The 116th U.S. Open teed off Thursday at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont Pennsylvania, where the best golfers in the world compete for golf’s biggest prize.
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This year’s favorites include Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.
Golf legend Gary Player, who has won nine Major championships told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney, he’s “pulling very hard” for Phil Mickelson” but “the man with the best short game will win.”
That man, according to Player, is Jordan Spieth.
“Jordan Spieth has the best short game by a mile. He has a bit of a kink in his swing that I have noticed. I’d love to be able to sit down with him for ten minutes of time,” Player joked.
He added: “We haven’t seen the possibilities of this man. If he gets a little tiny thing altered in his swing nobody will catch him because his short game -- he might be in the top best putters I’ve ever seen in my life. He’s absolutely fantastic.”
Oakmont has a reputation for being a very difficult course, even for golf elites, but in Player’s opinion the most difficult course he ever played is The Links Golf Course in the Cape in South Africa.
“We played the Presidents Cup there, Tiger beat Ernie Els… they tied and nobody won,” he said.
Player, now 80, says he beats his age on the green.
“The last forty rounds I’ve played, I’ve probably averaged 70 -- I beat my age very easily.”