With Chambers Bay tipping out at 7,900 yards, it’s no secret length will be a huge advantage at the 2015 U.S. Open; and according to 2015 PGA Tour stats, no one is longer than Dustin Johnson.
DJ has averaged 317.6 yards off the tee this year. That’s 10.2 yards longer than the second longest driving average on Tour and 30.2 yards (nearly 100 feet) longer than the Tour average. That translates into a one club advantage on even the longest hitters and three clubs longer than the average Tour player. Hitting a 7-iron when most guys are hitting 4-iron is almost unfair, and a big reason Johnson ranks 3rd in top-10 finishes this PGA Tour season.
Chambers Bay has experienced an unusually dry spring and reports claim the course is dryer and harder than the USGA anticipated. Sources close to the course predicted a drive exceeding 400 yards months back, but given the extraordinarily dry course conditions, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a drive sniff 450 yards this week, and it’s likely Dustin Johnson would be the competitor to do it.
With Chambers’ par-5s ranging from 604-614 yards, getting home in two will be a rare occasion despite fast turf conditions. Johnson is in the elite distance group that has the length, which could translate into an eight stroke advantage on a majority of the field over the course of four rounds. Include the various reachable par-4s, and you’re looking at a massive advantage for top long ballers.
Six par-4s extend between 488 and 546 yards; four of which will make claim to the top 4 longest par-4s in U.S. Open history. These mammoth holes will stretch out a majority of players requiring long-irons and metalwoods to reach these greens in two. Johnson on the other hand will be hitting relatively comfortable approach shots from inside 200 yards, a range he currently ranks 4th overall on Tour in closest distance to the pin.
The advantage is real and solidified by Johnson’s favorable Vegas odds. His odds are also beneficial to fans at home as the PGA Superstore’s Win With DJ Campaign will reward fans who purchase an R15 or AeroBurner driver with a money-back refund should DJ seal the deal in Washington. Length may not be everything, but the advantages will be on full display this Father’s Day weekend.