Preview 2017 United States Open Golf Championship
Picture this- bright green fields around you as a crowd around you looks on and cheers for their favorite players. While many people may associate this type of setting with football, soccer, or another sport, it is actually the scene of the United States Open Golf Tournament. This is a tournament that has been around for many years, growing an incredibly large fan base and letting golfers from around the world compete to win the U.S. Open championship title. Read on to learn more about the history of the U.S. Open, details of this year’s championship, and an insight on some of the favorites for winning the 2017 U.S. Open. Welcome to America Golf.com’s Preview of the 2017 U.S. Open Championship.
History of the U.S. Open
The U.S. Golf Open Tournament is something that has been exciting crowds of golf fans for over a century, since 1895. It is the second men’s golf championship, being played in June. Traditionally and weather permitting, the final round of the U.S. Open will be played on the third Sunday of June, which is also Father’s Day every year.
Golfers from all over the world play the U.S. Open. British and English winners dominated the first decade of the game. About halfway through the second decade of the tournament, a man named John J. McDermott became the first native-born American to earn the championship title. This was in 1911. Following this, other U.S. golfers would dominate the game, almost until 1950. Today, there have been just 6 countries that have had native-born golfers win the tournament.
Choosing Golfers for the Tournament
The Open Championship does max out at a certain number of players. After all, having too many players would mean a longer, more time-consuming course that could not be finished in 3 days. So, how are the golfers chosen?
To make it to the U.S. Open, golfers must place in a qualifying course. There are many states within the United States hosting tournaments that will qualify the golfers. Additionally, qualifying tournaments are being offered in several other countries around the world, including places like Europe and Japan.
There are also some golfers that can enter without a tournament. This is known as an exception. It is usually granted to big winners of events like the PGA Tour or the U.S. Senior Open, as well as those ranked high on the list for the Official World Golf Ranking.
The 2017 U.S. Golf Open: When and Where?
You can purchase tickets for the U.S. Open or tune into the game. This year, the golf championship will be played between June 15th and June 18th. The 18th of June is Father’s Day this year.
This year, the U.S. open will be held on the rolling greens of Erin Hills, located in Erin, Wisconsin. This course has a par of 70. To meet this, golfers must focus on their long-drive to avoid the hazards like water and sandpits on the course.
Erin Hills opened its course in 2006. While this is the first time the U.S. Golf Open is played, Erin Hills is no stranger to golf championships. They have also hosted the U.S. Amateur Women’s Public Links Championship of 2008 and the U.S. Amateur Golf Tournament of 2011.
Often, golfers who have scored above par have won since 70 is a perfect game. An accurate long game could very well push one of the contenders to the winning position. You’ll learn more about the top 5 favorites later in the next section.
Top 5 Contenders for Winning the 2017 U.S. Open
Without further delay, here are the favorite picks for this year’s U.S. Open:
#1: Dustin Johnson (Odds 8:1)
Even though Johnson missed out on the Masters Golf Tournament because of a back injury, he was accepted into this year’s championship because of his other accomplishments. There was no long-term damage from the injury and he is expected to make a full recovery. The incredible long-game that he is known for gives him an advantage on Erin Hills course.
#2: Rory Mcilroy (Odds 9:1)
Rory’s golfing story starts from his passion as a kid, watching his father and imitating with his plastic club. He has made several appearances on the PGA Tour since 2007, winning millions of dollars on many occasions. He did hit a slight snag in the road to victory when he damaged his rib area. Fortunately, an MRI showed there was no lasting damage.
#3: Jordan Spieth (Odds 10:1)
Jordan Spieth lost at the Players Championship. He believed poorly raked bunkers were his issue. Even though he lost here, he placed in 3 other tournaments and also came in 7th in the PGA Tour, securing his spot. His 292 yards for driving distance make him an excellent candidate for the Erin Hills course. An interesting fact about Jordan Spieth is that he will be featured on the Wheaties cereal box, coming in the fall.
#4: Jason Day (Odds 12:1)
Australian-native Jason Day is ranked #3 in the entire world, letting him qualify for the U.S. Open. With a scoring average of 71.351, he will definitely be one of the players to beat in the championship. Some of his career wins include 10 PGA Tour victories, 3 other victories, and 58 top 10 finishes, making him a contender that the other players should not underestimate.
#5: Hideki Matsuyama (Odds 15:1)
This golfer currently ranks #3 in all of Japan. One of his most incredible victories was in The Players Championship earlier this year. His ball landed in a bunker. He went in and delivered, getting ball out to score a birdie on a par-4 hole. He eventually placed 15th in this tournament and will be joining some of the best golfers from around the world at the U.S. Open championship this year.
Are you going to find yourself on the course, in the stands, or supporting from home this year? Regardless, you now know everything you could want to about the 2017 U.S. Open Golf Championship. Enjoy supporting and good luck if you are trying to get on the field!