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Unprecedented US Open Tournament Begins with a Bang
The stage is set for the highly-anticipated 123rd US Open tournament, which kicks off on Thursday. This year’s event marks two major firsts that promise to make it one of the most memorable in history.
First Major Championship hosted by Los Angeles Country Club
Nestled in California, the iconic Los Angeles Country Club will play host to a major championship for the very first time in its illustrious history. This historic location adds an extra layer of excitement and anticipation as golfers from around the world prepare to compete at this hallowed ground.
A New Era: PGA Tour, DP World Tour & LIV Golf Partnership
This year’s US Open also marks another significant milestone – it is the first major tournament since news broke about a groundbreaking partnership between three leading tours – PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf. The announcement sent shockwaves through the golfing world and has left many questions unanswered.
“The betrayal felt by PGA Tour players after this bombshell announcement is palpable,” expressed Jon Rahm, currently ranked number two worldwide.
The lack of clarity surrounding this new development has led to much confusion among players who have been fielding numerous questions about how these multiple tours will reconcile their differences moving forward.
Pivotal Figure Missing: Jay Monahan Takes Medical Leave Ahead of Tournament Commencement
Jay Monahan played a key role in establishing this partnership between tours; however he was unable to respond personally due to medical reasons arising from an undisclosed condition. This leaves much uncertainty regarding what lies ahead for professional golfers across all tours.
Top Golfers Seek to Make History
Matt Fitzpatrick, last year’s US Open champion, is seeking to make history by becoming the first player since Brooks Koepka in 2018 to defend his title. The Englishman emerged victorious after a thrilling three-way fight with Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris as he clinched his first major title at Brookline Massachusetts. Since then, he has gone on to win another PGA Tour event this year – the RBC Heritage in April – and is considered one of the favorites for this tournament.
“Fitzpatrick’s emphatic victory last year announced his arrival on golf’s biggest stage,” says a fellow golfer.
Koepka himself will be looking to achieve back-to-back wins after securing an impressive victory at this year’s PGA Championship held in New York City just over a month ago. This marks Koepka’s fifth major championship win and cements his return as one of golf’s leading figures.
Fierce Competition Expected
The competition promises to be intense with world number one Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm who won the prestigious Masters championship in 2023, four-time major winner Rory McIlroy among those tipped as strong contenders for the coveted trophy. However, fans will be disappointed that Tiger Woods – who has won multiple US Open championships over the years– continues to recuperate from surgery on his ankle and will not participate again this time around.