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Golf Glance: Winged Foot center stage at U.S. Open

Field Level Media
16 Sep 2020, 05:19 GMT+10

Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.


LAST TOURNAMENT: Safeway Open (Stewart Cink)

THIS WEEK: U.S. Open, Sept. 17-20

Winged Foot Golf Club, West Course, Mamaroneck, N.Y. (Par 70, 7,477 yards)

Purse: $12.5million (Winner: $2.25 million)

Defending Champion: Gary Woodland

FedEx Cup leader: Cink

TV: Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. ET (Golf Channel), 2-5 p.m. (NBC); Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (GC), 4-7 p.m. (NBC); Saturday, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (GC), 12 p.m.-6 p.m. (NBC).

NOTES: The U.S. Open will be played in September for the first time since 1913 after being postponed from June due to the coronavirus pandemic. ... Six major championships will be played during the 2020-21 PGA Tour season. ... The A.W. Tillinghast-designed West Course opened in 1923 and was renovated by Gil Hanse in 2017. ... The most recent of five previous U.S. Opens held at Winged Foot was won by Geoff Ogilvy at 5-over par in 2006. Phil Mickelson famously double-bogeyed the 72nd hole to finish one shot behind Ogilvy. Only once has the winning score of a U.S. Open held at Winged Foot been under par. ... World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is the first player since Tiger Woods in 1999 to hold the 54-hole lead/co-lead in four consecutive starts. ... Woods is seeking his first U.S. Open title since 2008 and his 16th major title overall.... Two-time U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is not in the field due to injury. ... Scottie Scheffler and Sam Horsfield were forced to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19. ... Only seven players have successfully defended a U.S. Open title. ... Viktor Hovland broke Jack Nicklaus' scoring record for an amateur at last year's U.S. Open and enters this year ranked No. 31.

BEST BETS: Johnson's lone major victory came at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont. Since withdrawing from the 3M Open, Johnson (850 at DraftKings) has shot 18 of 20 rounds in the 60s with two wins and two runner-ups. ... Jon Rahm (900) finished third to Woodland and Koepka last year. He has won two of his past six starts to go with a pair of top-6s. ... Justin Thomas' (1400) best U.S. Open was a T9 in 2017. He has won four times in the past 13 months and is coming off a T3 at the Tour Championship. ... Rory McIlroy (1800) has shown improved form of late with a T12 and T7 in his past two starts and finished T9 last year. He holds the 72-hole U.S. Open scoring record of 269 set in 2011. ... Xander Schauffele (1500) did not record a victory in the 2019-20 season but did have the lowest 72-hole score at the Tour Championship to rise to No. 7 in the world. ... Collin Morikawa (1700) is the only player to win a major in 2020 at last month's PGA Championship and has three wins since turning pro just 15 months ago. He is seeking to become the first back-to-back major champion since Jordan Spieth in 2015.

NEXT WEEK: Corales Puntacana Resort Club Championship, Dominican Republic


LAST TOURNAMENT: ANA Inspiration (Mirim Lee)

THIS WEEK: Cambia Portland Classic, Sept. 18-20

Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, Ore. (Par 72, 6,467 yards)

Purse: $1.75 million (Winner: $262,500)

Defending Champion: Hannah Green

Race to the CME Globe leader: Danielle Kang

TV: Friday, 9-11 p.m. ET; Saturday, 9:30-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8-10 p.m. (All times tape delayed on Golf Channel).

NOTES: The event was shortened to 54 holes and will begin on Friday due to hazardous air quality caused by wildfires in the Pacific Northwest. ... Green and two-time event winner Brooke Henderson (2015, '16) share the tournament's scoring record of 21-under 267. ... All nine winners on tour this year are in the field. ... Kang leads the tour with $698,612 in 2020 earnings. ... Sei Young Kim leads the tour with a 68.733 scoring average. ... The average age of winners on tour this season is 28.9.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: ShopRite LPGA Classic, Galloway, N.J., Oct. 1-4

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: Sanford International (Miguel Angel Jimenez)

THIS WEEK: PURE Insurance Championship, Sept. 18-20

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey, Calif. (Par 70, 6,729 yards)

Purse: $2.2 million (Winner: $315,000)

Defending Champion: Kirk Triplett

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer

TV: Friday-Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. ET (All times Golf Channel).

NOTES: There will be no fans or First Tee juniors that regularly attend the event, although 80 players will compete during the first two rounds alongside 80 amateurs who support The First Tee. The low 12 teams will make the cut for the final round. Typically, a junior golfer and pro would be joined by two amateurs. ... All three rounds will be played at Pebble Beach, rather than one being played at Poppy Hills.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: SAS Championship, Cary, N.C., Oct. 9-11

--Field Level Media

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