Australians at US Open
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2012 US Open | Preview | 12 Jun 2012
Nine Australians have earned he right to play this week’s US Open at Olympic Golf Club in San Francisco and Bruce Young takes the chance to look at their chances.
Scott’s record at the US Open is poor for one of his standing in the game and with an indifferent record to date this year on the PGA Tour is does not seem that record will improve significantly. He is our highest ranked player but at his last two starts this season he seems to have lost his game to some extent. At his best he could contend for the title but he seems short of that at present.
Day has been distracted from his on course task to some extent this year given that he and his wife Ellie are expecting their first child in a month’s time and that he was forced to take a one month injury break. There have been good signs on occasions but the continuity of good quality play he had last year is not evident.
Is the best performed Australian to date on the PGA Tour in season 2012. He had a very good tournament at the Memorial and is a far better player now than was the case when he led into the final round of this event in 2007 before finishing 13th. He has a very good chance of being the leading Australian.
Ogilvy has taken a new approach to this year’s event not having even seen the golf course before this week. Ogilvy has hardly missed a cut this season but he has seldom contended which makes it difficult to imagine him doing so here. He is however a proven big event player with a US Open and World Golf Championship events to his name and a very good tournament is not out of the question especially over a layout where par has some real value.
Senden is playing solidly enough this season although his record at the US Open is hardly inspiring making only one cut in three attempts. His great ball striking skills will assist his cause but the greens at Olympia will test his nerve on the greens.
Jones plays his second US Open and as one of the stars of the Japan Tour has played his way into the field via Sectional Qualifying in that country. Has made a great start to his Japan Tour season but his lack of experience in this cauldron (this just his second US open) will make if hard for him to contend. He is a very talented player and with more experience at this level could do well but that is just not the case this year.
Earned his start in his 7th US Open through Sectional Qualifying but although that was an impressive effort his record in the event tells the story. He has missed four of his previous six cuts at this event for a best of 14th. He is having an ordinary PGA Tour season which does not help his chances.
Great story for him to get a start. Presnell is playing the Nationwide Tour again in 2012 where he has done well enough but this is clearly another level again. Presnell finished 6th at the WGC event two years ago against a very strong field but there are perhaps too many things working against him in terms of experience for him to consider anything more than a made cut. If he was to do that it would be a great week for him.
Summers is no doubt the story of the week having made this field from almost obscurity. That he led the qualifiers at his Sectional Qualifying venue was a significant achievement in itself. Just the opportunity to play the event will ensure a great boost in the career of Anthony Summers.
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