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Previous U.S. Open champions include:

  • Jordan Spieth (2015)
  • Martin Kaymer (2014)
  • Justin Rose (2013)
  • Webb Simpson (2012)
  • Rory McIlroy (2011)
  • Graeme McDowell (2010)
  • Lucas Glover (2009)
  • Tiger Woods (2008)
  • Angel Cabrera (2007) – last time at Oakmont
  • Geoff Ogilvy (2006)
  • Michael Campbell (2005)
  • Retief Goosen (2004)
  • Jim Furyk (2003)
  • Tiger Woods (2002)
  • Retief Goosen (2001)
  • Ernie Els (1994) – Oakmont

Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, will host the U.S. Open for the 9th time. Oakmont is a par 70, 7,255 yard test.

2016 U.S. Open
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Recent Finishes
Tourn. Hist.
(A1) Jason Day (27) Memorial
(5) Zurich Classic
(23) RBC Heritage
(9) 2015
(4) 2014
(2) 2013
(59) 2012
(2) 2011
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Now, on to the U.S. Open! Jason fell off a bit at the Memorial, but that’s about as bad as he typically finishes. We expect him to rebound this week at an event where he is the “Tournament” Horse. He’s a #20 course fit rank and #1 in our power rankings.
(A2) Jordan Spieth (57) Memorial
(1) Colonial
(18) Byron Nelson
(1) 2015
(17) 2014
MC 2013
(21) 2012

Despite a victory at the Colonial, Jordan’s game has been unpredictable recently. His major history makes him hard to leave off your team this week (he’s been there, done that), and he’s a #3 course fit. This course will require a lot of scrambling and a nice touch on the greens.
(A3) Dustin Johnson (5) St. Jude Classic
(3) Memorial
(12) Byron Nelson
(28) The PLAYERS
(2) 2015
(4) 2014
(55) 2013
MC 2012
(23) 2011
(8) 2010
Dustin Johnson, sans a few horrible putts last week, could have easily won it. However, it’s always easier coming from way back to try to post a score, so give him credit for a nice final round, but it wasn’t under a lot of pressure. Can he get over his demons and win a major? The answer is yes, but the question is when? His #32 course fit is good for him, but putting isn’t his strong suit and neither is scrambling from what we’ve seen. Our big question will be: Spieth or DJ? That’s going to have to wait a few more days.
(A4) Phil Mickelson (2) St. Jude Classic
(20) Memorial
(4) Wells Fargo
(64) 2015
(28) 2014
(2) 2013
(65) 2012
(54) 2011
(4) 2010
Mickelson’s 2nd place finish helped him jump into the 4 spot this week in Group A. He’s a little wild, so that’s what’s keeping him down here, but his wedge play makes his course fit number pretty good.
(A5) Sergio Garcia (1) Byron Nelson
(54) The PLAYERS
(3) Open de Espana
(34) Masters
(18) 2015
(35) 2014
(45) 2013
(38) 2012
(7) 2011
(22) 2010
Sergio is coming off a win at the Byron Nelson, but he’s up and down, so it’s hard to know how he’ll play. Majorless and probably not a great setup for him, but he could always contend and does decently well at the US Open.
Other options include: (A6) Adam Scott, (A7) Rickie Fowler, and (A8) Bubba Watson.
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Recent Finishes
Tourn. Hist.
(B1) Rory McIlroy (4) Memorial
(1) Irish Open
(12) The PLAYERS
(4) Wells Fargo
(9) 2015
(23) 2014
(41) 2013
MC 2012
(1) 2011
MC 2010
Former U.S. Open champion, top 20 course fit this week (course fit based on the 2007 Oakmont results and their statistical prowess), and he’s as hot as anyone on Tour right now. He’s the cream of the group B crop this week (typically every week).
(B2) Hideki Matsuyama MC Memorial
(11) Wells Fargo
(7) Masters
(18) 2015
(35) 2014
(10) 2013

Hideki’s missed cut at the Memorial came out of nowhere, so you would think his experience and fit at an Open venue would help get him back on track. #6 course fit this week and he’s always a solid option in Group B.
(B3) Patrick Reed (8) Memorial
(15) Colonial
(28) Wells Fargo
(14) 2015
(35) 2014

Reed is intriguing this week. He’s had a decent start to his US Open career and he has one of his best course fits here (#24). The guy is a scrambler. 3 of his last 4 starts were encouraging and he shines on the big stage. He will be in our Group B lineup.
(B4) Brooks Koepka (2) St. Jude Classic
(2) Byron Nelson
(35) The PLAYERS
MC Valero Texas Open
(18) 2015
(4) 2014
MC 2012

Koepka is a bit of a wild card here. He’s had two straight top 2’s, but his course fit is on the high side (ignore the #127 a bit, as those players who don’t have data get assigned a middling course fit, and Koepka somehow fell behind all of them. He’s more like #70 which isn’t good, but it isn’t quite #127. He’s a risk this week given the course requires some touch around the greens and he isn’t as good as some of the others. Rose might be a better option if he’s healthy but again, Koepka is playing very well, so it’s a toss up.
(B5) Justin Rose (19) The PLAYERS
(3) Wells Fargo
MC Zurich Classic
(10) Masters
(27) 2015
(12) 2014
(1) 2013
(21) 2012
MC 2011
MC 2009
Great course fit this week (#5), but is he fully recovered from his back injury? Put an asterisk on him and wait and watch. If it wasn’t for his back injury, we would have him as Group B #3.
(B6) J.B. Holmes (4) Memorial
(53) Wells Fargo
(13) Valero Texas Open
(27) 2015
(17) 2014
(27) 2009

Holmes surprised at the Memorial after some lackluster finishes but has some nice US Open finishes (top 30s), so he’s a guy that could make the cut and hang around the bottom of the leaderboard in a good week.
(B7) Henrik Stenson (4) Nordea Masters
MC Wells Fargo
(24) Masters
(27) 2015
(4) 2014
(21) 2013
(23) 2011
(29) 2010
(9) 2009
After 2 MCs, Stenson got back to form at his home country’s national tournament. It was a weak field, and this week doesn?t set up great for him with scrambling being a top priority. If he’s in the fairway and racking up the GIRs, that’s when he could contend.
Other options include: (B8) Lee Westwood, (B9) Brandt Snedeker, and (B10) Webb Simpson.
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Recent Finishes
Tourn. Hist.
(C1) Matt Kuchar (4) Memorial
(6) Colonial
(3) Byron Nelson
(12) 2015
(12) 2014
(28) 2013
(27) 2012
(14) 2011
(6) 2010
Kuchar has bounced back after a slow start to the year with a bunch of top 10s and 5s recently. He’s also Mr. Consistent at the US Open, as long as his driver can find the fairways. #9 course fit and steady as they come. We have limited Kuchar starts left but this may be the case of riding him while he’s hot and figuring Group C out later (the rest of the year).
(C2) Danny Willett (3) BMW PGA
(23) Irish Open
(1) Masters
MC 2015
(45) 2014

Been playing better after a drop off post-Masters. Could he make it two majors in a row? Probably not, but he should take confidence into this event and he’s a player on the rise. Not enough data to get a course fit for him this week, but he has something to prove on tough US Open courses still. It’s between him, the hot Berger, and Schwartzel for our 2nd Group C.
(C3) Daniel Berger (1) St. Jude Classic
(67) Memorial
(17) Wells Fargo
(28) 2014

Decent course fit this week (#36) and he’s coming off his first victory (St. Jude). He really hit the ball well on Sunday and managed a 3-under par round to fend off a number of stars. It could carry over to this week, and he’ll have nothing to lose after notching that first win. 28th in 2014 is a good sign. We’ll be weighing primarily he, Willett, and Schwartzel.
(C4) Charl Schwartzel (11) Memorial
(25) Colonial
(58) Byron Nelson
MC Masters
(7) 2015
MC 2014
(14) 2013
(38) 2012
(9) 2011
(16) 2010
Schwartzel hit his low point at the Masters and has been trending up ever since. He’s got a good track record at the US Open, but his course fit is just okay.
(C5) Martin Kaymer (7) BMW PGA
(5) Irish Open
(39) The PLAYERS
(41) Wells Fargo
MC 2015
(1) 2014
(59) 2013
(15) 2012
(39) 2011
(8) 2010
Kaymer has gotten hot recently after a long run of bad golf. His wedge play scares us a bit and so does his putting. He’s a guy who could surprise at a tough venue, but we’re going to look elsewhere.
Other options include: (C6) Billy Horschel, (C7) Branden Grace, and (C8) Retief Goosen.

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