The 116th U.S. Open teed off Thursday at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont Pennsylvania, where the best golfers in the world compete for golfâs biggest prize.
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This yearâs 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 Networkâs Stuart Varney, heâs âpulling very hardâ for Phil Mickelsonâ but âthe man with the best short game will win.â
That man, according to Player, is Jordan Spieth.
âJordan Spieth has the best short game by a mile. He has a bit of a kink in his swing that I have noticed. Iâd love to be able to sit down with him for ten minutes of time,â Player joked.
He added: âWe havenât 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 Iâve ever seen in my life. Heâs absolutely fantastic.â
Oakmont has a reputation for being a very difficult course, even for golf elites, but in Playerâs opinion the most difficult course he ever played is The Links Golf Course in the Cape in South Africa.
âWe played the Presidents Cup there, Tiger beat Ernie Elsâ¦ they tied and nobody won,â he said.
Player, now 80, says he beats his age on the green.
âThe last forty rounds Iâve played, Iâve probably averaged 70 -- I beat my age very easily.â