If you happen to be looking for a circus to attend next week, look no further then Merion Golf Club and the U.S. Open.
The USGA announced yesterday they are going to pair the top three players in the world together for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open which is surely to bring with it a circus like atmosphere on a golf course that is already small and cramped.
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott will be teeing off at 1:14 PM ET on Thursday and then again at 7:44 AM ET on Friday. Tiger and Rory have played together in many rounds together on the PGA Tour but this will be the first time they will be paired together in a major championship.
I was at Torrey Pines in 2008 during Tiger’s last U.S. Open victory and I can attest to how big of a circus it is trying to get a glimpse at this guy hitting a golf shot. I can’t even imagine what it will be like with Rory and Adam added to the mix. But I did figure out a pretty good system to see many of Tiger’s swings back in 2008 so if you’re looking for some advice follow these tips.
FIrst, get familiar with the golf course map. Then as Tiger is teeing off on #1, stop by the beer stand and pick up two cold ones and then jump ahead 3-4 holes and post out your position early. It’s just personal preference, but I always set up in the landing area of the fairway. You can get a good idea of where the players are landing their tee shots by the groups ahead. You will know when Tiger’s group is getting close to your hole because the crowds will swell tremendously as he gets closer. After Tiger has gone through the hole you have posted up on, grab a couple more beers and jump another 3-4 holes ahead. You just rinse and repeat all day long until the end of his round. By following this system, you will get about 6-8 beers in you and get to see about 6 of Tiger’s shots. Believe me when I say it’s worthless trying to follow him his entire round. You have to fight people to just get three deep on the ropes.
It should be a good time no-less and I can’t wait to watch it on TV. I think I feel a little sickness setting in already and I hope I don’t have to call in on Thursday…