Tap’s PGA Tour Roundup: Three Things From Memphis
As we gear up for the U.S. Open on Thursday morning, the PGA Tour finished up in Memphis, and they saw something that wasn’t uncommon two years ago. Dustin Johnson oblierating the field en route to an easy win. Johnson won the tournament by six strokes notching his second victory of the season. Johnson had been sort of cold compared to some of the other elite golfers heading into the second major, but he put out warning notice that he’s still a great golfer reclaiming his number one world ranking away from Justin Thomas with the victory. DJ walked it off in Memphis with an eagle at 18 because he’s the balls.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 11, 2018
Who’s the favorite at the U.S. Open?
Feel like this is a hard question. If Jordan Spieth was playing well, this course makeup is for him. Johnson getting a win this week could be a huge launching point for him to have a massive summer. Rory McIlroy is playing his best golf in awhile. Justin Rose has a U.S. Open under his belt, and it would not surprise me to see him get another one. And there’s the old guys… Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson who both have top ten finishes at Shinnecock.
Memphis has a ways to go to be memorable
Let’s not forget that this course will play host to a World Golf Championship next year, and if this was a showcase of what that could be, count me out. The course isn’t that exciting, and the golf wasn’t very good this weekend. Sure, Johnson played with huge nuts swinging like he usually does, but no one really made a charge at him. We’ll see if this course improves over the next year.
Mickelson and Koepka struggle
I think many people expected Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka to play at DJ’s level out there. Both golfers had been playing better than Johnson, and the familiarity with the course leads one to believe they would be strong contenders but it didn’t happen. Mickelson and Koepka did nothing on Friday when Johnson started to separate himself, and both could not make a charge.
Excited for the U.S. Open this weekend.