2017 U.S. Open up picks: Odds and skilled predictions getting into a difficult golfing training course

Who you are finding to get the 2017 U.S. Open up is what all people desires to know this time of calendar year, and not often has the selection at the prime been far more hard. The huge field for the U.S. Open up is loaded with stars, just not the two major in the activity: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Nevertheless, it will be a huge big that will perform on Thursday as the longest in background at far more than seven,seven hundred yards.

We’re here to assist you response that query, and when narrowing this all down to a winner and prime finishers is a difficult endeavor, we here at CBS Sports activities are absolutely up to it.

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2017 U.S. Open up picks

Kyle Porter, golfing author

Winner — Dustin Johnson (29/4): Johnson has completed in the prime 5 in each individual of the final a few U.S. Opens and has been the best participant on the planet around the final six months. This training course will perform at around seven,seven hundred yards, so it will have to have somebody who can strike monster shot just after monster shot for 72 holes. As lengthy as he does not putt himself out of the event (absolutely in perform just after his exhibiting at the Memorial two months back), he’ll be in it till the conclusion.

Top rated 10 lock — Jason Day: He has 4 prime 10s in the final 5 a long time at this event. Only two other golfers (Johnson, Jason Dufner) even have a few. He hasn’t been all that excellent so much this year, but his duration and large, swooping lengthy iron perform will be paramount this week at Erin Hills

Sleeper — Jordan Niebrugge (275/one): I like Niebrugge this week and not just mainly because he went to Oklahoma Condition. He completed in the prime 10 at The Open up Championship in 2015 at St. Andrews as an novice, and he is played Erin Hills far more than most. Niebrugge is from Wisconsin, at this time taking part in some stable golfing on the Mackenzie Tour and competent with no a follow round in Tacoma, Washington a couple months back.

Top rated 5 in buy: Dustin Johnson, Daniel Berger, Jason Dufner, Jason Day, Brooks Kopeka

Surprise prediction: There will be double-digit golfers below par for the initially time because Rory McIlroy massacred the field at Congressional in 2011. The purpose for this is mainly because the training course will perform as a par 72 (a initially for the U.S. Open up because 1992) and at the very least a minor of the defense for this observe is dependent on how tricky the wind blows. I’m betting on it currently being tepid and us obtaining a shootout (for a U.S. Open up anyway).

Most affordable round: sixty five
Winning score: 280 (-8)
Winner’s Sunday score: 70

Chip Patterson, author

Winner — Justin Rose (twenty/one): If climate does conclusion up taking part in a large job in this year’s event, I like Rose’s odds to get even far more at Erin Hills, where by it appears to be like like an old-timey training course (they actually really don’t want us to contact it a “inbound links training course”) has sprouted up in the center of a cattle ranch. He is just a person of the best ball-strikers close to, a participant of verified championship caliber and hungry to bounce again just after the playoff loss to Sergio at The Masters. Rose does not have the longest generate in the field, but he is No. 8 in strokes gained off the tee proper now and just would seem owing. As very good as Rose has played not too long ago, the final American get arrived far more than two a long time back in New Orleans. 

Top rated 10 lock — Dustin Johnson: You will find some thing a little bit alarming about Johnson’s seventy eight-seventy four missed minimize at the Memorial. Considering the fact that withdrawing from the Masters, D.J. has fired far more rounds in the 70s than not, which was not the case all through his blazing-very hot commence to the calendar year. Johnson is continue to the best golfer in the globe and could certainly get this thing, it just would seem far more probably to me that Johnson will backdoor a prime-10 by going reduced on Sunday.

Sleeper — Lucas Glover (a hundred twenty five/one): This previous Tiger is ready to abide by Clemson with a stellar countrywide championship exhibiting. Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open up winner at Bethpage, is at this time No. 9 on tour in strokes gained off the tee and No. 3 in greens in regulation. This 2017 resurgence for the 37-calendar year-old Glover has involved a T6 at The Gamers and a T7 at the Arnold Palmer. It can be going to get a way-way-way-much better-than-average putting week for Glover to get, but if he will get very hot on and close to the eco-friendly this could materialize.

Top rated 5 in buy: Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth

Surprise prediction: Jon Rahm misses the minimize. I’ve been all-in on Rahm’s rise to superstardom and consider that he will a person working day be a numerous-big winner and likely No. one in the globe for some time period of time. There will be numerous far more U.S. Open up alternatives for the 22-calendar year-old Spaniard, likely at the very least a person that will conclusion with him profitable. It just will not likely be this calendar year at Erin Hills. 

Most affordable round: sixty six
Winning score: 281 (-seven)
Winning Sunday score: sixty nine

Adam Silverstein, editor

Winner — Rickie Fowler (18/one): Everything is telling me to get Jordan Spieth to get. He is improved his fairway perform and settled down just after some rough patches before this year, specifically on the eco-friendly where by he is ordinarily amazing. But here is the thing: Fowler has to get sometime, proper? The clean greens at Erin Hills must perform proper into the grip of Fowler, who is seventh this year in strokes gained putting (Spieth is fortieth) and is an immense price in this location. Certainly, he has missed the minimize at the final two U.S. Opens. But he completed T10 and T2 in the two prior. Certainly, Fowler has missed a few cuts this year, two plus a T60 complete in his final 4 gatherings. But he also completed T2 at the Memorial two months back and has these other finishes this year: 1st, T2 (2 times), T3 (2 times), T4, T6, T11, twelfth, 14th.

Top rated 10 lock — Dustin Johnson: I’ve acquired my lesson from predicting again-to-again champions (Jordan Spieth), so when Johnson could most absolutely get and warrants to be the favored, there is no doubt that he will at the very least complete in the prime 10 for all the aforementioned good reasons.

Sleeper — Billy Horschel (eighty five/one): His odds are not as lengthy as others, but Horschel has hardly ever won a big and has just a person PGA Tour victory because 2014 (which arrived final thirty day period at the AT&T Byron Nelson). His best big complete was a T4 at the 2013 U.S. Open up at Merion, which played at seven,000 yards, and Horschel has the power to stand out when taking part in a lengthy training course. The query is whether or not his temperament — Horschel (like numerous of his friends) was furious at the USGA and the Chambers Bay greens in 2015 — will get in the way of his likely excellent perform on a huge open training course.

Top rated 5 in buy: Rickie Fowler, Thomas Pieters, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day

Surprise prediction: At the very least a person novice will complete ahead of two previous U.S. Open up champions. A minor obscure? Most likely, but I see some that have found good results at earlier U.S. Opens struggle at Erin Hills, when there are a amount of amateurs taking part in this calendar year that have huge length and could have some excellent good results on this training course.

Most affordable round: 66
Winning score: 279 (-9)
Winning Sunday score: 68

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