Sky Sports golf analyst offers 6 picks for Chambers Bay this weekend - a course which will play to those with a strong links record...
1. Rickie Fowler (20/1)
When looking at the US Open, I think you need to take into account Open Championship results, given Chambers Bay will have a definite links feel.
Rickie has gone close twice in the Open and is a great wind player. His record in the majors speaks for itself, with top 5 finishes in all four of them last year.
He’s also full of confidence following victory at The Players Championship last month.
2. Sergio Garcia (33/1)
See above! Sergio has a great Open record and is one of the most creative players in the game, able to work the ball both ways and has a deft touch when it comes to the short game.
He was runner-up to Fowler at Sawgrass and also shared second place with the American at last year’s Open.
I still question the Spaniard’s inner belief when it comes to landing a first major title but I think he’s a great each way bet.
3. Brandt Snedeker (40/1)
There are several comparisons with Chambers Bay and Pebble Beach Links, former US Open venue and Sneds has won around the Californian layout earlier this year.
On paper he matches up well to Chambers Bay, he’s shown good form this year, has a magical short game and isn’t among the very top pre tournament favourites so could be a good bet.
He’s recorded five top-20 finishes in the last seven US Opens and has also finished inside the top-11 in two of the last three Open Championships.
4. Phil Mickelson (18/1)
A sentimental pick as I would love to see Lefty win the US Open and claim the career Grand Slam. His national championship is the one which has so far alluded him.
Despite no major victories since his Open triumph in 2013, he has shown glimpses of real form, especially in big events, not least in posting a T2 finish at this year’s Masters.
Chambers Bay is a long golf course and will be pretty generous off the tee, so even if he’s spraying it with his driver he’ll be able to use all his creativity to scramble and get out of trouble.
5. Dustin Johnson (22/1)
The big-hitting American’s power will suit Chambers Bay and I like Dustin for the US Open because of form at Pebble Beach and Whistling Straits, which have both drawn comparisons.
He has come close a few times to ending his major drought but with victory earlier this year at the WGC Cadillac Championship, he now has 11 professional wins to his credit.
His best finish at a US Open came last year with a tie for 4th and he’s shown Open championship form before. Despite his well publicised personal problems, Dustin has reportedly turned a corner as far as maturity is concerned and his talent is undoubted.
6. Justin Rose (18/1)
It’s hard not to throw Justin into the mix given he already knows what it takes to win a US Open, and his recent form.
The USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said preparation is paramount at this year’s championship and the winner will have to have done their homework. Rose is as meticulous as they come and will have played the course more than most by the time the opening round kicks off on Thursday.
He’s also got great distance control with his irons, which will be an important factor at Chambers Bay.
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