GolfMonger Preview: US Open


The US Open at Chambers Bay is finally upon us!!!  The PGA Tour season’s 2nd major championship is going to provide some very different and unique entertainment.  The course is unlike anything the players have seen or played before in the US Open, so we can expect just about anything to happen.

The USGA loves to protect par in the US Open.  We certainly should expect no less this week.  How they are going to do it on a course like Chambers Bay is anyone’s guess.  We don’t see much of a need to make too many adjustments, the course seems hard as it is.

Chambers Bay can play to a max yardage of 7,906 yards.  We are certain Mike Davis and the USGA won’t be that crazy.  They will, however have multiple tee boxes and yardages to set up the course each of the four rounds.  The field could very well not see the same course twice.

How about No.1 and No.18 can be played as par 4 or par 5.  They both will play as both this week, so we are told.  Par will remain at 70 this week no matter what.  Very interesting.

GolfMonger Picks:

1.  Justin Rose – The more and more I have thought about who to pick the more and more the 2013 US Open champ ends up at the top of the list.  Chambers Bay is going to call for incredible ball striking (as does any US Open).  Rose can really stripe the ball.  The immense greens and more links style design of them will give an advantage to Rose, who is a tremendous putter.

2.  Rory McIlroy – He has not played well of late, but…he is the No.1 player in the world.  He has played well in the last three majors (Winning Open Championship and PGA last year and 4th at the Masters).  There is no way to keep him off the list.  As wide open as the possibilities are when playing a vitually unknown venue, we just can’t keep Rory off the list.

3.  Phil Mickelson – Call us sentimental.  Call us crazy.  We think that Phil is in the right form now with three Top 5s in his last five starts, including T3 last week in Memphis.  The US Open is the last jewel in the Grand Slam crown for Phil.  His creativity and putting should have a chance to shine at Chambers Bay.  And of course we are rooting for Lefty to get the Grand Slam at the ripe old age of 45.

Wild Card Pick:
This is a total stab in the dark this week.  With so many players to pick in this spot we almost just closed our eyes and picked one….almost.  Ryan Moore is a local for this US Open.  A native of Tacoma, Washington, Moore will have the crowd behind him all week long.  A fine striker of the ball himself, we feel that Ryan will surprise most people and be right in the thick of things come Sunday.

We love major championships.  We love the US Open.  Enjoy the week and stay tuned for updated all week long from us here at

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Author: Brian Stefan

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