U.S Open 2023: A Look Ahead to the Second Round at Los Angeles Country Club
The U.S Open 2023 at Los Angeles Country Club got off to an unexpectedly low-scoring start in the opening round. Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele both achieved a remarkable feat by carding a 62, setting a new record in U.S. Open history.
The favorable scoring conditions and receptive course led to several impressive performances, with many players posting scores well below par.
However, with the expectation of a more challenging setup in the coming rounds, the tournament’s intensity is likely to increase.
Fowler’s 10 birdies in a single round marked a historic achievement, and Schauffele’s bogey-free round with eight birdies added to the excitement.
The first round witnessed an overall scoring average of 71.38, the lowest in the opening round of a U.S. Open in the past 90 years.
The absence of scores in the 80s during the first or second round of a U.S. Open 2023 is a first, indicating the exceptional performances on the course.
U.S. Open 2023: Course Conditions and Expectations
The presence of a marine layer and overcast skies contributed to the moisture retention in the North Course’s greens and fairways, making them more receptive to shots.
The absence of strong winds further aided the players’ performance. However, as the tournament progresses, it is anticipated that the United States Golf Association (USGA) will adjust the course to present a more challenging test for the golfers.
The pins will likely be placed away from deep bunkers and barrancas, making the course tougher.
No left-handed player has ever won the U.S Open 2023, with Phil Mickelson and Brian Harman coming closest in the past. Mickelson, a six-time major champion, currently stands at 1 under after the first round.
Harman, who has shown recent form with solid finishes, posted an impressive 5-under 65 in the opening round.
Both players remain in contention and will aim to make history by securing victory in this prestigious tournament.
Sam Bennett, the low amateur at the Masters, continues to make an impact in his early professional career.
Bennett, in just his third pro start, posted a 3-under 67 in the first round, positioning himself in the top ranks. However, a disappointing finish with bogeys on the last two holes prevented an even better score.
The cut after 36 holes will include the low 60 scores and ties, leaving several notable players, including Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, and Adam Scott, with work to do to ensure their spot in the weekend rounds.
The opening round of the U.S Open 2023 saw remarkable performances and record-breaking scores. Highlighting the players’ skill and the favorable course conditions.
As the tournament progresses, it is expected that the USGA will make adjustments to present a more challenging setup.