MEMPHIS, Tenn. – In this week’s edition, Oakmont and next week’s U.S. Open looms, Tiger Woods’ absence from golf lingers and the PGA Tour laments the loss of a longtime sponsor in Houston. All eyes on Oakmont. It’s a common assessment each year as the U.S. Open inches closer and players get a glimpse of that year’s venue. “Over par will win,” Daniel Berger said of Oakmont, which he played on Monday. “It’s a hard golf course. You don’t want to be in the rough there,” offered Brooks Koepka, who played the U.S. Open venue last week.
DATE: Jun 16 – Jun 19
TOURNAMENT: U.S. Open Golf Live
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA
DEFENDING CHAMP: Jordan Spieth
Phil Mickelson’s take, however, may have been the most foreboding.
Each June the USGA creates a “reallocation list,” which is essentially the list of alternates for next week’s U.S. Open based on the various qualifiers that are held around the globe.
Although this reallocation list is likely based on a complicated formula, there’s no way to know for sure because the USGA doesn’t “make that known,” according to a spokesman for the association.
Players can get a rough idea where they are on the list based on the relative strength of each qualifying field (the first replacement was pulled from the qualifier in Japan followed by players from the Memphis and England events, respectively), but the actual list – just like the lists that are published each week on Tour – remains a well-guarded secret.
This leaves players to guess where they are on the alternate list, and the rest of us to guess why in the world the USGA would be so guarded over something that is so straightforward.