- Father’s Day weekend in the United States means the 119th annual awarding of golf’s national championship. An expanded field of 156 will gather at Pebble Beach for the U.S. Open— which, for the first time in history, will serve as golf’s third major. Masters’ champion Tiger Woods and PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka will both be vying for their second major of the year.
Koepka, and 2016 U.S. Open winner Dustin Johnson (8-1), are currently co-favorites at Pebble Beach. Woods and Rory McIlroy (10-1) come in next. McIlroy dominated the RBC Canadian Open last weekend, winning by seven shots. He nearly left his putter behind during the trophy ceremony too.
- Disrespect, real or perceived, can be a powerful motivator, even when you’re favored. During a strange moment in a pre-tournament press conference, the man gunning for an astonishing U.S. Open three-peat pointed out he wasn’t even featured in Fox’s promotional ads. “It’s like, really? Like how do you forget that,” Koepka asked reporters.
- Johnson is, by all accounts, one of the best golfers in the world. He has more PGA Tour wins than any active golfer not named Tiger or Phil. He also has just one major title. His underachievement in majors, particularly on Sundays, has been a big reason why.
- Fox was seen as a surprising broadcast partner for the USGA, when they took over rights to the U.S. Open in 2015. They’re going all in again this year, with Trackman on every hole, TopTracer, and drones. Starting Thursday night, they’ll also use FS1 as an alternate feed, featuring groups with Tiger and Brooks.