The US Open at Pebble Beach kicks off tomorrow at 7:00 am. Phil Mickelson is most likely the favorite this weekend but just like any major golf tournament, it's anyones game. Of the early pairings there are some promising groups with Villegas, Zach Johnson, and Luke Donald teeing off at 7:33 am; Ratief Goosen, Jim Furyk and Angel Cabrera follow at 7:44 am; And Phil, Padraig Harrington, and Y.E. Yang tee of at 8:06 am just to name a few. Tiger Woods pairs off with Lee Westwood who is fresh off a win at the St. Jude Classic, as well as 7th ranked Ernie Els making them the best ranked group. They tee off at 1:36 pm on hole 1.
As mentioned before, the US Open returns to Pebble Beach Golf Links for the 5th time, and the 1st since 2000 when Tiger -12 beat Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez by 15 strokes! Fast-forward to 2010 and the image of Tiger Woods is a bit different. We all know about the scandal so I won't go into that. So far this season, Tiger has NOT proven to be scandal proof. He still hold his #1 World ranking by a thread and if Phil were to win this weekend, Tiger could be usurped. It looks like that is the trendy pick going into this weekend as well.
Defending champion Lucas Glover, who won the 2009 tournament at the Bethpage Black Course, is paired with Stewart Cink and a-Byeon-hun An.
This should be an interesting US Open, as there is no clear cut favorite. It will be interesting to see how Tiger plays at a course he has historically performed very well at. Good luck to all in the field.