U.S. Open is up for grabs…just the way we all want it

June 17, 2012 | Drew Forrester

Only in the U.S. Open could a 17-year old kid have a chance to beat the best players in the world.

Blake Adams might wind up winning today.  I’m with you — who on earth is Blake Adams?

Ernie Els and Retief Goosen have both somehow worked their way back into the tournament.  Could one of them find Sunday magic one more time and join Tiger Woods as the only active PGA TOUR player with three U.S. Open titles?

I’m not forgetting about the two guys at the top.  Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk both know how to win the tournament — they’ve each done it once before.

But the Beau Hossler story is literally almost unthinkable.  What if, somehow, the 17 year old puts together the round of his young life and winds up winning?

What if Blake Adams somehow wins?  If nothing else, we’d at least get to find out who he is, right?

Unless the golf gods decided overnight to bless Tiger Woods, he’s going to fall short in his bid for a 15th major title.  The Great One couldn’t even hit the 18th green from 130 yards on Saturday.  He’s not winning on Sunday if he can’t do that on Saturday.

It’s going to be fun to watch, for sure.  The golf course has held up well and the play has been equally impressive, particuarly from the leaders and those close behind.  Unlike the early part of last decade when all the players did was whine about the punishing set-up, you’re not hearing those things in 2012.  Guys are just playing golf and trying to get their ball in the hole before they get embarrassed.  That’s the way it should be.

Who’s going to win?  Hell, I don’t know.  I’m guessing either McDowell or Furyk, although it might take a Monday playoff to decide the whole thing.

No matter who wins, it’s going to be great theater on Sunday from The Olympic Club.