Erin Hills comes with its challenges. What is going to have the most influence at this years U.S Open?
Will it be that it's a relatively unknown course and help out the youngsters. Or,will that dangerous looking rough and huge driving distances matter the most. Team VPAR weighs in on the players we think will thrive.
Rowan picks Jason Dufner (odds 50/1)
Nothing gets you ready for a major like winning. The Duf’s composed performance at The Memorial was stupendous and that first pump on the 72nd was awesome. When have we ever seen that kind of emotion from Jason? Besides that, he is in the top 30 for driving accuracy. Judging by Kevin Na’s latest review of the rough, hitting fairways is going to be crucial. I am backing Dufner to add to his 2013 PGA Championship win.
Justin picks Thomas Pieters (odds 40/1)
We’ve all heard it - no first timer has won the U.S Open since 1913. Although with the major being played at the relatively unknown Erin Hills, this plays right into Pieters’ favor. The 25-year-old proved that the spotlight is not too big for him as he finished tied for 4th at Augusta this past May. Oh, he also finished with the most points out of all the Europeans in last year’s Ryder Cup. Pieters, while young, plays like a veteran that can bomb it down the middle of the fairway and cruise to a life changing U.S Open victory.
Helen picks Dustin Johnson (odds 29/4)
Someone’s got to do it. I’m rooting for a back to back victory for Dustin Johnson. With a back injury at the Masters and that debacle at The Memorial, he's hungry for a win. Erin Hills was made for bombers like DJ. The course is over 7,800 yards long which is something that will work in his favor. Not only that, but he’s finished in the top 5 in each of the last 3 U.S Open, making him a serious contender come Sunday.
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