Last year Spieth became only the 6th player to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year. Who has team VPAR picked for this year’s Open? Hint - not Jordan.
Dustin Johnson – Odds to Win 15/1
(Tommy Forte, PGA Pro and US Director of Golf)
This is DJ’s year. It has to be. Dustin Johnson has knocked on the Major Championship door too many times to not be in this conversation. If not for an impossible downhill 15-foot eagle putt on the 18th Hole at Chambers Bay, or the fairway bunker catastrophe (shame on the PGA) at Whistling Straights, he would be a 2-time major champion. Between rounds 3 and 4 at last year’s U.S Open, DJ hit 18 fairways and averaged 329 yards off the tee. U.S Opens require distance; Oakmont will be no different. In 2016, Dustin has 7 top 10 finishes, sits #5 in scoring average and is #3 in driving distance. Look for this bomber to quiet the critics at Oakmont.
Jason Day – Odds to Win 8/1
(Rowan Northcott, UK Sales Consultant)
The Queenslander has recently shown glimpses of his hot season-ending form that concluded 2015. No-one stood a chance at The Players when Day shot 63, and he took home back to back victories at Arnie’s place and the WGC Match Play – confirming him as a deserved favorite. Jason will relish taming the extraordinarily long Oakmont course. The 300-yard par 3 eighth hole is a mere four iron for Day and the harder the golf course plays the more others will fall by the wayside. His fighter-jet speed through the ball with snowflake like landings from long distances are simply astounding. If he putts well, which he has all season leading ‘strokes gained in putting’ by a mile, he will win.
Branden Grace – Odds to Win 50/1
(Howard Millard, UK Sales Consultant)
Branden has had a quiet season by his standards. However, a win at the RBC earlier in the season showed that he really is a contender. The warm forecast for Oakmont should see the golf course firm up and make the playing length of the course less dramatic than expected. The U.S Open isn’t only about driving distance, but also about holing vital putts. Grace is one of the better putters on Tour and should be on everyone’s, “one-to-watch” list. Last year, he was just one bad swing away from beating Mr. Slow (Spieth), so you can bet he’s back to bring home a victory.
Adam Scott – Odds to Win 20/1
(Justin Rasile - Event Manager)
2015 was the first year since 2000 that Adam Scott went winless in a tournament worldwide. So it was great to see him bounce back in 2016, starting in the best possible fashion with back-to-back PGA Tour wins at the Honda Classic (despite a quadruple bogey) and World Golf Championship. Commentators were then quick to put him as one of the favorites to win another green jacket. Unfortunately, the promising early season form that got everyone so excited didn’t quite translate at the Masters. You know what they say, form is temporary, class is permanent and this would be the perfect opportunity to roar back into form. His US Open stats aren’t historically good, and so he’ll be extremely motivated to fix that.
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