Our national open championship takes place this week at the historic Pinehurst No. 2 golf course. This was the place, where in 1999, Payne Stewart barely bested Phil and Tiger to win the U.S. Open, only a couple months before dying in a tragic plane crash.
Since then, however, the course has undergone many significant changes. Even though it is only a par 70, it is still mammoth in length, as it will probably play over 7,500 yards every day this week. The course is also quite dry, and stands out from most Open setups in its lack of rough. It essentially has not rough on the entire course, but instead sandy waste areas consisting of sparse fescue and bushes along with trees. The course is overall very open, the field has hit fairway roughly 72% of the time this week, an astounding stat. The same cannot be said for the greens, though, as they are very sloped most often and are running extremely hard and fast.
Despite all, this, or maybe because of it, Martin Kaymer is currently lapping the field in this event. He has opened with consecutive 65’s, the lowest two-day score ever to start a U.S. Open. The closest competitor is Kevin Na, six shots back at -4. Other major contenders in the mix include Phil, still gunning for the elusive Open win, Brandt Snedeker, and Keegan Bradley. However, as of right now, it is really Kaymer’s championship to loose, as he is well out in front.
Also, this is my last blog post, so just be aware that there will not be any more.