MAMARONECK, N.Y. — In the 14 years since the United States Open was last held at Winged Foot Golf Club, which is probably the most feared course to host a major championship, technology and advanced strength training have revolutionized the game. Tee shots routinely soar 50 yards farther than they did even a decade ago.
With the U.S. Open returning to Winged Foot on Thursday, some in the golf community wonder if the modern golfer’s cutting-edge arsenal might be the formula for taming, or at least mitigating, the club’s rigorous challenge of narrow fairways, ankle-deep rough and dastardly sloped greens.
Jon Rahm, the world’s second ranked golfer who is just 25 years old, scoffed at such conjecture.
“Like Mike Tyson said, ‘Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face,’” Rahm said. “It’s the same thing here.”
Most in the world of professional golf are instead bracing for another four days of Winged Foot humbling the field. As David Feherty, the former tour professional and current NBC golf analyst said: “I expect a lot of whining.”