The 2020 professional golf season is winding down but is definitely far from over with the LPGA on the homestretch as the Race to the CME Cup (Finals running December 17-20, 2020).
A key event leading up to the grand finale is the U.S. Women's Open being run December 10-13 at the Champions Club in Houston Texas.
The U.S. Women's Open is one of nine national golf championships conducted by the United States Golf Association, and is the oldest of the LPGA Tour's five major championships. First played in 1946, and won by Patty Berg, this event has a long and distinguished history as one of golf's great championships.
The 2020 version of the championship will be held at Champions Golf Club in Houston Texas, a course that has played host to Men's U.S. Opens, Men's and Women's Amateur Championships, Ryder Cups and Tour Championships.
Canada's own Brooke Henderson will be in the field, and a top contender to win the championship, and TJ will be give us his thoughts on not only how he thinks Brooke will do but also what to expect at this, the last major of the 2020 golf season.
The final major championship of 2020 is upon us, as the US Women’s Open is contested this week at the Champions GC in Houston, Texas. In this strange year of 2020, even the setup for a major championship is affected, as they will be playing on two different courses on the first two days.
The Jack Rabbit course at Champions GC is known as the tighter course with smaller greens, more typical of a USGA setup. However three of the rounds are played on the Cypress Creek course, which won’t have nearly as long rough as it normally would in the summer months. As a result, I think this is an opportunity for one of the longer hitters to contend this week. Cue Brooke Henderson.
Of course I’m going to be cheering from Brooke this week, being a fellow Canadian, and I think she has a good chance of being there on Sunday. The other Canadian in the field is Alena Sharp, who is coming off her recent wedding, and it would be a great story if she were to pick up her first victory in her first event after her wedding.
The world golf rankings are currently dominated by Asian players, with 14 of the top 20 spots in the rankings taken up by Korean and Japanese players. Of those, the hottest player in the world is currently Sei Young Kim, who has won her last two tournaments. So she would have to be the odds on favourite to win this week. But I’m going to go with Nasa Hataoka as the winner this week. She hits the ball so straight and always seems to be in contention.