US Open: Let Winged Foot be Winged Foot, let golfers beware

Ross Houston
September 18, 2020

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It used to be the easiest major championship to define.

Mickelson's early birdies came despite missing both fairways left into deep rough and the fairytale writers lifted their eyebrows and dared to think something special might be on its way. You had to be tough but patient, straight not crooked, you had to putt like god. If you weren't blessed with everything like Jack, Arnie or Tiger, you better be Payne Stewart, Hale Irwin or Lee Janzen.

This year's British Open was called off due to the coronavirus outbreak while the Masters was postponed from April to November. No amateur has won the U.S. Open since Johnny Goodman in 1933.

It was new, it was progressive, it was where golf seemed to be heading. Only two players have finished under par in the five U.S. Opens contested over the century-old design and no one on the ground in Mamaroneck, New York, this week, including the favorites, expects to make a serious dent in that legacy.

Australia's Geoff Ogilvy shot five over par to win the last US Open at the venue in 2006, while American Hale Irwin was seven over in surviving the so-called "Massacre at Winged Foot" in 1974.

Jordan Spieth revealed a jarring lack of confidence off the tee following his opening-round 73 at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

Rory McIlroy has a particularly promising statistic in his favour at Winged Foot. "I thought I was going to have to hit driver, five-iron into every par-four and it's not quite like that".

"We didn't find it until we stepped on it", he said.

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Even though McIlroy is a former US Open victor, that victory was in 2011 and in the last four years he has missed the cut three times.

"It really wasn t until the day before we went public with the schedule that we realized that the R&A s Open across the pond couldn t be played in September", Davis said, "which gave us an opportunity to play in September at this wonderful, storied golf course".

The second golf major of the season, the 2020 U.S. Open, is here.

Justin Thomas led the way with six birdies and only one bogey from a bad lie in the bunker, finishing with a 25-foot birdie putt that he barely touched for a 5-under 65.

"The winning scores here have never traditionally been very low", Woods said. If you don't, then hopefully you have a lie.

At the top of his game, McIlroy is one of the world's best off the tee, smashing towering drives that sail past his playing partners' shots into the middle of fairways. "It's one of those rounds where ... next thing you know, you make the putt on 18, you're done for the day".

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"We're not going to outfit Miss Winged Foot in any different way than she otherwise would be".

"The set-up you'll see this week reflects the challenge this golf course presents".

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