In California everything is ready for the 121st edition of the US Open, scheduled from tomorrow to Sunday in La Jolla (San Diego).
Us Open, Tiger Woods
The Third Male Major of 2021 will see practically all the big names in the competition, with the exception of Tiger Woods to whom the USGA will pay a tribute.
For the first time since The Open Championship 2019, Italgolf will be represented in a Major by three Azzurri: with the brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari there will also be Guido Migliozzi, making his absolute debut in such an important event.
For Migliozzi (best Italian, 103rd in the world) and Chicco Molinari, the US Open also represents the match point to remove the pass for the Tokyo Games, whose qualifications (men’s side) will end on Monday 21 June. At Torrey Pines (South Course) Golf Club, in “my backyard” – as stated by the Californian on the eve – Phil Mickelson, left-handed from San Diego, dreams of completing the Grand Slam to definitively enter the myth of golf.
Six times second (record) at the US Open, after the historic feat last May at the PGA Championship (the oldest golfer to establish himself in a Major) he wants to break an authentic taboo. “For me this is a unique opportunity.
In this period I have turned off the phone, avoided any distraction, to concentrate better on this appointment” This is Mickelson’s charge a few hours away from the start. In 2020 he celebrated his first success in a Grand Slam event.
Bryson DeChambeau will defend the title he won last year when he was the only player to close the game with a score under par. Behind him, 6 shots away, he closed according to Matthew Wolff. And now DeChambeau wants to confirm himself.
“To do this – he explained – I will have to play to the maximum of possibilities, without too many mistakes. Strategies?. Get as close as possible to the green, shot after shot” For bookmakers, the favorite for the title is Jon Rahm (zero Major on the bulletin board), third in the world ranking and returning after the positivity at Covid that took away from his hands, at the end of the “moving day”, the success now in his pocket at The Memorial Tournament (PGA Tour).
“That offer at The Memorial – says the Spaniard – was perhaps the best performance of my career. The hardest part was not the exclusion from the tournament but the distance from my wife and my son. I feel ready to win here.
, especially mentally. It will be a great challenge. ” An important return also for Chicco Molinari after the back injury that forced him to skip the PGA Championship first and then the The Memorial Tournament. In the race there will also be his brother Edoardo, who has not played a Major since July 2015 (The Open Championship).
The trio of blues was served by Migliozzi from Vicenza who, as “Dodo” Molinari, qualified for the US Open placing 2 / o (ahead of the Turin, 8 / o) in a special ranking of the European Tour concerning three tournaments (British Masters, Made in HimmerLand and Porsche European Open) and where there were ten seats up for grabs for this Major.
For Migliozzi it is the absolute debut in a Grand Slam event. From Dustin Johnson (world number 1 and winner in 2016) to Justin Thomas, from Hideki Matsuyama (the reserved Japanese who won The Masters this year) to Rory McIlroy.
Many big players on the field contending for the trophy. For a show challenge that will see the best of the “green” in action, except Woods. (HANDLE).