Golf Rankings for U.S. Open Championship
Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1
McIlroy captured the U.S. Open back in 2011, but missed the cut at Olympic Club the following year and placed T41 at Merion in 2013. Over his last six worldwide appearances (all top-15 finishes), McIlroy won the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour and is coming off a T15 at the Memorial.
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #3
Scott has played each of the last 12 U.S. Open tournaments with six missed cuts and a single top-15 from 2012. Back in 2005 he played a different looking Pinehurst No. 2 course and was T10 after two rounds, but struggled in the final two. In Scott’s last two tournaments this season he won at Colonial and T4 at Memorial.
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4
Since winning the Masters, Watson struggled at THE PLAYERS with a T48, but bounced right back with a solo third at the Memorial. Watson has finished outside of the top 30 in his last three U.S. Open tournaments, but it’s clear he is more than capable of striking big at any point.
Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #16
Mickelson missed out on the career grand slam with a U.S. Open victory last year at Merion. He’ll give it another try at Pinehurst after finishing as the runner-up in 1999 and T33 in 2005. In Phil’s first start since missing the cut at the Masters, he placed T11 last week at TPC Southwind.
Jordan Spieth [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #9
Spieth has made six consecutive cuts this season with top-fives at the Masters and THE PLAYERS with only one result outside of the top 20. This will be his third U.S. Open after finishing T21 in 2012 and missing last year’s cut.
Henrik Stenson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2
Stenson has made three of his last four starts on the European Tour with a pair of top-fives and another top-10. He has played the U.S. Open three of the last four years, all resulting in top-30 finishes.
Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #5
Rose is the defending U.S. Open champion following a T21 in the 2012 event. He’s coming off a missed cut at the Memorial after stringing together five consecutive top-25s, including three top-10s.
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #11
Kuchar has only missed one cut while placing 17th or better in seven of his previous eight starts. At the U.S. Open, he has placed inside the top 30 each of the last four years. Kuchar missed the cut at Pinehurst in both 1999 and 2005.
Lee Westwood [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #28
In his last four Tour starts, Westwood scored top-10s in the Masters and THE PLAYERS but missed his two other cuts. At the U.S. Open he has recorded four straight finishes of 16th or better (six straight inside the top 25) and hasn’t missed the cut since 2001.
Jason Day [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #8
Day earned a share of second in last year’s U.S. Open and was the solo runner-up in 2011. He’s coming off a lackluster T37 at Memorial, Day’s first appearance since a T20 in the Masters.
Hideki Matsuyama [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #18
Matsuyama got better with each May start, going from T38 to T23 to T10 to winning the Memorial. In last year’s U.S. Open debut, the Japanese phenom matched a Sunday-best round of 67 to finish T10.
Jason Dufner [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #36
Dufner has placed T4 the last two years at the U.S. Open. He comes in with finishes of solo second at Colonial and T19 at the Memorial. Dufner's lone missed cut this season came at Augusta.