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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth -
▲ 1
Quarterfinalist at Erin Hills in US Amateur. Contended in his last two starts. Needs to get back to erasing half his bogeys with his chipping and putting.
2 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson -
▼ 1
Last back-to-back US Open Champion Curtis Strange 1989-90. If the USGA stretches Erin Hills, the longer it gets the better DJ's chances. Two starts since Masters injury T13 and MC.
3 Jon Rahm Jon Rahm -
▲ 4
A major the next big entry on a growing resume. Top 25 in US Open debut at Oakmont. Needs to see putts going in early in the week.
4 Jason Day Jason Day -
▲ 2
Showing signs of putting things back together. Second at the Nelson. Five US Open top 10s, including two seconds. Has only broken 70 on Sunday twice in 2017.
5 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia -
▲ 3
Two MCs and two top 20s in last four US Open starts. No top 10s since he put on the green jacket.
6 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler -
▼ 1
Five top 10s and a win since October. MC in last two US Opens. Ranks 98th in fourth-round scoring average this year.
7 Justin Rose Justin Rose -
▼ 3
Only two US starts since playoff loss at the Masters – MC, T65. Hasn’t had a US Open top 10 since his win at Merion. Top 10 off the tee in 2017, 98th into greens.
8 Justin Thomas Justin Thomas -
▲ 2
Wants to be the next Class of 2011 major winner. Has all the length Erin Hills can offer. Fourth in overall scoring average and final round. Only played the weekend once in the US Open.
9 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy -
▼ 6
Time to take the face off the milk carton. Still the most explosive talent in the field. All four major wins have come on wet courses. When your best showing since the Masters was your wedding, it's time to get going.
10 Hideki Matsuyama Hideki Matsuyama -
▼ 1
Hasn’t cracked the top 10 since his win in Phoenix four months ago. Last Asian to win a major, Y.E. Yang 2009 PGA. Ranks 187 in putting on Tour.
11 Louis Oosthuizen Louis Oosthuizen -
▼ 11
Only two top 10s in 2017. Only two top 10s is US Open, T2 at Chambers Bay. Good but not great in all elements of the game.
12 Bubba Watson Bubba Watson -
▲ 5
First time playing in the US Open with a new body. Three top 10s in last five starts. Missed the weekend in five US Opens. Erin Hills the best setup for him.
13 Kevin Kisner Kevin Kisner -
▲ 5
Wins on short, tight courses with small greens. Erin Hills is massive with large greens. The kind of player who tends to hang around leaderboards. Never in the top 10 in a major.
14 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar -
▲ 5
Better on shorter US Open courses. Only top 10 at Pebble Beach in 2010. Needs a major win to complete the resume.
15 Adam Scott Adam Scott -
▼ 4
Only two US Open top 10s in his career. Outside the top 30 in every putting statistic this year. Misses fairways right one out five tee shots.
16 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson -
▼ 4
Has fallen off the map in this country since winning first major and Olympic Gold medal. Has only seen a US weekend twice in 2017. Withdrawal at Oakmont a year ago is still criticized.
17 Jason Dufner Jason Dufner -
▼ 17
Memorial should put him a more positive frame of mind. Not a good fit with Erin Hills greens. Two T4s and a T8 in last five US Open appearances.
18 Francesco Molinari Francesco Molinari -
▼ 18
Never cracked the top 20 in the US Open. Top 10 at Bay Hill and The Players. Last win the Italian Open in 2016.
19 Bud Cauley Bud Cauley -
▼ 19
Comeback-player-of-the-year candidate in 2017. Four top 10s in last six starts on Tour. Only one US Open start in 2011.
20 Webb Simpson Webb Simpson -
▼ 20
Has adapted well to no anchoring with the putter. US Open win at Olympic was on the anti-Erin Hills setup. Since 2012 win, has never been in a US Open top 30.
21 Steve Stricker Steve Stricker -
▼ 21
Had to qualify to get in at age 50. The favorite of the Wisconsin galleries. Has made the cut in 24 straight majors.
22 Paul Casey Paul Casey -
▼ 2
Among the best in hitting greens – 3rd. Among the weakest in making putts – 127th. Thirteen US Open starts, only one top 10.
23 Emiliano Grillo Emiliano Grillo -
▼ 23
Also played well at Bay Hill and The Players. Only one South American has won the US Open, Angel Cabrera. Third US Open start.
24 Alex Noren Alex Noren -
▼ 8
Last two starts in Europe at T15 and a win. Needs to prove that five wins in Europe in less than a year means he is a major threat in the US. Missed the cut in three of four US Opens.
25 Lucas Glover Lucas Glover -
▼ 25
Former winner with two top 10s on Tour this year. Has missed five consecutive cuts in the US Open.

 

Dan Reardon has covered golf for radio station KMOX in St. Louis for 32 years. In that time, he has covered more than 100 events, including majors and other PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour tournaments. During his broadcast career, Reardon conducted one-on-one interviews with three dozen members of the World Golf of Fame. He has contributed to many publications over the years and co-authored the book Golf’s Greatest Eighteen from Random House. Reardon served as Director of Media relations for LPGA events in both St. Louis and Chicago for 10 years.

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* Power Rankings updated monthly.

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