Stage Set for Spectacular Sunday
By Peter Santo
Believe it or not, someone will win the United States Open sunday night. With all the talk about the conditions at Chambers Bay not being up to Tour standards, there is a major championship to be had tonight.
Through three days at Chambers Bay the best players in the world have turned in some of their best golf and stand one more round away from a major title. Let’s look at a few players and try to come up with who will be hoisting the trophy.
Masters champion Jordan Spieth has not let the golf course featuring “the dumbest hole he’s ever seen” beat him. He is tied for the lead entering sunday and will look to win his second major in a row. By this point it is clear that he has the guts, the game, and most importantly, the putter, to get it done on Sunday. And with trusty caddie Michael Greller by his side, Spieth will be a tough man to beat.
After scaring the entire golf community, and himself i’m sure, Jason Day turned in one of the gutsiest performances the game has ever seen on Saturday. He was unsure if he was even going to be able to tee it up yesterday, but he played, and he played well. Day’s caddie and coach Colin Swatton called Day’s round one of the best he’s ever seen, and compared it to Tiger Woods winning the 2008 US Open with a torn ACL. Day has been one of the best players in the world for awhile now, but he has yet to capture that elusive first major. Is today the day?
It’s been a wild few months for Dustin Johnson. He returned from his “leave of absence” (suspension, cough cough). But DJ returned with a vengeance with a win at the WGC Cadillac Championship. The long, open golf course suits DJ’s game better than maybe anyone in the field. That said, DJ has had more than his fair share of Sunday struggles when in contention at the major championships. Will he simply bomb his way to victory on Sunday?
Many of you might be asking, who is Branden Grace? Well, Brandon Grace is a well-established European Tour player with multiple victories to his credit. Branden Grace is also tied for the lead heading into today’s final round. Don’t count him out, but it’s hard to imagine him taking down Spieth, Johnson or Day on Sunday.
It’s DJs time, he’s got the length, the short game, and now the head to win on the game’s greatest stage. Look for DJ to win by one over Spieth and Day.
Quick shoutout to Patrick Reed yesterday for his dreadful 76 after entering the day tied for the lead. It was very top five of him.