All of the big names in the game of golf are set to tee it up at Shinnecock Hills this week, but you have to wonder if a couple of the veterans will be contending to win the 118th U.S. Open title come Sunday.
The Las Vegas oddsmakers have Tiger Woods at 18-to-1 to win his fourth U.S. Open, but his game hasn’t been good enough to be a serious contender in a regular event just yet. His last major win came 10 years ago in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
Then there’s Phil Mickelson. Lefty is a six-time runner-up at the U.S. Open and he turns 48 on Saturday. The last time the Open was at Shinnecock, Phil had a share of the lead late and ended up losing to Retief Goosen.
So here’s a look at some of the usual suspects who have a serious chance at taking home the second major title of the year.
Dustin Johnson: He regained the top spot in the world rankings with a six-shot win in Memphis. He won the U.S. Open title two years ago at Oakmont.
Rickie Fowler: Perhaps the latest to wear the title of “Best player to never win a major title.” It’s going to happen sooner or later and his accuracy off the tee could be the difference this week.
Jason Day: He’s having a great season on the PGA Tour, already with two wins in 2018. Adding this major is certainly not out of the question for the Aussie.
Jon Rahm: I really think a major title is going to happen for the Spaniard, but he has to learn to control that temper. It cost him in his U.S. Open debut last year at Erin Hills, but it’s hard to argue with that much talent.
Tommy Fleetwood: The Englishman finished fourth at last year’s Open and at 40-to-1 he could be a steal. You’ve got to like his chances of being in the hunt on the back nine on Sunday.