It has to be considered pretty remarkable that Dustin Johnson won this weekend in Memphis, in only his second week back on tour. Back in March, he pulled his back when lifting a jet ski out of his truck. During that period, he went a full six weeks without even one swing of the club. So he comes back and places 19th at The Memorial last week, and then wins this weekend. He is the only person since Tiger Woods to win on each of his first five years on the Tour, and he has the most wins on the PGA tour (6) of players in their twenties. This guy can really play!
But it’s US Open week now, and Memphis is behind us. You have to give the Tour and TPC Southwind credit for creating a tough and fast golf course in Memphis to help the players prepare somewhat for what they will see at Olympic this week and when was the last time the previous week’s winner won the US Open? Well, if you guessed “never”, you would be correct. No one in history has been able to carry forward a win from the previous week, and step up to take home the US Open trophy – yes, hard to believe.
So, who will be the last man standing come this Sunday afternoon? With his performance, and failure at the 72nd hole this weekend in Memphis, I would have to say Rory McIlroy is the man to beat. He was tied for the lead going into the 18th hole, drove it into the water, and made double-bogey We often see a player who could or should have won the previous week being in the hunt or even winning the following week, but if you look at the past at Olympic, it has been difficult to figure who will win when the US Open is held there. Do Jack Fleck and Scott Simpson “jump out at you” as players who have won a US Open? Well, they both surprised many when they won at Olympic. This golf course with the San Fran background, along with fog and sweaters, will prove to be fun, exciting and so challenging! Get ready to watch many of the pros often look like just regular “weekend warriors” like the rest of us. The US Open tends to do that to these top pros!