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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Jason Day Jason Day -
Is capable of being the best in all elements of the game in a given week. Still dependent on his driver setting up the rest of his game. One year removed from vertigo collapse. Last two Oakmont winners were from the southern hemisphere.
2 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth -
Needs to find the one-way miss by U.S. Open. If he can get the pace early on Oakmont greens, he has a huge advantage on the field. Needs to miss greens on the correct side.
3 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy -
▲ 1
Tee to green the equal of Day. Around the greens, not so much. Still has not won on a hard, fast golf course. Bogeys more holes than a great player should. T9 at Chambers Bay.
4 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar -
▼ 4
Six top 10s in his last eight starts. T12 at Chambers Bay. Only one career top 10 in the U.S. Open.
5 Adam Scott Adam Scott -
▲ 3
After back-to-back wins early, has played in only six events. Getting closer in U.S. Opens. T9 in 2014, T4 a tear ago. Putting not a good fit for Oakmont.
6 Justin Rose Justin Rose -
▲ 1
One Pennsylvania U.S. Open at Merion. More MCs than top 10s on his U.S. Open resume. More than a year since his last U.S. win.
7 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson -
▲ 2
Needs Chambers Bay amnesia. Has only been out of the top 20 twice in 2016. Probably better trying to win from behind.
8 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler -
▼ 5
Three MCs in his last five starts. The calendar has not been kind to him at this time of year. Didn’t make the weekend at Memorial and U.S. Open in 2015. Repeated at Memorial this year.
9 Patrick Reed Patrick Reed -
▲ 2
Never had a top 10 in a major in his career. After a MC at The Players has had good finishes in consecutive starts – T15, T8.
10 Brandt Snedeker Brandt Snedeker -
▲ 3
Three MCs in last five starts. Has Oakmont experience. T23 in 2007. Eight career top 10s in majors, including four U.S. Opens.
11 Hideki Matsuyama Hideki Matsuyama -
▲ 1
Playing extremely well before Memorial. T7 at the Masters. Has never shown he can handle major greens under pressure.
12 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia -
▲ 8
Win at the Nelson has eased the pressure. This is his 17th U.S. Open start with four top 10s. Well rested. Can he save pars from missed greens at Oakmont? MC there in 2007.
13 Zach Johnson Zach Johnson -
▲ 1
Would seem like a U.S. Open player. His history shows not. Five MCs in 12 appearances. Best ever showing T30.
14 Danny Willett Danny Willett -
▲ 3
Masters winner. Definitely for real. Only his third U.S. Open appearance with a MC at Chambers Bay.
15 Jim Furyk Jim Furyk -
▲ 1
Most experienced U.S. Open Champion in the field with 22 starts. Good Oakmont memories, as he finished T2 with Tiger Woods in 2007. Only four starts and two MCs since he returned from surgery.
16 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson -
▲ 8
The U.S. Open’s all-time bridesmaid. Six times on the doorstep without going in. Plays well enough to still contend this year but no wins. Time is running out on the career slam.
17 Branden Grace Branden Grace -
▼ 7
One swing stood between Grace and a playoff appearance at Chambers Bay. Despite his Heritage win, his U.S. record is pretty spotty. After two major top 10s in 2015, he missed the cut at Augusta.
18 Louis Oosthuizen Louis Oosthuizen -
Another near-miss participant at Chambers Bay. Never won in the U.S. Last year was his best major year. T15 at the Masters.
19 Bubba Watson Bubba Watson -
▼ 14
Missed the cut in the last three U.S. Opens, five total in his career. Oakmont in 2007 was his lone bright spot, with a T5 as a very young professional.
20 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson -
▼ 14
The Swede is treading water on Tour these days. Last five majors only one top 20. Can you win at Oakmont with mostly three woods off the tee?
21 Charl Schwartzel Charl Schwartzel -
▼ 21
Another Oakmont 2007 participant – T30. Seventh at Chambers Bay. Putting talent not a good match for brutal Oakmont greens.
22 Jason Dufner Jason Dufner -
▼ 22
Like Schwartzel, not the best fit on this U.S. Open’s greens. Made it to the weekend all but one time in 2016. Back-to-back T4 in the U.S. Open 2012-13.
23 Paul Casey Paul Casey -
▼ 8
Has not won in the U.S. since 2009. Has rehabilitated his career. Now needs to post a win. Oakmont will factor into his Ryder Cup chances.
24 Matthew Fitzpatrick Matthew Fitzpatrick -
▼ 24
A rising talent out of Europe still searching for consistency. Only one U.S. Open start as an amateur. Quietly tied for 7th at the Masters.
25 Bryson DeChambeau Bryson DeChambeau -
▼ 25
First major as a professional. Forfeited his U.S. Amateur exemption. Blazed through sectionals. Four straight MCs after T4 at the Heritage in professional debut. Is he paired with Spieth as the U.S. Amateur champ or somewhere else as a qualifier?

 

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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