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Three Things to Watch For at The 2017 US Open

Andrew Sander

Posted on June 15, 2017 17:13

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The Second Major of the year is under way at Erin Hills, Wisconsin. Already, there has been plenty of action off the course, including a fiery aerial excursion gone wrong. Here are three things to watch for, on and off the links, during this year’s US Open.

1) The Under-30 Guys

With the demise of Tiger Woods, there has been a changing of the guard in golf over the past few years. The PGA has belonged to a group of guys that all are all under the age of 30 and still in the prime of their career.

 

·       Jason Day, 29, has five “Top 5” finishes in Majors and took first place in the 2015 PGA Championship.

 

·       Rickie Fowler, 28, has four “Top 5” finishes in Majors including a tie for second place  in the 2014 US Open.

 

·       Rory McIlroy, 28, has won four Majors including a 2011 win at the US Open ,wins at the PGA and the Open Championship in 2014 and most recently finished 4th at the 2015 Masters. 

 

·       Most impressively Jordan Spieth, at the young age of 23, has two Majors under his belt, including a US Open win in 2015. 

 

2) Dustin Johnson's ongoing escapades

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 Johnson is currently the number one ranked golfer in the world and is never able to escape the spotlight, whether for good or bad reasons. Johnson was suspended for six months in 2014 when he tested positive for cocaine. 

In April of this year, Johnson had to pull out of the Master's because of a "freak accident" which he described as slipping and then falling down wooden stairs the night before the first round of the tournament.  

But no matter what he does off the course, Johnson is still the World's Number 1. Dustin Johnson won this Tournament last year in Oakmont, Pennsylvania and is certainly a name to keep in mind while watching this year's US Open.

 

3) Ongoing Coverage of the Advertising Blimp Crash

Around 11:15 a.m. Eastern Time this morning, during the first round of the tournament, spectators watched as an advertising blimp crashed to the ground about a half-mile away from the golf course. The pilot was able to escape the scary situation and parachute out of the falling blimp just moments before it crashed.  He did sustain serious burns.

Look for this story to continue to develop as authorities figure out exactly what went wrong.  In the meantime there promises to be plenty of great action at Erin Hills.

Andrew Sander

Posted on June 15, 2017 17:13

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Dustin Johnson is ahead of Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy on the 2017 U.S. Open odds board

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