Brooks Koepka entered the final round at the US Open, at Shinnecock Hills, in a four-way tie for the lead at +3. Just over six hours after he teed it up on the first, Koepka found himself raising the championship trophy for the second consecutive year. Koepka, the first golfer to win back-to-back US Open championships since Curtis Strange in 1989, had virtually every answer for the beast of a course that was Shinnecock Hills on Sunday. After a ridiculously difficult Saturday at Shinnecock that had the best players in the world saying that the course was “unfair” and that management had “lost the course,” some added water, along with a lot less wind, left the course open for the taking in America’s championship on Sunday. Koepka went ahead and took it.
Safe to say there will be a lot of looks of frustration and confusion at Shinnecock Hills this weekend, but most will not be coming from the viewers.
Every year we hear the same phrase when it comes time for the US Open. It’s “the toughest test in golf.” While I understand that is typically the case, Brooks Koepka winning it last year with a score of -16, is just making the golf course look easy. This year, however, this phrase is spot on. Shinnecock Hills, located out on Long Island (yes, on, not “in”), is an absolute beast. The tournament was last played here in 2004. Retief Goosen beat out Phil Mickelson to win the tournament and did so with a score of -4. Phil was right behind him at -2. The were the ONLY TWO golfers under par. Tiger Woods finished 17th that year and did so with a score of +10. Billy Mayfair made the cut, so I can’t knock him too much, but of the guys who made the cut, he finished at +30 for the tournament...yup, +30! He shot an 89 on Sunday. While golf has come a very long way in the last 14 years, there is no reason to believe that this tournament will be much different. Maybe there will be 5-6 guys under par come Sunday afternoon, but this course, and this tournament, will live up to the billing of being “tough.”
Well, Jordan Spieth has gone ahead and made sure everyone is taking him seriously this week at Augusta National... Spieth leads after day one. He posted a 6-under, 66, score. Wow.
I have got three jackpot picks for you this week for the Houston Open PGA Tour event. This course is no cakewalk. In fact, many big names missed the cut just a year ago.
I have been on the record saying things along the line of "Tiger will never be back to what he used to be" after his multiple back injuries and now surgeries. However, things may have changed. Tiger Woods has clearly been in contention lately, and seems to be back to playing without pain.
By: Evan Singleton
Here we go again... Tiger Woods is making a grand return. Boy, I wish I could legitimately get excited. However, I feel like we have been down this road far too many times in the past couple of years.
By: Evan Singleton
Finally, The Players Championship is here. The Masters is great, but for some reason The Players puts the entire golf summer season into full swing. This is one of the most notable tournaments, played on one of the most notable and historic courses. That is what I love about both The Masters and The Players. I am a huge fan of tournaments that are on the same course year in and year out. That being said, I have a few picks and predictions to get to.
By: Evan Singleton
Well there you have it. Sergio Garcia has his first golf major in the bag. Nonetheless, it was The Masters. Sergio, the golfer that would never win a major, now owns a green jacket. And what a finish it was. There were also so many storylines that were tied to Sergio winning THIS year's Masters Tournament.
Rickie Fowler made it clear that he needs to start winning. Fowler was quoted stating the following. "I feel like it's time for me to start finishing off some more events when I am in this position." Well, he did just that. Rickie was able to talk the talk and walk the walk this weekend at PGA Nation as he took home the Honda Classic.
Well, this season was already shaping up to be a great year for Dustin Johnson. However, it just got a little better. Actually a little better? I should unbelievably better. Dustin Johnson has won the Genesis Open and is starting to take the PGA Tour by storm. Watch out world, Hurricane Swagger is on the move.