Woods and Koepka ready for classic US Open test READ MORE

Jose Verdugo
Junio 13, 2019

The issues at the U.S. Open in each of the past four years have varied.

The USGA admitted they went "too far" with the set-up of Shinnecock Hills past year after only three players broke par in a third round during which Phil Mickelson was penalised for hitting a moving ball as it rolled off the 13th green. We have talked about it all year. "That's where I need help with my trainers, physios, my workout regimes and, hopefully, I can make that happen".

For all that, elite players have emerged on top, from Jordan Spieth in 2015, to DJ a year later, and Brooks Koepka at Erin Hills and then Shinnecock 12 months ago. He and Woods were not on good terms after they separated in 2011, but Williams spoke highly of Woods after he won the Masters last April and Woods was complimentary if not overly sentimental about his time with Williams when asked this week.

Attention has rightly been placed upon two-time defending Brooks Koepka, who is seeking history, former victor Dustin Johnson, the great Tiger Woods, returning to the site of his most dominant triumph, and the in-form Rory McIlroy. I was hitting it high, I could shape it either way.

I'm not sure he will be able to play with the freedom he keeps referencing this week, when Pebble Beach will be firm, fast and lined with deep rough. "But I want to do everything I possibly can to get there", Day said.

"So I really saw that at the Masters that when he genuinely had a chance at winning, he reverted back to "I just want to get the job done".

The world's leading golfers head to Pebble Beach this weekend for the latest Major of 2019.

"I think it's critical", said John Bodenhamer, the USGA senior managing director of championships, told reporters. Pebble should play into his strengths, with his fearless attitude being another credible attribute to have when tackling the stringent USGA examination. And even so, I'm talking about major championships.

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Strangely, the US Open is the Major he has yet to play well in, but Cantlay has all the tools, with his methodical approach seeing him right at the top in all the accuracy stats, as well as being a fine putter. Returning to the site of past glories, the 39-year-old has enjoyed a resurgence this season, winning again on the PGA Tour and last week qualifying for the Open Championship in his hometown of Portrush. The great quote of Tiger Woods: "I can win with my B game".

The great man's missed cut at Bethpage was understandable on his first outing after his memorable comeback victory at Augusta.

The 119th US Open at Pebble Beach has the makings of a classic as Tiger Woods returns to the scene of a signature triumph to take on a new generation of stars led by two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka. It's certainly a very different golf course than we're used to seeing in February.

I find it impossible to leave him off the shortlist, and the fact William Hill go 14/1 makes him well worth an each-way flutter. He also decided not to play a practice round on Tuesday.

First, there's the course: Pebble Beach Golf Links, arguably the best and most picturesque public course in the United States.

Harrington also analysed the Pebble Beach course and highlighted the "stern finish".

Webb Simpson finished alongside Lowry in second in Ontario on Sunday and he's another who might have been overlooked by the layers.

The course figures to present its own set of challenges. He is a proven victor at Pebble Beach, where he won the PGA Tour's National Pro-am in 2009 and 2010. Jack Nicklaus won the first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 1972 with a 2-over score, while Tom Watson finished at 6 under in 1982 and Tom Kite was 3 under a decade later.

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