Sunday, June 20, 2010

Five Things To Watch In The U.S. Open Today

Five things to watch in the final round of the U.S. Open:

1. Can Dustin Do It?

Myrtle Beach resident Dustin Johnson looked flawless shooting 66 on Saturday to build a three-stroke lead over Graeme McDowell with 18 holes remaining but finishing a major championship is a huge step. But the way Johnson plays Pebble Beach with his power and confidence, I get the feeling someone is going to have to chase him down because he's not going to move backward too much. Then again, he's never been in this position and it can do odd things to players.

2. The Tiger Beat

We saw the old Tiger Woods on Saturday at Pebble Beach and it will take another classic Tiger performance for him to win today. He was buzzing when he finished on Saturday, a look we haven't seen this year and if he can carry over that vibe today -- and make a couple of quick birdies -- the game could be on.

3. Is Phil Phinished?

The look on Mickelson's face after his third-round 73 left him seven shots back suggested he knows he's missed another chance in the Open. Mickelson just didn't look like himself Saturday. There was a ragged edge to his game that showed with bogeys on the first two holes. It will take something really special for him to win today.

4. DL3 And The Masters

Love has been chasing a return to the Masters for several years now but hasn't found a way to get there. If he can finish in the top eight -- he starts tied for 10th -- he's back in the Masters.

5. Tom Watson

This could be his final round in the U.S. Open. Then again, it may not. If Watson can finish in the top 16 he gets a spot next year at Congressional and he's already said he'll take it. He can get in with a victory at the U.S. Senior Open, too.

Regardless, seeing Watson in his final U.S. Open at Pebble Beach is a scene worth savoring.