this week we tackle the third major of the year on the west coast at Torrey Pines, near San Diego, California. Play takes place on the South course, a par 71, which is 7,652 yards in length (subject to change as tee boxes may move during the tournament). The course has been in use on the USPGA Tour since 1968. Its latest renovation was in 2019. The course is a municipal facility and is based on coastal cliffs on the Pacific Ocean.
The course record is held by Rory McIlroy at 268 strokes. The last time the U.S.Open was staged here was in 2008 when Tiger Woods won in a Monday play off. Bryson DeChambeau is the defending champion, He won by six strokes in 2020.
The fairways are Bermuda grass over seeded with Rye grass. They are of average tour width. There is little water on the course. The rough is long gnarly Kikuyu grass. The greens are small and are firm and bumpy. They are Poa Annua grass. Important factors this week will be being straight off the tee; greens in regulation; scrambling around the green and top level putting. So a tough test on a long course.
The course is expected to firm up as the week goes on, There has been no rain in the area for a while. The course will be watered earlier in the week but less so as time goes by. The weather should be fine but not that hot. Wind should not be an issue.
Our initial selections are detailed below.
Good luck Martin