Will the U.S. Open at Oakmont finish over par? The last one did, and this one is likely to follow suit, according to Oakmont professional Bob Ford.
Ford has spent decades working at the course and has watched many vigorous battles contested on the western Pennsylvania course. After discussing how to best approach the course on the GOLF.com Podcast, Ford made his stern prediction: Four over par will hoist the U.S. Open trophy Sunday evening.
"It's not like it's impossible. Somebody always plays well here and shoots some nice scores," Ford said. "But at the end of the day, after 72 holes, it'll get you. Two, three or four over par here will win in 2016."
The course is historically notorious for its inches upon inches of deep rough, and its firm and painfully fast greens. Ford shared one of his favorite lines regarding those greens.
"In 72 holes, I could have you on the green every hole, so you would have hit every green in regulation, you would not break par," Ford said. "I promise you. I could do it to Tiger Woods, I could do it to Jordan Spieth, the best putter in the world, today. He would not shoot under par."