US Open 2020 – the highlights

By Fore Right

All you golf fans may have been seriously disappointed when it was made public that the US Open, which was supposed to take place earlier on this year was to be postponed due to Covid-19, but once again after a prolonged await it is finally back! So here we have it, for those of you who missed out on all of the action that occurred at the open, we created a list of 6 factors that were the highlight of this open!

  1.  WHO WON?

Bryson DeChambeau won the 2020 United States Open by six strokes as power trumped accuracy at Winged Foot Golf Club. He excelled Matthew Wolff to win the tournament, who was just behind him in succeeding this tournament and was on the edge of writing his own history before surrendering his 54-hole two-stroke.

DeChambeau closed fourth in strokes gained off the tee this week and fourth in driving distance on Sunday. He was also the first player to secure an eagle in his final round and succeed the U.S. Open since 1937!! DeChambeau accomplished that on the ninth hole and cruised to victory from there, which not only shocked others but also was a shock to himself as he himself stated that “I made that long eagle putt and shocked myself making it, too. I thought to myself I could do it, and then immediately after I said, ‘Nope, you gotta focus on each and every hole.’ I just kept telling myself, ‘Nope, we’ve got three more holes, we’ve got four more holes, we’ve got five more holes.’ Whatever it was, I just had to keep focused, make sure I was executing every shot, the best I possibly could.”

  1. Wolff could have become the youngest U.S. Open winner since 1923 and youngest major champion since Tiger Woods. However, he finished with a final-round 5-over 75 as he struggled to keep up with the winner DeChambeau performance. It is Wolff’s second consecutive top-five finish in a major, however, on the heels of a T4 finish at the PGA Championship last month.
  1. Patrick Reed was the first player of the day to make a hole-in-one on the seventh hole at Winged Foot in U.S. Open competition. Later on, during the day, Zalatoris also imitated the feat. Both hit 9-iron on the 165-yard hole. This marked the first time since 1989 that there were two aces made on the same hole, in the same round at the U.S. Open, creating a highlighted and historic moment for the day and the recent years of US opens. 
  1.  Also, on highlighting Louis Oosthuizen (+2): One-time major champion Oosthuizen concluded in sole possession of a third, this being his second-best finish at the U.S. Open ever — on the strength of a final-round 73. Louis played with control all week, finishing in the top 20 in greens hit in regulation and in fairway hits. 
  1. Early on Sunday, Harry English, who came 37th in the PGA tour, rallied to play the final 17 at 1 over. Tied for fourth and merely five strokes off the lead as he fought off at Winged Foot, the English pulled his drive into the left rough on the solid par 4. He finished the week second in the field in the fewest number of putts at 111.
  1. Harry English wasn’t the only one to struggle on the 452-yard opener, which is playing as the third most-tough hole on the property. McIlroy, playing in the group in front of English, scarcely reached the green with his approach and faced with an 84-foot putt, then failed to get his ball over the ridge near the hole and it rolled almost back to his feet, leaving him a 63-footer for his following. He rolled his next putt to just inside 4 feet but missed from there and performed a double Bogey.

The U.S. Open is renowned for being played on challenging courses, with tight fairways, deep, rough and challenging pin positions, all of which place a premium on accuracy. The Winged Foot course was all of these mentioned above, leaving a challenge for the players. In conclusion, all these players left an open worthy to remember for their golf fans who watched the game with immense speculation on who could possibly be the winner of this 2020 U. S open.

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