REUNITED major winning duo Adam Scott and caddie Steve Williams, along with serial big event performer Jason Day, head the Aussie thrust at the 2015 US Open.
Also lining up at the “quirky” links-style Chambers Bay course are Marc Leishman, picked as one of the top “sleepers” by some local US pundits, 2006 champion Geoff Ogilvy, the often underrated John Senden, Marcus Fraser, Kurt Barnes and the very promising rookie Cameron Smith.
Scott will no doubt be buoyed by the return of the very experienced Williams on his bag, while Day, a runner up in 2011 and 2012, is said to be fit and raring to go.
The fact that the eight year old Chambers Bay course in Washington state in the Pacific Northwest is more like a British Open venue that a classic US Open one should give the Aussies a bit of a head start on many of the big name Americans, few of whom have had much previously to do with this venue. The course has just one tree…. which doesn’t come into play.
Bookies (Sportsbet odds quoted) have world No.1 Rory McIlroy equal favourite with reigning US Masters champion Jordan Spieth on 9 to 1, followed in odds order by Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Jason Day and Adam Scott (jointly at 34 to 1).
For many, sentimental favourite is Phil Mickelson, a six time US Open runner up who had a great lead in to the event with a final round 65 at the St Jude Classic on Sunday. Mickelson’s efforts in recent years to master British links style courses (and in winning the 2013 Open at Muirfield in Scotland) should stand him in good stead.
Three-time US Open winner Tiger Woods is a starter but given how little competition golf he has actually played in recent times, is probably unduly overrated at 61 to 1.
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Adam Scott will play the first two rounds with Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia, teeing off at 8.17am (US Time) Thursday. Day is a dynamic grouping that includes Jordan Spieth and 2013 champion Justin Rose at (2.17pm).US Open Tee Times
Australian TV Schedule
US Open Live Australian Coverage on Fox Sports (AEST)
Round 1, Friday June 19: 2:00am – 1:00pm
Round 2, Saturday June 20: 3:00am – 1:00pm
Round 3, Sunday June 21: 5:00am – 12:00pm
Round 4, Monday June 22: 5:00am – 12:30pm
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