Oakmont, Pennsylvania – The world’s best golfers return to the Oakmont Country Club this week for 2016 U.S. Open.
The 116th playing of America’s national championship promises to test the game’s elite, as many, including 7-time major champion Phil Mickelson, have described Oakmont as the toughest course they will ever play.
Masters champion Danny Willett of England will look to match 2015 U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth by winning the first two majors of the calendar year.
Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 U.S. Open.
Spieth took advantage of a 72nd hole three-putt by his third round co-leader Dustin Johnson to win his first U.S. Open, and second consecutive major championship.
Spieth closed with a final round 69, for a four round total of 275, 5-under par, one shot better than Johnson and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen.
Oosthuizen had a 67 on Sunday.
Australia’s Adam Scott had the round of the tournament on the final day, firing a 6-under par 64 to miss a playoff by two shots. He finished tied for fourth place with third-round co-leader Branden Grace of South Africa and Cameron Smith of Australia at 277.
Here are the final 2015 U.S. Open Results:
This Year’s Field
Predictably, the second major of the year has attracted an elite field that includes every one of the Top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Leading the impressive group, and garnering most of the media attention, are the game’s big three.
World #1 Jason Day, the reigning PGA champion, is arguably in the best form of the trio with three wins already in 2016, including a victory at the Players Championship.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth, the second ranked player in the world rankings, has been up and down this season but did register a win in his second last start at the Dean and Deluca Invitational.
Third ranked Rory McIlroy has four top four finishes in his last six starts including a very special win at the Irish Open, four weeks ago, and a T4 in his last start at the Memorial.
Including Jordan Spieth, a dozen former champions are set to tee it up in the 2016 U.S. Open.
Other past winners include Martin Kaymer of Germany (2014 champion), Justin Rose of England (2013), Webb Simpson (2012), Rory McIlroy (2011), Graeme McDowell (2010), Lucas Glover (2009), Angel Cabrera (2007), Geoff Ogilvy (2006) and local favorite Jim Furyk (2003). In addition two-time winners Retief Goosen (2001 and 2004) and Ernie Els (1994 and 1997) will be looking for a third U.S. Open trophy.
Only six golfers have won three U.S. Open titles.
Hottest Players in the Field
According to the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings (RFGR), here at the hottest players in the field for the 2016 U.S. Open:
2016 U.S. Open – Our Picks
Here are the players we feel have the best chance of winning the 2016 U.S. Open:
1. Jordan Spieth – Defending champ always shows up for big events.
2. Dustin Johnson – He’s overdue for some good luck in a major
3. Brooks Koepka – Great all-around game. Major success is imminent.
4. Jason Day – Best Player in the world focussed on majors.
5. Phil Mickelson – Last Chance to complete the Grand Slam?
2016 U.S. Open – Sleepers
Here are the players we think could post a strong result at the 2016 U.S. Open but may be a little less highly rated:
1. Byeong Hun An– Korean Star quietly 27th ranked player in the world.
2. Daniel Berger– Last weeks winner will be a major champion someday
3. Lee Westwood– English veteran running out of chances.
4. Smylie Kaufman– Tour winner wants to be one of the best
5. Bryson DeChambeau – If you’re destined for greatness, it has to start somewhere.