We take a look at five players that have a decent chance at causing an upset at this week’s US Open at Erin Hills.
The Spaniard has enjoyed a superlative record since turning professional just last year. Despite the lack of wins, Rahm’s consistency has seen him move up to tenth on the world rankings.
Rahm joined the PGA Tour full-time following his T23 finish at the US Open last year, scooping the low amatuer award. Fast forward to the Farmers Insurance Open in 2017 and Rahm would win his first PGA title, thanks to an incredible 60-foot eagle putt on the last hole.
Coming into Erin Hills, the 22-year-old has six top ten finishes in his last nine starts, although he missed the cut recently at Memorial.
Recent results don’t point to any form, but Branden Grace sure has the ammunition to surprise this week.
The US Open often sports the most difficult golf courses but when the going gets tough, Grace gets going. The seven-time European Tour winner has finished T4 and T5 in his last two US Opens and there are few reasons to suggest he won’t be in contention again this week.
However, Grace is still looking for his first win since his victory at the Qatar Masters in January 2016. Consistency has been there for Grace, who has missed just one cut in 19 events and is coming off a T9 finish at the BMW PGA Championship.
It’s difficult not to have a recent winner in a tournament preview. Dufner proved his mettle when he claimed his fifth PGA Tour win at last week’s Memorial Tournament amongst a high-class field. The American beat Rickie Fowler and Anirban Lahiri by a comfortable three strokes at Muirfield Village.
The silverware must have been a welcome sight for Dufner, whose best finish for 2017 before Memorial was a couple of T11’s.
Dufner has the calibre and mental strength on the big stage, as he showed when he won his first major at the PGA Championship in 2013.
The Swede was flying high on the European Tour in the latter half of 2016, notching up no less than four wins in five months, seeing him rocket into the top ten of world golf.
Noren backed it up with a win at the BMW PGA Championship a couple weeks ago, where a closing 62 around Wentworth sealed an amazing comeback win.
However, Noren still has to show he can handle the pressures of major golf. Apart from his T9 place in the 2012 Open Championship, he has not fared well, placing just seven times in 14 major starts. Hopefully, he can buck the trend at Erin Hills this week.
Aside from Hideki Matsuyama, the South Korean is arguably Asia’s best hope this weekend.
Players Championship winner Kim Si-woo has struggled since his watershed win at TPC Sawgrass, missing his sixth cut of the year and withdrawing from last week’s Memorial Tournament.
Enter An. The Seoul native placed for the first time in the 2016 US Open, finishing T23. Incredibly, An has missed just one cut since and boasts a solo sixth finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year.