Expectations set for the 2nd round of U.S. Open Golf, Los Angeles Country Club 2023

Finally! the wait is over & The United States Golf Association took extreme honor in providing a thrilling kickstart to the most competitive test for professional golfers in U.S. Open Golf, Los Angeles Country Club 2023 in the men’s category.

Opening Round: A Dedicated Practice Session

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Thursday’s opening round of the 123rd U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club seemed to be more like a dedicated practice session.

Historic Achievements at the U.S. Open Golf 2023

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For 122 years, no player had ever recorded a score of 62 in a round at the U.S. Open. However, on Thursday, Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele achieved this remarkable feat within a span of just 30 minutes. Fowler’s outstanding performance also marked a new milestone in U.S. Open history, as he became the first player ever to score 10 birdies in a single round.

Unprecedented Scoring Average

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The North Course at LACC, with a par-70 layout, witnessed this unprecedented scoring average. The previous record was set in 1993 at Baltusrol in Springfield Township, New Jersey, with a scoring average of 72.29.

Favorable Weather Conditions

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The weather conditions, with a thick marine layer blocking the sun, contributed to the North Course’s greens and wide fairways maintaining moisture, making them very receptive to shots. Unless the Santa Ana winds arrive earlier than expected, it is unlikely that strong winds will pose a challenge.

Xander Schauffele’s Insight

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Xander Schauffele mentioned that the overcast conditions and lack of sunlight kept the fairways softer and the greens holding more moisture, making it easier to hit fairways and approach shots.

Challenging Setup Anticipated

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However, if the weather remains unchanged over the next three days, the responsibility will lie with USGA officials to provide a more traditional and challenging setup for the world’s best players. After witnessing Fowler and Schauffele’s exceptional performances on Thursday, most golfers expect the course to be significantly more difficult on Friday.

Phil Mickelson’s Comment

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Phil Mickelson, a six-time major champion, commented on the increased difficulty of the course, stating, “There’s a lot more teeth in this course.” Despite the relatively easy conditions, Mickelson managed to finish the first round at 1 under par.

Course Adjustments

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The USGA will avoid placing pins in the deep bunkers or barrancas, the steep-sided gulleys on the course, during the final three rounds. However, considering the remarkable scores from the first round, it is anticipated that the course will present a much greater challenge in the remaining rounds. This isn’t the first time the USGA has adjusted the course setup. In the opening round of the 1980 U.S. Open at Baltusrol, both Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf set a record with 7-under 63s. Eventually, Nicklaus emerged as the winner, finishing 8 under and defeating Isao Aoki of Japan by 2 strokes.

Max Homa’s Expectations for Tougher Conditions

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Although the first round was relatively easier, the players are expecting the conditions to toughen up. Max Homa, a Los Angeles native who shot a 2-under 68, remarked, “I’m sure after what Rickie did, they will make it quite a bit harder for us tomorrow afternoon.” The players have observed a recent trend at U.S. Opens where the course initially appears manageable but progressively becomes more competitive.

 

FAQs

Q1. How can I watch the U.S. Open 2023 golf live?

Ans. Golfers can be followed on the live stream at USOpen.com and Peacock.

 

Q2. Where is the 2023 U.S. Open Golf 2023?

Ans. The U.S. Open Golf 2023 is being played this weekend at Los Angeles Country Club. It’s the first time Los Angeles has hosted the U.S. Open in 75 years. 

 

 

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