Well, with the St. Jude officially over...
U.S. OPEN WEEK IS HERE!
Call me crazy but I like Furyk's chances. Grew up in the area, solid (although disappointing last couple of holes) at last year's US Open and a game that is suitable for this style of course. 9 consecutive cuts made including a T3 in Texas and T7 in Tampa Bay. I bet $10 on him at 40-1 odds.
For folks not from the area who may have been watching weather forecasts, while we had a ton of rain this past Friday it was dry the past two days and the course looks sensational already. Small chance of stray thundershowers during the week, but also a chance it stays dry which would be fantastic.
Getting ready for the world to descend upon Haverford Twp.
Trust me, if the course is dry most of the the greens will not hold balls hit from the rough. Not if those approach shots fly to the green. A few greens might hold short irons that hit in front, but don't be shocked that balls played from the rough turn quite easily into bogeys. All of this assumes a dry course.
If the course gets wet the pros may kill it, but if its dry the pros will be surprised how defensive they must play.
Golfingdad, the pros will not be hitting driver at any of the par 3's at Merion. #9 and #17 are long, but they play downhill. The average pro can reach with a long iron. #3 requires the longest club to reach, but still a hybrid or fairway metal at most for this field of players.
I will be interested to see a bit of that group between shots as I always think that Stewart Cink seems quite jovial on course as does Harrington and occasionally Garcia but Padraig and Garcia are far from buddies so could be an awkward grouping
It will be interesting to see how quickly they can firm up the course once the bulk of the rain moves through late on Wednesday, common sense would suggests that it will be by saturday but you never know and it could get firmer by friday's afternoon starters, surely if -7 or better leads after Friday then the pins will be tucked in all weekend and they will keep the course as dry as sensibly possible
Also, will the rain only serve to make the last 6 holes even harder and longer and the rough juicier and lush
Sergio isn't buddies with too many people…
And they have some extra holes prepared on the other course if a few holes flood at Merion. Unprecedented, almost, but they're prepared. I hope it doesn't come to that though.