As we get ready for the U.S. Open to return to Pebble Beach, let's look at how it played out in 2010...
Graeme McDowell took home the trophy the last time the U.S. Open visited Pebble Beach and ended a 40-year drought for Europeans at the Open. This year, the U.S. Open is going to return to the historic Pebble Beach Golf Links. What history will be made this year?
McDowell grew up in Northern Ireland but moved to the United States when it was time for college. He attended the University of Alabama - Birmingham and graduated in 2002. He has many notable wins, with eight international victories and three PGA victories. His U.S. Open win was the biggest achievement of his career and marked a dream season for this Northern Irishman.
Graeme posted scores of 71-68-71-74 which left him just one stroke in front of Grégory Havret, who is also from Europe and was playing in his first Open.
With his win, he became the third golfer ever from the United Kingdom to win a professional event at the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Brooks Koepka has won the last two U.S. Opens—can he make it three in a row? There has only been one player who has ever gone for a 3-peat in the U.S. Open, and that was over 100 years ago when Willie Anderson accomplished that feat from 1903-05. It's safe to say that it is going to be tough for Koepka to pull off the three-peat. Combine that with a lingering wrist injury and Koepka is not off to an ideal start.
Dustin Johnson has played quite well at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in the past, winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am twice, but did not finish very well at the 2010 U.S. Open. Maybe things will go more his way this time as we get ready for the 2019 U.S. Open.
Did you say Tiger Woods? He absolutely loves Pebble Beach and has won matches at the Links his fair share of times, including the 2000 U.S. Open, when he established the U.S. Open record at Pebble Beach, with a score of 65. Woods didn't carry an exemption into this year's U.S. Open because his 10 year exemption expired after he didn't finish in the top ten at Shinnecock. However, since he landed a spot on the Tour Championship by finishing inside the top 30 in the PGA Tour's playoffs, he assured himself a spot in the 2019 U.S. Open next June. Will Tiger turn back the clocks and make another run for himself at the Pebble Beach Golf Links?
What about a potential hometown hero taking home the hardware this year? A couple of underdogs from Northern California looking to solidify their status among golf’s top pros are Bryson DeChambeau who is coming off his first Ryder Cup appearance in 2018 and the young Sacramento native Cameron Champ, who has dazzled with his length off the tee in his impressive rookie season.
Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach