Jason Day is in the field for the next Major, the U.S. Open, which will be held at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York. Southampton is on Long Island, not far from the heart of New York City.
That time of the year, the adjective “muggy” will not do the humidity level justice.
Day is in on a five year exemption for having won the 2015 USPGA Championship. Adam Scott’s five-year exemption for winning The Masters in 2013 has expired, but he is in due to his play in sectional qualifying, as is Aaron Baddeley and Matt Jones.
Marc Leishman is in as the result of his 13th place finish in the 2017 Tour Championship field that gives exempt status to the top 15, so Leish is sneaking in.
Cameron Smith qualified by being inside the top 60 in the world rankings as of May 21.
David Graham won the tournament in 1981. Geoff Ogilvy was the champion in 2006.
Jason Day tied second in 2011 and 2013. Adam Scott’s best finish was tied fourth in 2015. Marc Leishman has never finished higher than tied 18th in 2016 and Cameron Smith was tied fourth in 2015.
Aaron Baddeley tied 13th in 2007.
Any one of the Aussies in this year’s U.S. Open field could emerge victorious.
Jason Day is the best bet. Ladbrokes has him priced at $17, trailing only Dustin Johnson and Rory McIllroy at $11, followed by Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas at $15.
Tiger Woods is quoted in a large group that includes Day, Justin Rose and Ricky Fowler. Last year’s champion Brooks Koepka is at $26, while Adam Scott is well down the list at $51, the same as Marc Leishman.
Cameron Smith is at $101 and Aaron Baddeley is an almost astronomical $501.
The U.S. Open runs from June 15 – 18 AEST. Watching live will require some dedication, but no more than it takes to get up early enough to get in a round in Australia before the sun gets too intense for even the Poms.