Bob Hope once said that “Pebble Beach is Alcatraz with grass.” While it might scare the odd celebrity hacker, that won’t be the case this week at the U.S. Open. The rough will be long, the greens will be small, and pars will be good scores.
Can Brooks Koepka capture his third straight Open? Even without being added to a Fox Sports commercial, you have to think he’s the world’s biggest underdog. Can Tiger notch another tally on the quest to 19 majors? His finish at the Memorial showed signs of brilliance. And then there’s Fowler, Spieth, Kuchar, Kisner, Johnson, and 150 other players looking to capture the trophy. It’s always such a treat to watch prime time golf from the East coast, and it never gets better than the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
Gregatron’s Pick of the Week: Jordan Spieth
Our boy! The Texan is rounding into form. I’ll keep picking him until he picks off one of these tourneys. Jordan is on a streak of 3 top-10s dating back to the PGA Championship. He’s also a former U.S. Open champion, outlasting Dustin Johnson at Chambers Bay in 2015. The putter continues to heat up for Jordan, which will be his biggest asset on Pebble’s small greens. He’s ranked 3rd on the greens this season, but will be first on the leaderboard on Sunday night.
Back to the Range Bro: Bryson Dechambeau
The Mad Scientist stopped some bleeding with a made cut at the Memorial, but made it on the number and backed into a top-25 finish. He did fire a round in the 60s for the first time since the Masters. Maybe he’s found something to get him around Pebble Beach, but he’s only made one cut at the Pro-Am hosted in February and he’s going to be deathly slow with the long rough. The calculus just isn’t adding up.
Gregatron’s Picks of the Week Stats
Missed cuts: 4
Average Made Cut Finish: 14th
Back to the Range Bro Club Stats:
Missed cuts: 7
Average Made Cut Finish: 33rd