The US Open is offered referred to as the toughest test in golf and it appears as if this week’s major championship at Winged Foot will be no different.
Early reports and social media from the famed Winged Foot Golf Club indicate this week’s US Open is going to be brutal for golfers. And as Justin Thomas suggested, it might be brutal for golf fans to watch as well.
“The viewers at home are going to see some pretty bizarre stuff and probably a lot of putts and chips that make us look pretty bad,” Thomas said.
“If you’re into that stuff, then you’re going to like this week.”
The unwritten rule around the US Open is that the host course is usually set up so the winning score is somewhere around even par.
In modern golf where nearly everyone is left with short irons into greens, that means growing the rough to ridiculous lengths and increasing green speeds.
The combination of long rough and fast greens will mean higher scores, less strategy, more three-putts and very long rounds of golf.
But judging by some of the social media posts going around, it looks like it may be more brutal than usual with some predicting a winning score of +5 to +10.
Remember, Geoff Ogilvy won the US Open at Winged Foot in 2006 with a combined score of 5-over par.
The greens at Winged Foot this week 😱
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) September 14, 2020
And the rough looks ridiculously brutal.
Spotters will play a crucial role this week to deal with the deep, thick rough at Winged Foot… 👀 pic.twitter.com/8KhhnrZRAJ
— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) September 14, 2020
Three extra months of warm season growth….this week’s US Open rough at Winged Foot New York looks particularly juicy… pic.twitter.com/yJwzSWnoj1
— Greg Allen (@gregallenRTE) September 14, 2020
The rough has already been cut before the tournament begins though. Time will tell how penal it will be this week. Especially without golf fans walking around squashing the grass down.
And just like clockwork- just when the media shows off the unreal rough at the US Open they come out and mow it down. It happens every single year folks.
— Society of Golf Historians (@SHistorians) September 15, 2020
Nine Australians will tee up at Winged Foot this week with FoxSports, Kayo and GolfTV live broadcasting all four rounds.
Click here for Australian TV times for the 2020 US Open golf.