General Message Board
It’s time—the U.S. Open is finally here. Torrey Pines South Course, June 12-15. Par 71, 7,643 yards, 379 yards longer than any previous U.S. Open layout. Fairways ranging from 24 to 33 yards, six feet of intermediate rough cut at 1.75 inches, then 20 feet of primary rough at 2.5 inches, then deep rough cut at 5 inches. Greens at 13 – 13.5 on the Stimpmeter.
No problem—we’re just looking for someone who can hit the ball long and straight, is a great putter, and has the short game and imagination to get out of trouble when finding the rough. And who can handle the incredible pressure of a major.
My usual formulas for making predictions don’t apply all that well this week—past performance at the U.S. Open, while showing that the golfer can handle the pressure, tells you nothing about his comfort at Torrey Pines. And even looking at Buick Invitational results (played at Torrey every year in January) doesn’t help too much. The course is much different in January—wetter, and the greens and rough not set at the brutal U.S. Open standards—and the Buick incorporates the easier North Course for a round. Bottom line, I do factor in comfort level with Torrey Pines, but don’t give it a tremendous amount of import.
So, for me, while I do look at momentum going in, this week is more of a “gut feeling and intangibles” week than most—a scary proposition. But it makes it more fun, as well.
In the interest of providing hopefully useful thoughts, I’ve taken a friend’s suggestion and based my 10-man team on the World Golf Rankings. I’ll take five ranked in the top 20, three ranked 21-50, and two above 50. Hopefully that mix will bring in a few not-so-obvious choices that other fantasy golfers might overlook.
For my picks, as usual, please see http://www.leftylinks.com/blog/?p=41