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We are on the eve of our nations championship.  The U.S. Open is going to be contested at Oakmont Country Club.  This is a time when I'm typically trying to figure out who will beat the course and everyone else.  The formula at Oakmont, just like any other Open, is to keep it in the fairway, as the rough is treacherous.  Then, I thought about the speed of the greens and undulation.  The player will have to be a very good putter.  I finally thought, how did I not think about all those famous bunkers.  He will have to have a bunker and iron game.  That is when I realized thlat Oakmont is going to be the headliner and probably will win!  

Now, I know that someone will emerge a champion on Sunday, but it will probably be a war of attrition.  I love that it will be extremely difficult even though it isn't the longest course and it barely has any out of bounds or water hazards.   Don't get me wrong, 7,200 yards is a deep track but it plays a bit shorter with the speed of fairways and some of the elevated tee shots.  Some of the shorter holes will be almost drive-able, that should make it fun to watch.  I suspect that rough will be extremely thick around those greens.  The challenge will be in the strategic placement of the golf ball and avoiding those bunkers and rough.  With that being said, I find it hard to pick against Jordan Spieth.  He is great when it comes to strategically plotting and grinding at a course like this.  I think that Phil will be close, as he has seemed to tightened up his golf swing and played well here in the past.  Jason Day has been so good that you know he will finish top 5, probably top 3.  These are the easy picks, I like throwing out a couple dark horses like Lee Westwood to breakthrough.  He hits it well and around a ball strikers course, this could be time to finally get his major.  Sergio is in that same boat.  I am keeping an eye on Rob Oppenheim.  He has qualified for the Open a few times now.  This course reminds me of a couple in Massachusetts.  As a New England native, he should be accustomed to a course like this.

I hope everyone has a Great Fathers day and enjoys the Championship!

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