Play at the US Open has begun and there are lots of fun things to watch as this weekend progresses and things get going at one of the four major championships of the year. Golf has been killing the ratings and with fans back at courses, there is certainly a buzz around the sport and this weekend should feel no different. I want to break down a couple of different storylines and a prediction for who will walk away with a major title this weekend.
Brooks vs Byson
If you own Twitter, you know what this is all about. Brooks Koepka hates Bryson DeChambeau. He made it obvious when he cursed under his breath during a recorded Golf Channel interview just because Bryson walked behind him. The two had a major feud on Twitter, and then there were fans claiming that Bryson’s camp was having anyone yelling “Brooksy” at him thrown out during the Memorial Tournament. There are rumors that the PGA asked if Bryson was okay being in Brooks pairing for day one at Torrey Pines and Bryson said no. He has denied that rumor but man, I hope they figure out a way to end up on the same pairing come Sunday.
It’s a Game
For the groundskeepers at US Open courses. Last year at Winged Foot, the head groundskeeper was supposedly irate that any player had a score that was under par after the first day and the pin positions began to get worse and worse as the weekend went on. Now, we have the groundskeeper at Torrey Pines making it practically impossible to find your ball and it’s actually just pastures if you don’t hit your ball in the fairway off the tee. Players have already spoken and taken to social media to talk about how brutal this weekend could be if they aren’t accurate all the way around.
There is something fun about a San Diego tournament as plenty of PGA golfers grew up in the area and are looking to win it all in front of their home crowds. Phil Mickelson is from right down the road and would love to win his first ever US open which would complete his quest for a “Phil Slam” of winning every major championship there is to win. Another guy to watch out for is Xander Schauffele who plays extremely well at the US Open and used to play Torrey Pines when he was in high school for tournaments.
How I’d like it to shake out
After getting bounced from the Memorial Tournament with a six-stroke lead and one day to play, I am hard-core rooting for Jon Rahm who deserves a big win after he discovered he had COVID and couldn’t finish out play. He plays well at US Open tournaments and he is still looking for his first-ever major championship. The former Sun Devil has been absolutely locked in over the past few months since having a kid and this could be his tournament to win.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com