Today is “moving day” at the U.S Open, and oh has it been a fun tournament thus far.
After two days, Merion Golf Course is making everything nearly impossible for its' guests. I love tournaments, especially the U.S Open, when the leaders are near even par and the course is just so difficult. It makes every birdie that much bigger, and makes everything more exciting and unpredictable.
After two rounds, Billy Horschel and Phil Mickelson are tied for the lead at 1 under, with many big names right there within five strokes. I had never heard of Horschel until yesterday, but yesterday, he made a huge first impression becoming the first player since 1992 to hit every green in regulation in a round at the U.S Open. He shot 67 on a day where the average score was almost 75 on the par 70 course. Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson has yet another heart-warming story to help you cheer for him in a major. I mean really, you’d think he scheduled these things out. As for the name everyone knows, Tiger Woods, is still very much alive. However, history is not on his side. He has never won a major after being over par or outside the top five after 36 holes. Even so, he is only four shots back, and when asked if he liked his chances after the second round, Tiger looked at the reporter with a determined look and said one word: “Yes.”
There are many more players with more than a good chance to win the U.S Open this year, including Justin Rose, Steve Stricker, Hunter Mahan, Rory McIlroy just to name a few. I think the three favorites would be Mickelson, Woods, McIIroy but I think the winner will be Justin Rose. Rose has been close in a few majors over the years, but has never won one. I think that changes this weekend. He is even par through 36 holes, just one back of the two leaders, and I expect him to be right there, if not in the lead, after today as well. He has played two very consistent rounds and has done as good a job as anyone at managing the tough course. While I would love an American to win it, I think England’s Justin Rose takes home the America’s National Championship this weekend.
I think Tiger will play well in the final two rounds, but once again, I think he’ll come up just short. If he wants to have a real shot at winning the title, he needs a big day today, maybe somewhere around a 67 or so. I don’t see it happening. As for Mickelson, he will be right there as well but I think he will slowly but surely start to drop a shot here and there, and eventually find himself out of real contention tomorrow afternoon.
All that being said, predicting the winner in a golf tournament is one of the most pointless and impossible things ever in the history of the world, so let's just sit back, watch, and wish we could do anything close to what we are watching on TV this weekend.