US Open Live: Welcome to this week’s U.S. Open pick’em contest. This year the field will take on one of the toughest tracks in the country Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaronek, New York. The rules of the contest are simple. Pick two (2) golfers from Group A and one (1) golfer each from Groups B and C to comprise your foursome for the week. To be eligible to win all four of your golfers must make the cut. The winner will be the person that has the lowest combined score for their four golfers at the end of the week
Sleeper — Matthew Fitzpatrick (60-1): Applying the same system here, Fitzpatrick finished third at the Memorial and tied for 6th at the BMW Championship making him the only other player (with Rahm) to log a top 10 at both events. You’re also betting on some championship history as the USGA has not been the menace to Fitzpatrick like it is for some young stars. He’s made the cut in all five of his career starts at the U.S. Open, was the low amateur in 2014 and logged 12th place finishes at Shinnecock Hills in 2018 and Pebble Beach in 2019.
Top 10 lock — Xander Schauffele: There’s just no holes in his game. Schauffele doesn’t quite keep up with the distance of the bombers, isn’t so dialed in that he pulls away from the field on approach shots and has been known to struggle with his putter from time to time, yet the 26-year-old is top 10 in strokes gained tee-to-green, top 10 in strokes gained total and had seven top-10 finishes on the season. And these are big stage top 10s, too, finishing as the runner-up at the Tour Championship, tied for 10th at the PGA Championship and a tied for 6th at the WGC in Memphis. Schauffele succeeds on the game’s biggest stages because he can hang in there even when he doesn’t have his fastball, and that kind of resilience will be a key at Winged Foot.
Star who definitely won’t win — Justin Thomas: I like J.T. more at events where you’re going to be able to go on a run of birdies and not only is that not the U.S. Open in principle, but it’s definitely not the case at Winged Foot. His best U.S. Open finish was in 2017 at Erin Hills when a record 31 players finished the tournament under par, coming in at T9 after a rollercoaster weekend with a white-hot 63 on Saturday and then a course-correcting 75 on Sunday. He’s playing well enough that he could definitely finish top 10, but it’s not the right fit for him to be the winner.
Top 5 in order: Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson
Surprise prediction: Phil Mickelson flirts with the lead on Thursday. He’s too amped up and loose after dominating his first Champions Tour start and spending all week talking about his 2006 choke, the huge bet on him to win and — oh yeah — the annual U.S. Open and grand slam talking points. It’s his first U.S. Open after turning 50, and I think he comes out with stellar stuff, sending the golf world into a frenzy. He’ll probably fade the background and might even miss the cut, but I think we get some Thursday thrills from Phil.
Lowest round: 66 (-4)
Winning score: 278 (-2)
Winner’s Sunday score: 71 (+1)
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As for the numbers, Latimer says the county has 587 active COVID cases, up slightly from recent levels. He does not believe there is a spike in one particular area or for one reason. And he lamented Sunday’s first COVID death in the county in two weeks.
“I’m encouraged that we went two weeks without losing a person,” Latimer says. “I’m discouraged that we lost somebody last night.”
Latimer also pointed out that village elections are being held Tuesday. There will be a single voting site in uncontested races. There are contested races in Bronxville, Scarsdale and Tuckahoe.