PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — It’s time for a many formidable exam in golf.
The world’s best have collected on California’s pleasing Monterey Peninsula for a 119th U.S. Open, that starts Thursday during a iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links. The year’s initial dual majors delivered in a large way, with Tiger Woods completing a quip for a ages during a Masters and Brooks Koepka stability his historically shining run of critical championship golf during a PGA.
Woods and Koepka are among a horde of players who will like their chances to win this week—so who will raise a prize come Sunday evening? That’s anyone’s guess, nonetheless SI.com has ranked a tip 100 players in a 156-man margin and analyzed their chances.
Age: 25 | World Ranking: 238 | Best U.S. Open finish: T42, 2015
Former universe No. 1 pledge has all a intensity in a world, and he’s recently started operative with Butch Harmon, so contingency are he’ll modify that intensity into formula eventually. It usually substantially won’t be this week. Fairways are a must, and he is passed final in pushing accuracy.
Age: 36 | World Ranking: 165 | Best U.S. Open finish: CUT in all 4 appearances
Journeyman has finished 5 cuts in a quarrel nonetheless has missed a weekend any of a 4 times he’s played in a U.S. Open.
Age: 31 | World Ranking: 254 | Best U.S. Open finish: T36, 2009
Canadian has finished 11 of 15 cuts this year nonetheless hasn’t been anywhere tighten to contending for a victory.
Age: 20 | World Ranking: N/A | Best U.S. Open finish: Making initial appearance
Recently finished his sophomore deteriorate during powerhouse Oklahoma State, where he was partial of a organisation that mislaid in a semis of a NCAAs. Overshadowed a bit by teammates Matthew Wolff and Viktor Hovland nonetheless had a excellent deteriorate himself, averaging underneath 71 and representing a U.S. during final week’s Palmer Cup.
Age: 31 | World Ranking: 253 | Best U.S. Open finish: CUT in both appearances
Indian actor reached as high as 33rd in a universe behind in 2015. He’s in risk of losing his PGA Tour label if he doesn’t convene late in this season, as he now ranks outward a tip 150 in a FedEx Cup.
Age: 22 | World Ranking: N/A | Best U.S. Open finish: Making initial appearance
How’s this for a month? On May 29, Wu helped Stanford win a NCAA organisation championship. On Jun 3, he qualifies for a U.S. Open in a sectional site filled with PGA Tour pros. On Jun 7, he represents a U.S. in a Palmer Cup. On Jun 13, he’ll tee it adult in his initial U.S. Open. If he creates a cut, he’ll have a bit of a conflict—Stanford’s graduation rite is on Sunday.
Age: 29 | World Ranking: 309 | Best U.S. Open finish: T37, 2016
Long-hitting Georgian snuck into a margin after finishing as one of a alternates during a Canada sectional subordinate site. Broke into a universe tip 50 in 2015 and has dual PGA Tour wins nonetheless hasn’t played good in a few years, with no tip 10s in 15 starts in 2019.
Age: 22 | World Ranking: N/A | Best U.S. Open finish: Making initial appearance
Recently wrapped adult an considerable career during Wake Forest, where he was All-ACC this year.
Age: 30 | World Ranking: | Best U.S. Open finish: Making initial appearance
Argentine has finished 11 of 16 cuts on Tour this deteriorate nonetheless competence onslaught to accommodate Pebble’s turn distinguished demands—he ranks 167th in strokes gained off a tee and 132nd in strokes gained entrance a green.
Age: 20 | World Ranking: N/A | Best U.S. Open finish: CUT in usually appearance
Rising comparison during Arizona State finished third during a NCAA people final month.
Age: 27 | World Ranking: 238 | Best U.S. Open finish: CUT in usually appearance
South Korean rookie has dual tip 10s on a season, one of that was a T7 during a formidable Honda Classic.
Age: 31 | World Ranking: 102 | Best U.S. Open finish: CUT in usually appearance
Lanky Georgia Tech grad is struggling with his game, carrying missed 5 of his final 6 cuts.
Age: 41 | World Ranking: 514 | Best U.S. Open finish: T8, 2013
Spent some-more than a year as a world’s top-ranked actor before experiencing a intolerable detriment of form; he fell outward a tip 700 in a universe as he attempted attack a turn over and dealt with behind problems. Donald picked adult his initial PGA Tour tip 10 given 2016 during a Valspar while personification on a sponsor’s exemption. He’s finished dual some-more cuts given afterwards and played his proceed into a margin by a built Columbus sectional subordinate site.
Age: 38 | World Ranking: 180 | Best U.S. Open finish: T13, 2007
Once reached as high as 16th in a | World Rankings nonetheless hasn’t been inside a tip 100 given 2013. He missed a cut in any of a past dual times a U.S. Open was during Pebble, in 2000 and 2010. Has experimented with opposite swings, including a duration of stack-and-tilt, nonetheless by it all has remained one of a best putters on Earth.
Age: 22 | World Ranking: 122 | Best U.S. Open finish: Making initial appearance
Young Swede had a flashy pledge career and picked adult his initial European Tour feat during final month’s British Masters, where he outlasted Englishmen Matt Wallace and Eddie Pepperell to win by a stroke.
Age: 32 | World Ranking: 89 | Best U.S. Open finish: T41, 2018
The Kiwi is one of a longest hitters not on a PGA Tour, averaging some-more than 321 yards off a tee final season. Picked adult his initial European Tour feat in February.
Age: 31 | World Ranking: 55 | Best U.S. Open finish: 53, 2009
He’s missed a cut in 11 of his 18 critical starts. Withdrew from a Canadian Open early in a week and missed a cut during a Memorial before that.
Age: 28 | World Ranking: N/A | Best U.S. Open finish: CUT in both appearances
Played golf during USC before before holding a genuine estate office in NYC. He’s emerged as maybe a best mid-amateur in a nation and is a initial pledge in 34 years to have competent for 3 true U.S. Opens. Took home low pledge honors during a 2017 Masters.
Age: 49 | World Ranking: 354 | Best U.S. Open finish: WON, 1994, 1997
Two-time U.S. Open champion is authorised for a comparison circuit in October. He got into a margin around a special grant from a USGA, and it’s not tough to see why, given his story during this venue—he finished T2 during a 2000 U.S. Open during Pebble Beach (15 strokes behind Tiger Woods, mind you) and T3 when a Open returned in 2010.
Age: 33 | World Ranking: 112 | Best U.S. Open finish: CUT in usually appearance
This doesn’t seem to be a biggest fit for Kizzire, who won twice to start a 2017-18 deteriorate and hasn’t finished many of anything since. He has 0 tip 10s in full-field events anywhere given Jan 2019, nonetheless he did post a more-than-respectable T18 during Augusta. Here’s a thing, though—you can skip off a tee during Augusta, and we can’t during Pebble, and he ranks 195th in strokes gained off a tee.
Age: 42 | World Ranking: 145 | Best U.S. Open finish: T4, 2012, 2013
The 2013 PGA Champion fell outward a tip 200 in a universe before a T4 finish during Quail Hollow final month. He combined another top-10 during a Memorial dual weeks ago and appears to be operative his proceed back. Can be tough to watch with a dabble in his hands, nonetheless his elementary pitch still produces copiousness of shots that go right where he’s looking.
Age: 26 | World Ranking: 75 | Best U.S. Open finish: CUT in usually appearance
Perhaps a smallest actor in a margin (5’5”), he continues to have success on his local Japan Golf Tour, that has bumped his | World Ranking adult and gotten him into outrageous events. He missed a cut during both a Masters and PGA, and conjunction was utterly close.
Age: 33 | World Ranking: 143 | Best U.S. Open finish: T16, 2017
Won his fifth European Tour eventuality final month in Denmark and got one of a final 3 spots in this margin (he was an swap from a European sectional subordinate site).
Age: 27 | World Ranking: 93 | Best U.S. Open finish: CUT in usually appearance
Looked unfailing for stardom after being one of Europe’s few splendid spots in a 2016 Ryder Cup, nonetheless he’s forsaken to a indicate of wanting to play a 36-hole qualifier to make a U.S. Open. Credit to him, though, given that’s accurately what he did. An American-style bomb-and-gouger, he could onslaught to find Pebble’s slight fairways.
Age: 34 | World Ranking: 82 | Best U.S. Open finish: T41, 2018
Solid turn striker hasn’t had many critical success in his career. Three-time Tour personality played his proceed into a margin around sectional qualifying.
Age: 40 | World Ranking: 104 | Best U.S. Open finish: T9, 2014
Former U.S. Ryder Cupper and 2016 PGA Champ hasn’t been utterly a same given entrance down with Lyme illness in open 2017.
Age: 22 | World Ranking: 132 | Best U.S. Open finish: T27, 2017
Graduated Texas final open after heading a Longhorns to 3 Big 12 titles, he’s strike a belligerent using in his veteran career. Currently ranks second on a Web.com Tour moneylist, with a win and dual runner-up finishes, all nonetheless guaranteeing his PGA Tour label for subsequent season. Took low pledge honors dual years ago during Erin Hills.
Age: 31 | World Ranking: 81 | Best U.S. Open finish: Making initial appearance
Cancer survivor had his best-ever PGA Tour finish, a solo second, during a Wells Fargo final month. The following week, he finished a cut in his first-ever critical during a PGA.
Age: 37 | World Ranking: 63 | Best U.S. Open finish T16, 2017
William Chesney Reavie finished T2 to Cinderella champion Ted Potter Jr. during Pebble in 2017. The best partial of a comparatively brief hitter’s diversion is his irons, as he ranks fifth in approaches from 150-175 yards this season.
Age: 29 | World Ranking: 87 | Best U.S. Open finish: Making initial appearance
Big, fit South African plays mostly on a European Tour. He looks a partial and has played easily on this side of a pool recently: a T8 during Bethpage and a T20 final week in Canada.
Age: 29 | World Ranking: 60 | Best U.S. Open finish: CUT in both appearances
Long-hitting Danish actor finished a 2018 European Ryder Cup team, nonetheless he’s not personification anywhere nearby his best during a moment.
Age: 27 | World Ranking: 58 | Best U.S. Open finish: T23, 2016
Ranks inside a tip 50 in strokes gained off a tee and strokes gained entrance a green, and he’s third in strokes gained around a green. It’s a on the immature things that gives him trouble—statistically, there are usually 3 worse putters on a PGA Tour this season. An has also never played in a ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am, opting to skip a California pitch in new years.
Age: 22 | World Ranking: 72 | Best U.S. Open finish: CUT in both appearances
Reigning rookie of a year is in a bit of a sophomore slump, with his usually tip 10 this deteriorate entrance in a fall. He’s missed a cut in both of his final dual starts, as good as blank a weekend in both of his before U.S. Open appearances.
Age: 26 | World Ranking: 98 | Best U.S. Open finish: T6, 2018
Played in a final organisation alongside Tony Finau during final year’s U.S. Open during Shinnecock en lane to a T6 finish. A finger damage caused him to skip 4 months final tumble nonetheless there have been some certain signs given his Jan return, including a T2 in Puerto Rico.
Age: 31 | World Ranking: 80 | Best U.S. Open finish: T37, 2016
Won a 2017 Masters afterwards fell off a face of a planet, descending outward a universe tip 400 before winning a European Tour’s year-end eventuality in Dubai. Finished T8 final week in Canada.
Age: 27 | World Ranking: 57 | Best U.S. Open finish: Making initial appearance
Georgia alum picked adult his initial feat during a Honda Classic, falling a 15-foot birdie putt to kick Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler by a shot. Missed a cut during ATT in February.
Age: 34 | World Ranking: 64 | Best U.S. Open finish: CUT in all 4 appearances
Vanderbilt grad has prolonged felt like a bit of an underachiever, given how good he drives a turn (12th in strokes gained off a tee). Had by distant his best critical ever during final month’s PGA, where he played in a penultimate organisation on Sunday and finished T6.
Age: 43 | World Ranking: 115 | Best U.S. Open finish: T30, 2011
Sabbatini has as many PGA Tour victories (six) as Brooks Koepka, nonetheless nothing have come given 2011. He’s sensitively finished 10 cuts in a quarrel and has 4 top-20s in his final 5 starts. Played his proceed into a margin by sectional qualifying.
Age: 22 | World Ranking: 1038 | Best U.S. Open finish: Making initial appearance
Recently wrapped adult his comparison year during California-Berkeley, where he starred and reached No. 1 in a universe pledge ranking. Turned pro right after a NCAA championships and had a more-than-impressive veteran entrance final week, finishing T14 in a Canadian Open. Must be flattering sweet, creation $125,000 in your initial week as a operative adult.
Age: 37 | World Ranking: 51 | Best U.S. Open finish:
Crawled his proceed to his fifth PGA Tour feat during Riviera—he’s on a shortlist for slowest actor on Tour—but has been deplorable since, blank 4 of 6 cuts and finishing no aloft than T62 in a stroke-play tournament.
Age: 28 | World Ranking: 66 | Best U.S. Open finish: Making initial appearance
Oklahoma grad who represents Mexico got off to a vehement start to his season, posting dual top-five finishes in his initial 3 starts final fall, nonetheless doesn’t have a tip 10 stateside since. He did win a Australian Open, a many poignant pretension of his career, in Dec and ranks an considerable 20th in strokes gained off a tee.
Age: 39 | World Ranking: 77 | Best U.S. Open finish: WON, 2009
Has finished a robe of fixation between 10th and 20th this year, with 7 such finishes already this deteriorate to go along with 3 top-10s. Won a 2009 U.S. Open during Bethpage Black nonetheless has missed a cut in a final 7 U.S. Opens.
Age: 30 | World Ranking: 50 | Best U.S. Open finish: CUT in usually appearance
Pepperdine grad grinded on mini tours for years after branch pro and eventually picked adult his initial PGA Tour win during final year’s Barracuda Championship. He already has a solo second and a T3 this year, mostly interjection to his putter—he ranks second in strokes gained putting nonetheless 200th in strokes gained off a tee.
Age: 26 | World Ranking: 53 | Best U.S. Open finish: T54, 2016
The 2016 PGA Tour rookie of a year picked adult his initial tip 10 of 2019 during a Memorial dual weeks ago. The Argentinian’s turn distinguished is terrific—22nd in strokes gained off a tee, 10th in strokes gained approach, 17th in strokes gained tee-to-green. The emanate is once he gets tighten to a hole, as he ranks 146th in strokes gained around a immature and a toxic 192nd in strokes gained putting.
Age: 23 | World Ranking: 56 | Best U.S. Open finish: T13, 2017
The South Korean is a youngest Players champion in story and finished T4 during a ATT here in February. When we watch him swing, it’s tough to know how he ranks outward a tip 130 in both strokes gained off a tee and strokes gained entrance a green. He’s finished adult for it a bit with an softened brief game, that is how he’s managed 3 top-four finishes on a season, including on poa annua greens during Riviera.
Age: 33 | World Ranking: 47 | Best U.S. Open finish: Making initial appearance
He summoned an considerable widen of golf on a European Tour—a win followed by a runner-up—to validate for a WGC Match Play…then finished a knockout rounds during a compare play to validate for a Masters…then finished T12 in his Augusta entrance to safeguard a lapse to Magnolia Lane subsequent year.
Age: 36 | World Ranking: 41 | Best U.S. Open finish: T25, 2018
The Swede reached as high as universe No. 8 and played his proceed onto final year’s Ryder Cup team, nonetheless he’s been usually slipping given then. It hasn’t been usually one issue, either—he ranks outward a tip 100 in strokes gained off a tee, strokes gained entrance a immature and strokes gained putting.
Age: 29 | World Ranking: 46 | Best U.S. Open finish: 15, 2018
The Barn Rat has finished a cut in 6 of his final 7 critical starts, including a solo 15th final year during Shinnecock. The loveable Thai actor is a fan favorite during any contest he plays in and has 3 top-fives this season.
Age: 43 | World Ranking: 95 | Best U.S. Open finish: T8, 2016
For a actor with such an considerable résumé—12 wins, dual majors, 5 Ryder Cup teams—his U.S. Open record is surprisingly poor: he has usually one tip 10 in this contest and has missed a cut 5 times. His best days competence be behind him, as he’s 43 and forsaken all a proceed to No. 95 in a world. Still, Pebble won’t play too prolonged for him, so it wouldn’t be totally intolerable to see him make a plain finish.
Age: 27 | World Ranking: 42 | Best U.S. Open finish: T6, 2018
Outspoken Englishmen played utterly solidly en lane to a T6 finish during Shinnecock final year, nonetheless he usually usually picked adult his initial tip 10 in a stroke-play eventuality this deteriorate during Colonial.
Age: 21 | World Ranking: N/A | Best U.S. Open finish: Making initial appearance
Reigning U.S. Amateur champion won 4 times this year during Oklahoma State and is a top-ranked pledge in a world. He’ll abstain his comparison season, spin veteran right after a U.S. Open—forfeiting his grant into a British Open—and make his pro entrance during subsequent week’s Travelers Championship. Found himself inside Butler Cabin with Tiger by finishing T32 and holding low pledge honors during a Masters.
Age: 25 | World Ranking: 34 | Best U.S. Open finish: T4, 2015
Babyfaced Aussie has had some critical success, with a T4 during a 2015 U.S. Open and a T5 during a 2018 Masters, nonetheless he’s left MC-T64-MC in his final 3 starts and a turn distinguished is a bit too haphazard to like his chances here.
Age: 40 | World Ranking: 20 | Best U.S. Open finish: T5, 2007
He’s maybe a ultimate horse-for-the-course player, as his character (curving a turn 30+ yards off a tee) usually plays good on certain tracks. U.S. Opens aren’t his jam, as he’s missed a cut in 4 of a final five, and he isn’t one to grub utterly tough when he knows he can’t win. More expected to skip a cut than finish in a tip 20.
Age: 27 | World Ranking: 47 | Best U.S. Open finish: T45, 2013
Former universe No. 1 pledge took some time to find his balance on Tour, nonetheless he won his initial eventuality during a RBC Heritage in Apr and finished T3 during Colonial to moment a universe tip 50.
Age: 39 | World Ranking: | Best U.S. Open finish: T18, 2002
Put together one of a best stretches of his career progressing this season, returning to a winner’s turn for a initial time in 11 years during a RSM Classic and notching 6 top-20 finishes in a 7 starts after. He’s strike a bit of a wall, though, with 3 missed cuts and a withdrawal in his final 5 starts. Hasn’t played Pebble in a U.S. Open nonetheless has finished 5/5 cuts in his starts during a ATT.
Age: 35 | World Ranking: 38 | Best U.S. Open finish: T32, 2016
He’s a top-25 appurtenance and his diversion is utterly elegant—beautiful swing, even demeanor, chiseled physique—but we get a clarity he does many things proficiently nonetheless not one thing super well. At 35, he’s using out of time to take his diversion to a subsequent level, that would embody winning for a initial time on a PGA Tour.
Age: 32 | World Ranking: 39 | Best U.S. Open finish: T4, 2013
The 2014 FedEx Cup champ is burning and always adult for a challenge, that is a good opinion to have during USGA events. He’s carrying a plain if unspectacular season, with usually one missed cut in 14 starts nonetheless usually dual tip 10s, one of that came in his final start during a Memorial.
Age: 31 | World Ranking: 54 | Best U.S. Open finish: T4, 2015
He tends to play majors well—the South African has finished T18 or improved in all 4 majors, has dual top-fives in U.S. Opens and is a usually male in golf story to fire 62 during a critical championship. This year, however, has been a slog—he hasn’t finished improved than T53 in a stroke-play eventuality given February.
Age: 27 | World Ranking: 45 | Best U.S. Open finish: T40, 2014
Long-hitting Dane incited pro in 2011 nonetheless didn’t arise to inflection until recently—he won one of a European Tour’s signature events in 2018 and kick Tiger Woods in a buliding of a WGC-Match Play in March. A correct turn striker, he finished in a tip 25 this year during both a Masters (T21) and PGA (T16).
Age: 35 | World Ranking: 27 | Best U.S. Open finish: T12, 2015
Secured a biggest feat of his career during a WGC-Match Play nonetheless has been usually excellent since. He continues to do his best work on a greens—he’s 26th in strokes gained putting—he plays good in majors and Pebble won’t be too brawny for a man who ranks 164th in pushing distance. Reason for optimism, right? Not so much—if we take him for his word, he’s not going to be a means come a weekend. Earlier this year, he pronounced on a Fore Play podcast, “I could play decent…if a USGA wasn’t using it.”
Age: 32 | World Ranking: 37 | Best U.S. Open finish: T4, 2014
One of 4 players to ever win in his initial critical championship start (2011 PGA), Bradley has risen from a unemployment that saw him dump as low as No. 122 in a world. Has missed usually 3 cuts given winning a BMW Championship final tumble nonetheless usually has one top-10 in that same period.
Age: 40 | World Ranking: 59 | Best U.S. Open finish: T2, 2016
Missed a cut final week in Canada, nonetheless he played some illusory golf in a spring. While finishing second during a Byron Nelson, he became a initial actor given 2010 to finish a full 72-hole eventuality yet a bogey. He’s an overwhelming turn striker with a reliable fade, that he rode to a second-place finish during a U.S. Openiest U.S. Open venue, Oakmont.
Age: 23 | World Ranking: 40 | Best U.S. Open finish: T16, 2008
Chinese actor total to play his initial President’s Cup in December. He continues to do his best work outward of a U.S., nonetheless he’s got a tender talent and right opinion to surpass in a biggest events over here. Just a matter of time.
Age: 28 | World Ranking: 23 | Best U.S. Open finish: 4, 2018
In his initial critical after winning a Masters, Reed finished a Sunday assign before vanishing a bit to finish solo fourth final year during Shinnecock. He hasn’t had a improved contest stateside given and has nonetheless to post a tip 10 anywhere in 2019. The emanate has been turn striking—124th in strokes gained off a tee 147th in strokes gained entrance a green—but a brief diversion stays universe class.
Age: 48 | World Ranking: 49 | Best U.S. Open finish: WON, 2003
Due to his duties as a 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, he scaled behind his personification and use report and fell outward a tip 200 in a universe toward a finish of final year. He has played superb golf since, finishing solo second during a Players and racking adult 4 some-more tip 25s since. He hits a ton of fairways, that helps to explain given he’s fared so good during classical U.S. Open setups—he won during Olympia Fields in 2003 and has 6 other top-10 finishes in this tournament. Finished T16 during a U.S. Open here in 2010.
Age: 39 | World Ranking: 30 | Best U.S. Open finish: T3, 2005
He has some unequivocally plain finishes this year, including a solo second during Quail Hollow and a quarterfinal detriment during a compare play, and he ranks second in strokes gained entrance a green. But—and this is not a typo—he has missed a cut in 7 true critical championships. Woof.
Age: 34 | World Ranking: 97 | Best U.S. Open finish: WON, 2014
One of a streakiest players in a world, he’s able of stretches where he’s an positively chosen player. It feels mislaid that he reached universe No. 1 in 2011 and is a two-time critical winner…including winning a 2014 U.S. Open, during a classical venue in Pinehurst No. 2, by 8 shots. Eight! The form has forsaken extremely in new years, and he ranked 186th in a universe before a solo third dual weeks ago during a Memorial…so was that solo third a blip on a radar or a messenger of another world-class stretch? Given his inclination to slice off electric durations and his T8 finish here during a 2010 U.S. Open, he’s positively a actor to keep an eye on.
Age: 29 | World Ranking: 26 | Best U.S. Open finish: CUT in both appearances
Seems like final year’s festivities during Le Golf National will be a final time a Brit misses a Ryder Cup for a foreseeable future. So many to like about his game, from his picture-perfect pitch to his ability to tighten out tournaments. Followed adult a runner-up during a British Masters with a T3 during a PGA Championship. Get used to saying this name.
Age: 35 | World Ranking: 31 | Best U.S. Open finish: 7, 2016
The King of Walking In Putts won his final start during Colonial, his second feat in 10 months after going scarcely 7 years yet one. He grew adult in California and so should feel gentle on poa annua greens. He tends to transport best on shorter courses with smaller greens, so Pebble is a good fit.
Age: 39 | World Ranking: | Best U.S. Open finish: WON, 2010
He hoisted a prize a final time a U.S. Open was during Pebble Beach, so detached from Tiger and maybe Phil, no one in a margin has improved memories of this place to tumble behind on. McDowell is another actor who has found his diversion after a duration in a depths—he fell outward a universe tip 250 before winning his initial Tour eventuality in scarcely 4 years in a Dominican Republic in March. A T8 finish during a Canadian Open final week was good adequate to book a mark in a British Open during Royal Portrush, where he grew adult playing.
Age: 25 | World Ranking: 9 | Best U.S. Open finish: T15, 2016
He was a speak of a city late final summer, when he won 4 events in 9 starts. The science-inclined Californian has cooled down extremely given then, with no top-10 finishes on a PGA Tour given Jan and missed cuts in 3 of his final 4 starts. He did post a final-round 67 in his final rival round, during a Memorial, so maybe he’s on a mend.
Age: 27 | World Ranking: 29 | Best U.S. Open finish: T2, 2017
He doesn’t have a feat given Aug 2017, so it competence seem as nonetheless he’s depressed off a bit while other 20-somethings continue to shine. He is, however, personification unequivocally unchanging golf, carrying finished a cut in all 15 of his starts this season. The turn distinguished statistics are pleasing as always—third in strokes gained tee to green, sixth in strokes gained overall—but he continues to onslaught on a greens, ranking 128th in strokes gained putting this season. If a dabble gets hot, he’s positively a hazard to win his initial major. But that’s a large if.
Age: 24 | World Ranking: 36 | Best U.S. Open finish: T12, 2018
He hits a ton of fairways and frequency beats himself, a character that generally fares good during U.S. Opens—it’s no coincidence, then, that he’s finished a cut all 4 times he’s played it. He also has good memories of USGA events, carrying won a U.S. Amateur during The Country Club as an 18-year-old in 2013.
Age: 35 | World Ranking: 25 | Best U.S. Open finish: T23, 2011
Checks all a statistical boxes and has some considerable finishes this year, including a tip 10 during a PGA. He usually doesn’t seem to get all out of his diversion that he should, mostly due to a refractory dabble (he ranks outward a tip 145 in strokes gained putting, one-putt commission and three-putt avoidance).
Age: 29 | World Ranking: 14 | Best U.S. Open finish: 5, 2018
With an electric diversion and gaseous smile, he’s turn a domicile name and a throng favorite. He’s also played illusory golf recently, with 5 runner-up finishes over a past 3 years and tip 10s in 4 of a final 6 majors, including final year’s U.S. Open. But he’s still acid for usually his second Tour feat and initial given a 2016 Puerto Rico Open, an opposite-field event. Finished second during Colonial nonetheless missed a cut in his final start during a Memorial.
Age: 43 | World Ranking: 32 | Best U.S. Open finish: T12, 2006
The Fiery Brit is carrying a plain year, with 5 top-10 finishes in 13 worldwide starts. He’s a dirty aspirant who thrives when things get formidable and was in excellent position final year during Shinnecock before sharpened 11 over on a weekend. He’s using out of time to supplement Major Champion to his résumé, that is now headlined by Ryder Cup Legend.
Age: 43 | World Ranking: 43 | Best U.S. Open finish: T4, 2014
A bit differing to see him so low in a World Rankings, utterly so given he’s still one of a premier iron players in a world. But scores are scores, and he has usually one tip 10 in cadence play events this year, nonetheless it did come final week during a Memorial. He finds a ton of fairways with that reliable 3-wood—he’s sixth on Tour in pushing accuracy—and that will be a arms this week, as a shorter blueprint won’t retaliate him for refusing to strike motorist so often.
Age: | World Ranking: 22 | Best U.S. Open finish: T2, 2015
Owns maybe a purest, many rhythmic pitch in a sport, and he’s finished second or improved in all 4 majors. But he flies a bit underneath a radar given his 2010 British Open pretension stays his usually central PGA Tour win. He does, however, have 9 European Tour victories and does not feel a smallest bit out of place on a initial page of critical leaderboards.
Age: 35 | World Ranking: 21 | Best U.S. Open finish: T18, 2016
Presidents Cup brave from Australia has 5 top-10 finishes in majors, nonetheless nothing of those have come during a U.S. Open. He’s carrying a characteristically, lowkey plain season, with a win and 6 tip 10s in 14 starts including a solo fifth in his final go during a Memorial. Missed a cut in a U.S. Open here in 2010.
Age: 32 | World Ranking: 32 | Best U.S. Open finish: T2, 2016
Good-natured Irishman has found a good run of form recently, carrying finished T3 during a RBC Heritage, T8 during Bethpage Black and T2 during final week’s Canadian Open. He has a superb brief game, that will be an item given Pebble’s small greens, and he has dual tip 10s in before U.S. Opens, including a runner-up during Oakmont in 2016.
Age: 48 | World Ranking: 24 | Best U.S. Open finish: 2, ’99, ’02, ’04, ’06, ’09, ‘13
A U.S. Open is a only thing blank from Mickelson’s already Hall of Fame résumé. He’s been so, so tighten so, so many times, with six runner-up finishes in this tournament. Realistically speaking, this competence be his final best probability to finally win this thing and finish a career Grand Slam. The stars are aligned to an roughly laughable extent: he’s won a Pebble Beach Pro-Am 5 times, including in February; he finished T4 here in a 2010 U.S. Open; and he turns 49 on Sunday, Father’s Day. A feat here would a feel-good story to finish all feel-good stories, nonetheless it looked a lot likelier to occur 4 months ago than it does now. His final 3 starts are MC-T71-MC. Finding fairways is going to be critical this week, proceed some-more so than during a Pro-Am, when a severe isn’t scarcely as prolonged and a fairways aren’t as narrow. While Phil is attack bombs these days—he led a margin in pushing widen during a Memorial and is 17th on Tour for a season—he’s 206th out of 207 subordinate players in pushing accuracy. There’s also a simply nonetheless utterly impending fact that he’d be a oldest critical champion ever by some-more than dual years.
Age: 26 | World Ranking: 7 | Best U.S. Open finish: T9, 2017
Missed a cut during a Memorial in his lapse from a wrist damage nonetheless was improved final week in Canada, sharpened 65 on Friday and finishing T20. He’s substantially had a best deteriorate of anyone on Tour yet a feat and played in a final organisation during a 2017 U.S. Open during Erin Hills. That was a opposite form of layout, though, and this feels a small too tighten to a wrist damage for comfort.
Age: 31 | World Ranking: 16 | Best U.S. Open finish: 2nd, 2011
He’s not personification tighten to a best golf of his career—he won 5 times and a critical in 2015—but Day tends to play good in large tournaments, and he tends to play good during Pebble Beach, where he took T4 this year and T2 in 2018. But those finishes came on a march setup by a PGA Tour, not a USGA, and while Day posted 5 tip 10s in his initial 6 U.S. Opens, he has missed a cut in this eventuality any of a past dual years.
Age: 38 | World Ranking: 44 | Best U.S. Open finish: 8, 2010, 2015
If you’re looking for a sleeper pick, he competence be your guy. He’s won twice during Pebble Beach, in 2013 and 2015, and finished eighth during a U.S. Open here in 2018. And while he’s a good dabble anywhere, he’s generally good on poa annua. He also comes in off three-straight tip 20s, highlighted by a T4 final week in Canada, where he hold a share of a 54-hole lead. You get a clarity he could tract his proceed around, hole some putts and find himself in a final integrate groups come Sunday.
Age: 24 | World Ranking: 13 | Best U.S. Open finish: T13, 2016
He has all a talent in a universe and no one doubts that critical championships are in his future. If new form is any indication, though, this week competence not be in a cards—he’s missed a cut in any of his final dual starts. He stays an chosen turn striker (fifth in strokes gained off a tee) and can positively contend here should he keep his conduct about him, that he hasn’t always done.
Age: 28 | World Ranking: 18 | Best U.S. Open finish: 2, 2018
Ball strikers arise to a tip of U.S. Open leaderboards, and Fleetwood positively fits that description. He finished solo fourth in 2017 during Erin Hills, and his final-round 63 final year during Shinnecock finished one cadence out of a playoff. He’s been a smart collect during a final integrate majors and for good reason, so it’s a bit extraordinary that he still hasn’t won a contest on U.S. soil. What gives? He’s struggled to detonate by a doorway when given a chance.
Age: 30 | World Ranking: 11 | Best U.S. Open finish: T2, 2014
Still in office of that fugitive initial critical championship. He’s been tighten a series of times nonetheless not utterly so during a U.S. Open; when he finished T2 in 2014, he was 8 shots behind of champion Martin Kaymer. Interestingly enough, he’s usually played one Tour turn during Pebble Beach, and it happened proceed behind in 2012, when he missed a cut during a ATT. With all that said, it wouldn’t be a smallest bit startling to see Fowler get a gorilla off his behind this week. He already has a win and a runner-up this season, and he has 8 top-five finishes in majors.
Age: 41 | World Ranking: 15 | Best U.S. Open finish: T10, 2007
The Englishman is carrying one of a best seasons of his career. In 15 starts on this wraparound season, he has 10 top-25 finishes, 5 top-10s, a win and a runner-up. That runner-up came during Pebble Beach, where he hold a 54-hole lead before being chased down by Phil Mickelson. Withdrew from his final start during Colonial, citing a flu, nonetheless should be good to go this week.
Age: 33 | World Ranking: 19 | Best U.S. Open finish: WON, 2012
His sole critical championship feat (sorry, a Players does not count) came on a shorter-than-average U.S. Open venue that put a reward on anticipating fairways. It was Olympic, nonetheless it positively sounds a lot like Pebble. He finished T2 final week in Canada and, with his armbar style, he has blossomed into one of a improved putters anywhere. With usually one missed cut in his final 23 starts, he’s a practical close to play a weekend.
Age: 25 | World Ranking: 10 | Best U.S. Open finish: T5, 2017
Southern California local has had a illusory start to his critical championship career—in 9 critical starts, he has dual runner-up finishes, including during a this year’s Masters, 4 top-six finishes and 6 tip 20s. The U.S. Open history, notwithstanding brief, is also impressive: T5 during Erin Hills in 2017 and T6 final year during Shinnecock. He has dual considerable victories this season, one a World Golf Championship and a other during a Tournament of Champions, that came by proceed of an 11-under-par final round. He doesn’t contend or conflict much. He simply goes about his business, plays well-rounded golf and inches his proceed adult leaderboards. Sounds like a destiny U.S. Open champion to me.
Age: 38 | World Ranking: 4 | Best U.S. Open finish: WON, 2013
He does have a feat this year, during Torrey Pines, nonetheless a contribution are he’s been reduction unchanging given switching from Taylormade to Honma during a commencement of 2019. In 23 worldwide starts in 2018, he had 15 tip 10s, one missed cut and and usually dual 72-hole finishes outward a tip 25. In 11 starts this year, he has usually 4 tip 10s, dual missed cuts and 4 72-hole finishes out a tip 25. He’s struggling to strike fairways (162nd in fairways percentage) nonetheless he hasn’t mislaid his ability to take it low, highlighted by a 63 during Muirfield Village dual weeks ago. He’s fighting a newfound bent to post a tournament-killing round. If he can serve a steadiness that saw him strech universe No. 1, a second U.S. Open is a graphic possibility.
Age: 38 | World Ranking: 17 | Best U.S. Open finish: T4, 2015
He’s overhanging a bar as good as he did when he summited a World Rankings, and it’s positively pleasing to watch. Few players wear out a honeyed mark like Scott does, a peculiarity that travels to any character of golf march anywhere in a world. He finished solo second in his final start during a Memorial and was T18 or improved in any of his 3 starts prior. The usually viewed emanate is with a putter, as he’s been constantly changing styles over a past year or so, nonetheless a stats contend he’s been some-more than excellent on a greens (20th in strokes gained putting this year). If you’re acid for a reason given he can’t win this week, we competence find yourself acid for utterly a while.
Age: 36 | World Ranking: 6 | Best U.S. Open finish: T23, 2014
He’s won 3 PGA Tour events in a final 11 months, including a British Open, and he looked for all a universe to be headed for a immature coupler before a creation dual double-bogeys on Augusta’s behind nine. When he’s on, he’s a relentless fairways-and-greens machine, so his miss of success U.S. Opens—no tip 20s, 4 missed cuts, including here in 2010 here—is a bit curious. But this chronicle of Molinari is a totally opposite actor than a pre-summer 2018 version, and this chronicle of Molinari has a diversion that suits Pebble well. It should be noted, however, that given Augusta he has left MC-T48-T53
Age: 25 | World Ranking: 28 | Best U.S. Open finish: WON, 2015
Finally, a unemployment appears to be a thing of a past. After going 18 starts yet a tip 10, he has 3 true finishes of T8 or better, including a T3 during a Bethpage lane that unequivocally didn’t fit his game. The categorical reason for this resurgence has been a putter, as he was comatose on a greens during a PGA and Colonial. The turn distinguished still isn’t where it was during his world-beating 2015 stretch, nonetheless a work he’s been doing with manager Cameron McCormick is commencement to uncover returns. If a dabble stays hot, he’s in with a shout.
Age: 43 | World Ranking: 5 | Best U.S. Open finish: WON, 2000, 2002, 2008
He earnings to a place where he put onward a many widespread opening in golf history, winning a 2000 U.S. Open by a hard-to-fathom 15 shots. He’s also a past champion of a ATT Pro-Am and finished T4 here when a Open returned in 2010, notwithstanding his diversion being flattering uneven during a time. His diversion is in improved figure now—if we throw out a PGA, where by his possess acknowledgment he wasn’t prepared, his final 3 finishes are T5-WIN-T9, and his turn distinguished during a Memorial was right where it needs to be. One means for regard in his new struggles on poa annua greens—his dual misfortune putting weeks this year came during Riviera and a WGC-Mexico, both on poa.
Age: 30 | World Ranking: 3 | Best U.S. Open finish: WON, 2011
Before Brooks went all Brooks, McIlroy was deliberate a accord best actor in a universe progressing this season. When he won a Players Championship in March, McIlroy capped a T4-T5-T4-2-T6-WIN strain and entered a Masters as something of a transparent favorite. Then he had a meh week during Augusta and another one during Bethpage, where he backdoored into a tip 10 nonetheless looked headed for a missed cut after 27 holes. The movement was gone, it seemed…and afterwards he summoned an electric final-round 61 on Sunday to win a Canadian Open by 7 shots, and all a remarkable he’s behind among a handful of players many expected to win this tournament. Pebble competence not be a best fit, nonetheless there’s no march on Earth than can urge itself from McIlroy when he’s drifting it 320 down a center and putting as good as he did in Canada. And that good putting week north of a limit came on poa annua greens, a same aspect he’ll navigate during Pebble.
Age: 40 | World Ranking: 12 | Best U.S. Open finish: T6, 2010
If you’re judging usually by a peculiarity of his golf, Kuchar is carrying a unusual year. He already has dual wins, dual runner-ups and 4 other tip 10s this year, including a T4 final week in Canada, and he finished T12 during Augusta and T8 during Bethpage Black. Consequently, he’s your FedEx Cup leader. But it’s unfit to plead Matt Kuchar in 2019 yet acknowledging a infrequently shameful year he’s had: El Tucan, a Sergio gimme-that-wasn’t, and many recently, vagrant for a dump when a whole universe knew he didn’t merit one. It’s already been a many eventful deteriorate of his career, so given not prominence it with his initial critical championship? He finished T6 a final time a U.S. Open was here.
Age: 27 | World Ranking: 8 | Best U.S. Open finish: T21, 2011
His dermatitis win was a longtime coming. It finally arrived dual weeks ago during a Memorial, where he shot a bogey-free 64 on Sunday to win Jack Nickalaus’ tournament. You competence depreciate how prolonged it takes him to strike a golf ball, nonetheless you’d do good to find a some-more well-rounded actor than Cantlay, who ranks inside a tip 30 in all pivotal strokes gained categories and is third in strokes gained overall. His diversion seems tailor finished for critical championships, and he’s one of 3 players (along with Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka) that posted tip 10s in both a Masters and PGA progressing this year. His final 4 starts are T9-T3-T3-T1—both a stats and a eye exam advise he’s one of a unequivocally best players in a world, and this critical couldn’t come during a improved time for a local Californian.
Age: 29 | World Ranking: 1 | Best U.S. Open finish: WON, 2017, 2018
He’s a two-time fortifying champion during this event. He’s a No. 1 actor in a world. He’s won 4 of a final 8 majors he’s played in. When you’re on a strain like that, you’re a favorite during any critical championship so prolonged as it’s being played on an 18-hole golf course. Granted, Pebble isn’t a ideal fit for Koepka on paper, as his length won’t be as fitting as it was during Erin Hills or Shinnecock or Bellerive or Bethpage. He’s also usually played a contest during Pebble usually once, a T8 during a 2016 ATT. He also worked to a T50 final week in Canada. Those all sound like reasons to trust someone else will horde a U.S. Open trophy, nonetheless Koepka’s ability to flip a switch for critical championships can't be understated. If an opening turn 65 on Thursday would warn you, we haven’t been profitable many courtesy to golf over a past dual years. And once he’s in that position, he’s shown time and time again that he’s some-more than gentle shutting a deal. A win here would be a third uninterrupted U.S. Open and a fifth critical in 9 tries. Let that penetrate in for a second.
Age: 34 | World Ranking: 2 | Best U.S. Open finish: WON, 2016
It’s hard to believe that his feat during Oakmont in 2016 stays his usually critical championship. He’s won 20 times, he’s been a tie atop a World Rankings, and after a solo second during a PGA he has now finished runner-up in any of a 4 majors. The good news for Johnson is he’s still precisely in a primary of his career and he has a superb story during Pebble Beach. DJ carried a three-shot lead into Sunday here during a 2010 U.S. Open before personification his initial 4 holes in 6 over standard and sharpened 82. He’s also won a ATT twice and finished runner-up dual other times. He cruised to a T20 final week during a Canadian Open, where he looked some-more endangered with a altogether state of his diversion than his finish in that event. A hazard to win any contest he tees it adult in, this feels like a utterly good conditions for DJ to finally win critical No. 2. It’s prolonged overdue.