A plug demeanour during 10 tip contenders for a US Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — A plug demeanour during 10 tip contenders for a U.S. Open during Shinnecock Hills on Jun 14-17 (listed in likely sequence of finish):

RORY MCILROY

Age: 29.

Country: Northern Ireland.

World ranking: 6.

Worldwide victories: 22.

Majors: US Open (2011), British Open (2014), PGA Championship (2012, 2014).

Best US Open: Won in 2011 during Congressional.

US Open memory: Winning a U.S. Open with a record measure (268) usually 10 weeks after losing a four-shot lead in a Masters.

Backspin: McIlroy has missed a cut 4 times in a U.S. Open, compared with once for a other 3 majors. He during slightest has a feat this year (Bay Hill) streamer into a vital season. Goes into this U.S. Open following some-more Augusta National disappointment, personification in a final organisation with Patrick Reed and sharpened 74.

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DUSTIN JOHNSON

Age: 33.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 2.

Worldwide victories: 17.

Majors: US Open (2016).

Best US Open: Won in 2016 during Oakmont.

US Open memory: Winning his initial vital though meaningful a measure over a final 7 holes during Oakmont.

Backspin: Johnson has mislaid his No. 1 ranking and hasn’t been pointy given February. Then again, he hasn’t finished out of a tip 20 in cadence play given September. The problem is not saying adequate putts going in. The one area of his diversion that will need to get improved for Shinnecock is off a tee.

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PHIL MICKELSON

Age: 47.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 20.

Worldwide victories: 46.

Majors: Masters (2004, 2006, 2010), British Open (2013), PGA Championship (2005).

Best US Open: Runner-up 6 times during 5 courses.

US Open memory: A toss-up between Winged Foot, where he had a one-shot lead on a 18th hole and took double bogey; and Merion, where he had a one-shot lead going into a final turn and twice done spook with crowd in his palm over a final 6 holes.

Backspin: Mickelson needs a U.S. Open to finish a Grand Slam, and this is his fourth attempt. He could simply have won U.S. Opens twice during Shinnecock. In 2004, he mislaid to Retief Goosen and one of a good putting performances in a major. In 1995, he played a par-5 16th hole in 6 over for a week and finished 4 behind.

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RICKIE FOWLER

Age: 29.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 7.

Worldwide victories: 8.

Majors: None.

Best US Open: Runner-up in 2014 during Pinehurst No. 2.

US Open memory: Playing in a final organisation during a vital for a initial time in 2014.

Backspin: A new tag for Fowler is best to have never won a vital underneath a age 40. Fowler warranted that with 8 tip 5s in a majors. His problem has been going behind during a start of a final turn when he has a chance, and creation a run when it’s too late. Last year was a good instance during Erin Hills when he started one shot behind Brooks Koepka, shot 72 and tied for fifth.

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TIGER WOODS

Age: 42.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 80.

Worldwide victories: 90.

Majors: Masters (1997, 2001, 2002), US Open (2000, 2002, 2008), British Open (2000, 2005, 2006), PGA Championship (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007).

Best US Open: Winning during Pebble Beach by 15 shots.

US Open memory: Winning during Torrey Pines though carrying walked 18 holes given a Masters and personification with exceedingly shop-worn knee ligaments and dual highlight fractures in his left leg.

Backspin: Woods has shown all a elements of being among a best if he could ever put them all together. He has been in a Sunday brew 3 times this year, and his best outcome was a runner-up finish during Innisbrook. This is a 10-year anniversary of his final major. His putting was good during a start of a year, not so most now. The tough conditions of a U.S. Open, with a reward on calm and march management, would seem to fit him.

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JUSTIN THOMAS

Age: 25.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 1.

Worldwide victories: 8.

Majors: PGA Championship (2017).

Best US Open: Tie for ninth in 2017 during Erin Hills.

US Open memory: Hitting 3-wood from 310 yards to an towering immature on a 18th during Erin Hills and creation an 8-foot eagle putt to fire a record-tying 63.

Backspin: Coming off a breakthrough year, Thomas is removing improved any week and branch normal performances into good results. Faded final year in a final turn during Erin Hills when he started one shot out of a lead. He doesn’t have a debility in any partial of his game. The pivotal component for him during Shinnecock Hills is gripping his patience. He won a PGA Championship final year in firm, quick conditions during Quail Hollow.

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PATRICK REED

Age: 27.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 13.

Worldwide victories: 6.

Majors: Masters (2018).

Best US Open: Tie for 13th in 2017 during Erin Hills.

US Open memory: Sharing a 36-hole lead with Jordan Spieth in 2015 during Chambers Bay.

Backspin: Reed has usually one feat in his final 53 tournaments worldwide, though it was during a Masters, as large as it gets. Captain America loves a grub of a U.S. Open, though it’s a kind of march that will display any debility in this game. The final contest Reed won before a Masters was on Long Island. He rallied to win The Barclays in 2016 when it was played during Bethpage Black.

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JORDAN SPIETH

Age: 24.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 5.

Worldwide victories: 14.

Majors: Masters (2015), US Open (2015), British Open (2017).

Best US Open: Won in 2015 during Chambers Bay.

US Open memory: Getting a second leg of a Grand Slam during a Chambers Bay march where his caddie used to work.

Backspin: Spieth is off to maybe a slowest start of a year, not given he hasn’t won, though he hasn’t given himself many chances. His usually event was a Masters, where he sealed with a 64 and wound adult dual shots behind. He has struggled with brief putts for a small over a month. That’s removing better, and afterwards his pitch was out of strike during a Memorial. Even during 24, he’s correct adequate to know one week changes everything.

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JASON DAY

Age: 30.

Country: Australia.

World ranking: 8.

Worldwide victories: 13.

Majors: PGA Championship (2015).

Best US Open: Runner-up in 2011 during Congressional and in 2013 during Merion.

US Open memory: Posting a measure that would have won or tied 26 of a prior 29 U.S. Opens, usually to finish 8 shots behind Rory McIlroy during Congressional.

Backspin: Day has incited a dilemma in his bid to lapse to his best form, that is not to advise he’s all a approach back. He has won twice this year, in a playoff during Torrey Pines and by dual shots during Quail Hollow. He has played once 3 times given a middle-of-the-pack finish during a Masters (one of them a victory).

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BROOKS KOEPKA

Age: 28.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 9.

Worldwide victories: 5.

Majors: US Open (2017).

Best US Open: Won in 2017 during Erin Hills

US Open memory: Nothing beats winning. But his tie for fourth in 2014 during Pinehurst No. 2 warranted him a PGA Tour card.

Backspin: He will try to turn a initial back-to-back leader of a U.S. Open given Curtis Strange (1988-89). Koepka felt a pang in his wrist, and it wound adult costing him 4 months, including a Masters appearance. Since returning, he hasn’t indispensable too many reps to get into a flow. He tied for 11th during The Players and was runner-up during a Colonial.

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