Watch U.S. Open 2017 Dustin Johnson aims for repeat on latest controversial course
There has been a lot of hype & controversy but finally we are here at The 2017 U.S. Open.
It is Erin Hills which will be hosting for the 1st time. It has faced continuous scrutiny from players stepping away to play in the early practice rounds.
The USGA itself has taken the hearing by the players wishing & hoping the event remains fair.
This is the outlook of what we can expect
The words majestic & farmland are seldom put together.
Erin Hills has made an unthought match located a little north of Milwaukee. The links-style course is long, winding & laced with thick fescue all around the course.
On social media also, players like Wesley Bryan & Kevin Na have complained about the “unplayability” of the fescue. The scorecard reading is just below 7,800 yards so players have to be long & accurate off the tee.
World ranking in bracket()
- Dustin Johnson (1)
The defending champ has finished no worse than 4th since the year 2014 at this event. He is deadly accurate and long off the tee with his irons. So, he should have no problem with weather conditions in the weekend.
- Rory McIlroy (2)
We don’t know what to expect post his rib injury since the Masters. He has played 6 events worldwide all year. But just his presence can add to the excitement.
- Jason Day (3)
Post back injury and looking after his mother with cancer, he now refocuses on golf. He looks ambitious with 5 Top 10’s in this event from 2011 & a pair of runners-up finishes, his versatility should get him up there.
- Jordan Spieth (5)
Spieth has 3 Top 10 finishes & a win at Pebble Beach. His victory at Chambers Bay in 2015 proved that he can beat long hitters on a bomber’s course.
- Sergio Garcia (7)
Although he won his 1st major aged 37, he has maintained the competition. He could be well suited for this course.
- Alex Noren (8)
He has been one of the best players in the world over the previous ten months. His 5 victories on the European Tour since last year’s U.S. Open elevated him from 99th to 8th in world ranking.
- Rickie Fowler (9)
He was runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Open, while finishing in the Top 5 at all 4 majors that year. He has taken his game to the next level this year. His accuracy is the weakness but he comes good at the big events.
- Jon Rahm (10)
He is well on course to becoming 1 of the most successful rookies the PGA Tour. This year he has 6 Top 5’s including a victory and 2 runner up’s. He has maintained consistency on Tour. The U.S. Open is all about patience, so he has to keep cool.
Justin Rose (11) , Adam Scott (12), Thomas Pieters (25) are also in contention.
- Charl Schwartzel (16)
He finished 3rd at The Masters & a t-2 last week, hence is dangerous here.
- Kevin Kisner (20)
He only faces the length issue. He has a victory and a t-2 this year is a major championship away from becoming a household name.
- Brooks Koepka (22)
In majors, he rises. He is consistent and another bomber off the tee, Koepka is 1of the few that could over power this monster of a course.
- Branden Grace (29)
This course is perfect for Grace’s low, straight ball flight. He has a t-5 & a t-4 in his last 2 U.S. Open, hopefully he can come victorious this year.
- Kevin Chappell (26)
Kevin has a t-3 & a t-10 to his resume at U.S. Opens past, he won at Texas Open & he finished t-4 last week in Memphis.
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