US Open Monday, Storylines Galore

Shinnecock Hills, Southhampton NY: This marks the most anticipated US Open in years with the return of Tiger, the surge of Dustin Johnson, and how about the other young guns that are surging right now?  There’s  so many other stories that can be brought into the conversation as well though, including Phil trying to get his career Grand slam.   Then, there is the course itself.  Shinnecock Hills has a storied past with its difficulty level and of course Shithat great New York Crowd.

Here are just a few of this week’s Storylines.

Dustin Johnson finished the FedEd St. Jude with a hole out and some flare on Sunday.  No one has ever won the St. Jude, then followed that with a win at the US Open.  But I don’t think that will play any part in his story for this week. And oh by the way, the win gave him World Top Spot yet again.

Johnson is at the top of his game right now and Shinnecock Hills is the style of course and tournament he prefers.  It’s a layout that is tighter, difficult to say the least and will likely not see a host of players at 15-under competing for the win.   Oakmont is an example of that.

Tiger

Then there is Tiger Woods.  Tiger has not been able to finish yet… and although many media members will tell you he is close, I don’t think this last hurdle he has to clear is all that easy.   Finishing is something 95% of all golfers in the world never learn to do.  Not that he is in that group, but walking away for as long as he did, there just is no real timeline on when that finishing skill will come back.

The other great attribute that Tiger Carried when he was at his best was his ability to intimidate on Sundays to pull away.  None of the great young players on this tour are intimidated by him.

Learning how to win again is something that Jack Nicklaus has talked about in the past with regards to Tiger’s return.  So not only does Tiger have to learn how to win again, he has to overcome it while not having some of what made him so great prior to this.

Brooks Koepka is the reigning US Open Champion and looking to repeat.  Brooks has played well this season which should help him this week.  IF you look at where he has played well since turning pro and playing at the Open, the courses do not resemble the course he is going to play this week.

He won last year at Erin Hills which was a less difficult venue then most we have seen in the past 10 years or so.  The year prior, he was 4+over at Oakmont, where DJ would break through.  Then there was the poor showing at Chambers Bay the year of Jordan Speith stepped forward.  Back in 2014, at Pinehurst he finished tied for 4th at 1+Over but he was actually double-digit strokes behind the winner  Martin Kaymer.  I just don’t see Koepka pulling that off this week if the course plays difficult.

Phil Mickelson has his own storyline coming into this week. Chasing the career Grand slam, Phil came in second here back in 04’ and is hoping he can string together 4 good days.  He was interviewed on Monday and he stated that he is not trying to win on Thursday or Friday, but to stay in it on Those days in order to give himself a chance to win over the weekend.

These are a list of the past 10 winners that are in the field this week. This is a really impressive list of players that could all have a say in who wins this week at Shinnecock.

  • Lucas Glover
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Martin Kaymer
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Graeme McDowell
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Justin Rose
  • Webb Simpson
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Tiger Woods

 

Shinnecock Hills 

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is the lone club to have hosted the U.S. Open in three different centuries and now 5 times.  It’s a brutal test in the right conditions… is massively difficult otherwise.  This should be a fun watch.

1896 – James Foulis won, with a 3 stroke victory over Horace Rawlins

1986 – Ray Floyd was a our winner

1995- Corey Pavin was on a roll coming into US Open week, and would put together a great week to capture his only US Open Win.

2004- Ratief Goosen was tied with Phil Mickelson at 4-under, but would benefit from a Mickelson implosion to win.

 

Tee Times for This Week 

Thursday No. 1 tee /// Friday No. 10 tee

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Harold Varner, Matthieu Pavon

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Michael Putnam, Scott Gregory, Will Zalatoris

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Brendan Steele, Chesson Hadley, (a) Harry Ellis

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Jhonattan Vegas, Dylan Frittelli, (a) Doug Ghim

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Louis Oosthuizen, Jimmy Walker, Justin Rose

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Tyrrell Hatton Danny Willett, Ian Poulter

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Kevin Chappell, Andrew Johnston, Daniel Berger

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Matt Kuchar

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Thorbjorn Olesen, Shubhankar Sharma, Patrick Rodgers

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Lanto Griffin, Tom Lewis, (a) Jacob Bergeron

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – (a) Kristoffer Reitan, (a) Luis Gagne, Cole Miller

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Mickey DeMorat, (a) Tyler Strafaci, Calum Hill

Thursday No. 10 tee /// Friday No. 1 tee

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Scott Stallings, Sebastian Munoz, Matthew Southgate

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Trey Mullinax, (a) Matt Parziale, Jason Scrivener

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – David Bransdon, Eric Axley, Tyler Duncan

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – (a) Garrett Rank, Mackenzie Hughes, Aaron Baddeley

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Alexander Levy, Brian Harman, Patrick Cantlay

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Paul Casey, Satoshi Kodaira, Branden Grace

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Zach Johnson, Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Reed

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Charles Howell III, Bill Haas, Charley Hoffman

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Sungjae Im, Russell Knox, Matthew Wallace

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – (a) Shintaro Ban, Sung Joon Park, Timothy Wilkinson

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Dylan Meyer, Sulman Raza, Chris Naegel

Thursday No. 1 tee /// Friday No. 10 tee

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Sam Burns, Brian Gay, Dean Burmester

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – TBD; (a) Chun An Yu, Wenchong Liang

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Russell Henley, Aaron Wise, Peter Uihlein

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Tony Finau, Luke List, Gary Woodland

1:14 p.m. – 7:29 a.m. – Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Rafa Cabrera Bello

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Alexander Noren

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Cameron Smith, Kyle Stanley, Pat Perez

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Haotong Li, Si Woo Kim, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Jason Dufner, (a) Braden Thornberry, Brandt Snedeker

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – TBD, (a) Ryan Lumsden, James Morrison

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – Cameron Wilson, (a) Will Grimmer, (a) Philip Barbaree

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – (a) Rhett Rasmussen, Michael Hebert, Michael Block

Thursday No. 10 tee/// Friday No. 1 tee

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Matthew Jones, Ryan Fox, Shota Akiyoshi

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Paul Waring, (a) Theo Humphrey, TBD

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Richy Werenski, Roberto Castro, Ollie Schniederjans

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – (a) Noah Goodwin, Richie Ramsay, Kenny Perry

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Keegan Bradley, TBD, Xander Schauffele

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Lucas Glover, Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Kevin Kisner, Ross Fisher, Adam Hadwin

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Shane Lowry, TBD, Chez Reavie

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Lucas Herbert, Brian Stuard, (a) Stewart Hagestad

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – (a) Franklin Huang, Sebastian Vazquez, Michael Miller

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – Christopher Babcock, (a) Timothy Wiseman, David Gazzolo