You must go back to 2008 to find the last time Tiger Woods won a major golf tournament and his success came on the Black Course, at Bethpage State Park. The tournament was the golf US Open and Woods returns to the event ten years after that victory in the best shape he has been in for a long time.
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However, 2020 is set to be a golden year for professional golf as several players appear to be at the top of their game heading in to 2020 U.S. Golf Open and that makes for a potentially thrilling tournament.
The Return of Competitors
Jordan Spieth, the winner of the 2015 golf US Open recorded a stunning final round at the Masters this year and the young American is capable of winning any tournament on his day. Much like Woods, Rory McIlroy has seen off his injury troubles and looks to be getting back to his best.
He knows what it takes to win the U.S. Open, having done so in 2011 and would love nothing more than to stamp his authority back at the top of the sport with a major win.
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The world number one, Dustin Johnson, has also won this tournament and it appears to be the one the top players relish more than any other. Defending champion, Brooks Koepka will hope to recover from a wrist injury in time to play the tournament and if he makes it, we could see the top 10 players in the world, all in form, heading in to the event.
The Players to Compete
Other crowd favourites include Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson. Golf fans will also be keen to see how Patrick Reed copes with the title of being a major champion following his first success at the Masters in 2018.
However, perhaps one man who has the all-round game to succeed at Shinnecock Hills is 2013 U.S. Open winner, Justin Rose. The links-style course requires a complete player and Rose has proven his consistency in major championships in recent years, recording several top ten finishes.
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So Why Golf US Open?
The U.S. Open is the one tournament where you can see professional golfers tested to their limits and the 2020 edition is going to be a magnificent spectacle for all involved and one not to be missed.
As mentioned above, the U.S. Open is played on a rota between many of the top golf courses in America and this year it will return to Shinnecock Hills, for the fifth time. The course is in Southampton, on Long Island, New York state and is one of the oldest golf clubs in the country, with a history dating back to 1891.
This is a golf course which takes you back in time and the clubhouse is the oldest in the United States. The collection of par-3 holes is said to be the best in the world, which is some statement and thousands of fans will be in attendance across the four days.
In addition to the golf, the village of Southampton and the surrounding area offers a great deal for visitors to enjoy.
The village itself is steeped in history and perhaps somewhere you would not choose to visit if it were not for the golf, so it is important to make the most of your time. There are unspoilt beaches on the Atlantic coast and a fabulous main street lined with upscale shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Get to grips with the history of the area and the Shinnecock Tribe that lived in Southampton many years ago at the Shinnecock Museum and Cultural Center. The artworks, murals and artefacts are extremely interesting and a guide will show you around the museum, offering plenty of local insight along the way.
Where to Stay?
Due to the size of Southampton, which is small in comparison to many venues which host major sporting events, accommodation options can be limited so you are advised not to delay when making a booking.
Rooms range from standard doubles, which are great for couples to larger rooms which boast a fully equipped kitchen while some have a microwave and refrigerator. These are perfect for families and groups of friends who attending the 2018 U.S. Open together.
Other options for groups include villa stays, such as Villa Skylarand Villa Isaiah which sleep 14 and 12 people respectively. They have all the modern facilities you would expect including a fully fitted kitchen, bathrooms, a swimming pool and tennis court.
For golf fans travelling alone to the U.S. Open, the Southampton Inn is a great choice, offering rooms which sleep one person plus an on-site restaurant, swimming pool, tennis court, library, free Wi-Fi and cable television.
The rooms are styled using a seashore theme and the hotel is less than 2.5 miles away from Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
What to Eat?
Following the world’s top golfers around the course can be tiring and you will need plenty of energy to cheer on the players.
A complete breakfast
Why not start the day with a great breakfast at Café Crust in Southampton? The breakfast is served on Saturday and Sunday, which is ideal for the final two rounds of the U.S. Open and there is plenty to choose from including steak and eggs, breakfast burrito, pancakes, French toast and a 3-egg omelette, which a selection of different fillings.
Lunch time break
If you fancy a break from the golf at lunch time and want to head away from the course, Porco’s Country Delhi and Pizzaria comes highly recommended. Located on Noyac Road, Porco’s offers something for everyone including burgers from the grill, a fabulous choice of pizza and fresh, crisp salads. Add a fresh fruit smoothie or milk shake to round off your lunch in style.
75 Main near Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
There are a wealth options for evening dining around Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and 75 Main, situated on Main Street in Southampton is the perfect place to start.
Offering modern Italian fare, 75 Main has a great reputation for good food and customer service, with award winning chef Mark Militello in the kitchen.
Main courses include delicious grilled Long Island Swordfish, Colorado Lamb Chops and Prime Black Truffle Burger. With plenty of starters, pasta, salad and healthy options available, 75 Main is a tremendous venue for an evening meal.
Beer and Golf
Finally, to top off the day, enjoy a great beer and discuss the golf at Southampton Publick House. One of the most award laden breweries in America, you will find many home brewed beers, both in bottles and on tapplus they have a dinner menu if you would like something to eat.
How to Get There?
The United States of America is a huge country and therefore, even if you are travelling to the 2018 U.S. Open from within the country, you may still require a flight. Thankfully, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is within a couple of hours of New York city, which means flights are plentiful from within the United States and other countries around the world.
If you are travelling from New York City in a car, the journey can take between 2 and 3 hours to get to get to Southampton. You will need to get on the Brooklyn Bridge and take the Southern State Parkway before merging onto the NY-27 E and exiting onto North Sea Road after 42 miles.
Complimentary parking and shuttle transportation will be provided at Francis S. Gabreski Airport, located due west of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
If you wish to use public transport to reach Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, a temporary Long Island Rail Road train platform will be constructed close to the championship entrance and information about this will be available on their website from the 1stof May onwards.
The train service will be provided in both directions and accommodate customers traveling from either New York City or Eastern Long Island. The journey from Penn Station is expected to take approximately two hours.
Golf US Open History
The U.S. Open is one of the oldest sporting events in existence and the 2018 tournament will be the 118th edition of the golf tournament.
The first tournament
The current format of the tournament has come a long way from the first U.S. Open which was played on a 9-hole course in Newport, Rhode Island back in October 1895. Only ten players entered and the tournament was complete in a day.
An Englishman won the event and British golfers enjoyed a great deal of success in the early days, with John J. McDermott becoming the first native-born American winner in 1911.
American domination from 2004-2014
Following McDermott’s success, the U.S. Open was dominated by American players until a period between 2004 and 2014, which saw only three American players win the event.
Last 3 years in change
However, things have reverted to type in the past three years, with Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka winning the U.S. Open between 2015 and 2017.
Interestingly, Koepka finished on a sore of 16 under par last year and it is rare a U.S. Open course is beaten in this manner. Many previous winners have found scoring under par to be difficult and both Web Simpson in 2012 and Justin Rose in 2013 finished on one over par yet won the tournament.
The last 3 players to score various pars
Of the three tournaments hosted at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club since World War II, scores of one under, even par and four under have been recorded by the winners. Retief Goosen, Phil Mickelson and Raymond Floyd are the only three players to have scored under par in the last three U.S. Open tournaments at Shinnecock Hills and the course is set to be very tough again in 2018.
The U.S. Open is the one tournament where you can see professional golfers tested to their limits and the 2018 edition is going to be a magnificent spectacle for all involved and one not to be missed.