PGA 2018 US Open Preview

2018 US Open Preview

The second golf major of the 2018 PGA Tour season – the US Open heads to Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton New York to once again test the skills and the patience of the top golfers in the world. The USGA is notorious for setting up the course with punishing rough and slick greens and for this reason the US Open is arguably the toughest of the 4 majors to win.

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Shinnecock Hills

This will be the 5th time that the US Open will be played at Shinnecock Hills and it is scheduled to be played there again in 2026. The last time was in 2004 when Retief Goosen beat out runner up Phil Mickelson (who again came in second at a US Open). Shinnecock is set up as a links style course and in previous years most players finished above par for the week. This won’t be a birdie fest at all and it may at times be survival over shot making.

Course – Shinnecock Hill Golf Club – Southhampton, New York

Shinnecock was designed by Willie Davis and was established in 1891. It is a Par 70, 7445 yards. It has a course rating of 74.5

Prize Pool – $12,000,000. The winner of the US Open gets $2,160,000.

FedEx Cup Points – 600

Past US Open Golf Champions

Year Won

Golfer

Course

2017

Brooks Koepka

Erin Hills

2016

Dustin Johnson

Oakmont

2015

Jordan Spieth

Chambers Bay

2014

Martin Kaymer

Pinehurst

2013

Justin Rose

Merion Golf Club

US Open Favorites To Win

Jordan Spieth

Spieth made quite a run at the Masters only to just fall short. Spieth has won the US Open on a really tough course similar to Shinnecock and has won an Open Championship which is a links style course like this one. No reason not to think that a second US Open isn’t in the cards for Spieth.

Dustin Johnson

Even though he finished a solid 10th at Augusta he was a non-factor all week. DJ is just too good not to consider as a favorite to win the US Open in 2018 and with his distance off the tee he should do well if he keeps the ball straight and in the fairway. Not really my pick to win but he also has won the US Open and finished in second in another so a tough course like Shinnecock shouldn’t be an issue.

Rory McIlroy

Rory folded like a cheap suit at the Masters playing average golf when a simple 3-4 under par would have given him his green jacket and career slam – Maybe next year! As for the US Open, Rory is still one of the best players in the world although his putting is what let him down at Augusta and a good putter will be key to winning at Shinnecock.

Ricky Fowler

He wasn’t the story at the Masters but he had the quietest 2nd place finish ever. He shot a -5 on the Sunday and most of that was because of his putter. If his putting is still strong on Father’s Day Sunday at the US Open, Fowler could finally be a majors winner.

Phil Mickelson

Why not Phil? He skipped last year’s US Open because of his daughter’s graduation although some wondered if the pressure of his past US Open history is a bit tiring to deal with each year. He is playing good golf and is generally a good putter and can still hit it far off the tee. He came in second at Shinnecock back in 2004 so he does have a good history there. Not a top favorite to win but he would love a US Open title before calling it a career.

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