When I was a little boy, my favorite major was always the Masters. I loved the fact that every April, a handful of the worlds best golfers got together to compete on the 18 most aesthetically pleasing holes you will ever find. And while I would be lying if I said that the Masters were no longer my favorite event of the year, the U.S. Open has cozied up over the years into a second place position.
What make’s the U.S. Open so great is that it is the one tournament of the year where some of the worlds most defined and skillful athletes, look like like brute amateurs at best. In many ways, golfers are not only competing against themselves during the week of the open, nor are competing with their counterparts, but are rather competing against the ultimate challenge of the week, which is the course itself. That’s right. We are talking deep roughs and carnivorous bunkers. Skinny fairways and fast greens. At the open, no man is safe.
It is now time to get into the meat of our article. Seeing that the open starts in just two days, I thought it would be fun to talk some picks. With that being said, I felt that it may be boring if I just sat down and gave you my pick to win. So instead, I asked everyone.. and anyone, who has every had any part in contributing to this brand to take a shot at who they thought was going to win this weekend at Torrey Pines. Now mind you, some of the people you are about to hear from have played and studied the game of golf for multiple years, such as myself. But some have never picked up a club, nor watched a tournament in their lives. See if you can spot the difference.
SIDE NOTE BEFORE WE BEGIN: The fact the the USGA missed an opportunity to pair Bryson and Brooks together is LAME.
UPDATE; It gets better.
Peter Snyder (CEO): Jon Rahm
“My pick is pretty easy on this one. Jon Rahm is coming into Torrey Pines both pissed off, and playing some of the best golf he has ever played in his life. And while I understand testing positive for COVID-19 at Jacks place a couple of weeks ago is nobodies fault, you have to understand that Rahm had that tournament won. And he didn’t just have it won, but he was on pace to shatter the tournament scoring record. I also like the fact that Rahm went to school out west (Arizonan State,) and is very comfortable with playing west-coast style of courses. Give me the 26-year-old Spaniard to win his first career major.”
Chris Cote (UFC Podcaster): Dustin Johnson
“Im picking DJ to make a statement. He’s been lacking a bit and I think people are forgetting he’s the world #1 for a reason. I admire his calm and cool attitude and think it’s the perfect attitude to have out on the golf course.”
Dom Mags (Royals Fan): Louis Oosthuizen
“Louis is currently 60-1 to win and the man often shows up on the big stage, especially when the big stage is on a course next to the ocean. When it comes to tournaments on the PGA Tour, Oosthuizen has made his last 15 cuts with five top ten finishes in those starts. During his last four majors, Oosthuizen has made all four cuts to go along with two top ten finishes. I can definitely see the South African being a bold, yet good pick to win this weekend.”
Brandon Ortiz (Basketball Podcaster): Jon Rahm
“I’ll go with Rahm for for the simple reason that he’s the odds on favorite and he looks like a pretty solid golfer.”
Alex Peslin (Chelsea Fan): Phil Mickelson
“I’m going with Phil because at this point in his career, he’s only going to turn up for majors. He’s also playing well and is riding high from his win at Kiawah Island.”
David Stec (Baseball Podcaster): Jordan Spieth
“Spieth has been playing really well for the majority of the year but hasn’t quite been able to close it out since Texas. Looking for him to have a big Sunday this weekend.”
Joe Bailey (Blogger and Podcaster): Jordan Spieth
“Jordan Spieth; guys a fucking unit.”
Caitlin Thiel (Baseball Blogger): Rory McIlroy
“I’m going Rory because I remember some kid doing a presentation on him in my marketing class.”
Alex Coleman (Fantasy Football Connoisseur): Jon Rahm
“Personally, I think Jon Rahm can be a real contender after his impeccable performance at The Memorial, which was unfortunately cut short due to covid. I think he is going to be more determined to win this major because he was deprived of a win a few short weeks ago.”
Austin Oldfield (Actually goof at golf): Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka
“My big three to watch this week at Torrey Pines is Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka. Torrey Pines is a course that tests players ball striking ability and these three are some of the best ball strikers in the world. Keeping the ball in the fairway and hitting greens will be key this week. They all have been in contention to win majors before (Schauffele, the only one of the three to not win one,) so they know what they have to do to get the job done.”
Andrew Meyers (Editor In Chief): Collin Morikawa
“Collin is playing some fantastic golf right now. He finished 8th at the PGA and was the runner up and The Memorial. His elite ball striking is a perfect counter for the long-hitters he’s going head to head with throughout the weekend. If he can sink his putts and stay out of the rough, there’s no reason as to why he can’t win this tournament.”
Who do you got taking it all? Let us know in the comments down below!