Expecting a good week at Chambers Bay
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. –The U.S. Open may be coming to Chambers Bay in 2015, but I can think of three reasons why this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship is sure to be just as exciting.
- The Crowds. This summer, U.S. Golf Association amateur championships have been quiet for the most part. At the U.S. Junior, crowds were small, and at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, crowds were just flat-out quiet. Here at Chambers Bay, however, the people are having fun and letting the players know it. Walking the course, you can hear roars coming from everywhere. Fans on some greens are celebrating shots like it’s the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale. This is great! It means this championship will have the atmosphere it truly deserves throughout the week.
- The Course. Whether players are walking off No. 9 or 18 at Chambers Bay, they usually have the same look of defeat. Chambers Bay is definitely separating the contenders from the pretenders. What is really interesting is that the links-style golf course is throwing several players a curveball. Chambers Bay’s layout is untraditional for the United States, and it will be interesting to see if a chap from across the pond is crowned champion due to “home course” advantage.
- The Weather. No players can complain about weather conditions this week. Perfect is an understatement when it comes to the scene we have out at Chambers Bay. The hottest it is supposed to be all week is 80 degrees, and the wind will be mild. If anything, it may be a bit cooler than expected for a summer month as temperatures may dip down into the mid-50s. Honestly, though, is that a bad thing?