Mark Rolfing - June 17, 2012


Golf Channel on NBC Analyst Mark Rolfing is in San Francisco, CA for the 112th U.S. Open Championship. The 15th hole played 108 yards while the 16th hole played around 670 yards on Saturday but when it comes to Sunday, there will be different yardages but it ultimately will not matter what the yardages will be because some players will think they are great and others will think they are not so great. The 15th will certainly play longer and he does not know how the 16th will play although Mike Davis said that the hole could play 575 yards and that has not happened yet.

Lee Westwood is in contention in a Major again and Rolfing feels that Westwood is the favorite to win. If fog rolls in and the winds pick up, he feels that Westwood becomes even more of a favorite and this could very well be the day that he earns his first Major. He has been close so many times in the past and it would be great to see him finally win.

If The Olympic Club holds to form and a surprise name ends up winning, he thinks that names like Beau Hossler, John Peterson, or maybe Jason Dufner would fit that role although Dufner may not be that surprising because he has won twice on the 2012 PGA TOUR and he nearly won the 2011 PGA Championship. A 17-year-old amateur a former NCAA Individual Champion without status on any pro tour winning would certainly fit the mold of a surprise Champion at The Olympic Club.

He thinks that Graeme McDowell has had a more complete game this week than Jim Furyk although both have played very well. McDowell has been having a lot of fun all week on the course and while Furyk has also admitted that he had a good time on Saturday, McDowell has done a better job of embracing the U.S. Open atmosphere and because of that, Rolfing thinks that McDowell has the advantage over Furyk in the final round.