US Open 2019 Preview
Pebble Beach will host the 2019 US Open
The 2019 US Open will be staged at Pebble Beach between June 13-16 with Brooks Koepka bidding for a place in the history books.
Koepka has won the last two US Opens – at Erin Hills in 2017 and Shinnecock Hills in 2018 – and can become only the second place after Willie Anderson to complete a hat-trick in the major.
Koepka has won four of the last nine majors, including last month’s USPGA Championship, and is the man they all have to beat at Pebble Beach.
US Open History
The US Open is the national championship of the United States and is now in its 124th year having been first held in 1895.
England’s Horace Rawlins was the inaugural winner at Newport Country Club on Rhode Island.
The US Open is staged on a rotational basis with no one course hosting the event like Augusta enjoys with the Masters.
Now the third of the four golf majors following the moving of the USPGA Championship to May in 2019, the US Open traditionally finishes on Father’s Day Sunday.
2019 US Open Course
In 2019, Pebble Beach gets the honour of staging the US Open to celebrate the club’s 100th anniversary.
It will be the sixth time that Pebble Beach has staged the event after 1972 when Jack Nicklaus won, 1982 when Tom Watson was victorious, 1992 when Tom Kite triumphed, 2000 when Tiger Woods destroyed the field and 2010 when Graeme McDowell was crowned champion.
Pebble Beach is one of the most picturesque courses in the United States with the Pacific Ocean providing a backdrop to most of the holes on the 7,040-yard par-71 test.
US Open Contenders
Defending champion Brooks Koepka heads the field for the US Open as he bids to make it three wins in a row in the major. He has made the majors his own with four wins in eight appearances.
Fellow four-time major champion Rory McIlroy is another past winner having won the US Open in 2011 and he continued his solid 2019 season with a dominant victory in the Canadian Open last week.
Dustin Johnson won the US Open in 2016 and has been runner-up in both of this year’s majors. Can he add to that solitary major win and prove he has the temperament for the big occasion?
Tiger Woods won the first of his three US Opens at Pebble Beach and the 15-time major winner can’t be ruled out. If he brings his best, Tiger could light up the weekend.
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