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11 Jun 2019 by Sam Vickers

The 2019 U.S. Open Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is the 2019 U.S. Open? Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th of June 2019

Where is the 2019 U.S. Open? Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California, USA

What is the total prize fund of the 2019 U.S. Open? $12.5 million

What television channel can I watch the 2019 U.S. Open on in the UK? Sky Sports Golf

Where can I stream the 2019 U.S. Open in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the tournament online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for the 2019 U.S. Open? https://www.usga.org/content/u...

What is the course yardage at the Pebble Beach Golf Links? 7,075 yards

What is the par at Pebble Beach Golf Links? 71

What is the course information for Pebble Beach Golf Links? Renowned as one of the most famous courses in the world, Pebble Beach celebrates its 100th year and hosts the national open for the sixth time and first since 2010. During construction, the aim was to create as many holes as possible along the Pacific coastline which in turn has made it was of the most spectacular and yet demanding courses within the game.

What is the predicted weather for the 2019 U.S. Open? Party cloudy during the four days play with low winds throughout with temperatures consistently around 14c. The cooler than normal conditions for this time of year will make the course play much longer, and if the course is firm and fast, then those who can hit the ball high will gain an advantage.

THE HISTORY

The U.S. Open returns to Pebble Beach Golf Links for the first time since 2010 where Graeme McDowell claimed a one-stroke victory at even par during conditions that played more like a British Open. Conditions this week could be comparable with the Pacific Ocean often bringing in a turn of unexpected bad weather. U.S. Opens are traditionally known for their tough scoring courses which is reflected with the average winning total of five under. On two occasions, the champion has won by eight strokes over their nearer rival, suggesting that although course set-ups are often the toughest of any championship, they typically provide a firm and fair test, and Pebble Beach should be the spectacle that it deserves to be around this iconic layout.

THE FAVOURITES

Dustin Johnson

It is somewhat surprising that Johnson has not won more than one U.S. Open – his solo major to date – given that he has only finished outside the top four once since 2014. On paper, there are no more challenging championships than this major which shows the brilliance of his all-round game and the superiority of his ball-striking ability. A final round of 82 here in 2010 still left him in T8 and with runner-up finishes in both majors this season, the world number two will be feeling he has unfinished business as well as the extra drive to catch up with his close friend Brooks Koepka. Ranked fourth in tee to green and 14th in putting is a very dangerous combination, making this a championship that DJ himself will somewhat expect to win.

Tiger Woods

Although it still seems unrealistic that Tiger Woods will equal or even surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors, his form and playing statistics just cannot be ignored, which make him one of the genuine contenders for many of the majors. Pebble Beach is the course where he created history winning by 15 strokes in 2000 and finished T4 in 2010 without really getting into second gear, showing why this course is the ideal match for Tiger’s superior shot-shaping and course-management skills. With the small and firm greens around Pebble Beach, approach-play will be a key asset where he ranks 13th in strokes gained, first in greens hit and fifth in proximity to the hole, meaning if he puts the ball in play consistently, which he should given the shorter layout, then a 16th major is a very real possibility.

Matt Kuchar

The veteran American seems to keep on causing a stir amongst golf fans with his on-course antics. However, this is perhaps something he’ll be trying to put to rest through his performances to close out the negative press. With Pebble Beach being just over 7000 yards – short for today’s standards – this is a layout that will suit Kuchar due to his shorter distance capability (121st in driving distance) but superior driving accuracy (10th). A T4 finish at last week’s Canadian Open and runner-up at the RBC Heritage at the end of April, both around shorter layouts, will result in his game off the tee being rewarded and his approach play - which is ranked ninth in strokes-gained - will see him in contention to claim a first major championship.

THE OUTSIDERS

Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood has performed strongly at the U.S. Open in recent years with back-to-back top-fives, showing how the tight and punishing layouts help his superior accuracy and ball-striking skills. Ranked eighth in both strokes-gained tee to green and total suggest he could be a factor this week as his overall game will see him contend in many U.S. Opens for years to come, but Pebble could just provide one of his best opportunities to date. Although form has been somewhat quiet since back-to-back top-fives in March, his overall game has still been in good shape. His patience, ball-striking and recent success in this championship will be leaving him quietly confident.

Shane Lowry

The Irishman heads straight to Pebble off the back of a T2 finish at the RBC Canadian Open and in great form with three top-tens, including two top-fives in his last five starts on tour. With just the one PGA Tour win to his name – the 2015 WGC Bridgestone Invitational – Lowry knows how to win big and will be feeling he has a strong chance with the form he carries. With a ninth-placed finish in 2015 followed by a runner-up the following year, he certainly has the game for the demanding layouts. However, ranked 142nd in strokes-gained approach the green suggests he will have to be sharper this week if he is to have a genuine chance of winning.

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