The U.S. Open gets underway tomorrow at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, and it promises to be an exciting weekend of golf. The USGA is sure to set the Blue Course up to be a grueling test of skill, nerves and patience, in order to identify the player most deserving of our national championship title. Putting will be especially important, as the greens will be running lightning fast, a projected 14-15 on the stimpmeter.
Nike Golf will be well represented at Congressional this week, as there are six Nike Athletes in the field:
From these six athletes I’m picking three who I think have a strong chance at hoisting the U.S. Open trophy on Sunday afternoon, and here’s why:
Stewart has been playing well lately, making the cut in his last six events. He’s been putting well with his Method 005, which will be critical on Congressional’s slick greens this week. He finished T13 here in 1997, and the 2009 British Open Champion could be ready to avenge his 3rd place finish at Southern Hills in 2001 and come out on top this week.
Francesco has had a strong year so far, with four top 10 finishes including an 8th place finish in his last event, the BMW Italian Open. Francesco’s steady play helps him play well in elite field events. He missed the cut at last year’s U.S. Open, but if he can play within himself, be patient and get his putter going I think you might just see him challenging for the lead late on Sunday.
Charl is currently second in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, just behind world #1 Luke Donald. He has 7 top 10s this year including 2 wins, the most recent coming at the last major, The Masters. He’s coming off a missed cut at the BMW PGA Championship, but look for your 2011 Masters Champion to rebound and finish high on — or at the top of — the leaderboard on Sunday evening.
It’s sure to be a fun four days of golf at Congressional this weekend, and I personally can’t wait to see how the Nike Athletes handle the strict examination of golf that Congressional will present this weekend. Good luck to all of the Nike Athletes in the field of this week’s U.S. Open!
So who do you think will be crowned U.S. Open Champion on Sunday evening?