It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine today! University of Michigan junior Kyle Mueller is headed to Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania to compete in the U.S. Open.
Michigan's Kyle Mueller is heading to the U.S. Open at Oakmont … no big deal https://t.co/0t2rMcM9dM
— Brendan Quinn (@BFQuinn) June 10, 2016
By virtue of a Top 4 finish at a sectional qualifier tournament held at Springfield Country Club in Ohio, Mueller will play in one of golf’s most famous majors. For his part, Mueller is taking the news in stride and told MLive.com about his interesting strategy for the upcoming major:
“I’m just trying to treat it like any other tournament that you play in.”
‘Try’ would be the operative word. The U.S. Open is traditionally one of the most if not the most difficult tournaments in the PGA golf season. The course conditions are extraordinarily difficult where accuracy is a premium and par is a good score. The winner is usually very close to par as opposed to well under par at other majors. In fact, the last time the U.S. Open was played at Oakmont Country Club Angel Cabrera narrowly defeated Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk won the tournament with a score of +5. In contrast, Daniel Willet won The Masters this season with a score of -5.
— Michigan Golf (@umichgolf) June 9, 2016
Mueller was First-Team All-Big Ten this season with a scoring average of 71.72. Armed with that experience the 20-year-old is planning to stay aggressive at Oakmont:
“When people psyche themselves out, they’ll think, ‘Oh, I’m playing in a U.S. Open or the Master’s, so I’ll just go out and try to make the cut,'” Mueller said. “But I feel like, once you do that, you’re already throwing yourself out. So as silly as it sounds, we’re going to treat it like any other tournament.”
The Michigan Men’s Golf Team finished 4th at the Big Ten Conference Tournament this year and played their way to a 10th place finish at the NCAA Regional Tournament to end the season. The 2015-2016 Wolverines set a University of Michigan record with team a scoring average of 290.21.