations to him!!
It just goes to show, no matter what level you play the game at, missing fairways will sooner or later take its toll on your scoring. Here at AFGolf Store we have prime golf lesson packages, designed to help you with any area of the game that needs improvement. Want to hit it long and straight like Bryson? Head on down to AFGolf Store Cambridge and seek the professional advice you need to become a consistent fairway finder.
Till next time at The Masters……………….