June 13, 2016

The World’s Best Tackle the US Open at Oakmont

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When June rolls around, it’s time to fire up the bulk of golf’s impressive summer schedule. Father’s Day weekend is all about the US Open, with the world’s best descending upon Pittsburgh and Oakmont County Club. This will be the club’s ninth US Open, to go along with three PGA Championships and five US Amateur Championships. To say that this course has a storied history would be an understatement. It’s also one of the hardest courses in America. Fans from around the world will tune in not to see players ripping off birdies every hole, but to see the carnage. Shooting 80 is a possibility at Oakmont, even though the course checks in only at Par 70. So who’s going to tame the beast? 

The prospects for the Big Three 

Jason Day, Rory Mcilroy, and Jordan Spieth suck up all of the air in the US Open room, and for good reason. They’re the three best players in the world, and it isn’t really close. But can they beat the beast at Oakmont? The smart money says that Jason Day has the best shot. His combination of driving ability and putting should make him formidable. Though Jordan Spieth has been at or near the top for five straight majors, Oakmont might not be his track. Spieth’s accuracy off the tee has been poor, which will hurt him on a course with high rough. Few know what to expect from Mcilroy, who can either run away with the tournament or miss the cut. 

Is it Dustin Johnson’s time? 

Dustin Johnson had a 12-foot eagle putt to win the US Open at Chambers Bay in 2015. He ran it four feet by and missed the comebacker. He handed Spieth a second major and walked off the green in shame. Johnson also played well at 2015’s last two majors, and landed in the top-10 at the Masters. Johnson hits it long and straight, a necessity for US Opens. He’s been putting better, too, upping his stats from close-in and from distance on the Tour in 2016. Johnson provides better odds than the Big Three and is just as likely as any to take home the crown. 

Who will be this week’s Willet? 

In April, Vault Aviation told you that little-known Englishman Danny Willet had a great chance to wear the green jacket. He walked off with the title in fine fashion. Who can make it happen this week? Look no further than Branden Grace, the South African that got his first PGA Tour win at the RBC Heritage in April. Grace has shown competitiveness in the majors before, and competed down the stretch in the 2015 US Open. He’s a straight hitter who can catch fire with his putter. He and fellow South African Charl Schwartzel are excellent long-shot choices to walk away with the title. 

Those coming to Oakmont will see a great week of golf in one of America’s best cities. Pittsburgh has a beautiful river, a handful of casinos, and some of the best restaurants on earth. It’s a great destination for those looking to make the US Open their sports vacation destination. Vault Aviation can help you fly like a champion, bringing you right to the Open on the same sort of planes the big time players will take to get to the tournament.

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