ESPN predictions: Can someone beat Dustin Johnson at the U.S. Open?

Dustin Johnson is mainly the most standard participant within the enviornment. He’s already picked up the U.S. Open trophy as soon as. Obvious, he’s the favourite this week at Winged Foot, but there are hundreds of a quantity of stable alternate suggestions to command the one year’s 2d main title.

Our consultants landed on a vast diversity of alternate suggestions. Here’s what they deem:

Matt Barrie, ESPN

Winner: Jon Rahm

Why he’ll tackle: It be his time. He’s been No. 1 within the enviornment. He’s playing to boot to someone. And perhaps most considerably, he’s matured in spots you’d like for the four-day grind of a major championship.

David Bearman, ESPN Sports Having a wager

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Why he’ll tackle: The hardest match within the enviornment demands the handiest golfer within the enviornment. Factual now, that is Dustin Johnson. Obvious, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm agree with received their fraction of tournaments. We all know Rory McIlroy and plenty others can tackle this, but exhausting to wager in opposition to what Johnson is doing upright now. His past four events: two wins, two runners-up. DJ is a power/sand wedge/putt a ways from being a four-time main winner. He will get No. 2 this week.

Michael Collins, ESPN

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Why he’ll tackle: Now that DJ has something Brooks Koepka does not agree with — a FedEx Cup — he’s surroundings his sights on catching up to Koepka in a obvious field. After this week, DJ can agree with true as many U.S. Open titles as Brooks, and, oh yeah, the Masters is quiet on the horizon!

Michael Eaves, ESPN

Winner: Xander Schauffele

Why he’ll tackle: He’s too just appropriate of a participant and has too many just appropriate performances in majors now to not agree with received one by now. Plus, in his three previous appearances at the U.S. Open, he’s finished T-5, T-6 and T-3. In a quantity of words, or not it is his time.

Chris Fallica, ESPN Stats & Info

Winner: Jon Rahm

Why he’ll tackle: He’s received twice in his past six begins and is one in all the few players who can explore down Dustin Johnson upright now. His weekend ratings the past four weeks are 68-66-67-65-66-64-66. He potentially received’t build up these kinds of numbers because the course will be brutally refined, but a matured Rahm is playing terrific golf and is on the verge of capturing his first main tackle.

Charlotte Gibson, ESPN.com

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Why he’ll tackle: It be loopy to call Johnson, the man who has two wins and two runners-up finishes in his past four begins, an underdog. Nevertheless … the reality that he’s received handiest one main with 43 main begins — no topic posting four top-four finishes within the U.S. Open over the final six years — makes me in point of fact feel take care of he’s not a decided top dog in opposition to the field this week. DJ is going to ought to in point of fact rush that FedEx Cup victory into Winged Foot if he desires to transfer from “perhaps he can originate all of it as soon as more” to “he did all of it as soon as more” at the U.S. Open. All of that is to sigh, I deem he can originate it.

Bob Harig, ESPN.com


Winner:
Xander Schauffele

Why he’ll tackle: The four-time PGA Tour winner has had a relatively quiet one year, even though he shot the lowest 72-gap rating at the Tour Championship and tied for 2d within the FedEx Cup. He also quietly tied for 10th at the PGA Championship, has six top-10s in 12 main begins and has by no technique been out of the head 10 at the U.S. Open, the build he used to be tied for third finest one year. Schauffele has been just appropriate on refined suggestions and Winged Foot regularly is the toughest.

Doug Kezirian, ESPN Sports Having a wager

Winner: Jon Rahm

Why he’ll tackle: Winged Foot is jam up to be an especially not easy course, even by U.S. Open requirements. Rahm has received twice this one year in equivalent conditions (BMW Championship and The Memorial) and looks poised to spoil through for his first occupation main.

Peter Lawrence-Riddell, ESPN.com

Winner: Xander Schauffele

Why he’ll tackle: I acknowledged sooner than the PGA Championship that I was true going to tackle Rory McIlroy till he received one, but I’m altering my thoughts (which technique he’ll potentially tackle this week). Schauffele has finished T-6 or increased within the past three U.S. Opens and looks to agree with a sport that’s tailor made for the refined, annoying conditions that are indubitably attempting forward to the players at Winged Foot. His track file at present majors is stable, and he looks to be like willing to tackle his first quickly, so why not this week.

Anita Marks, ESPN

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Why he’ll tackle: No golfer has been hotter than DJ the past few weeks. Two wins in his past four tournaments, three wins in his past 10 and two 2d-role finishes as smartly. Winged Foot is going to be refined. It be not for the stale at coronary heart — tight fairways, ridiculous tough and fast greens are what’s in retailer. Easiest two players out of 750 who agree with competed right here in a U.S. Open agree with broken par. Easiest the handiest of the handiest will be in competition advance Sunday — and DJ is THE BEST upright now. Long and upright off the tee, hitting greens in law, mental energy, and just appropriate inserting will all be wished to tackle, and DJ’s entire sport is available in on point. I’m going chalk!

Sean McDonough, ESPN

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Why he’ll tackle: He’s playing dominant golf upright now. He received his U.S. Open at Oakmont, an incredibly refined golf course. Winged Foot is within the same procedure not easy. His unparalleled skill to power it long and straight will result in his 2d U.S. Open title.

Andy North, ESPN


Winner:
Xander Schauffele

Why he’ll tackle: So stable in all aspects of his sport. You want to power it within the golf green at Winged Foot — and he can. He’s a gigantic putter, which is also predominant at Winged Foot — especially in an Open.

Ian O’Connor, ESPN.com

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Why he’ll tackle: I will exit on a long and unsteady limb on this one. Nevertheless significantly, how originate you not tackle this physical freak who is currently on fireplace, and who has already proved he can tackle a U.S. Open? Next time Brooks Koepka takes a shot at his ex-friend DJ and his lack of main titles, he’ll ought to relate, “He’s handiest received two.”

Prick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com

Winner: Viktor Hovland

Why he’ll tackle: He likes events hunch by the USGA. Do not disregard that can agree with to you hear so many players whining about how unattainable Winged Foot is playing. Hovland has received the U.S. Novice. In the raze one year’s U.S. Open, at Pebble Sea whisk, he used to be low novice and finished T-12 total. Additionally, he posted the handiest 72-gap rating of any novice within the history of the occasion. Plus, now we agree with had evidence already this one year that or not it is by no technique too early to delivery winning majors. Collin Morikawa did it at the PGA Championship; Hovland does it at the U.S. Open.

Designate Schlabach, ESPN.com

Winner: Webb Simpson

Why he’ll tackle: The 2012 U.S. Open champion at Olympic Membership received twice on the PGA Tour this past season and quiet more than $5 million. He hits fairways (ranked 18th in riding accuracy), avoids big mistakes (No. 1 in bogey avoidance) and is a stellar iron participant (11th in greens in law). Those are all requirements at Winged Foot, one in all essentially the most refined tracks within the game. Easiest one in all the previous 5 U.S. Open champions there finished under par (Fuzzy Zoeller used to be 4-under in 1979).

Marty Smith, ESPN

Winner: Justin Thomas

Why he’ll tackle: On a course take care of Winged Foot — which as host of 5 previous U.S. Open tournaments has produced true one winner who finished the match under par — consistency will be king. Ensuing from this reality, due to the his consistency each in size and accuracy, I’m going with Justin Thomas to prevail at 2 under. And if, essentially, JT does not prevail, I will cry something take care of, “Dude, you can agree with got received to be kidding me!”

Curtis Peculiar, ESPN

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Why he’ll tackle: He’s handiest participant within the game lately and he is playing smartly. Tricky course requires entire sport. DJ has all of it.

Tom VanHaaren, ESPN.com

Winner: Justin Thomas

Why he’ll tackle: Thomas is heating up at the upright time after finishing T-2 at the Tour Championship. His lone main tackle came within the 2017 PGA Championship and or not it is time he adds one other to his résumé. Thomas has the all-spherical sport and size to navigate this course and desires to be within the hunt all week.

Scott Van Pelt, ESPN

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Why he’ll tackle: Because why originate this refined?

































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