The US Open thrills at Chamber’s Bay
Last weekend’s US Open threw up a lot of surprises for golf fans, many of whom were expecting to see holder Rory McIlroy retain the title. However, it was Jordan Spieth, who secured victory in the end, and continued his meteoric rise up the world rankings. Taking his second Major title this year, Spieth managed to secure his position as one of golf’s biggest stars.
The decision to send the Open to relatively new, public course Chamber’s Bay was a very controversial one amongst certain golf writers, who believed that the decision was a political one, rather than one taken for the good of the game. Upon arrival, some players, including England’s Ian Poulter continued to express their dissatisfaction with the course, claiming that the greens were a “disgraceful surface” for golf. However, rival Geoff Ogilvy said that any flaws with the course actually added to the competition, because they gave competitors the chance to show that they had the “ability to adapt”.
Besides the course’s controversial green standards, it offered up a number of other challenges. The set up which was used in the second round measured a total of 7695 yards, which is the longest ever seen at a major. The course also featured some of the biggest elevation changes used at a US Open. The punishing course required flexibility and perseverance from all who took it on. Thankfully for the spectators, this offered up some thrilling golf.
The final round was an especially exciting one, as the lead changed multiple times over the course of the day. With Spieth and Dustin Johnson neck and neck for almost the entire of the final round, Spieth was forced to nervously watch as it looked like Johnson would snatch victory from him on the final hole. Having made it to the green in two, Johnson could have clinched outright victory by making a 12 ft eagle putt, however the shot went wide. Needing only a four foot putt to force a playoff, it looked like another day of golf was on the cards, however Johnson failed to sink it, handing Spieth the outright victory. Spieth now has his eyes on the prize at St Andrews, Scotland, where he is hoping to make history by becoming the first person to win three majors in a season since Ben Hogan in 1953.
If you fancy trying out a tournament standard course, but do not want to fly as far as Chamber’s Bay, Turkey’s golf region has a huge variety of different courses on which to test your skills. Unlike the setting of this year’s US Open, many of the courses in Turkey have been commended for their excellent conditions and wonderful greens keeping. One course in the area even offers the chance to play floodlit golf, so you don’t have to stop when the sun goes down. With some huge tournaments set to occur on these courses in the next few years, you should get ahead of the game by visiting soon.