Staged at a different venue from one year to the next, 2015 will see the 115th playing of the US Open Golf Championship. As a tournament which is renowned for featuring a difficult course set-up, this year will be no different as the players embark on Chambers Bay. This will be the first time that the US Open has been staged in the state of Washington.
The selection of Chambers Bay, located on Puget Sound, has caused much discussion among players on tour and some of it has been far from positive. The likes of Ian Poulter have not been shy in expressing their negative thoughts about the choice of course and other players have joined him in his criticism. Chambers Bay is an exposed golf course, meaning that any sort of wind could have a big impact on the tournament. There is just one tree on the course and it’s been likened to that of a classic British links course, with deep bunkers.
Looking back over the years, some of the most successful players in the history of the US Open include Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods.
The feeling is, the winner of the 2015 US Open will really have to earn it but there is one player coming in to the tournament, who may have a slight advantage over the rest of the field. Current Masters Champion, Jordan Spieth, arrives at Chambers Bay with Michael Greller by his side, who coincidentally, used to caddie at Chambers Bay. However, out of the last 11 US Open’s played, only 3 American golfers have come out on top. With Chambers Bay as it is, this record could easily be extended to 3 in 12.
World number one, Rory McIlroy will be fancied by many but having missed two cuts recently and the chance of wind playing a part, the Northern Irishman could struggle. With just the one tree on the entire course, this could favour those with a long drive, such as Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson. Could 2015 be the year that Phil Mickelson completes his career Grand Slam of major golf titles? Time is running out for the American but his style of play could be well suited to the course and he will be one to look out for, if in contention come Sunday.
Some of the players may not think so but the 2015 US Open could be one of the most exciting in recent years. A new course set-up should provide plenty of challenges and it will be interesting to see how each player adapts to the conditions.