Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Expect Oakmont to Be a Bloodbath
Since there is really nothing you can add to what Ron Sirak is reporting about the Women's U.S. Open at Oakmont, let us dive directly into one of his quotes, shall we.
In the weird "let's bet on anything" world that caddies inhabit, the over/under on the cut number has been set at 12 over par. The betting on the winning score has ranged as high as 14 over par, with one caddie who was part of an Open win saying he likes eight over.
Welcome to Oakmont, ladies!
That is what the LPGA will deal with starting on Thursday in only their second ever visit to the golf course famous for it's fast greens and brutal bunkers.
If five-over wasn't tough enough in 2007, when Angel Cabrera was able to outlast Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk, the ladies have to face the longest par-5 in the history of the LPGA (over 600 yards) and a par-3 that will force most of the field to pull out the big dog. It is a golf course so famously hard, that Ernie Els was asked before the '07 U.S. Open how many times he'd come back to play it since he was offered a ceremonial membership following his 1994 victory at Oakmont, and he admitted only once, and that was because his buddies convinced him to host a boys trip.
If you thought Pebble Beach played hard this year, tune in this week and watch the second installment of the U.S. Open. I can promise you that it'll be something you've never seen in golf.
Over/under on the cut line? I'd like to see someone set an over/under on players that break down and start crying.