Off the Tee: Was This a Memorable U.S. Open for All the Right or All the Wrong Reasons?
Love it or hate it, golf fans will always remember the 2015 U.S. Open, as much for the 'Chambers Bay effect' and Fox Sports coverage, as for Jordan Spieth's dramatic win over Dustin Johnson on the 72nd hole. But just how much did the unorthodox set-up of the course factor into the outcome of the tournament?
All of those topics, and more, were on the table for this edition of "Off The Tee" with Joel Harrington from 4 Deep Golf Blog. Here are some of the headlines:
- According to Joel, this U.S. Open will be remembered more for Dustin Johnson losing rather than Jordan Spieth winning.
- Despite the unusual layout of the course, Joel says the tournament still featured most of the top players in the world contending for the title.
- Chambers Bay will be a one-and-done as host of the U.S. Open, in Joel's opinion.
- Joel says Fox Sports coverage of the event left a lot to be desired, with incomplete commentary and a host of technical issues. The ratings didn't help - down 30 percent from last year, thanks, in part, to Tiger Woods' early exit.
- Next year's U.S. Open will be played at Oakmont Country Club, in Pennsylvania. Joel says it will be nice to get back to a more traditional setting for the tournament.
- The new wave in golf seems to be designing courses specifically to host the U.S. Open. West Virginia is the latest to do it, enlisting the help of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, and Gary Player to design a course. Joel says he's not sure that's a great idea.
- South Dakota's Husband - Wife and Mixed Team championships are this weekend at Brookings Country Club. Joel says Ryan and Julie Jansa are, once again this year, the hands-down favorites to win the husband-wife event.
Listen to my complete interview with Joel here: