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The PGA Tour takes a trip back in time this week, as golfers will play a 2019-20 season event even though the 2020-21 campaign has already begun.
There are a few big questions to ponder before players step to the first tee. Last time we saw Dustin Johnson he was on a major roll, but can he keep up the momentum ? What about the absence of Brooks Koepka? Does that help some guys mentally? How about playing without fans? Do the nerves still kick in like they would if fans were present?
Some of these questions were answered at the PGA Championship, but this is another level, as the U.S. Open carries more prestige. Fans can create some nervous moments, but they can also be a big help when the conditions are tough. Johnson probably doesn't mind if there are fans are not, but he'll have some pressure to secure major championship No. 2, which would enhance his standing among "the best players ever." And he could face some pressure from his fellow golfers, as without Koepka around to neutralize the field – only one golfer finished better than Koepka over the last three U.S. Opens – more guys should have a chance to claim the trophy come Sunday.
If the PGA Championship is any indication, the cream should rise to the top, but as always, which players will get the job done? That's why we're here to help.