Hoggard: U.S. Open Is "God's Toughest Test"

The U.S. Open can be a humbling experience for golfers. The first day was no exception.

Taz and the Moose
June 15, 2018 - 10:56 am

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Taz And The Moose welcomed GolfChannel.com Senior Writer Rex Hoggard to the show Friday to discuss the U.S. Open, including a first round that, for many players, was humbling.

“One week out of the year and what we bill as God’s toughest test, yeah, this is what you’d expect,” Hoggard said. "This is what we grew up watching. The U.S. Open. The USGA makes it a very, very difficult test right on the edge."

The rigor of the course proved to be a challenge for almost all of the players, making for an unexpected leaderboard coming out of the first round.

“As far as the leader boards, yeah, I’d love to have Rory up there and Tiger up there and you know, the things that we dream about as perfect scenarios come Sunday afternoon,” Hoggard said. “But I’ve discovered, doing this for 20 years, covering golf, it rarely plays out that way.”

Taz and Moose wondered if the course might play differently Friday.

“I actually think it will be a little bit lower, to be quite frank with you,” Hoggard said. “The winds won’t be nearly as high as they were yesterday. Yesterday afternoon, when Tiger was playing and Dustin Johnson, who is among the leaders, the world’s No. 1, I mean, it was gusting to 30 miles an hour. It will be easier, and there’s a little cloud coverage this morning. I think the greens might have a little moisture in them, so I would expect a little bit lower scoring average than yesterday.

“Yesterday, I think the scoring average was seven strokes over par,” Hoggard continued. “That’s pretty amazing when you consider that this is the game’s absolute best players.”

Taz And The Moose wonder which golfer – Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, or Rory McIlroy – can dig themselves out of the sizable hole they find themselves in.”

“I don’t know that any of them can, to speak quite frankly,” Hoggard said. “I mean, it’s going to take a very, very low round for those guys to sort of unpack what they did yesterday.”