By James Dalthorp III
BEAST DOME NATION.
It’s a historic week once again and it’s kind of eerie that it comes in September. Here’s the important facts, fans: the rough is deep. You must hit the fairway. And if you miss greens, have the same soft touch that Geoff Ogilvy had to chip his way around the final round, shooting well over par to capitalize against Mickelson’s blow up and Montgomerie’s push.
I think Phil might actually be able to do well this week. But I have been so impressed lately by the schedule we’ve had that there are too many players in mid season flow now with tons of talent.
My theme for the week is this: expect the unexpected. We’ve been seeing a lot of players make birdies and score well on courses that traditionally might play more difficult. The schedule has made certain tracks vulnerable in the warm summer conditions. However, this is an event that will hold it’s own.
Daniel Berger –
People don’t expect Berger to always be in the hunt, but he is my top pick this week because I like his ability to hit fairways and be consistent tee to green. Berger has not won an event like this much less a major, but when you consider how strong the chances are for a player who is a national team member and his confidence, results.. he is due.
Jon Rahm –
I favor Rahm due to his play at the toughened up Memorial and at Olympia Fields. He dominated the field with similar conditions: thick rough and super fast greens. Those were by far the most challenging tests so far this year and this will be the hat trick. I expect him to carry that over.
Webb Simpson –
Webb Simpson has played in 9 US Opens. He won with an over par winning score in 2012 at Olympic, has only missed one cut at Oakmont in 2016, and finished in the top 16 in his last 2 starts. Webb is having a phenomenal year. Pick him. He also shot 66 in the final round of this event last year. I think there’s momentum.
Adam Scott –
It’s hard to believe that Scott is a sleeper. He is a master ball striker. And I think this might be his best chance to win the US Open. He’s got one of the best tee to green games in golf. He will need to have a decent putting week. But the difficulty of the Course will bring everyone else to Scott’s level.
Cameron Champ –
If this guy drives the ball his best, he will be a contender. What does that require? Some smart decisions tee to green. He could be seen as a liability, but Champ’s game should translate well in good conditions.
Kurt Kitayama –
If you’re looking for a real sleeper, consider Kitayama. He’s had a little more success in Europe but he’s got some great game. His last start on Tour was a made cut at the PGA Championship. He’s capable of performing well at a difficult course like this.
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