Alex Noren, winner of the 2017 BMW PGA Championship, shooting a course record equalling 62 on Sunday.
Noren’s Stunning PGA Win & A look at the US Open.
By Golf South West
Swede Alex Noren showed some of the sensational form we saw in 2016, shooting a course record equalling 62 to come from 7 shots behind and take the 2017 BMW PGA Championship by 2 shots. His 62 meant that he set a clubhouse target of -11 and nobody was able to get closer than 2 shots. Noren achieved his score by shooting a 4 under par 31 for the front nine, then going on to pick up further birdies on the 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th, before finishing the round with a stunning eagle following a rifled 5-Iron approach from 204 yards. This is Noren’s 9th win on the European tour, which included 4 wins from 10 tournaments from July – November in 2016 and a return to last years form could see the swede become very competitive on the European Tour.
A Look at the U.S Open
For the first time in it’s history the U.S. Open will be contested in Wisconsin, at a course called Erin Hills. Not much is known about the course that will become the 52nd course to host the U.S. open, and only the 6th public access course to be chosen, but we do know that as the name suggests, the course has hills, a lot of hills. The elevation changes throughout the course are huge, with the difference between the highest and lowest points of the course being 54 feet. This may not sound like a lot but that is the same as a 5-story building, and with some holes changing elevation by 2 stories between tee and green, this course could offer us a very unique 117th U.S. Open. As with most courses that host the U.S. Open this course has greens and fairways that run hard and fast, if you do miss the fairways then you could be in big trouble with wayward drives at Erin Hills landing players in a lot of trouble.
A stunning shot overlooking the undulations of Erin Hills, Wisconsin.
The hilly fairways and greens of Erin Hills are perfectly kept and will offer some beautiful shots during the tournament.
With lots of players in good form it won’t be easy to predict the winner, especially when you combine that with a unique course that could catch players out. However, we believe there are a few players who should definitely be watching out for.
World Ranking: 2
Rory will be looking to join an elite club of only 6 players who have won all 4 Majors, and given the fact that the world number 2 is currently in a very good vein of form, finishing in the top 10 for every stroke event he has played in this year, you would have to say he has a Major chance of collecting all 4 Majors. His chances are boosted when you take a look at the course, long fast fairways and a course likely to be 8000 yards long means that big hitters with accurate drives could do well, and Rory is one of the biggest hitters in the game.
World Ranking: 34
Bubba has not experienced the same consistency and form as Rory has so far this year and is yet to hit his stride, he will be wanting to change that here as he is a big fan of the tournament. The length of this course and the undulations found on every hole could play into Bubbas hands, with his long drive and ability to use any club in any situation, he might make light work of awkward lies that other players struggle with.
World Ranking: 1
World Number 1 Johnson is the defending champion and most peoples favourite to win at Erin Hills. He is well known for the strength of his play on long dry courses and has been the top performing player on Par 5s this year, suggesting that the monstrous 8000-yard course could play to his strengths. DJ missed the masters with a late freak injury, and having missed that opportunity he may come here hungry to retain his crown.
Although we think these players have the best chance of winning, there are plenty of others who could take home this years renewal. European players like Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia have all been in fantastic form and could have a very good weekend if they enjoy this unique course. Long straight hitters like Adam Scott and Ricky Fowler could also be dangerous, with the latter bound to win one of the Opens soon, and with the unknown of how players will get to grips with this hilly course, it should make for a fantastic renewal of the 2017 U.S. Open.