On this Thursday the 2012 U.S. Open will get started at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. The U.S. Open has always been my favorite tournament to watch and The Olympic Club is a great venue that is going to reward the player who can control his emotions the best. The Open is not about who can blast the long drives and hit the crazy shots. This U.S. Open will go to the player who hits a straight ball and takes what the course gives him. You can’t force it at Olympic, it will eat you up.
The Olympic Club setup this year will boast the hardest 6 starting holes in recent memory but the final 4 holes will be a scorers paradise. If you can weather the storm of the front 6 then you have a great chance of winning. Check out the layout.
After his win at The Memorial, Tiger Woods is the betting favorite and has the game to win but I am not going to pick him. I will not be surprised if he wins though but I don’t think he will hit his driver consistent enough to win this week.
Here are my 3 guys to watch.
The world’s number 1 player has a game that sets up very well at Olympic. If he can control his emotions (which he does well) and play his game he can get his first major championship.
I love this guy and I love his chances at Olympic. He is playing great this season with 2 wins and 5 top tens in 14 starts. He hit the ball straight with little spin and has the game. The only thing that worries me is if he can handle the pressure of the U.S. Open.
Day finished 2nd in last year’s Open behind Mcllroy and he has the game to get a win. He also finished 2nd in last year’s Masters so we know he can play under pressure. His shot will fit at Olympic and will finish in the mix.
Jumbo’s Prediction: Jason Day will get his 1st major with a 9-under par.