Updated: Jun 16
It’s Fathers Day Weekend! That means a day to celebrate all the great dads out there, enjoy a barbecue, and watch the US Open Golf Tournament.
This year’s tournament will be an East Coast event, being played at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts and will play over 7,200 yards from the championship tees.
Instead of three articles, we will condense our US Open Preview into one read and highlight picks to win, some sure-fire top 10 and 20 plays and a few head-to-head matchups to exploit.
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Here are four guys who should play themselves into a Sunday position to win the US Open.
Jon Rahm (+1200)
Rahm should get a few good bounces of karma this week for his glowing praise of the PGA Tour in light of the recent defections to the LIV Tour. He is also the defending champion so he knows a few things about being clutch in big tournaments. One of the best drivers on tour, a US Open winner must drive it well. Rahm is one of the best drivers of the golf ball on tour. Oh yeah, he’s also first in strokes gained off the tee and second in Greens in Regulation in his last 24 rounds.
Xander Schauffele (+1600)
Schauffele has been in the top 10 in five of the last 10 US Opens. He’s knocking on the door. This might be his year. He has played well with a trio of Top 20’s in his last three starts, including a fifth-place finish at the Bryon Nelson event a few weeks back.
Justin Thomas (+1100)
Yes, I know he just won the PGA. Back-to-back majors is a rare feat. But Thomas’ game suits this course to a T. Boston fans will see what I did there. His putter has been superfluous, he thrives in major events, and he is one of the world’s best iron players, despite a crazy shank in the final round at the PGA.
Matthew Fitzpatrick (+2500)
Fitzpatrick sits second in the all-important strokes gained total category and was only supplanted. He also has a track record of success at this course having won the US Amateir at Brookline in 2013.
Top 10 Plays
Joaquin Niemann (+350)
A brilliant iron player, Niemann has recorded a victory at a similar course already this year when he claimed the title at Riviera back in February.
Will Zalatoris (+330)
Zalatoris rises to the occasion at major championships. All he has done is place in the top eight in five of his last six majors. The lone blemish - last year’s US Open. He makes amends this year.
Shane Lowry (+350)
You would be hard pressed to name five other players who have had as good a year as Lowry. What better way to continue his fine play than a run at the US Open. He did place third at The Masters in April. He sits second in the Good Drives Gained category in his last 24 rounds. He is also fourth in strokes gained at difficult courses.
Top 20 Plays
A strong short game and a recent hot streak should lead to a strong week from Finau. He has placed in the top five in his last two starts.
The last we saw Mito he had a lead heading to the 18th tee at the PGA. Redemption would be sweet for him. Winning would be too much to ask but a top 20 effort would be a good story.
A 13th-place finish at the PGA and four straight top-25 showings in recent weeks puts Homa in the discussion this week. Imagine his tweets should he win? He is in the top 10 of strokes gained on approach shots and new-found confidence should parlay itself into a good showing this week.
Sam Burns (-120) over Viktor Hovland
Burns has won twice on tour this year and is playing as well as anyone. Hovland is not playing well as of late with his chipping woes coming into play at a course with small greens like Brookline.
Harold Varner III (-105) over Aaron Wise
Wise is a sleeper pick by many this week. However, Varner’s game and recent play creates a positive matchup.
Daniel Berger (-120) over Billy Horschell
Berger summered in New England as a kid so is comfortable with courses like Brookline (also as witnessed by his win at the Travelers a couple years ago). He placed fifth in his last start at The Memorial so his recent form bodes well this week.
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