The 2020 US Open, second major of the calendar year begins this Thursday September 17th. It will be held at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. A course last used for this event in 2006, when Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy won. That was the same event Phil Mickelson famously blew a one shot lead on the 18th to lose the tournament. The course is set up to be the most challenging we have seen in 2020. Many expect the winning score to be around even par 70, if not above par, on the daunting 7,477 yard course.
Among the top storylines ahead of the event is the defending champion Gary Woodland. Another is Dustin Johnson, who looks to continue playing at the torrid pace he has been and there’s Phil Mickelson, again trying for his career grand slam. Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas are among the other stars ready to take on Winged Foot. While 2018 champion Brooks Koepka will be missing. He was forced to withdraw from the event due to injury.
Who Can Win?
A course like Winged Foot makes it difficult to pick a winner. With that said, players like Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas are among the favorites, and rightfully so. Johnson’s last month goes without saying and he’s shown no signs of slowing down. Rahm and Thomas are both excellent ball strikers who boast exceptional short games, which will prove valuable on this course.
The guy who brings the hot putter will win. The greens are the most challenging part of the course. Players like Daniel Berger, Adam Scott and Xander Schauffele are all guys who could get going in a hurry. We expect Tiger Woods to struggle. He has been out of rhythm and Winged Foot is not the place to find it.