Erin Hills will play host to the prestigious U.S. Open this week with the biggest stars all descending down the course for a chance to take home the shiny U.S. Open Championship Trophy. The course is known for its length—it’s 7.693 yards long—and is also going to be the first par-72 location for the event since 1992. Let’s now take a look at some of the players vying for the U.S. Open title.
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2017 U.S. Open Preview
Where: Erin Hills, Erin
When: June 15–18, 2017
Lines: view all US Open lines
TV Broadcast: Golf Channel/NBC
Favorites: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth
There’s no question about it: Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are the prime candidates to win in Erin. Johnson’s the defending champion of this tournament plus he’s really got it going this season. Johnson has three titles so far this year and has six top 10’s in 11 events played.
He missed the cut in the Memorial but it’s hard to bet on Johnson messing two events in a row, especially when the next one’s a major. Spieth, on the other hand, hasn’t been playing like Jordan Spieth of late. He had two consecutive missed cuts at The PLAYERS AT&T Byron Nelson. He did recover with a T2 at the Dean & Deluca and a T13 at the Memorial. Johnson is priced +750 win the US Open, while Spieth’s price is at +1,000.
Sleeper: Kevin Kisner
If you don’t lay money on Kisner, you might be the guy kicking himself in the head at the end of the tournament for not doing so. Kisner’s been one of the hottest players on the tour recently. He’s fresh off a T6 at the Memorial, which was a solid follow-up to his win at the Dean & Deluca Invitational. Kisner, who is carrying a tasty +5,000 odds to take home the US Open title, is 10th on the Tour in strokes gained-tee to green and 23rd in strokes gained-putting.
Long Shot: Bernd Wiesberger
It’s not that often US golf fans get to see Wiesberger play in their home soil since the Austrian opts to be a regular in the European circuit. He has all three events played here, though, perhaps to acclimate for the US Open.
Wiesberger, priced +10,000 to top the field in Erin, played well at The Players Championship last month, finishing with a T12. Overall, Wiesberger has six top 30 finishes in his past seven starts. Along that stretch was a victory at the Volvo China Open back in April.
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