2018 U.S. Open Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

After some side-stepping, cash-grabbing, deviations from “the norm” 2 of the past 3 years with its U.S. Open venues (Chambers Bay and Erin Hills), the USGA returns to one of the top venues in all of golf, as Shinnecock Hills plays host to this week’s U.S. Open.  [Read more…]

2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

So, just how tough is Oakmont?  Well, in the 2007 U.S. Open held there, Justin Rose, Paul Casey and Stephen Ames all finished the week at +11…and finished in the top 10.  ELEVEN OVER PAR, as in like, almost 3 over par per round.  Oh yeah, and the cut itself came in at +10, so a pair of 5-over-par 75’s and you had a tee time on the weekend.  Yowza!  [Read more…]

2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay picks + predictions, plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Welcome to the 2015 U.S. Open, aka the year of the unknowns.  An unfamiliar course (Chambers Bay) and a new broadcasting network (Fox).  Let’s dive right in. [Read more…]

2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Preview, Picks + Predictions Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #RestoredMasterpiece

It’s impossible to improve on perfection, but somehow that’s what golf course architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw did with their renovation of Pinehurst No. 2.  Original course architect Donald Ross is surely smiling down from above this week as the course’s rough has been removed, replaced by waste bunkers and wire grass, giving it a brownish/rugged, almost Scottish look (Ross’ heritage).  [Read more…]

2013 U.S. Open at Merion Preview, Picks + Predictions Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week

Ah the U.S. Open, where once per year we get to watch world class players chip out sideways from the rough, make double and triple bogeys galore and toss those sponsor-driven caps in disgust in all directions.  As long as Chris Berman isn’t involved in this year’s telecast, it’s going to be a great event. [Read more…]