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Chubby Chandler: Gregory Bourdy on form ahead of Oakmont test
Article posted: 13 June 2016

The course is so tough - narrow fairways, thick rough and firm and fast greens - that I wouldn't be surprised if four over par is the winning score. Yes, so high.

- Chubby Chandler

Greg Bourdy tuned up for the US Open this week with a confidence boosting top 10 at the Lyoness Open.

It came on the back of Greg qualifying for the year's second major and don't be surprised if he does well tackling The Beast of Oakmont... and it is a beast.

Although Joost Luiten was another to come close at the Lyoness, he didn't quite do enough to claim his place in Pennsylvania, but it might be a blessing in disguise.

I expect him to rack up plenty of Ryder Cup points despite his absence here and be among the rookies pushing for places in the European team come the end of August.

Where Greg could score well at Oakmont is with his straight hitting because that will be of paramount importance. 

The course is so tough - narrow fairways, thick rough and firm and fast greens - that I wouldn't be surprised if four over par is the winning score.  Yes, so high.

It will be a good test for those of our guys who drive it straight apart from Greg and including Louis Oosthuizen, Danny Willett, Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick.  

Ben An will also learn a lot and be all right as long as he can keep it on the short stuff.

The rough around the greens is so thick and the ball sits deep it won't suit the short game players. It takes out a variety of shots because everything just becomes a hack and hope.

Those are my thoughts so let's see if my hunch is correct, but whoever wins in Sunday will have earned it.

Finally, three of our Class of 2016,  Haydn McCullen, Thriston Lawrence and Billy Spooner had encouraging starts on their South African venture and will gain great experience on their way to becoming major forces in the game.

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