Father’s Day weekend is upon us and that means it is major championship time in the golf world. Thanks to some shifting in the PGA Tour calendar, this year the U.S. Open will be the third major played this season. At a historic venue and a loaded field set to compete, this one should make for some exciting television and hopefully a thrilling Sunday finish.
Brooks goes for the three-peat
The major slayer goes by the name of Brooks Koepka and the 29-year-old Florida State alum is looking to pickup his fifth major championship and third U.S. Open win in a row. Koepka had a dominant performance at Bethpage Black to take home the Wanamaker Trophy and the PGA Championship last month. Now he returns to the U.S. Open field and looks to continue his hot run.
The machine as most people are calling him only has six career wins on the PGA Tour, but four of them have occurred in majors. You add this in with his second place finish at the 2019 Masters and there is no one hotter in the golf world. Koepka will be looking to become the first three-peat winner in the U.S. Open since Willie Anderson did it from 1903-1905.
Located two hours south of San Francisco, Pebble Beach Golf Links is a public golf course that many consider one of the best in the world. You or anyone you know can play a round there for around $600. In addition to hosting a Pro-Am yearly that’s a stop on the PGA Tour calendar, this will be the fifth U.S. Open hosted by the golf course.
Home to some gorgeous ocean views throughout the course, there are only three Par 5s throughout the 18 holes, but one is the very last hole which could end up giving us viewers an exciting finish. All weekend the scenery should be spectacular as we watch the best of the best go at it on one of the biggest stages in golf.
Tiger, Tiger, Tiger
After winning The Masters and taking some time celebrating his 15th major championship, The Big Cat was rusty at the PGA Championship. After missing the cut up in New York, Tiger Woods bounced back a couple weeks later to put together a very solid 72-round score at The Memorial. There he finished in the top 10 and now he’ll be returning to a course he knows very well.
Woods won his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach back in 2000 by a walloping 10 shots. When it returned in 2010, Tiger ended up just three shots off the winner. If he is anywhere in that ballpark this weekend, the FOX ratings will go through the roof while Twitter will be going nuts with Tiger making a charge at his fourth U.S. Open title.
To a bit of a surprise, Dustin Johnson is currently your favorite with 7-1 odds listed. DJ is ranked No. 2 overall in the world golf rankings and has one win this season to go along with two runner-up finishes at The Masters and PGA Championship. The husband of Wayne Gretzky’s daughter has 22 professional wins, but only one major title and that occurred at the 2016 U.S. Open. Sooner or later he is going to bust the seal.
As expected, Brooks Koepka is at the top sitting at 8-1. Tiger Woods sits at 10-1 with Rory McIlroy. Fan favorites Jordan Spieth (16-1) and Rickie Fowler (20-1) all figure to get a lot of action. Kentucky native Justin Thomas is sitting at 25-1 while Phil Mickelson is a long shot at 30-1. Lefty won the pro-am at Pebble Beach earlier this season.
FOX in Primetime
Yes, you read that right. Jim Nantz and his cronies at CBS won’t be on the call this weekend. Instead it will be Joe Buck and the dudes at FOX. Instead of a lot of talking, maybe we will get to see some more golf shots. With the tournament happening on the west coast, that means we will get some golf action until 10:00 pm all four days. Sign me up for that every year.
For those looking for television coverage, on Thursday and Friday, FS1 starts at 12:30pm and will run until 7:00 when FOX picks up the coverage. On the weekend, FOX is on from Noon-10pm on Saturday and 2:00pm-10:00pm on Sunday. If you need some early bird action, USOpen.com will be starting featured group coverage at 10:45am.
This year there will be a distinct Kentucky flavor going on at the U.S. Open. Everyone knows about Justin Thomas, but Campbellsville native and UK grad J.B. Holmes will be teeing off at 10:40 am on Thursday. The No. 51 rated golfer in the world has struggled recently, but already has a tournament win under his belt this season.
The big news of the tournament is that UK alum Chip McDaniel has qualified to compete at Pebble Beach. The Clay County native will be playing in his fourth PGA Tour even after qualifying for the U.S. Open in a sectional event that took place in Springfield, Ohio. Go low, Chip, and good luck.
Buckle up for one of the best golf weekends of the year.