The 115th instalment of the U.S Open is possibly one of the most anticipated in its history, and will certainly be an intriguing one to watch. This is mainly due to the tough choice of venue, but many people also seem to be forgetting that the next generation of stars are beginning to take the reigns, with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler all wanting to make a bid for the title.
Chambers Bay is certainly a big talking point amongst players, and I cannot remember as much hype or controversy over any course in recent history. The course certainly looks tough, and will be challenging for all the players in the field. Many players have spent much more time than they normally would at Chambers Bay in the run up to the event, but will this prove to be beneficial? Chambers Bay seems to be more of an Open Championship venue rather than an U.S Open Venue, and this may have a say upon the eventual champion.
Chambers Bay is located in Washington and was built on the site of an old sand and gravel quarry, which was transformed in 2007 under the watchful eye of Robert Trent Jones Jr. It will play around 7,874 yards, which is not the longest course out there, but take into account the difficulty and severity of the waist high rough, and we will certainly be seeing a few high scores.
The venue has come under some criticism from many players, and others have decided to keep quiet about the venue, but one thing is for certain, it will be the same for everyone. Ian Poulter is one of the players keeping a low profile about Chambers Bay, and has vowed to keep quiet util he finishes. Others have not been so democratic, and Ryan Plamer was quoted as saying...
“As far as the greens are concerned, it’s not a championship golf course — not with the way some of the greens are” - Ryan Pamer
As far as choosing a winner goes......well its certainly a hard one to call! McIlroy, Spieth and Fowler are obvious candidates as they have all been in good form this year. But in all honesty I think it will depend an awful lot on the luck they get with lies etc. I think Tiger could struggle this week, as the course demands high levels of driving accuracy, and his chipping problems on tight fairways may continue. Unfortunately I predict that we may see the 14 time major champion missing the cut. I think it will take precision and patience to take the 2015 US Open, and it is in anybody's hands. Justin Rose stands out to me as a strong potential candidate, as he is both patient and not too erratic, but if Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy find their A game it could get interesting.
Some players have branded the course as ridiculous and others love it, I for one am excited and intrigued by this years U.S Open, and think the USPGA have done a great job of building an atmosphere ahead of the event. Lets just hope we see some great golf, and the focus is on that rather than the course.