US Open: Staff predictions for leader and dim equine contender


With a U.S. Open approaching, USA TODAY Sports sat down with Adam Scott to plead a opposite golf march that will horde a tournament: Pebble Beach.

Dustin Johnson is a slight betting favorite to win a 119th U.S. Open during Pebble Beach, and Brooks Koepka is chasing story as he tries to turn a second chairman to win 3 uninterrupted inhabitant championships.

Tiger Woods? He has story during Pebble Beach as a 2000 U.S. Open champion who won by a record 15 shots, finishing 12 strokes underneath par. The 15-time vital champion comes into Pebble Beach after sharpened a 67  in a final turn of a Memorial dual weeks ago.

And we can’t disremember Rory McIlroy, who dominated final week’s RBC Canadian Open with a 61 on Sunday to finish 22-under par. McIlroy won a U.S. Open in 2011 during age 22, a initial of his 4 vital wins.

Here’s a demeanour during Golfweek’s picks to win and a prolonged shot to cruise usually for fun:

Winner: Dustin Johnson

This time, a other Bash Brother wins a major. Dustin Johnson, after finishing runner-up to his visit examination partner Brooks Koepka in a PGA Championship, will lapse to No. 1 in a universe with his second U.S. Open title. His story during Pebble Beach – dual wins, dual seconds, one third, one fourth, one fifth and one seventh in 12 ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am starts – stands out. He also was a 54-hole personality by 3 during Pebble Beach in a 2010 U.S. Open before a triple and double on a second and third holes cursed him to an 82 and a tie for eighth. Has a firepower, glorious short-iron diversion and ideal spirit to win a inhabitant championship.

Dark horse: Adam Scott

At 28-1, 30-1, Scott is too good to pass up. He’s a autarchic ball-striker, a contingency during Pebble Beach. He finished second during a Memorial and tied for eighth in a PGA Championship in his final dual starts. If he gets a dabble auxiliary – and it has of late – he’ll be right there come Sunday’s end.

-Steve DiMeglio

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Rory McIlroy goes 64-61 on a weekend and roughly done me change my pick, though I’ve suspicion all deteriorate that Dustin Johnson is a male to kick during Pebble Beach. He won a ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2009 and 2010, and should have won a 2010 U.S. Open here too, though he wasn’t mature adequate and imploded. On a march with little greens – and these are a smallest greens a pros will see all deteriorate – Johnson’s length is a outrageous advantage and he hits a ton of greens. He’s in a tip 20 in strokes gained off a tee, proceed a immature AND putting. Johnson was a runner-up during a Masters and a PGA Championship. Winning here gets him in a review for Player of a Year before we conduct to Royal Portrush and 2019’s final major.

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Dark horse: Billy Horschel

Ranked 39th on a Official World Golf Rankings, Horschel has a plain all-around game, with his usually genuine debility being that he’s normal pushing a ball. As a co-worker Eamon Lynch settled in final week’s “Eamon’s Corner,” a U.S. Open used to be about tough guys, and while Horschel is discerning with a smile, inside a ropes he plays like a tough guy. He has some fire, and if a few breaks go his approach early, he won’t bashful divided from a spotlight.

-David Dusek

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Yes, it’s tantalizing to collect Tiger Woods during a site of his best vital opening ever. But how about DJ atoning for his misfortune vital golf instead? He has come a prolonged approach given that final-round 82 in 2010 and is personification unequivocally good of late. Finished runner-up during a Masters and PGA Championship and seems to play his best when conditions are toughest during a U.S. Open.

Dark horse: Brandt Snedeker

Two-time leader during Pebble Beach and personification good golf a past dual months. The U.S. Open has been his best vital with 4 top-10 showings in his final 8 starts, and we wouldn’t be totally repelled to see Snedeker withdrawal Pebble with a feat on Sunday.

-Dan Kilbridge

Winner: Rory McIlroy

Why? Because no one rides a call improved than he does, and he’s cresting right now. A 64-61 weekend in Canada – powered by a prohibited dabble – served notice to his associate competitors. The strut is back.

Dark horse: Brandt Snedeker

He stalled after his Friday 60 in Canada and eventually finished T-4, though we can’t boot a man in form and with past form during Pebble Beach, where he has twice won a ATT.

-Eamon Lynch

Winner: Rory McIlroy

Could he make it demeanour any easier right now? Without a weight of Grand Slam speak on his mind, McIlroy heads to Pebble packed with confidence. Rory runaways are a things of legend. Might not be as far-reaching of a domain as prior vital romps, though a movement will lift on from Canada.

Dark horse: Brandt Snedeker

Has sensitively amassed 6 top-11 finishes during a U.S. Open, including a share of eighth during Pebble in 2010. Coming in off 3 uninterrupted top-20 finishes and a turn of 60 final week in Canada. Oh, and he has won twice during Pebble Beach.

-Beth Ann Nichols

Winner: Tiger Woods

Draw a line by a PGA performance, he had a Masters hangover and knew his developed diversion could not get adult for a prolonged slugfest that was Bethpage Black. His final turn during a Memorial showed he’s sealed in with his manacles and prepared to play a required studious fairway-and-green diversion that got him a win here in a 2000 U.S. Open and a T-4 in 2010. His primary foe is tough, though Dustin Johnson has demons to overcome from his 2010 final turn meltdown, while Brooks Koepka’s sole coming during Pebble Beach (2016 ATT, T-8) was strong. But this is a opposite march in Jun with a unbending afternoon zephyr out of a left on a incoming tee shots during 12, 13, 14, 15 and 18. That breeze instruction is something Koepka cited as an emanate for him Sunday during Bethpage. Woods will win by dual over Koepka and Johnson, attack usually a few greens, creation a few some-more pars and chipping in dramatically Sunday ala Watson and Kite.

Dark horse: Xander Schauffele

He’s 10th in a world, with a T-5 and T-6 in his dual U.S. Opens, so he’s frequency a prolonged shot. Still, few will be profitable courtesy to this Californian who raises his diversion during a majors.

-Geoff Shackelford

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