With Tiger out of the tournament, we have to talk about something else. 😀
I hope this is a true US Open setup without him. I believe a little of the conspiracy that the rough is made semi-playable in the Tiger era so he can hit driver all over the place and still win. It was especially true at Torrey Pines.
I enjoy golf where hitting the ball in the fairway is rewarded. It might seem like an oxymoron, but I almost always played better in relation to the field when the course was tighter and played harder. When I played well I hit a lot of fairways, but when I missed the fairway, it was by a lot…so I like a course with trees, small fairways and lots of rough. That way the 2-3 loose drives I would hit per day would be in bounds and the rest of the field was penalized for a 10 yard miss.
I think Congressional is a fabulous course. I have never played it, but I have seen it many times and it look exactly like what I enjoy playing. In 1997, I had a good chance to make it to that Open, and am not afraid to say it was one of the few actual choke jobs I performed…the 1991 World Long Drive Championship being the worst.
For those that care. I was the last hitter, hit my first drive way in the heel and had second, less than 10 yards behind the leader. All I had to do was hit one of my last three solid in the fairway and I would have won. This was back in the day when you had 4 balls, the fairway was only 40 yards wide and actually, a bit of a dogleg to the right…nice job organizers…LOL.
Toe job a yard past the first one
…but as usual, I digress. I think this Open will be very entertaining. I have no feel for who will do well, but after each day, I will have some thoughts.
Most days I put my posts on a time stamp to post at 4 AM Pacific.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday they will post later in the morning so I have something to comment on…ie the play early in the day…and if I am watching, there may be more than one post of observations if something of note happens.