Based on the recent performances, everyone would predict Dustin Johnson to win the U.S. Open. Some enthusiasts may go for Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy as well; they have shown some great skills in recent times. But, what about some under-the-radar names who could mix it up with the big boys? There are some players who are playing good golf and can go far to win the championship!
After looking at the last few U.S. Opens and the recent state of the PGA and European Tours, there are a few names that stand out in the race to raise the trophy on Sunday evening at Erin Hills.
Jason Dufner: Dufner, even though playing the best golf of his life, has been overlooked this week by many. He’s one of just three guys to finish in top 10 in each of the last three U.S. Opens, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson are the other two. He is coming off with a win at the Memorial Tournament a few weeks ago. As long as he doesn’t putt himself out of it on Thursday and Friday, Dufner could be seen mixing it up over the final 36 holes!
Tyrrell Hatton: The best and the trickiest part of Erin Hills is that this course is lengthy, but it doesn’t play as long as it should because there are a lot of downhill slopes off the tee. Therefore, a golfer who gains a lot of strokes off the tee but isn’t super long can actually win it. Also, Erin Hills has massively wide fairways that straight hitters are not going to miss. Tyrrell Hatton, who is in the top 25 in strokes gained off the tee but is fairly short at 289 yards. This clearly shows he has been super straight and will probably hit most fairways on most days. If this gets topped up with his two top 10s in his last three majors, he is clearly one of the strongest contenders.
Brandt Snedeker: Just like Hatton, Snedeker too fits on the said theory. However, given the fact that Snedeker has three top 20s in the last four years, he has better chances than Hatton, even at a big ballpark like Erin Hills. The only thing which can impact Snedeker’ run at 2017 U.S. open is the fact that he has been nursing a wrist injury and had to miss The Players Championship because of it.
The 2017 U.S. Open starts today; it is one of the four majors of the golf. Given the amount of pressure each golfer would be going through, not only the techniques but a cool temperament shall also be required at Erin Hills. DSPORT will commence the coverage of the 2017 U.S. Open from tonight 08:30 PM onwards.