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For the final time for the foreseeable future, the US Open is the second major of the year. Shinnecock Hills hosts again after a 14-year gap between the debacle of 2004 and today. This is a golf course that’s been lengthened by some 450 yards since Retief Goosen took just 11 putts on the back nine on Sunday to defeat Phil Mickelson. No two holes run parallel though Nos. 9 and 10 sort of do, the wind is a big factor, the rough will be nasty just off the fairway and driving will matter this week more than most on the PGA Tour.
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- 2018 US Open rankings: Top 15 picks1. Justin Rose — Rose is built for the US Open. He drives well enough for Shinnecock, he has a great approach game, and his putting is above standard. What’s not to like?
2. Dustin Johnson — DJ can win any tournament at any time. He’s not finished outside the top 17 this year. He won in 2016 on the toughest of US Open courses. His overall game is fantastic, and he’s pretty unflappable.
3. Brooks Koepka — Koepka hasn’t had many reps this year, but his work of late has been remarkable. The only piece of his game struggling — according the numbers — is approach play. His last 10 rounds belie that.
4. Henrik Stenson — Henrik Stenson’s had an all-around good season. If he hits a lot of greens this week — and he should given his amazing SG: Approach numbers — he has a good chance to win as anyone.
5. Justin Thomas — Thomas is the No. 1 player in the world for a reason. He’s second on the PGA Tour in strokes gained from tee to green. He hasn’t finished worse than T-22 this year.
6. Rory McIlroy — McIlroy is a world-class driver of the golf ball. His putting is suspect. Fortunately, his approach play should generally be good because he’s not going to hit a ton of short irons into these greens. He’s good a good chance here.