U.S. OPEN PREVIEW
As we head to Brookline Country Club for the U.S. Open, golf’s third major has arrived. Last year’s championship was one of the most memorable in recent years as Jon Rahm came from 3 shots back to win the championship in round 4.
Unlike the Masters which is exclusive to Augusta National, the U.S. Open goes on a course rotation each and every year. This year it returns to Brookline country club in Massachusetts for the first time since Curtis Strange beat Nick Faldo in an 18-hole playoff in 1988.
This year’s championship is the 122nd edition of this prestigious event where the winner will be the recipient of the U.S. Open trophy and they would have earned it, as this is arguably the hardest major of all to win.
The U.S. Open is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, let alone just the golfing world. Millions of people will be tuning in this week as the golfers go in search of golf’s third major
After months of anticipation, U.S. Open week is finally here, and with it, the prospect of one of the very best majors in recent memory
The U.S. Open is open to any professional, or to any amateur with a USGA handicap, so let’s take a look at the qualification criteria.
- U.S. Open winners last 10 years.
- Winners of the other majors from the last 5 years.
- Winners of the last 3 Players Championships.
- Winner of the last Senior U.S.Open.
- Current golf Olympic gold medalist.
- Top 10 and ties from the previous year.
- Top 60 ranked golfers in the world.
- Winner and runner-up from U.S. Amateur events
- Winner of the BMW PGA Championship
- Players who have won multiple times on the PGA Tour in the calendar year.
A total of 156 golfers will begin their quest to win golf’s toughest Major at the 122nd US Open on Thursday, June 16, with Jon Rahm aiming to defend his title. The field will be cut to the 60 lowest scorers and ties after 36 holes.
While the PGA Tour has announced the suspension of any of its members who have played in the LIV Golf Invitational Series, those players will be allowed to play in the US Open. So that means Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Sam Horsfield, Louis Oosthuizen, Richard Bland, and Talor Gooch will all be in the field at Brookline.
Englishman Paul Casey will miss his third consecutive Major with a back injury as will a certain 15-time major champion Tiger Woods, who has won this tournament three times, as both aim to be fit in time to head across for The Open championship at the end of July.
World number One Scottie Scheffler will look to become the 6th golfer in history to win both the Masters and U.S.Open in the same calendar year. Scheffler has already won 4 times this year and will look to add another major to his resume here.
PGA Champion Justin Thomas will look to join 5 other golfers in the last 50 years in going back to back in major championships. Rory McIlroy is in the field and he will be looking to claim his first major title since 2014, the Northern Irishman comes into this event in great form having just won the Candian Open last time out.
A star-studded field awaits us and an exciting 4 days of golf. There will be plenty of headlines and news I’m sure both made on the course and off it, so sit back and enjoy the ride this week.
2021: Jon Rahm
2020: Bryson DeChambeau
2019: Gary Woodland
2018: Brooks Koepka
2017: Brooks Koepka
2016: Dustin Johnson
2015: Jordan Spieth
2014: Martin Kaymer
2013: Justin Rose
Brookline Country Clun
Greens: Bentgrass Poa Overseed
Brookline Country Club hasn’t hosted a major since 1988 when Curtis Strange beat Nick Faldo in a playoff to win the U.S. Open. It did host the 1999 Ryder Cup, which Justin Leonard famously won for the United States, and the 2013 U.S. Amateur, which was won by Matt Fitzpatrick, I’m sure will here about that alot this week.
Unlike past U.S. Opens, Brookline Country Club is not going to be a test that involves overwhelming length. Last year’s U.S. Open at the South Course, Torrey Pines measured just shy of 7,700 yards. Nonetheless, at 7,264 yards Brookline is still a very long track for a par 70 golf course.
Brookline Country Club measures 7,264 yards, which sounds short, but it will present the typical challenges that come with a U.S. Open. The rough will be penalizing and the greens will be small and lightning fast.
Three of the first four holes are par 4s that play at least 490 yards, but players will then hit a 310-yard par 4 on No. 5. Hole Nos. 8 and 15 are the only par 5s this week and scoring will have to be made here for sure. The final two holes are reasonably distanced par 4s that are both doglegs to the left and offer a challenging exciting finish.
A tough test awaits at Brookline for sure, in what is regarded as golf’s toughest test.
Strokes Gained Approach
Strokes Gained Around The Green
For a Par 70, Brookline is very long! Jon Rahm ranked 13th for Driving Distance and 32nd for Driving Accuracy last year and that is a trend that goes back to 8 of the last 10 U.S. Open with distance being key for the winner. Despite all the scaremongering we’ll no doubt hear and see before the off about the brutality of the rough here it’s the distance that I will be weighting into my model more than accuracy.
Back here again! Yes, strokes gained on approach is the key one again this week, this is because the greens around Brookline are small and treacherous. The players will be firing into small targets again, so accuracy on approach is one of the key stats to look at again this week.
As the averages show, Greens In Regulation and Scrambling are the two main stats to consider when looking at the last three winners. Rahm ranked fourth for GIR and third for Scrambling, DeChambeau ranked fifth for GIR and third for Scrambling in 2020 and three years ago, Gary Woodland ranked second for GIR and first for Scrambling. A good up-and-down game this week will be vital for golfers making the cut and eventual winners.
The PGA Tour rolls on and to Brookline for golf’s third major, the U.S. Open. This week’s contest has a €20 buy-in with a €10,000 prize pool.
€20 entry – U.S. Open Monster – €10,000 GTD – 16th June – 19th June
€2 entry – U.S. Open Mini Monster – €1,500 GTD – 16th June – 19th June
€75 entry – U.S. Open Monster – €150 GTD – 16th June – 19th June
€5 entry – U.S. Open Round 2 – €500 GTD – 17th June
€5 entry – U.S. Open Round 2 – €500 GTD – 18th June
€5 entry – U.S. Open Round 2 – €500 GTD – 19th June
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