Last year Dustin Johnson overcame a rules gaffe by the USGA to win the 116th U.S. Open and finally break through to claim his first major championship. Johnson was assessed a two-stroke penalty when play was finished but still won by three strokes. The amazing thing was that he had to play the last 13 holes not knowing if he would be penalized.
TV Coverage: Thursday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET - FS1, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET - FOX. Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. - ET - FOX. Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. - ET - FOX.
Let’s take a look at the weekly and daily matchups for this week’s U.S. Open.
WEEKLY GOLF MATCHUPS
Dustin Johnson -185 vs. Jon Rahm +155
That’s a high price to pay. Johnson’s wife gave birth to their second son on Monday and he will arrive late on Tuesday to prepare which definitely is a concern. I like the plus money and Rahm.
Rory McIlroy -185 vs. Rickie Fowler +155
McIlroy had to withdraw from his last two starts due to a rib issue and also is breaking in a new putter. Fowler missed the cut last week in Memphis, but finished T2 at the Memorial the week before, plus he’s healthy. The rib issues that McIlroy has is a red flag to me and why I’m putting my money on Fowler.
Adam Scott -115 vs. Henrik Stenson -115
Stenson has done anything this year, absolutely nothing and is one of the more overvalued players in the field. Scott has been playing and although he hasn’t won, he’s been in the mix on a few occasions and churned out some good finishes. I’m taking Scott!
Shane Lowry -125 vs. Bubba Watson -105
The last time a major was played in the state of Wisconsin, Watson almost won. Lowry contended last year, but hasn’t done anything as of late. Both players have had down years, but I like Watson’s length off the tee and that will be the difference. Give me Bubba!
Golf Pairings - Day 1
Rafa Cabrera-Bello - Thomas Pieters - Brooks Koepka
This grouping is all about the bombers of the game. All three players are really, really long. Pieters has proved that he likes the big stage while both Bello and Koepka have yet to do so. Pieters is the more consistent of the three and that’s why I’m banking on Pieters to come up big in this matchup.
Hideki Matsuyama - Rickie Fowler - Jon Rahm
This is a great pairing. Three of the world’s best players going toe-to-toe the first two rounds. Matsuyama has putting issues and that’s a real concern. Fowler plays well one week and misses the cut the next, leaving me with Jon Rahm, who seems to play well every single week. I’m banking on the rookie, Rahm to whip both Matsuyama and Fowler.
Martin Kaymer - Jordan Spieth - Dustin Johnson
All three players have a U.S. Open win. The course this week is long which favors Johnson. Spieth has been hit or miss in recent weeks and Kaymer hasn’t won in a long time. It won’t be easy for the defending champion Johnson, but he’s got the best game of the three and is the pick in this matchup.
Jason Day - Justin Rose - Rory McIlroy
This power matchup features three world class players that all have won majors in their career. Day is playing better as of late, while both Rose and McIlroy have been battling health issues that forced them to withdraw from their last starts. Day appears to be the healthiest of the three, so I’m backing the Aussie!
Bubba Watson - Adam Scott - Sergio Garcia
Watson has been struggling to find his form for most of the year. Scott and Garcia are arguably the two best ball strikers in the world but don’t putt that great on a weekly basis. It comes down to Garcia or Scott. Garcia was on top of the world after his epic win at the Masters Tournament, then fell off a bit to let it all soak in. The Spaniard is past the post major win and ready to focus in on nailing down another major. Garcia is the play.
The U.S. Open is scheduled to start June 15-18, 2017 at Erin Hills. Fox and Fox1 will televise the event.