The 2017 U.S. Open commences from Thursday, June 15. The golfers, who are participating in the coveted championship, have already been assigned their respective groups. Each player with compete with two other fellow group players. Altogether, there are 52 groups with 3 players each. DSPORT has shortlisted 8 such groups which contain the top contenders for this year’s U.S. Open Championship.
Here’s have a look at these groups and read why they are the ones to watch out for.
- Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm:
Heideki Matsuyama is a four-time PGA Tour winner, and an eight-time Japan Golf Tour winner. Rickie Fowler, on the other hand, is the number one ranked amateur golfer in the world. Jon Rahm, who was ranked No. 551 in the Official World Golf Ranking before the US open, now stands at No 9. All these players are seeking their first major. This group, therefore, deserves everyone’s attention.
- Kevin Kisner, Billy Horschel, Branden Grace:
Featuring the winners from the PGA TOUR’s recent Texas swing, this group’s performance is most awaited. Kevin Kisner has 8 professional wins, 2 of which are from the PGA tour. The American Golfer, Billy Horschel was the FedEx Cup Champion in 2014. Brandon Grace, on the other hand, ranks sixth in the International Team standings. In 2016, he became the first player in the history of the European Tour to win his first four European Tour titles in the same year. This group certainly promises some exciting performances.
- Martin Kaymer, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson:
Martin Kaymer was ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for eight weeks in 2011. A winner of two major championships, he won the U.S. open in 2014. The other golfer, the FedEx Cup Champion, Jorden Spieth was also the winner of the 2015 U.S. Open. Dustin Johnson, on the other hand, is the current World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking and the winner of the U.S. Open 2016. Eventually, this group features the past three U.S. Open winners!
- Marc Leishman, Pat Perez, Si Woo Kim:
The 2009 Rookie Award of the year winner, Marc Leishman, is an Australian professional golfer. He won the Travelers Championship in 2012 and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2017. His fellow group member Pat Perez is seventh in the FedEx Cup standings and is a winner two PGA tours. The third member of the group, Si Woo Kim, is the winner of the Players Championship in 2017. Aged 21, he became the youngest ever winner in the event.
- Brad Dalke, Wesley Bryan, Brendan Steele:
Brad Dalke was the runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Amateur, and as a result he was invited into the 2017 Masters Tournament and the 2017 U.S. Open.Web.com Tour. Wesley Bryan, on the other hand, is the winner of the RBC Heritage in 2017. The third member, Brendan Steele holds nine professional wins, two of which are PGA tours. He also helped the University of Oklahoma win the NCAA Championship. It would be interesting how he takes on the other two with his putt and long swings strengths.
- Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia:
This group features the owners of the Green Jacket. Bubba Watson is a multiple major champion, having won the Masters Tournament in 2012 and 2014. Australian professional golfer, Adam Scott was ranked No. 1 from mid-May to August 2014. He is also the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit winner (2005, 2013). Sergio Garcia, the third golfer of the group, plays on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. Garcia has also won the Master’s Tournament in 2017.
- Jason Day, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy:
Jason Day is the former World Number 1 in World Golf Ranking. He also has five top-10s in six U.S. Open appearances. Justin Rose, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist, was the runner up in the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational and was ranked 3rd. He also won 2013 U.S. Open. Rory Mcllroy, on the other hand, is a four-time major champion, and has won the 2011 U.S Open. He was world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks and has won three majors by the age of 25. Though, due to injuries, he is doubtful of giving his best at the event, this group still, has all the potential to rule the course.
- Steve Stricker, Stewart Cink, Phil Mickelson:
Local favorite and this year’s U.S. Presidents Cup captain, Steve Stricker is the PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year (2006, 2007) and was ranked 2nd in the Official World Golf Ranking. the other golfer, Stewart Cink won the 2009 Open Championship and was in the top 10 for 40 weeks from 2004 to 2009. Winner of 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships, Phil Mickelson has won every major except the U.S. Open. Though, it is yet to be decided if he will take part in the event and said he would withdraw from the event if it conflicts with his daughter’s high school graduation.