3. Tiger Woods vs. Dustin Johnson
Before Woods came along, distance was great, but hitting the ball straight was the key to victory. It still is, but, because of Tiger, now guys try to hit it long and straight. This era’s Woods — in terms of hitting the ball long — is Dustin Johnson.
At the 2004 U.S. Open the course was 6,996 yards, and even though it hasn’t been made official yet, it’ll probably be around there. With both guys in the top-30 in the world in driving distance, it could be fun to watch them go head-to-head on Sunday — the guy who made distance cool vs. one of the top guys in distance of this era.
On what may turn out to be a short course (especially given the par will be 280 for the week), seeing them try to out do each other in terms of distance would be a sight to behold — as long as they can keep it straight too.
Imagine bombs off the tee for most of the 18 holes. You might even see some par fours reached in one shout. Woods and Johnson would put on a show that no one would ever forget and would go down in the annals of U.S. Open history.