Watching Tiger Woods tame the TPC last weekend got me fired up for the US Open, and looking forward to whether the bomb and gouge crowd will have the discipline to keep the driver in the bag on many holes.
And one of the most tempting holes for many of them will be the short par 4 10th. Too add even more excitement… it will be the final hole for half the field on Thursday and Friday, when they use double tees due to the large field. Instead of starting on #1 and #10, they’ll start on #1 and #11 those two days.
Can you imagine standing on the 10th tee Friday afternoon… needing a birdie to make the cut? Do you try to drive the green despite all the trouble up there (including OB over the green) … or do you play it by the book… short and right to set up a relatively easy pitch shot and try to make your birdie that way?
It should be great theatre, and I talked about that with Merion member, and former Walker Cup Captain Buddy Marucci.
His thoughts on #10, and how Merion will hold up against the world’s best, are in this podcast: