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Jun
11
2017

2017 U.S. Open Preview: The Top 10 Contenders.

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The U.S. Open heads to Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin this week. It’s a U.S. Open. You better be long, straight, and make a lot of pars.

1. Dustin Johnson 

Dustin Johnson has cooled a bit since his red-hot play from February and March. That said he’s still the World’s number 1 player, is still ridiculously long, and he’s had 3 straight top 5 U.S. Open’s including his win last year.

2. Jordan Spieth

Jordan Speith’s even temperament makes him a great fit for the U.S. Open. Like Johnson, Spieth already has a U.S. Open to his credit. He is a 2-time major winner and is currently ranked in the top 10 in the world.

3. Rory Mcilory

He’s probably the most naturally gifted player on tour, but Rory Mcilory is in a bit of a major drought. He hasn’t won a major since 2014. That said he has a U.S. Open too, in addition to 3 other majors. When all aspects of his game are on, he’s as good a player as there is.

4. Jason Day

Jason Day has 4 straight top 10s at the U.S. Open. That’s enough to tell you, that he can certainly win this week. His game is rounding into form with a couple of top 15s in his last two starts. He won the 2015 PGA Championship so he’s already a major winner.

5. Justin Rose

Justin Rose is a player that always seems to hang around major championship leaderboards. He was a runner-up at the Masters earlier this year. He has top 30s in 14 of his last 17 majors including a 2013 U.S. Open win. He’s going to win a 2nd major at some point.

6. Phil Mickelson

Will he play or won’t he? There’s certainly nothing wrong with Mickelson missing the U.S. Open if he chooses to in order to attend his daughter’s high school graduation. If he does make it, he is certainly a threat to win. He has 6 runner-up U.S. Open finishes, and he is still a regular contender on tour. He had a top 10 in this past week’s St. Jude Classic. If he plays, he can make a run.

7. Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler seems destined to eventually win a major. The world top 10 player finished T2 at the recent Memorial, but did just miss the cut this week at the St. Jude. He has the game to win a U.S. Open if he’s on. With Fowler it’s a matter of his consistency.

8. Sergio Garcia 

It is asking a lot of player to win the Masters then a U.S. Open, but Jordan Speith did it as recently as 2015. Garcia finally has the “best player without a major” weight lifted off his shoulders with his Masters win in April. He’s contended at the U.S. Open before, and he may again this year.

9. Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas is too good a player not to have contended in a major. He has 3 wins and 7 top 10s since October of last year. He’s young, long, a little inaccurate off the tee, but really talented. He could be on the leaderboard this week.

10. Jon Rahm

They are calling Spain’s young Jon Rahm one of the best young players in the world. He has 7 top 10s this year, and he’s one of the longest players on tour. He was the low-amateur at last year’s U.S. Open, so don’t rule him out completely.

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