The Favorites Heading into the U.S. Open

The 2018 PGA U.S. Open will get started this at Shinnecock Hills Golf Course, with Brooks Koepka looking for a repeat win. World #1 ranked golfer Dustin Johnson and Jordan Speith are two obvious candidates to win this year’s tournament. Here are six other candidates who could take home this year’s title.

Justin Rose won his first U.S. Open title when he defeated the field by two strokes at Merion Golf Club to win. He has two wins already this season and ranks third in the world.

Justin Thomas is another solid candidate for this year’s U.S. Open. Thomas has won eight tournaments since he joined the PGA in 2013. Thomas also was the 2017 FedEx Cup Champion and the 2017 PGA Player of the Year. He is looking to improve upon his ninth place finish in last year’s Open.

Jason Day is the third possible candidate to take home this year’s trophy. The Australian golfer has 12 tour wins in his 12-year career. Day has finished second in this tournament twice in 2011 and 2013. For 2018, Day has won two tournaments this season, the Farmers’ Insurance Open and the Wells Fargo Championship.

Rory Mcllory has won the U.S. Open before when he took home the title in 2011. He turned pro in 2007 and since then he has 14 tour wins with five of them being major championships. Mcllory will look to get off to a strong start and stay on top for his second U.S. Open championship.

The former Oklahoma State Cowboy is looking for his first major championship since turning pro in 2009. Rickie Fowler has finished second three times in a major tournament, including this year’s Masters. He has a total of eight professional wins since joining the PGA tour. However, he is looking for his first major win.

The final candidate is Jon Rahm. Rahm joined the PGA tour in 2016 and since then he has two wins. He is also coming off his best major championship outing when he finished fourth in this year’s Masters. Rahm’s first win came at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open when he made a 60-foot eagle putt on the final hole. Last season, he had a top 10 finish in all four of the FedEx Cup playoff events and went on to finish fifth in the final cup standings.

All six of these golfers have what it takes to win this year’s U.S. Open. A couple of them are looking for this to be a tournament that changes their career by winning a major title. The others are just looking to boost their one day Hall of Fame career by adding another major title. This should be a fun and exciting tournament to watch.


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