2012 U.S. Open Preview

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Updated: June 13, 2012

With Dustin Johnson winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic for his first title on the PGA Tour in 2012, the Tour now moves to San Francisco for this year’s second major, the U.S. Open.  Rory McIlroy will be looking to defend his title after an impressive showing last year at Congressional Country Club against many of the top golfers in the world today.

The Olympic Club

This year’s U.S. Open will be played at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California.  The golf course is a par 70 that measures out to approximately 7,200 yards, and is most known for having a great variety of golf holes.  There is the behemoth 670 yard par 5 on the back nine, a 250 yard par 3 on the front nine, along with a par 4 that is under 300 yards and another par 5 that is under 500 yards.  These types of holes are scattered throughout the course, which should make it enjoyable to watch.  Those with above average shot shaping will do well at this course, as it features many fairways that have bends in them, along with practically every green being surrounded by sand bunkers. 

Players to Watch

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy has followed up a stellar 2011 season with another great one in 2012, winning the Honda Classic earlier in the year along with two runner-up finishes in eight starts on the PGA Tour.  He did have a bad stretch, though, in late May and early June when he missed two cuts in a row, but seems to have gotten out of the funk with a top 10 finish at the FedEx St. Jude Classic last week.  The key for McIlroy will be his driving accuracy; if he hits a lot of fairways, expect him to be at or near the top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend. 

Tiger Woods

Woods has come back with a vengeance this year, winning two events and finishing in the top 25 five times in eight events played.  With his most recent win at the Memorial Tournament on June 3, Tiger looks locked in right now and could certainly make a run for his first major of the year this week.

Justin Rose

As far as sleeper picks go, watch out for Justin Rose this week.  He has seven top 25 finishes and a win in eleven starts this year, ranks third on Tour in greens in regulation, and is coming off of three top 10 finishes over his past four starts.  Rose is playing some solid golf right now, and if he can knock in a few putts and gain some confidence early on, watch out.

Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for over a decade and currently runs The Yips Blog, a blog dedicated solely to the game of golf. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia.

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