Compelling final day beckons

Compelling final day beckons

Having a weekend off is the biggest fear of any professional golfer, for that raises questions about your game, performance and other things. But this professional hazard is also part of your life, which one gets used to, no matter how much you dislike it. Anyway this is not the weekend I wanted off or expect. I thought I would manage to scrape into the weekend but it was not to be.

As for tournament it is most interestingly poised. Four players are sharing the lead and it includes the awesome Jordan Spieth, who is in the form of his life, Jason Day, whose courageous show late on second day and the whole of third day, and the hugely talented Dustin Johnson, who sometime ago, when he took time off the Tour, was almost being written off. The trio alongwith Branden Grace, who carries on the tradition of South Africans excelling at Majors, should make for a compelling final day.

On Sunday, we will see a new US Open champion, probably someone who has never won it before, unless Rory McIlory makes it again from eight back -- he thinks, he can! -- but this Open will be all about the courage Jason Day showed in finishing the 18th on second day and then playing through the third day despite a bout of Vertigo.

There have been murmurs about Day suffering from Vertigo in the recent past as he pulled out of some events and has not been at his best in terms of his health. But he is a big event player -- he was in top-5 of three of the four Majors in 2013 -- and hugely talented. Now we also know how strong he is mentally. If he pulls of his maiden Major, that will be quite a story.

Now for Jordan Spieth, that’s another big story. From dominating the field on the immaculate greens of Augusta in April, he is in the front on the ‘scary’ greens of Chambers Bay. How do you explain that except to bow to the genius in him. He will join a select company if he wins successive Majors.

Dustin Johnson has always been a big player, a consistent winner. But he did not close the deal at Majors. Then came personal issues, but ever since he has been back he has been in great form and now he is sharing the lead.

Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, both South Africans are also in fray. Grace, a many times winner in Europe, is looking at a maiden Major and Oosty is hoping to add to the British Open he won at St Andrews five years ago. Maybe he is buoyed by the fact that the British Open is back at St Andrews this year and he is getting ready for it in less than a month’s time.

Whoever wins, it is going to a great game of golf on Sunday. May the best man win, but once again hats off to Jason Day.

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