U.S. Open Monday Weather

Watch the scores soar as winds whip Bethpage Black today. Tony says Tiger and Phil have a chance.

Open Weather Means It's Wide Open Today

They have been playing the US Open now since 1895. Along the way seaside courses like Shinnicock Hills and Pebble Beach have been the hosts. At times the weather turns foul for a day, but never like it has at this year's open out on Long Island.

The soaking downpours that disrupted the first, third and fourth days of competition are gone for today's climatic conclusion of the final round. But the same storm that inundated the Black Course at Bethpage this past weekend has turned into a monster gale at sea. If you are a weather buff, let's just say there is a Nor'easter sitting 200 miles northeast of the golf course this Monday morning and that means some more strange twists and turns are in store.

The wind will be up today for the first time in this, the 109th national championship of American golf. That's right a stiff north wind will blow across the links and make for the highest scoring round of the competition. Blowing at 15-25 miles per hour, the breeze will sway the tall oak and maple trees in a fitting salute to the golfing gods.

That same wind will take well struck irons off line by as much as 10-20 yards. The result will be a wide open final round. For co-leaders Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover, the 5 shot cushion they have at hand may not be enough. Seasoned pros like David Duvall and Mike Weir may well pounce out of the gate. And then there are Phil and Tiger.

As Jack Nicklaus taught us thru the years, when weather conditions turn adverse, the field of winning candidates shrinks as the seasoned pros call upon their experience to forge ahead.

These conditions are tailored to the Tiger Woods low driving stinger shot. But Mr. W is 8 shots back. Phil is closer but less skilled in handling the wind. So rather than predicting who will win, I will take a shot at the winning score.

I would think an even par round would be outstanding today, so my prediction is the winning score card for 72 holes will be 277 (-3). That would mean all Phil would need today would be to go one under for his final 16 holes and Tiger would be forced to shoot 3 under for his final 13 holes. Feats that are within reach of these 2 world class golfers.

ESPN has the action covered from 9 til 11 this morning, then the action shifts to WSAZ for the conclusion. Playoff anyone?

I am off today prepping for the WSAZ major at Snowshoe in July. I will be playing Sugarwood early with major foe Keith Morehouse (45 times major champion) as a tune-up then watching the conclusion of the Open on WSAZ.

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