Monday 19th June 2017
Location: Erin, WI | Course: Erin Hills
The 117th US Open started the week with more talk about the rough than anything else, with statements like “If you can’t hit the fairways wide enough to accommodate a Jumbo Jet they should pack their bags and go home” Mmm, a statement that would come back to haunt Rory McIlroy.
For the first time since World Rankings were introduced the top 3 players in the world missed the cut. Defending Champion Dustin Johnson, Rory Mcilroy and Jason Day, all on their way home on Friday Night.
For those that were left it was a case of who would keep their drives on those wide fairways and out of the fescue in which some cases was nearly as high as the players.
Sunday’s round started with leader Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka in the final 2 pairings one shot apart, but birdies on the first 2 holes from Koepka changed the lead from 1 down to 1 up and was still 1 up at the turn. Harman the fell apart at 12 and 13 with back to back bogeys while Koepka, Mr Chill, birdied 14, 15 and 16 to lead by 4. That was that Brooks Koepka parred the 18th to equal Rory McIlroy’s -16 (2011)US Open lowest score to par.
The best score for 18 holes went to Justine Thomas with a 9 under par on day 3 to equal the lowest-ever 18 hole score in a US Open.
Not a lot to report this week as all attention was at Wisconsin.
MEIJER LPGA CLASSIC
Location: Belmont, Michigan | Course: Blythefield Country Club
Canada’s Brook Henderson won her first LPGA Tour event of the season with a 2 shot victory over Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompsom to the Meijer Classic in Michigan.
One noticeable absentee from Wisconsin was Phil Mickelson, who didn’t enter the US Open so as to attend his daughter’s graduation speech. Just goes to show there’s more to life than golf.
Have a great week and enjoy the heatwave if you are in the UK.