OAKMONT, PA – JUNE 19: Dustin Johnson of the United States poses with the winner’s trophy after winning the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on June 19, 2016 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Andrew
Dustin Johnson finally got the major monkey off his back at the 2016 U.S. Open as he won the title at Oakmont Country Club by three shots after a string of near misses at golf’s showpiece tournaments.
US Open Championship 2017 Live Golf
The 32-year-old American goes into the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, Wisconsin, as the world No. 1 and bookies’ favourite at 15-2.
Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy—U.S. Open champions in 2015 and 2011, respectively—are both priced at 12-1, while world No. 3 Jason Day is 14-1.
It would be little surprise should the winner of the 2017 U.S. Open come from that quartet of stars. The foursome have, after all, combined to claim six of the last 11 majors.
However, there is huge quality throughout the field at Erin Hills, and there are a number of under-the-radar picks who could go all the way.
South African Branden Grace is a 40-1 shot who has fine form at the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship.
Thursday, June 15, Tee No. 1/ Friday, June 16, Tee No. 10
7:45 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. — Jordan Niebrugge, Talor Gooch, Kevin Dougherty
7:56 a.m. / 1:41 p.m. — Andres Romero, Brice Garnett, TBD
8:07 a.m. / 1:52 p.m. — Yusaku Miyazato, J.T. Poston, Aaron Rai
8:18 a.m. / 2:03 p.m. — David Lingmerth, Paul Dunne, Haotong Li
8:29 a.m. / 2:14 p.m. — Stewart Hagestad (a), Chez Reavie, Gene Sauers
8:40 a.m. / 2:25 p.m. — Brandt Snedeker, Alex Noren, Tyrrell Hatton
8:51 a.m. / 2:36 p.m. — Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Brooks Koepka
9:02 a.m. / 2:47 p.m. — Gary Woodland, J.B. Holmes, Jason Kokrak
9:13 a.m. / 2:58 p.m. — Russell Knox, Scott Gregory (a), Martin Laird
9:24 a.m. / 3:09 p.m. — Kevin Kisner, Billy Horschel, Branden Grace
9:35 a.m. / 3:20 p.m. — Webb Simpson, Ernie Els, Lucas Glover
9:46 a.m. / 3:31 p.m. — Tyson Alexander, Christopher Crawford (a), Max Greyserman
9:57 a.m. / 3:42 p.m. — Matthew Campbell, Garrett Osborn, Walker Lee (a)
1:30 p.m. / 7:45 a.m. — Jack Maguire, Corey Conners, Ben Kohles
1:41 p.m. / 7:56 a.m. — Eddie Pepperell, Chan Kim, TBD
1:52 p.m. / 8:07 a.m. — Jhonattan Vegas, Yuta Ikeda, Sean O’Hair
2:03 p.m. / 8:18 a.m. — Andrew Johnston, Brian Stuard, George Coetzee
2:14 p.m. / 8:29 a.m. — Marc Leishman, Pat Perez, Si Woo Kim
2:25 p.m. / 8:40 a.m. — Russell Henley, Scottie Scheffler (a), Harris English
2:36 p.m. / 8:51 a.m. — Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia
2:47 p.m. / 9:02 a.m. — Henrik Stenson, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen
2:58 p.m. / 9:13 a.m. — Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas, Paul Casey
3:09 p.m. / 9:24 a.m. — Jason Day, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy
3:20 p.m. / 9:35 a.m. — Steve Stricker, Stewart Cink, Phil Mickelson
3:31 p.m. / 9:46 a.m. — Ryan Brehm, John Oda (a), Jonathan Randolph
3:42 p.m. / 9:57 a.m. — Mason Andersen (a), Derek Barron, Roman Robledo
Indeed, while his Masters and Open Championship results do not make for the best reading, at the U.S. Open he finished tied for fifth last year and joint-fourth in 2015. He has also finished in the top five in the last two years at the PGA Championship.
That is a fine record, and he has the all-round game to be competitive around the lengthy Erin Hills, and he should register another top-10 finish.
IRVING, TX – MAY 18: Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa hits a shot out of the bunker on the 11th hole during Round One of the AT&T Byron Nelson at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas on May 18, 2017 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Im
Another notable sleeper is Grace’s compatriot, Louis Oosthuizen, priced at an attractive 50-1.
Erin Hills is going to be tough, and players with the right temperament and consistency are likely to flourish.
Oosthuizen is a cool customer, unlikely to get flustered should events conspire against him, and he has form in past majors.
The crowning achievement of his career so far was his Open Championship triumph at St. Andrews in 2010, but he has come close to adding another major since, returning three second places, including at the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
Finally, 33-year-old Kevin Kisner could be worth backing having finished sixth in his most recent outing at the Memorial Tournament following victory in the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial Country Club in late May.
Currently ranked No. 20 in the world, Kisner is priced at 66-1, long odds for a player who has been racking up the top-10 finishes this year, per the PGA Tour: