US Open ’22: 10 key players’ capsules at the US Open

A capsule look at the 10 key players (listed in order of predicted finish) for the US Open, played June 16-19 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts:

Sam Burns

Age: 25.

Country: United States of America.

World ranking: 9.

Worldwide wins: 4.

Major: None.

US Open Performance: 3. Best Finish: T41.

US Open Moment: To enter her first US Open at age 19 through local and sectional qualifying.

Backspin: His seven-shot rally to win the Colonial was his fourth PGA Tour win in his last 28 starts. Best friends with Scotty Scheffler, and he’ll love nothing more than to join him as a major champion.

Colin Morikawa

Age: 25.

Country: United States of America.

World ranking: 5.

Worldwide wins: 6.

Major: PGA Championship (2020), British Open (2021).

US Open Performance: 3. Best Finish: T4.

US Open moment: One shot out of play with six holes to go at Torrey Pines in 2021 until a double bogey.

Backspin: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus are the only players to win a Major in three consecutive years, in the last half-century. That’s the company Morikawa is trying to get into. He has no serious chance of winning the top five this year.

Patrick Cantley

Age: 30.

Country: United States of America.

World ranking: 3.

Worldwide wins: 5.

Major: None.

US Open Performance: 6. Best Finish: T15.

US Open moment: Less amateur in Congressional in 2011.

Backspin: Not competing in the majors has begun to become a narrative, even as Cantley brushes it off as a small sample size. His only win this year was in New Orleans with Xander Schöfel as his teammate. Kentley has had two playoff losses at Phoenix and Hilton Head.

Justin Thomas

Age: 29.

Country: United States of America.

World ranking: 6.

Worldwide wins: 15.

Major: PGA Championship (2017, 2022).

US Open Performance: 7. Best Finish: T8.

US Open moment: His 3-wood to 8-foot US Open par-72 course for Eagle on the 18th hole at Erin Hills in 2017 became the only player with 63.

Backspin: He will try to join Brooks Koepka, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen, the only players to win the PGA Championship and the US Open in the same year. One of his 15 wins on the PGA Tour was outside Boston during the 2017 FedEx Cup postseason.

Scotty Scheffler

Age: 25.

Country: United States of America.

World Ranking: 1.

Worldwide wins: 4.

Major: Masters (2022).

US Open Performance: 4. Best Finish: T7.

US Open Moment: One of only 11 players to level in the first round in his US Open debut as a 19-year-old amateur at Oakmont in 2016. He missed the cut the next day.

Backspin: He already has four wins this year, including the Masters, and will look to join Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only player in the past 50 years to have won the Masters and the US Open in the same year. Won. Schaeffler is coming off a missed cut at the last major, the PGA Championship.

john rahm

Age: 27.

Country: Spain.

World ranking: 2.

Worldwide wins: 14.

Major: US Open (2021).

US Open Performance: 6. Best Finish: Won.

US Open Moment: Becoming the first US Open champion to finish last year’s birdie-birdie at Torrey Pines and win by one stroke.

Backspin: His victory in Mexico last month means Rahm now has at least one win around the world in each of his first seven years as a pro. Brooks would seek to join Koepka (2017–18) and Curtis Strange (1988–89) as the only player to have successfully defended a US Open title in the past 50 years.

RORY MCILROY

Age: 33.

Country: Northern Ireland.

World ranking: 8.

Worldwide wins: 28.

Majors: US Open (2011), British Open (2014), PGA Championship (2012, 2014).

US Open Performance: 13. Best Finish: Won.

US Open Moment: Setting a US Open scoring record at Congressional in 2011, just after losing a four-shot lead in the final round of the Masters.

Backspin: He’s had 15 spots in the top 10 in the Majors since his last win at the PGA Championship in 2014. He has a top 10 in both majors this year, including 64 on the final day at Augusta National. But he holds himself far back from leaving in the last day.

Jordan Spieth

Age: 28.

Country: United States of America.

World ranking: 10.

Worldwide wins: 16.

Majors: Masters (2015), US Open (2015), British Open (2017).

US Open Performance: 10. Best Finish: Won.

US Open moment: Finishing birdie-double bogey-birdie to win at Chambers Bay in 2015 and receiving the second leg of a calendar Grand Slam.

Backspin: He’s gaining a reputation as one of the most entertaining players out there, good and bad. After suffering a three-year slump, Spieth has now won each of his last two years. But the victory at Chambers Bay is his only Top 10 win at the US Open.

Phil Mickelson

Age: 51.

Country: United States of America.

World ranking: 72.

Worldwide wins: 47.

Majors: Masters (2004, 2006, 2010), PGA Championship (2005, 2021), British Open (2013).

US Open Performance: 30. Best Finish: Runner-up.

US Open moment: Making a one-shot lead on the 72nd hole on the winged foot in 2006 and a double bogey to lose one.

Backspin: He has a record six runner-up finishes for a career Grand Slam without winning a single Major. It will be his first US appearance since late January when he was the face of the Saudi-funded rival league. What is more curious than how he performs is the kind of reception he receives.

Dustin Johnson

Age: 37.

Country: United States of America.

World ranking: 15.

Worldwide wins: 25.

Majors: US Open (2016), Masters (2020).

US Open Performance: 14. Best Finish: Won.

US Open Moment: Don’t know the score of the last seven holes when I won my first major at Oakmont in 2016.

Backspin: It’s been 16 months since Johnson’s last win. He was the No. 1 going to the US Open last year. Now that number is 15. Johnson resigned from the PGA Tour and joined the Saudi-backed LIV circuit run by Greg Norman. A further question is how motivated he will be with the $150 million reported as signing fees.

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