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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Justin Thomas Justin Thomas -
▲ 1
Hasn’t been out of the top 25 in any single event this year, with two wins. Chased to the wire last year at Erin Hills.
2 Justin Rose Justin Rose -
▲ 4
New putting grip has plugged the biggest hole in his game. Has always been tee-to-green special. Colonial dominant. Back-to-back MCs in U.S. Open 2016/17.
3 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson -
▼ 2
At least one Tour win nine of the last 10 years, including Hawaii this year. Since Oakmont win two top 10s and two MCs in majors.
4 Jon Rahm Jon Rahm -
▲ 4
Brattish performance with MC at Erin Hills. Fourth at Augusta his only major top 10 in seven starts. Last four starts a win in Spain and two additional top 5s.
5 Bryson DeChambeau Bryson DeChambeau -
▼ 5
Memorial playoff win dresses up his resume. Second at Bay Hill, T3 at Heritage, 4th at Wells Fargo. Two U.S. Open MCs and T15 at Oakmont.
6 Jason Day Jason Day -
▲ 4
Always has something nagging at himself physically. Five U.S. Open top 10s before MC at Erin Hills last year. Runner-up in 2011 and 2013. Has converted consecutive 231 putts from three feet or closer. Misses one third of the greens.
7 Patrick Reed Patrick Reed -
▼ 2
Only three starts since his Masters win with only one top 10. Made an early run on Sunday at Erin Hills. Finished T13.
8 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth -
▼ 5
1. Putter was his Excalibur club. Blade needs to be sharpened. After two third-place finishes in Houston and Augusta has not cracked the top 20 with MC at Memorial. Some say he is still physically diminished after bout with mono over the winter.
9 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods -
▲ 6
Only two weaknesses are his driving (120th) and his putting (93rd). 2018 Tiger doesn’t finish rounds – 166th in back-nine scoring. Finished 14 shots back of Retief Goosen at Shinnecock in 2004.
10 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy -
▼ 6
Record-setting U.S. Open win at Congressional. Four MCs in nine career starts, including 2017. In his last 13 majors, he has two wins, eight additional top 10s and three MCs, including Erin Hills.
11 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler -
▼ 2
Shinnecock has anointed Fowler-like champions in Goosen and Pavin. Has dropped 72 positions in putting since 2017. T5 last year and runner-up at Pinehurst in 2014. Timing is right, with three top 10s in last four majors.
12 Brooks Koepka Brooks Koepka -
▼ 12
Recently shot 63 three times in a two-tournament span. Reigning champion and U.S. Open record-holder. Shinnecock is the anti-Erin Hills for Koepka bombers.
13 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson -
▼ 2
Desperately wants to finish the slam and erase memories of 2004 at Shinnecock (three-putt double on 71st hole). Six second-place finishes but no U.S. Open weekends since 2015. New Yorkers will bleed for him to win.
14 Hideki Matsuyama Hideki Matsuyama -
▼ 2
Poor off the tee (76th) and on the greens (95th). Two U.S. top 10s since his marquee win at Bridgestone a year ago. T2 a year ago at Erin Hills. Best major finish.
15 Jimmy Walker Jimmy Walker -
▼ 15
Finally appears healthy. Last win the PGA Championship in 2016. Five top 20s including three top 10s in last five times out.
16 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia -
▲ 2
Putter has left him off the leaderboard much of the year. T20 in 2004 at Shinnecock. This is his 18th U.S. Open. Hasn’t missed a cut since 2007.
17 Peter Uihlein Peter Uihlein -
▼ 17
Late-rising talent on Tour. Followed the Koepka path first establishing himself in Europe. Last player to make U.S. Open their first Tour win Michael Campbell in 2005.
18 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson -
▼ 11
Questionable WD at Oakmont in 2016. MC at Erin Hills a year ago. T5 at Augusta. Ranks 3rd in GIR but outside the top 100 in scrambling when he misses. Can use his strong three wood all through Shinnecock.
19 Webb Simpson Webb Simpson -
▼ 19
A win on Long Island would be the greatest distance between major wins – 3200 miles from Olympic. Win at the Players was one of five top10s in 2018. Hasn’t cracked the U.S. Open top 30 since win in 2012.
20 Bubba Watson Bubba Watson -
▼ 6
His first major was Shinnecock in 2004 – MC. Ten more starts have produced one top 10 and five additional MCs.
21 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar -
▼ 5
Rare MC at Houston. First since a year ago at Houston. Ranks 159th in driving distance and 130th in strokes gained from the tee. Shinnecock is not built around its length.
22 Marc Leishman Marc Leishman -
Never matched up well with U.S. Open setups. Three MCs and one top 20 in six starts.
23 Aaron Wise Aaron Wise -
▼ 23
Threatened at Quail Hollow, dominated at the Nelson. Second major start, both in the U.S. Open – MC as amateur in 2016.
24 Tony Finau Tony Finau -
▼ 11
Should be healthy because there is no par-three contest at the U.S. Open. Only his third start in the national championship -- T15 as a rookie. Top 40 in every Tour category other than putting.
25 Joaquin Niemann Joaquin Niemann -
▼ 25
Would be the youngest U.S. Open winner since Francis Ouimet (Who?). Three top 10s in only five professional career starts. Only South American U.S. Open winner Angel Cabrera.

 

Dan Reardon has covered golf for radio station KMOX in St. Louis for 32 years. In that time, he has covered more than 100 events, including majors and other PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour tournaments. During his broadcast career, Reardon conducted one-on-one interviews with three dozen members of the World Golf of Fame. He has contributed to many publications over the years and co-authored the book Golf’s Greatest Eighteen from Random House. Reardon served as Director of Media relations for LPGA events in both St. Louis and Chicago for 10 years.

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