Letâ€™s hope the weather cools down and the competition heats up!
Picture this scenarioâ€¦one of the hottest temperatures forecasted for the opening round of the Womenâ€™s Open combined with Oakmontâ€™s difficult test of golf. This should shape up to be one of the most grueling open championships ever.
The US Open (both Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s) is designed to test the ability of the best golfers in the world. We have seen time & again many championships won with scores hovering around even par.
The conditions at Oakmont (both weather and course) could possibly set the field up for the winner to shoot above par for the tourney. Hereâ€™s why I think itâ€™s possible:
âœ“ The greens at Oakmont stimped at 14 yesterday. Thatâ€™s insane and much faster
than the women face anywhere else on tour.
âœ“ Pin placements will be key as Oakmont offers very few birdie chances to tough
âœ“ Oakmont will average 6,600 yards or so for the weekend, but donâ€™t forget the holes
that can turn things around in a hurryâ€¦the par 3 8th hole can play a whopping 252
yards which means several players this weekend will have difficulty reaching the
daunting par 3; while the par 4 17th hole plays at 260 yards (only 8 yards longer) and
allows the longer players to be tempted to go for the green. Oakmont also boasts a
par 5 that can top out at over 600 yards!
âœ“ Did I mention the heat?!? Oakmont (in perfect weather conditions) will test the
stamina of the worldâ€™s best golfers, but add the stress of dealing with unbearable
heat & humidity and the player with the â€œcoolest headâ€ will come out on top.
So get ready for what is shaping up to be a great test this weekend. Now if only we can get
announcer Johnny Miller to not remind us a thousand times how great his final round 63 was at
the 1973 Open!