Day 1: Takeaways from the Early Groupings

Turned out to be a pretty predictable day in San Diego for the opening round of the 121st U.S. Open. It was a beautiful morning with the winds starting to play a factor as the day progressed into the afternoon, which combined with the ridiculous rough, Torrey Pines turned out to be an animal from the start.

Oh.. and California is open now and crowds are back at full capacity. COVID is apparently gone and I’m feeling it.

Capacity crowd
  1. Russell Henley, Rafa Cabrera Bello, and Francisco Molinari were impressive.

We haven’t heard from Russell in a while but he’s actually having a sneaky good 2021 season with only 5 missed cuts in 18 events played with 4 top 10’s. There really isn’t anything to interesting about Russell Henley. He’s pretty much a stereo typical southern Georgia boy with a perfect blond comb over that’s bordering on a bowl cut…that was until I saw his twitter intro.

Expert in housing and consumer economics? What? You’re a pro golfer, you have to hit like 1,000 golf balls a day, where do you find the time? We’re going to have to dig into this one some more and get back to you, but for now, he’s and expert at golf carding a solid 67 today and making a STATEMENT on a golf course that’s playing really difficult. Not sure if he can hold it out, but only time will tell.

Rafa…

Only thing we have to say about Rafa, is that he is the best dressed dude on tour. Every week this guy comes out dressed to the absolute 9’s. Anyway, he’s a seasoned vet not only on the PGA tour, but the European as well and it showed today, Rafa put together a solid round of 68 sitting in a tie for 2nd, with … drumroll…

Francisco Molinari! This guy has been Mr. Irrelevant since he looked like a 30 hdcp mashing his opening tee shot 70 yards at Pebble. Love this guy though, maybe we will see a repeat of 2019 when he made a run in the Masters?

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2. Brooksy doing what Brooksy does in Majors

Say what you will about Brooks Koepka with this ongoing fued with Bryson, you may hate him, think he is a child, or say Bryson is living rent free in his head. Whatever. One thing is for sure when a Major rolls around this dude shows up. Living rent free my ass, Brooks gives zero F’s and I love it. Dude is cold as ice and he showed it again today finishing the round on 8 and 9 with two clutch saves. The lie Brooks had on 8 with the ball sitting down in that 5 inch rough and the ball at his tits was basically as bad as it gets. The fact that he was able to chip that ball out to about 5 feet is just outrageous and just shows why this guy is a madman in majors. He’ll keep it rolling and we will 100 percent see him in the mix again on Sunday.

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3. Xander is quiet, but dangerous

Not sure why Xander doesn’t get all the media attention like JT, Spieth, Dechambeau, etc? Maybe because he hasn’t racked up a ton of wins yet, but he’s seemingly always in the hunt. He has 4 US Open top 10’s and is now in a position to try again in his hometown. He played a really solid round of golf today and managed the course well coming in with a 69. I expect Xander to make some moves going into the weekend and seems to be a really solid contender to take down the tournament given it’s a home game for him.

4. Torrey Pines looks hard but gettable.

As the rest of the field finishes up today, Louie Oosthuizen has a chance to take the outright lead with an 18th that gives e guys a chance to get some strokes, but all in all the leaderboard is crowded and that’s what we like! Let’s see who makes some moves on day 2.

Matthew Wolff had 8 birdies on the round and finished -1! That is bananas. Just goes to show you can score on this golf course, but the key is consistency. One small mistake will cost the guys big and lead to a lot of bogeys throughout the rest of the week. We saw lightening fast greens, steady winds up around 15 mph, and unforgiving rough that just eats up golf clubs. As the weather for the remainder of the week should be pretty identical to day 1, we should continue to expect to see some roller coaster rounds.

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