The U.S. Open is arguably the most difficult test in golf. It features normally some of the toughest host courses in history, including Bethpage Black, Pebble Beach and now Merion which features extremely narrow fairways and and deep bunkers while also being a shorter course making it more difficult for the power hitters and more of an advantage for the control players. Most people will say the power hitters have a better shot but I’m going to tell you they don’t. The course is too short for them and they tend to hit their shots hard so they may over hit their shots on most holes while the control may be dead on with their shots. But right now, it’s U.S. Open Sunday, one of the best days in all of golf and only two players are under at the par at the moment but will quickly change as soon as this piece goes up. Phil Mickelson, a control player with excellent power is a great choice for Sunday (Even though, he’s the leader obviously) because as mentioned above, he has that deadly combination of power and control, he’s also one of the greatest short game players in the history of the game, maybe only the great Lee Trevino was better. He’s a hall of famer for a reason and he looks to get his fifth major title and his 42nd win where he ranks ninth all-time in PGA Tour wins, it would also mark as his 50th worldwide win. The kicker is, he’s been runner up in the U.S. Open five times which is a record.
But I believe the terror is over for Phil and he will rise above the competition to pull it out because he’s the only true all-around player in the top five besides Justin Rose. Justin, by the way, is another player to look for as he tries to become hall of fame eligible by getting his 14th career PGA Tour victory which would put him just one win away from accomplishing that feat. Justin has been a preseason favorite to break out and have a dominate season and he quietly has been phenomenal despite not winning any tournaments this year but has a shot to take the U.S. Open crown this year if he can tackle a tough course in Merion and to knock off a dominate Phil.Also, be sure t look out for Luke Donald who is only one win away from being hall of fame eligible as oppose to J-Rose being two wins away. The UK and Chicago native has been playing his best golf the last couple of years and is still playing at a very high level this year. He’s incredible from the bunker and is one of the best putters and golf as well as being one of the most accurate players the game has ever seen. Merion is a control players dream and if there’s one control player that will take advantage and make a charge on Sunday, it’s Luke.
When he’s hot, he’s red hot and point on with his shots. Lastly keep an eye on Charl Schawrtzel who is terrific in majors with his best performances at the Masters however, he’s been fairly quiet at the U.S. Open but he’s always licking his chops in these majors. He’s quiet in other tournaments but in the majors, he comes out like a shadow in the night and he’s also a control player that has plenty of pop in his driver which makes him extremely dangerous. He’s had a very good season, having four top 10’s and only one missed cut. He’s also third in Scoring Average. If there’s one person that lives for the moment at the majors then it’s Charl. So those are some guys to look out for today. Should be a classic finish at the 113th U.S. Open Championship.
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