Picking a straight up winner isn’t easy to do. You focus on guys that are playing well, you look at golfers whose stats fit the tournament, and in certain cases study the course history. The US Open is played at a different course each year though, so course history goes out the window...but finding guys that are solid putters and have a great short game are things to look for when trying to pick the US Open outright winner.
The guys we have listed below are all favorites and each one of them will be a great bet to actually win at Erin Hills.
The defending US Open Champion was at one point the hottest golfer in the world until a fall at the Masters sidelined him. He has come back and played well again, so he will once again be a popular pick to win but I am going to fade him for someone else due to projected ownership.
His mother’s illness has weighed on him all season, but he has recently showed signs that he is coming back into form. I like Jason Day as a core player to build your lineups around and I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins given that he is on a streak of 4 Top 10 finishes at this event.
McIlroy has been battling a rib injury that has kept him from playing much since the Masters. I don’t think he will win the US Open this year. So why is he on this list? He is still Rory McIlroy and has been well rested leading up to this event and when a Major is on the line Rory can never be overlooked.
Has shown no signs of slowing down since winning the Masters in April. He got a huge monkey off his back with that win and now gets to approach these majors with a lot less pressure. Sergio’s game is clicking right now and you can do a lot worse than picking him to win this week.
Rose came oh so close to putting on a green jacket in April before losing in a playoff. Rose has been great on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour and he will be on a bunch of my fantasy golf lineups but still not my pick to win.
Our top pick to win the 2017 US Open
Somewhat forgotten this year with DJ playing so well and Sergio winning the Masters - Spieth has been really good in 2017. He had a bit of a two tournament blip of missed cuts, but bounced back with a 2nd place tie at the Dean and Deluca Invitational. He was a winner just 2 years ago and, although he won’t be low-owned I think you can get him at decent ownership this year and look for some sleepers to round out your team.