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USGA releases trailer for 2020 U.S. Open promising “Blood, Sweat and Tears”




Over the weekend, the USGA released an eerie trailer for the 2020 U.S. Open which suggests a return to a more punishing set-up for the year’s third major.

The 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach produced the third-lowest winning score in the event’s history, and while many Tour pros praised the championship’s set-up, several fans were left disappointed by the low scores on show.

The USGA’s trailer, which you can see below, gives the impression that this year’s U.S. Open will be a return to a more vicious set-up synonymous with the event—promising “Blood, Sweat and Tears”.

In case you need a reminder, the last time the U.S. Open was held at Winged Foot was in 2006, where Geoff Ogilvy was the last man standing after posting a total of +5.

Would you be happier to see a low scoring U.S. Open in the style of last year’s event, or do you want to see a brutal test of endurance at Winged Foot, WRXers?

Let us know what you think!

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  1. Speedy

    Jan 9, 2020 at 7:34 pm


  2. Tiger Noods

    Jan 8, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    I don’t mind seeing a tough scoring week AS LONG AS it’s a test of skill, and not luck.

    Too often, US Opens have been about luck. Sure, make the course difficult, but don’t make it into a farce where balls roll off greens so often they set up a camera to watch it. Make the rough a little taller than normal, but don’t make it into something were guys are constantly losing balls. Difficult, but fair.

    I know I’m hoping against hope here.

  3. Harvey

    Jan 8, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Oh boy! I can’t wait. . . another US Open where the course setup is designed to identify not the best golfer of the week, but the guy who gets the luckiest bounces on their approach shots.

    Don’t aim at the center of the green, aim at the hidden clown mouth somewhere short or to the side of the green. . . The luckiest miss wins! YIPPEE!

  4. Alex

    Jan 7, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Golf ball goes too straight and these guys hit it too far with no fear. Somebody will torch it.

  5. Prime21

    Jan 7, 2020 at 9:00 am

    In case you need a reminder, it was 2006.

  6. G

    Jan 6, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    If the weather stays dry that week,bit should be tough going. I think it would.he really fun to see everyone over par.

  7. Thunder Bear

    Jan 6, 2020 at 11:10 am

    I like to see pros struggle. I can see them shoot 20 under every other week. I want to see them whine.

    • H

      Jan 7, 2020 at 2:24 am

      Right. Ogilvy won it at +5.
      If that happens now they will do nothing but whine on social media and they’ll call it the worst one ever. But people seem to forget how it was back in the day, that it was always just about the survival of the fittest, not trying to score low every day.
      I hope the winning score is similar to how it was before.

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Ian Poulter on how the Europeans have embraced Ryder Cup underdog mentality



Ahead of next week’s 43rd Ryder Cup matches, Ian Poulter hopped on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio with Michael Breed to discuss the European team’s chances.

When Breed asked the 12-time European Tour winner about the team’s underdog mentality, Poulter chuckled,

“You know that’s our advantage, I guess, in a way, right? That we have delivered when perhaps we shouldn’t have delivered. And that is the magical question that gets asked all the time. That’s what has the American press scratching their head. That’s what has the American team scratching their heads at times, right? On paper, on paper, on paper, on paper, the U.S. team should have delivered. It’s for us to enjoy and for the American team to figure out, right?”

It’s hard to knock Poulter’s confidence. The European side has won four out of the last five, seven of the last nine, and nine of the last 12 Ryder Cups. Poulter is a six-time Ryder Cup veteran, and the European team is 4-2 when he plays. He holds a lifetime 14-6-2 record, and he has yet to record a loss in Sunday singles.

Nothing about Ian Poulter’s statistical profile jumps out “on paper.” In fact, out of the 24 players competing at Whistling Straits next week, Poulter ranks 21st in data golf’s true strokes gained metric over the last year. With that being said, the U.S. team always has the advantage “on paper,” and that appears to be just the way the Europeans like it.

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Kevin Na: Should have paired me with Bryson at Ryder Cup



Kevin Na is in action at the PGA Tour’s 2021-22 season opener in Napa this week, fresh off the disappointment of not receiving a Ryder Cup Captain’s pick he felt he might get.

Following an opening round of 3 under par, the American told Golfweek’s Adam Schupak about receiving the bad news from Steve Stricker and explained how he’d have been an ideal partner for Bryson DeChambeau.

“If I had Bryson DeChambeau as my partner hitting driver, I’d be stuffing wedge in there or short irons. I’m a good putter, a good chipper.

“I mean, so all these years you’re telling me that the U.S. team has been struggling because they had lack of length? No, if anything it has been putting, guys able to make putts under the gun. But it’s over.”

Na has been one of the best wedge players and putters consistently over the past few years, and his argument that he could have capitalized on Bryson’s monstrous drives in foursomes action – a format the American side have always struggled with – certainly has plenty of merit.

The 38-year-old looked to have made himself hard not to pick after East Lake, where he had tied the lowest score after four rounds but revealed to Schupak that he felt Stricker had his mind made up before the event.

“It didn’t matter what happened at the Tour Championship. (Stricker) already had his mind set. That’s my personal opinion. I think it would have been great if I played for the team. I think I could have really brought some good energy and I could’ve really contributed and disappointing that I won’t get the chance to do that.”

Safe to say, Na isn’t too pleased with the decision, but he’s ready to work even harder to make the next U.S. team

“It’s a captain’s call. I respect his decision. Do I disagree? Yeah, I disagree. I just have to play better.”

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Phil Mickelson shares theory for Europe’s Ryder Cup success



For the first time in over 25 years, Phil Mickelson will not be competing for the United States Ryder Cup team. He will, however, be in the team room as an assistant captain to Steve Stricker.

No one is more experienced in the Ryder Cup than the six-time major champion, who holds the record for most appearances with 12. With that being said, the United States only holds a 3-9 record in those last 12 matches.

On the debut episode of 5 Clubs with Gary Williams, Mickelson shared his theory for why the European team has been so dominant. When asked if he had a theory why Team Europe was so much more successful, Mickelson responded with a laugh, “Yes I do.”

The reigning PGA Championship winner elaborated, “I see the way they support each other, and I see the way that they have this foundation of support amongst each other to lift each other up. I see them walking side-by-side in the fairways and with a vision of solidarity, if you will. I see them helping each other get the best out of each other.”

That description falls in stark contrast to the countless instances of drama and chemistry issues surrounding the U.S. side. With that being said, Mickelson does believe the U.S. side is improving in that respect.

Referring to the European’s strategy and team effort, the 45-time PGA Tour winner stated, “I see the U.S. starting to do that. We’ve been doing that, and I think we’re going to start to play some of our best golf in the coming years, I really do.”

The 43rd edition of the Ryder Cup kicks off on Friday, September 24th at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin.

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