When I said Jordan Spieth was going to win a U.S. Open , I didn’t know he’d win this week. I did him have right behind Rory Mcilory as my pre-tournament favorite. Even after making a double bogey on the 17th hole, Speith came back with a brilliantly played 18th that he ended up birdieing. What’s astonishing about Spieth is that he’s won his first two majors faster than Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus. That’s incredible. He’s probably the most mentally tough player in golf since Tiger Woods was in his prime, and this is at age 21. He’s the new face of American golf, so it is appropriate he’s the U.S. Open Champion. He’s got a real legitimate shot at winning the Grand Slam this year.
- I’m not a Tiger Woods fan, but you hate seeing the once great player go out like he is. Woods finished ahead of exactly 3 golfers in the entire field at the U.S. Open. His game in complete shambles, and it’s simply sad to watch. He’ll never catch Nicklaus, but hopefully at some point Woods can become a competitive golfer again.
- Phil Mickelson could never get his game going and make a run at the one major he lacks. At age 45 Mickelson won’t get many more chances to make a serious run at a U.S. Open. He seems to be in good health, and still shows up on leaderboards at majors and PGA events. I give him 4 more years to try and get his U.S. Open, before we close the book on Mickelson and the U.S. Open. He’ll contend at other majors, and I still think he’s got 1 more in him.
- Rory Mcilory didn’t have his best game this week, but he still finished T9. He’s the world’s best player, but he’s hearing footsteps from Jordan Spieth. Thinking about the battles those two could have in the future has to have golf fans really excited. Don’t forget about Rickie Fowler either. He didn’t play well this week, but he will be in the mix in the future.
- What about Dustin Johnson? He’s only 30 himself, but this one is going to leave Sergio Garcia type scars. Johnson has lost his grip on multiple majors. He probably should have 2 or 3 majors by now. He’ll eventually get one. He’s just too good a player, but that was a brutal 3-putt at 18.
- Adam Scott needs to beg Stevie Williams be his full time caddie after a T4.
- Jason Day suffered vertigo during the week, but kept it together to finish T9. He’s another under age 30 player, that continues to find his name frequently on majors leaderboards. Here’s a good question – who wins their first major first Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, or Rickie Fowler?
- Next month the British Open, for major number 3 is at the home of golf St. Andrews. That should be a lot fun.