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Wednesday June 16, 2021 – Just 4-weeks after Phil’s historic win at the 2021 PGA Championship, major championship golf is back.

The 121st U.S. Open kicks off Thursday (6/17) at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, CA.

This isn’t the first time Torrey Pines has hosted a U.S. Open. Some of you might remember Tiger’s epic playoff win over Rocco Mediate back in 2008. And for those that don’t remember, Big Cat was playing on 2 stress fractures and a torn ACL.

…and here we are complaining about a sore back after drinking 11-beers and shooting 15-over with a cart. #perspective

By the numbers:

  • Par 71. Torrey played to a 74.41 scoring average back in 2008.
  • 7,652 yards. Damp air and an ocean breeze will make the course play every bit of that, if not more.
  • 156 players. 156 of the world’s best, including 50 of the Top 50, will be in California this week.
  • $12.5 million. The total purse for the 2021 U.S. Open…$500k more than the PGA Championship.
  • $2.25 million. The prize money awarded to the U.S. Open champion.
  • 10,000. The # of spectators allowed per day.
  • < $140 million. The economic impact projected to be generated this week is less than that of the 2008 U.S. Open.

With narrow fairways and a constant ocean breeze, logic would suggest looking into guys with driving accuracy when making your picks this week.

But, after further review, there’s maybe 3-guys inside the Top 50 of hit fairway percentage that we’d even remotely consider. So, do what works best: take what we say and do the exact opposite when making your picks. You’re welcome.

P.S. Brooks bests Bryson this week, establishing permanent residence underneath Bryson’s flat cap.