Sean Logan, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Tyrrell Hatton
- Longshots haven't fared well at the U.S. Open recently, but Pebble Beach isn't a terribly long course and that could leave the door open.
- Josh Perry analyzes which big-priced golfers have a chance to contend this weekend?
The U.S. Open hasn’t really been a tournament for longshots, but that won’t stop me from throwing a few darts and seeing if someone can get into contention at Pebble Beach.
This event’s last triple-digit winner came back in 2009 when Lucas Glover won. Since then, Webb Simpson and Graeme McDowell were as high as +8000 when they claimed their titles. McDowell’s win notably came at Pebble Beach, a course which can cater to the longshots a bit.
Without the major advantage distance off the tee usually provides, Pebble Beach lets the shorter hitters contend at a better rate than we’d usually see at a U.S. Open.
During the regular tour stop, we’ve had longshot winners like Ted Potter Jr. and Vaughn Taylor. As mentioned before, it’s not the same set up, but players do come from out of nowhere at Pebble Beach. So this course may be as good as any to snap that U.S. Open longshot drought.
Pebble Beach will check in at a relatively short 7,075 yards for a par 71. The fairways will be tighter and the rough will be thicker than the during the regular tour stop, but it will test the same parts of each player’s game.
The players will need to be completely dialed in with their irons and they will need to be good scramblers and have confidence on the poa annua greens.
Even the best ball-strikers will miss their fair share of greens this week so the ability to minimize damage will be incredibly important.