The 2007 US Open Championship at Oakmont - A preview
Released on = June 13, 2007, 11:25 am
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Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications
Industry = Media
Press Release Summary = The 2007 U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont: A preview. PGA
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Press Release Body = Brandon Tucker,
Golf Publisher Syndications
OAKMONT, Pa. - It\'s a safe bet USGA officials watched the slaughter at this year\'s
Masters at Augusta National and
mumbled sinisterly amongst each other, \"We\'ll do much better than that.\"
The Masters had uncharacteristically high scores this year, but of the four majors,
the U.S. Open most consistently brings
in the highest cards, regardless of venue.
It seems each U.S. Open tries to outdo the previous in terms of difficulty, and this
year\'s Open at Oakmont, outside of
Pittsburgh is no different.
The course has been lengthened since its last championship in 1994, when it played a
humane 6,940 yards and a par 71.
This year, it will play 7,230 yards, and par has been dropped to 70.
Crowds will surely surround the par-3 8th hole, playing a beastly 288 yards this
year. A back hole location will put it
closer to 300. This brute even had Tiger Woods reportedly hitting 3-woods to it in
practice rounds. Others are hitting iron
short intentionally to set up a chip shot. Things don\'t get much easier on the
477-yard uphill par 4 9th hole, and the 12th
will play 667 yards this week.
Unlike Augusta, where players enter the week expecting birdies and a score around
10-under to win, the field knows
shooting around par four straight days will put you in the driver\'s seat. The greens
this week will be slicker than ever, and
many are even predicting a higher score above par than the +5 needed by Geoff Ogilvy
to win at Winged Foot last year.
Ogilvy will be paired with Woods the first two rounds together and should draw the
biggest crowds. Rounding out the
group will be US Amateur champion and Scotsman Richie Ramsey, who was the first
British player to win the event in
over a century. Europeans haven\'t come out on top in the U.S. Amateur since Tony
Jacklin won 37 years ago.
Favorites this year include Ireland\'s Padraig Harrington, England\'s Justin Rose and
Scotland\'s Colin Montgomerie. Monty,
who lost in a playoff to Ernie Els here in 1994, will hope to bounce back after a
disappointing bogey on the 18th hole to
finish in second place last year.
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