Golf Rankings for U.S. Open Championship
Tiger Woods [Yahoo Class C]
Woods struggled at the Memorial while struggling in was easily his worst golf of the season during a third round of 7-over 79. However, one can’t forget he’s already won four times in just seven stroke play events and placed inside the top five at the Masters. Tiger has claimed the U.S. Open a total of three times in his career, most recently at Torrey Pines back in 2008.
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #21
Kuchar enters Merion red hot thanks to a runner-up performance at Colonial and a victory at the Memorial. He’s now fourth on Tour in scoring average and 13th in All-Around Ranking. Kuchar hasn’t missed a cut all year and is peaking at just the right time to chase down his first career victory in a major.
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #7
Since winning the Masters, Scott has finished T19 at THE PLAYERS and T13 at the Memorial. In fact, he’s only competed in six stroke play events all season, each resulting in top-30 finishes. Scott has struggled for much of his career in the U.S. Open, but stepped up with a career-best T15 last year at the Olympic Club.
Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2
After recording a T10 in his U.S. Open debut back in 2009, McIlroy missed the cut the following year. He would capture his first career major in the 2011 edition of this event with a wire-to-wire victory at Congressional but missed last year’s cut. After a runner-up performance in the Texas Open, McIlroy ruined his chances at Augusta with a poor third round of play, but has since added two top-10s in his last three Tour starts.
Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #12
Rose opened up last year’s U.S. Open at Olympic Club in second place, but stumbled in the following round. This season he’s finished 25th or better in six of his seven stroke play events with four finishes of eighth or better. Rose is currently first in total driving and second in All-Around Ranking.
Lee Westwood [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #44
Westwood saw a run of five consecutive worldwide top-10s come to an end by missing the cut in the Memorial. Prior to that, Westwood blew a chance to win the BMW Championship, a big event on the European Tour, choking on the back nine. Westwood has made the cut in six consecutive U.S. Open events with a T10 last year and a career-best T3 in 2011.
Luke Donald [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #97
Donald has made all seven cuts playing stateside this season, but recently missed the cut in the BMW Championship. He’s only finished outside of the top 25 once on Tour with a pair of top-fives. Donald has finished outside of the top 40 six straight years in the U.S. Open and missed the cut in 2012.
Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #9
Garcia remains likeable, at least for fantasy purposes, with four top-10s in his last six starts including a meltdown at the end of THE PLAYERS. His most recent tournament was a T19 at the BMW Championship. Sergio has scored two top-10s the last four years in the U.S. Open and is currently second on Tour in scoring average.
Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #87
In his last five worldwide appearances McDowell won at Harbour Town as well as the Volvo World Match Play Championship, but has also missed cuts in the Masters, THE PLAYERS and the BMW Championship. McDowell won the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, finished T14 the following year at Congressional and T2 last year at Olympic Club.
Charl Schwartzel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #26
The month of May was a mixed bag for Schwartzel with struggles in THE PLAYERS and Colonial, but he was also sharp in the Byron Nelson with a solo third and a T3 in the Memorial. He’s currently third in scoring average and 10th in All-Around Ranking.
Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #22
In his last four starts Mickelson struggled in the Masters, placed solo third at Quail Hollow, missed the cut in THE PLAYERS and earned a share of second at TPC Southwind. Lefty has finished outside of the top 50 each of the last two years in the U.S. Open after finishing inside the top five in 2009 and 2010.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #102
After a very impressive March, Bradley has missed two cuts and finished 50th or worse in four of his five appearances. However, that result was a solo second at the Byron Nelson showing Bradley is always capable of striking at any time. Even with the result slide, Bradley is fourth in total driving and seventh in All-Around Ranking.
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