The second major of the 2017 golf season is finally here as this weekend, the U.S. Open will take place at the beautiful Erin Hills golf course in Wisconsin. Many hopefuls will look to stamp their place in history and just play good golf. A big story coming into this tournament is the return of Dustin Johnson. After injuring himself falling down the stairs at Augusta and not being able to compete in the Masters, Johnson is back competing in his first major of the season and is looking to pick up where he left off. Prior to his injury, Johnson was playing the best golf of his career, so I think it is safe to say he is one of the favorites to win this tournament. Another notable story coming into the weekend is the ultimate dad move by Phil Mickelson. Lefty will not take part in this years U.S. Open barring a weather delay miracle, due to his commitment of attending his daughter’s high school graduation. To this story I say Phil, you continue to be the man. He is keeping his priorities in line and knows that family always comes first. Although I will miss seeing him play this weekend, I admire and respect the decision he made.
You can’t write a U.S. Open preview without talking about the course. This year the U.S. Open will be held at the decadent Erin Hills golf course in Wisconsin. This is the first year the tournament will be held here, and it is a huge opportunity to get their name out. Erin Hills is a beautiful links course that should produce some particularly low scores. The course is rated as not that challenging as long as you keep it on the fairway so we should see players having a field day on these grounds. The only challenging part about the course will be the fescue that is heard to be almost impossible to play out of. I think the winner will be in the minus twenty maybe twenty fives. I understand how outrageous of a statement that is, I just have a gut feeling a hand full of guys are going to have huge days.
Players To Watch;
Jordan Spieth: Jordan Spieth is looking to win his second U.S. Open of his young career and win his third major overall. Spieth is a special kid with a boat load of talent. I like him having a great tournament and competing all the way into the final round. The key for Spieth will be consistency as in the last few majors he has had a collapse on certain holes and has had to battle his way back.
Rickie Fowler: Rickie Fowler is back in full form after having an above average Masters Tournament. He finished 11th and you could just see his confidence starting to build. There is also an over under bet on how many bright colors he will wear over a 4-day span.
Sergio Garcia: It will be interesting to see how Sergio plays after winning his first career major at the 2017 Masters. The 37-year-old Spaniard will look to accomplish a feat that very few have done, win back to back majors. I personally think he will do the opposite and bold prediction: I don’t even think he will make the cut.
Dustin Johnson: This is my winner. I think Dustin Johnson will dominate this tournament off of pure motivation and hunger. This dude is flat-out hungry to play in a major after getting injured and not being able to participate at the Masters. He is also the defending U.S. Open champion so he has a high expectation to perform well and I think he will exceed those expectations. I like Dustin going -25 and winning by 5 strokes.