OT: US Open Open Thread

Submitted by Zone Left on June 20th, 2010 at 4:28 PM

US Open Open Thread is open for business.

Will Tiger continue to play well?  What's behind his resurgence?  What part of his old "pre-golf" routine is he back up to?

Discuss and have fun.  Innuendo is encouraged.

Comments

jrt336

June 20th, 2010 at 4:50 PM ^

I think D. Johnson pulls it off. I don't think we can say Tiger is definitely back after just one good round. Still, I think he'll play well and finish in the top 5. I'm hoping for a close finish, but I wouldn't be surprised if Johnson wins by a few strokes.

Tater

June 20th, 2010 at 5:03 PM ^

Whether you are rooting for Tiger or for "anyone but Tiger," the day has the potential for a lot of drama.  Having someone without a lot of experience leading majors in front is the biggest "wild card" of the day.  Even if he is ahead by three strokes going into 18, the name "Jean Van De Velde will be brought up by the announcers, as in "Will Dustin Johnson do a Van De Velde or will he hold on to the lead to win his first major?"

Tiger is also a wild card here.  He could shoot 65 or 75. Really, though, any of the top six have a legitimate chance of winning today, and most of them would be great stories:  Johnson breaking through as a star, McDowell being the first player from Northern Ireland to win, Tiger proving that he is all the way "back," Phil getting his first US Open after six second place finishes, or the aging Ernie Els coming back from the nearly irrelevant.  Even Havret would be a good story, having to play through a playoff in a European qualifiying tournament.

This day pretty much has it all for the golf fan.  Pebble Beach is a historic and beautiful course, and the last two holes are a perfect backdrop for the drama that could happen.  Also, the tournament will finish in prime time, allowing more viewers to watch.  This could be golfing America's grandest stage for a long, long time.

And I don't see myself spending much time on the computer until it is over.

Tater

June 20th, 2010 at 5:13 PM ^

No 1 is 380 with a tailwind and the ball seems to be running a bit.  Johnson can hit it a legit 340.  This begs the question: Will Johnson try to drive the first hole?

Zone Left

June 20th, 2010 at 6:09 PM ^

I feel sorry for Johnson.  Four to five hours of mentally falling apart on national TV.  Ugh--hopefully he can put it back together and break 80.