Erin Hills welcome the world’s top players competing for the title that has been contested since 1895. Considered as one of the golf’s toughest majors, the 2017 U.S. Open pushes the top-ranked golfers to their limits at the grand stage of Erin Hills.
Dustin Johnson, one of the golf’s most acclaimed player is prepped up to re-capture the 117th U.S. Open Championship. With Johnson’s three-stroke victory at intractable Oakmont Country Club, near Pittsburgh, he is ready for the golf’s ultimate test at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.
The U.S. Open Championship has evolved and modified with every year. Talking about the past champions Bob Jones to Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods, all have set new standards every-time at the U.S. Open Championship. Considering Johnson’s past performance, we might get to see the emergence of the next great player breaking the set style and reset the parameters.
After winning his first major title, Johnson added five victories in his next 15 starts, including a run of three in a row starting in mid-February at the Genesis Open that enabled him to seize and then solidify the No. 1 ranking in the world. Whatever weight was lifted from his shoulders at Oakmont he now wields to bludgeon the opposition.
If there is a major for which Johnson is best suited, it’s clearly the U.S. Open. He arrives at Erin Hills having finished T4, T2 and first in his last three starts in the championship, though he could have won them all. And a chance for another title eluded him in 2010 at Pebble Beach when he led by three strokes after 54 holes only to be derailed by a final-round 82.
In the last three U.S. Open Championships, Johnson has finished in the top five and has been the best golfer over the last six months. Erin Hills will play at over 7,700 yards, and hence it requires somebody who can hit massive shots after shots for 72 holes. Dustin Johnson, considering his recent form, certainly has that calibre to deliver those monster shots.
Johnson will be grouped with previous US Open winners Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer in Thursday’s opening round.