This is the "give Phil a last good shot" Open. Reminds of the Open at Pebble Beach that Watson won. It was late in his career and, like Phil, Tom spent little time in the fairway off the tee and relied on a brilliant 100 yard and in game. Best short game I ever saw. Tom, like Phil today, couldn't hit a straight drive and couldn't deal with the thick 6-8 inch rough at typical US Opens. But the Open committee decided to cut down all the rough at PB and Tom took advantage.
Phil will be in the hunt and if his short putting holds up this will be his big chance.
Its the strange thing about Watson's career, that US Open at the end of his career was won when he was 33, it was the 31st win of his 39 PGA wins, his career just hit a wall after the 1984 British Open where he lost to Seve.