US Open 2013 Preview 3

OUR FINAL PREVIEW IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE:

NEW – DownThe18th US Open 2013 Final Preview

Published 06/06/2013

US Open 2013

Tournament: US Open 2013

Location: Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Course: Merion Golf Club (East Course)

Distance: 6,996 yards

Current Champion: Webb Simpson

Dates: June 13 – 16

With the US Open now under 2 weeks away, it is definitely time to get our 3rd extensive preview up! Previews 1 and 2 can be found below.

DownThe18th US Open Preview 1

DownThe18th US Open Preview 2

In our first preview, we looked at the course and how the short nature of the track will be a challenge to all the players.  With Merion being such a short yardage, it does mean that certain players do come to the fore and could maximize their short game abilities to win the second major of 2013. Preview number 2 outlines a few names that do take our fancy for the US Open based on our research. Our 4th and final preview will be available for you at least 3 days before the first ball is struck at Merion.

The iconic Merion pin flags

The iconic Merion pin flags

Preview number 3 is going to look at the recent history of tournaments where the courses have played under 7,100 yards. Now of course all types of golfers can play well on short courses, but it is very interesting to see who consistently plays well on the shorter tracks. We have picked out quite a few players that really seem to enjoy these types of courses at the bottom.

The last 7 Majors that played under 7,100 yards

2010 US Open, Pebble Beach – 7,040 yards – won by Graeme McDowell

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=797

2004 US Open, Shinnecock Hills – 6,996 yards – won by Retief Goosen

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=170

2001 US Open, Southern Hills Country Club – 6,973 yards – won by Retief Goosen

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=25

2000 US Open, Pebble Beach – 6,846 yards – won by Tiger Woods

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/pga/leaderboard/2000/24

2012 Open, Royal Lytham and St.Annes – 7,086 yards – won by Ernie Els

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=1017

2002 Open, Muirfield Golf Links – 7,034 yards – won by Ernie Els

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/pga/leaderboard/2002/29

2001 Open, Royal Lytham and St.Annes – 7,086 yards – won by David Duval

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=30

PGA TourPGA Tour Pic

Here is a run through of tournaments on the PGA Tour with yardage under 7,100 in the last few years.

2011 Season – Courses under 7,100 yards

2011 Sony Open, Waialae Country Club – 7,068 yards – won by Mark Wilson

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=897

2011 Mayakoba Golf Classic, El Camaleon – 6,923 yards – won by Johnson Wagner

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=923

2011 Pebble Beach AT&T Pro-Am, Spyglass Hill + Monterey Peninsula Shore – 6,858 + 6,838 – won by D.A Points

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=895

2011 The Hetirage, Harbour Town Golf Links – 6,973 yards – won by Brandt Snedeker

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=903

2011 Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands – 6,841 yards – won by Fredrik Jacobson

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=910

2011 RBC Canadian Open, Hamilton Golf + Country Club – 6,996 yards – won by Sean O’Hair

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=986

2011 The McGladrey Classic, Seaside Course, Sea Island – 7,005 yards – won by Ben Crane

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=928

2011 The Barclays, Plainfield Country Club – 6,964 yards – won by Dustin Johnson

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=984

2011 CIMB Classic, The MINES Resort & Golf Club – 6,909 yards – won by Bo Van Pelt

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=929

2012 Season – Courses under 7,100 yards

2012 Sony Open, Waialae Country Club – 7,068 yards – won by Johnson Wagner

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=999

2012 Humana Challenge, PGA West (Palmer course) – 6,950 yards – won by Mark Wilson

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=1058

2012 Pebble Beach AT&T Pro-Am, Spyglass Hill + Monterey Peninsula Shore – 6,858 + 6,838 – won by Phil Mickelson

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=997

2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic, El Camaleon – 6,923 yards – won by John Huh

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=1030

2012 Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands – 6,841 yards – won by Marc Leishman

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=1015

2012 RBC Canadian Open, Hamilton Golf + Country Club – 6,996 yards – won by Scott Piercy

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=1020

2012 The McGladrey Classic, Seaside Course, Sea Island – 7,005 yards – won by Tommy “two gloves” Gainey

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=1035

2012 CIMB Classic, The MINES Resort & Golf Club – 6,909 yards – won by Nick Watney

http://espn.go.com/golf/leaderboard?tournamentId=1036

2013 Season – Courses under 7,100 yards

2013 Sony Open, Waialae Country Club – 7,068 yards – won by Russell Henley

http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/sony-open-in-hawaii/leaderboard.html

2013 Humana Challenge, PGA West (Palmer course) – 6,950 yards – won by Brian Gay

http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/humana-challenge-in-partnership-with-the-clinton-foundation/leaderboard.html

2013 Pebble Beach AT&T Pro-Am, Spyglass Hill + Monterey Peninsula Shore – 6,858 + 6,838 – won by Brandt Snedeker

http://www.golfchannel.com/tours/pga-tour/2013/att-pebble-beach-national-pro-am/

There are several players who have kept cropping up on leaderboards and here are our selected favourites:

Jim FurykJimbo

Jimbo loves playing the technical courses and has a remarkable record on most short tracks.  One of those top 5s came at the US Open last year, where he did play some superb golf.  

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
0 3 3 6 14 3

Graeme McDowell 

Gmac is one of our ‘initial’ picks and it is obvious why.  He simply loves playing on shorter courses.  He has never been long off the tee, so it is no surprise that he has honed his game to really attack these sortsof tracks. 

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
2 4 4 4 7 1

Matt KucharKooch

Another ‘initial’ pick, Kuchar also has an enviable record in short courses. When you think 9/13of these tournaments he has finished inside the top 25, you realise his ability with the shorter clubs.

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
0 4 6 9 12 1

Brandt Snedeker

Was always going to be one of our ‘initial’ picks – can you really blame us?  The guy is unreal from 150 yards right to the pin is incredible.  His record is even better than Kuchar’s and if there were any doubts about him, they surely don’t exist anymore?! 

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
2 4 6 10 12 1

Charles HowellHowell

An extremely talented iron player who had lost his way but has come back in recent times.  If he can qualify, expect to see people fluttering on Howell as an outsider because he loves short, technical courses.

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
0 3 4 7 11 2

Tiger Woods

We don’t need to say much here. 3 tournaments, 3 finished inside the top 10.

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
0 1 2 3 3 0

Webb SimpsonSimpson

The defending champion will come into this year’s tournament knowing it will suit his game once more.  Another superb player from 150 yards, he really could write his name in the history books by winning back-to-back titles – not since Curtis Strange in 1989 has that feat been achieved. 

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
1 3 4 6 8 1

European TourEuropean Tour Pic

It would be unfair to leave out the European Tour, as it has proved to give us some interesting reading. 

2013 Season – Courses under 7,100 yards

Nelson Mandela Championships, Royal Durban Golf Course – 5,594 yards – won by Scott Jamieson

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2013/tournamentid=2012094/index.html

Volvo Golf Champions, Durban Golf Course – 6,732 yards – won by Louis Oosthuizen

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2013/tournamentid=2013003/leaderboard/index.html

Africa Open, East London Golf Course – 6,632 yards – won by Darren Fitchardt

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2013/tournamentid=2013013/leaderboard/index.html

Maybank Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur G&CC – 6,976 yards – won by Kiradech Aphibarnrat

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2013/tournamentid=2013023/leaderboard/index.html

Trophee Hassan II, Golf du Palais Royal – 6,951 yards – won by Marcel Siem

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2013/tournamentid=2013025/leaderboard/index.html

Open de Espana, Parador de El Saler – 7,052 yards – won by Raphal Jaquelin

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2013/tournamentid=2013031/leaderboard/index.html

Madeira Islands Open, Club de Golf do Santo da Serra – 6,826 yards – won by Peter Uihlein

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2013/tournamentid=2013037/leaderboard/index.html

2012 Season – Courses under 7,100 yards

Africa Open, East London Golf Course – 6,632 yards – won by Louis Oosthuizen

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2012/tournamentid=2012001/leaderboard/index.html

Saint-Omer Open, Aa St Omer GC – 6,835 yards – won by Darren Fitchardt

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2012/tournamentid=2012042/leaderboard/index.html

Open de Andalucia Costa del Sol – 6,881 yards – won by Julian Quesne

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2012/tournamentid=2012012/leaderboard/index.html

KLM Open, Hilversumsche GC – 6,906 yards – won by Peter Hanson

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2012/tournamentid=2012066/leaderboard/index.html

Omega European Masters, Crans-sur-Sierre GC – 6,891 yards – won by Richie Ramsay

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2012/tournamentid=2012064/leaderboard/index.html

ISPS Handa Perth International, Lake Karrinyup GC – 7,014 yards – won by Bo Van Pelt

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2012/tournamentid=2012080/leaderboard/index.html

Here are our golfers that stand out to us on the European Tour:

Matteo ManasseroManassero 2

The young Italian has qualified through winning the BMW PGA Championship and he is one of the hottest prospects in world golf.  He doesn’t have power off the tee but he makes up for it with a pinpoint short game. Not missed a cut in his last 7 tournaments on short courses either…

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
0 2 3 5 7 0

Marcel Siem

The German is having a stellar 2013 and is currently in the US Open field through his world ranking.  His win at the Trophee Hassan showed his talent and could be an interesting outside bet.

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
1 1 1 3 4 0

Pablo Larrazabal

Unlikely to make the final field, but you never know.  He does love short courses and would do anything to tee up come the Sunday.  Needs to have 2 superb weeks though.

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
0 2 4 5 6 2

Marcus FraserMarcusFraser_2871353

Has got a place at Merion through European qualifying and could cause some sort of upset.  Very unlikely to win, but top 10 territory comes into play with the Australian.  He has never missed a cut in recent years on short courses, so will fancy himself to do well.

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
0 2 2 4 5 0

Zaco Van Zyl

The South African also qualified through European qualifying and has not missed a cut in his last 6 attempts on short courses.  4 top 10s is a superb return and proves his ability, like Fraser could be a very interesting top 10 bet.

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
0 2 4 5 6 0

Paul LawriePaul Lawrie

3 tournaments, 3 top 10s.  We will be very curious to see what Lawries odds will be for the top 10 market.  He has plenty of experience and even though he has never played a US Open, he has won The Open…

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
0 0 3 3 3 0

Darren Fichardt

The South African is just outside the top 60 in the world at the moment so is likely to miss out, but if he does make it you should all really look at him. Would warrant healthy odds and an outsider who loves short courses.

Win Top 5 Top 10 Top 25 Made Cut Missed Cut
2 2 2 5 8 0

Note: Morten Orum Madsen has qualified and loves shorter courses…On the Challenge tour – 2 top 10s, 5 top 25s.  On European Tour – 2 top 10s, 3 top 25s and no missed cuts…

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