U.S. Open 2019: Bold predictions for the week at Pebble Beach

Tanya Simon
June 13, 2019

The course plays host to the 118th installment of the open, and its sixth in its history.

But he noted that in five prior US Opens, Pebble Beach - a scenic beauty hugging the Pacific coast, has produced notable champions. "But you've still got to go out there and execute".

A wishful Shane Lowry said of his 8.13am local tee time with Gary Woodland and Tyrrell Hatton today: "The greens are more receptive than I thought they would be so maybe an early tee time on Thursday will be a bit of an advantage because it might be the softest the course will play all week". We got to Chambers Bay and watched the ball dance down fairways like a pinball machine and bounce on greens like a Plinko board. "You just have to avoid getting hit with that big punch - the knockout punch".

If McIlroy's game is peaking for this week, there's another Open he probably wants to win even more this year. And that's what I need to do most, is just slowly keep reinforcing that - whether I'm going to get back to number one in the world or I am a good player.

"We feel good about our plan".

"It's not like he (Woods) was 18-under-par and the rest were at three, which is still hard".

"His nearest drop would be Honolulu", Jimmy Demaret said.

Rahm is yet to win a Major title but as well as watching videos of Woods winning in 2000, the 24-year-old picked the brains of Phil Mickelson during a practice round on Tuesday, Mickelson having won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a record-equalling fifth time in February.

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He will be reunited with the 2010 champion for the first two rounds, and the Portrush man is riding high after clinching his place in The Open. As the saying goes-you can't win the tournament on Thursday, but you certainly can lose it. Follow along with us all day as we provide live updates and analysis on all the action out West. Hopefully over time that self-reinforcement of positivity will sooner or later go into my golf game and give me confidence. "In more than 100 rounds, I've never seen this golf course look better, especially the putting greens".

Koepka will be going for a rare hat-trick of US Open wins last achieved by Scotland's Willie Anderson in 1905. It also correctly predicted Koepka's (9-1) victory at the CJ Cup.

The four-time major champion heads to Pebble Beach on the back of a seven-stroke win at the Canadian Open, where he carded a spectacular nine-under 61 in the final round.

"Olympic gold medal would be a hell of a feat", Woods said.

"We're not going to lose that". A hole that could play as a dogleg left OR RIGHT (I'm still trying to figure that one out).

"A little bit, yeah". The rough is really, really up.

This will be a test, not just of his mental faculties and his course management, but his prowess with the short clubs. Perhaps the toughest feature of a U.S. Open at Pebble Beach is the small greens. Many will be placing traditional 2019 U.S. Open bets on who comes out on top at week's end, but with 156 players vying for the title, there are plenty of other ways to cash in.

"I've been coming here since the late 1970s - played college golf here and a lot of amateur golf", said John Bodenhamer, the senior managing director of USGA championships.

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