The second major tournament of the season gets underway on Thursday at the Erin Hills golf course and it is the US Open. This par 72 course is very long, carved through farmland and full of wide open spaces. With very little cover, if the wind gets up then this course becomes very tough, but if it doesn’t then length will be very important.
With plenty of long grass and bunkers, but little water, this reminds me of a British links course and players who have performed well on those should do well here. Erin Hills will be the second longest course to ever stage the US Open, just two yards shorter than Chambers Bay who hosted in 2015.
My main selection this week is Australian Jason Day who is playing himself into form recently and looks set to relish the test that this course offers. Day is long enough off the tee to put himself into contention and should the wind pick up, his scrambling skills are more than adequate to get him out of trouble. It will be disappointing if he wasn’t involved on the final day.
Day hasn’t won an event this year yet but has been in contention a few times this year. His US Open record is very impressive, he has finished second in both 2011 and 2013. His best finish so far this year saw him finish second at the Byron Nelson just four weeks ago where he played fantastic all week and shot a brilliant 63 on Saturday. He played in The Memorial two weeks ago and came 15th in that event, a good recovery after a poor opening round of 75. He was in contention at the first major of the season, the Masters, where he eventually finished a respectable 22nd.
Day knows what it takes to win a major having won the USPGA Championship in 2015 and has come close here before. He arrives playing well, without setting the world on fire just yet, but that could happen this weekend on a course that looks likely to suit his play, whatever the weather.
Elsewhere, Justin Rose has only played two events since coming second in the Masters and he looks ready for another strong performance at a major. He has the right temperament for this type of course, he can hit the ball long and knows how to tough it out if the wind picks up at any point. Rose has previous with the US Open having won it in 2013 and has been in good form all season, he is another who should be involved on Sunday.
Another major winner who could be involved is Bubba Watson, although he is a lot more erratic than Day and Rose, so you should know your fate after the first couple of rounds with him. He is a very long hitter who will love this place, providing we don’t get too much bad weather as any wind would spoil his chances of victory. Putting four good rounds together is getting harder for Bubba but he has a sixth place and a fifth place finish to his name recently so he is not coming here without hope.
For the second major of the season, I really like Jason Day who should go close here on a course that looks set to suit him, regardless of the weather. Justin Rose is another player I like he should also like the course and won’t mind a bit of bad weather. Bubba Watson is the opposite he has a chance if the wind stays away.