Bryson DeChambeau to defend his US Open title? Viktor Hovland or Tony Finau to claim their first big win? Ben Coley picks five names who could impress in tough conditions at Torrey Pines this week.
By Ben Coley – @BenColeyGolf
Last Updated: 06/16/21 6:32 am
Not sure who to endorse for great success at Torrey Pines? Ben Coley looks at some of the contenders who can fight for victory at the US Open.
If a US Open with thick, rough fairways, hard to hit, and bumpy greens sounds familiar, it’s because we had one in September. At that time, Bryson DeChambeau he was in a league of his own and there’s every reason to expect a repeat at Torrey Pines this week.
DeChambeau’s field form may be unpleasant, but he is a transformed man and his way of playing is just very different from when he missed the cut here three years ago. Now his power and swing speed are great assets as long as he meets conditions like these, and in his home state of California, they can make a difference.
Given his ongoing feud with Brooks Koepka, you can bet DeChambeau will be desperate to emulate his rival and win back-to-back US Open. Although he has yet to dominate Augusta and has never threatened on Kiawah Island, the best guides come from Winged Foot and Harding Park, and similar conditions here make him a prominent candidate.
Jon Rahm is, of course, the man to beat, but who knows how he will respond if a late PGA Tour title was snatched from him less than two weeks ago. Instead, take risks in every way Tony Finau other Viktor hovland.
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Finau has always played well at Torrey Pines, where his long fading from the tee is ideal. He was runner-up here in January and held the same spot at Riviera, and while that’s a constant concern, he’s good enough to win a major. He has proven it by reaching the top 10 in the middle of his starts and continues to reward sponsors.
Hovland has yet to get into the mix, but he took a step in the right direction on the island of Kiawah last month. Now he can play a course where he was an excellent runner-up in January, and his overall form in California includes a top five at Riviera, a US Amateur win at Pebble Beach, and 12th place at the US Open there before that. he. turned professional.
Focusing on classy players hitting the ball far away is usually the right move at a US Open. Since Dustin Johnson ruined it at Chambers Bay in 2015, the list of winners includes him, Koepka, Gary Woodland, and DeChambeau, which speaks volumes about the USGA’s chosen courses and how they’ve been organized.
Casey was inside the top 20 at Winged Foot despite a terrible start, before which he competed at Harding Park. Those two performances plus the form he has shown throughout 2021, including a win in Europe, mark him as a possible candidate for a spot in the top 10.
That’s where Zalatoris has been at the bottom of the top three this season, and this high-impact Californian has stacks going for him. Of course, he has yet to win on the PGA Tour, but second place at the Masters showed us that he is capable of doing it at the highest level.
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