The U.S. Open, certainly the most challenging pro golf contest, is commencing from Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin.
Indeed, the 7,693 yards course at Erin Hills is pretty long and poses a great challenge in front of the players as it has an ability to play up to 7,800 yards. Coupled with the fact that the 2017 edition of U.S. Open will be the first par-72 since the year 1992, Erin Hills will be a tough nut for many.
The history says that the U.S. Open has always crowned the one who does everything well and deserves to be the champion. Erin Hills has always supported the one who has played the champion’s way. DSPORT, therefore, picks a list of 10 golfers playing at this year’s U.S. Open, who hold potential to turn the course in their way and present their challenge to the trophy.
Here’s a list of top 10 golfers to watch out for in U.S. Open 2017 at Erin Hills.
- Dustin Johnson:
The world’s best player right now and defending U.S. Open champion. He’s also the PGA Tour’s leader in driving distance and strokes gained-tee to green. He is certainly the top option at Erin Hills.
- Jordan Spieth:
He ranks 11th in strokes gained-tee to green and 40th in strokes gained-putting; he would certainly use his putter to the core at Erin Hills.
- Jason Day:
Finishing runner-up at the Byron Nelson and T-15 at the Memorial, Jason has really started to find his groove. His combination of length and short game is lethal, almost unmatched by most players. He can be a real danger if he can perfect his fairways.
- Sergio Garcia:
Coming on with the superb tee-to-green game, Garcia has shown the world that one doesn’t need to be the best putter to win a major. Garcia is third in strokes gained-tee to green and in the top 40 in both driving distance and accuracy.
- Rickie Fowler:
One of the best drivers of the golf ball in the world, Rickie is ranked 31st in driving distance and 19th in driving accuracy and also stands sixth in both strokes gained-tee to green and strokes gained-putting. Seven top-16 finishes since missed cut at the Farmers.
- Paul Casey:
Ranked 12th in strokes gained-tee to green and played some brilliant putter, Paul’s recent results have been very promising. He can be a threat to many at Erin Hills.
7. Alex Noren:
Solid all-around game and playing his best golf of the year right now, Alex can be one of the top contenders at Erin Hills.
- Kevin Kisner:
At Erin Hills, being super straight and long enough is a necessity, and Kevin has that as one of his strengths. He ranks 10th in strokes gained-tee to green and 23rd in strokes gained-putting.
- Louis Oosthuizen:
Always seems to show up at the U.S. Open, including his T-2 finish at Chambers Bay two years ago, Louis is ranked in the top 30 in both strokes gained-tee to green and strokes gained-putting.
- Brooks Koepka:
Brooks can handle the length of Erin Hills easily and is playing his best golf right now. He can putt too; he is ranked 33rd in strokes gained-putting.