U.S. Open Final Take
The Run-down of the U.S. Open
Well, the U.S Open has come and gone and it wasn’t quite old school U.S. Open.
Leading up to this week the talk was all about the toughness of Erin Hills and the length of the course.
The U.S. Open is famously the hardest tournament of the year, with lightning fast greens, narrow fairways and fescue that looks like an uncut hay field.
Erin Hills had potential, but guys like Brooks Koepka overpowered the course.
Averaging 322 yards a drive, the long par 5’s and 4’s was not a hassle for him. He shot an amazing -16 for the week to become the 117th champion of the U.S. Open.
Putting his dominance aside, there were some other storylines as well.
Justin Thomas tied the record for lowest round at a U.S. Open (63) and is the lowest score in relation to par in the history of the golf tournament.
Is Erin Hills hard enough?
For the tournament there was seven people who shot -10 or better.
Since 2000 only three winners have shot double digits below par:
- Tiger Woods in 2000 with a -12
- Rory McIlroy in 2011 with a -16
- Koepka this year with his -16 effort.
This years U.S. Open was a watered down version of what could have been —
Faster greens, deeper rough and taller fescue may have had the course playing more like Pebble Beach in 2010 when the winner shot even for the week.
Now the hype for 2018 starts, and we can all pray that Shinnecock Hills will provide a tougher test, some drama and maybe a memorable Sunday.
Shinnecock Hills hosted in 2004 where the winner carded a -4, so maybe there is a little hope.
But no matter where the U.S. Open is, it will still hold the stigma of “toughest golf tournament on the planet.”
If it holds true is a whole other story.