The 156 players in the U.S. Open field are ranked

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… Kim will have to lean on his putter heavily (top 25 in strokes gained putting and three-putt avoidance).
… Svensson ranked top 40 in strokes gained approach and has now made nine straight cuts.
… Sigg is top 15 in strokes gained approach and top 10 in bogey avoidance.
50 ranking in strokes gained putting is his best strokes-gained rank, that’s not a great indicator for this week.
… Scott was a late add to the field, on Monday, but top in strokes gained off the tee and around top 50 in bogey avoidance and strokes gained putting.
… Fleetwood has five top-10s in his last nine major starts, good scrambler and top 10 in bogey avoidance.
… Glover hits it close (top 12 in strokes gained approach and proximity) and scrambles well.
18 in strokes gained putting).

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After winning the Memorial Tournament on Sunday, Scottie Scheffler leads the field for the 124th U.S. Open, the third major of the year. s. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

It makes sense that Scheffler is the favorite to win his second title of the season, third major in his career, and sixth overall this year. However, how do the remaining 156 players compare to Scheffler?

Let’s start by examining the golf course and the most informative statistics that may exist.

Pinehurst is undoubtedly one of the more rigorous U.S. S. Open tests: The previous two winners of this event shot even par and one under, prior to Martin Kaymer’s 9-under winning score in 2014. The greatest defense are the turtle-back greens, so distance off the tee, approach play, and proximity to the hole all matter. It is also noteworthy that the previous two Pinehurst champions did not finish in the top 10 in regulation greens this week.

Players will undoubtedly miss more greens than they averaged during the season, so scrambling will be critical. This is especially true when scrambling from distances of ten yards or more, as several holes have runoffs that are intended to carry balls away from the greens.

That being said, the recipe using U. s. The key to openings is to make lots of pars and avoid compounding errors.

Pinehurst will play as firm and fast as the USGA wants it to because the forecast calls for highs in the nineties and little to no rain. If past results are any indication, the winning score should be closer to even par than 10 under.

One more thing: Muirfield Village presents a very different challenge than Pinehurst, so don’t base your decisions too heavily on what transpired at the Memorial last week.

Let’s now discuss the player rankings, with a more thorough examination of the top 100 players.

No. 141–156.

156.4. Bryan Kim.

155. Parker Bell (a).

154. Broin Gunnar(a).

153. The Otto Black.

152. Charles Reinhardt.

151. Robert Moore.

150. Chris Petefish.

149. Carson Schaake.

148. Roberto Molinari.

472. Chris Nagel.

464. Colin Prater (1).

455. Williams Wells (a).

144. McGowan, Michael.

433. Omar Morales (a).

422. McAllister, Logan.

411. Jarvis, Casey.

Nope. from 121 to 140.

140. Kang Sung.

39. Svoboda, Andrew.

138. Ashton McCulloch (a).

137. Thompson, Brandon Robinson.

136. Herman Jim.

135. Valdes Brendan (a).

342. Joey Brzich.

33. Ryo Ishikawa.

332. Erik Kjettrup.

131. John Chin.

1½. Neal Shipley (al).

128. Jason Scrivener.

12.80. R. Kawamoto.

272. Santiago de la Fuente (a).

No. 126. Maxwell Moldovan.

125. Molinari Francesco.

124. Buchanan, Jackson (a).

123.5. The Stewart Hagestad (a).

Twelve Two. Carter Jenkins.

121. Taisei Shimizu.

No. 101–120.

1/20. Willie Mack III.

119. Phil Cox.

128. Hiroshi Tai (alpha).

170. Eduardo Chacarra Lopez.

116. Grant Ingram.

1105. Salinda, Isaiah.

114. Sam Bennett.

113. Ben James (a).

112. The Brian Campbell.

111. Martin Kaymer.

1 Oh. The Malnati brothers.

109. Hiraku Hoshino.

108%. By Takumi Kanaya.

101–107. Massimo Manassero.

106. The Sam Bairstow.

105. Pavon Matthieu.

104. Richard Lewis.

101. Todd Brendon.

102. Cam Davis.

101. Tim Widing.

Nope. 101–100.

A hundred. Ben Kohler.

9. Eric Cole.

98. Bryan Wu.

97%. Gary Woodland.

996-206. Echavarria, Nico.

94. Blair Zac.

94. Harry Higgs.

993. Emilio Grillo.

92. Nick Dunlap.

91. Nicolai Hojgaard.

With his Nelson second-place finish, Kohles hasn’t accomplished much. dot. Cole has dropped four of his last five putts and has had trouble getting off to a good start this year. dot. Wu was the 2019 U.S. stroke-play medallist. s. before going down in the opening round at Pinehurst as an amateur. dot. After four consecutive made cuts, Woodland is gradually starting to get things together. dot. Echavarria has three straight MCs, but he has a cunningly strong short game. dot. Blair isn’t as long (last on the Tour in driving distance), but he is skilled at these traditional tests. dot. Following back-to-back KFT victories and a playoff victory at final qualifying in Durham, Higgs is once again playing some of his best golf. dot. Grillo’s strokes gained approach and proximity are above average. dot. Though Dunlap has had tremendous difficulty as a professional, when he is at his best, his skill set is ideal for USGA exams. Also won the North and South Amateur last summer. dot. In terms of approach proximity, Hojgaard ranks in the top 50 and driving distance, respectively. He will have a chance this weekend just based on his ball striking, but since the Masters, he hasn’t finished higher than T-35.

No. from 81 to 90.

90. Rico Haey.

1989. Gordon Sargent (a).

88. Woods, Tiger.

85. McKibbin, Tom.

85. Taylor Nick.

85. Rick Fowler.

84. SDotH. Kim.

83. Adam Schenk.

82. Chesson Hadley.

Eighteen1. Matthew Kuchar.

Hoey has lost his last three rounds of golf, but the man known as the World’s Greatest Driver, or WGD, is eighth in the world in terms of strokes gained off the tee. dot. Sargent’s length will help him as he attempts to repeat as a low amateur driver, speaking of which. dot. It’s still all about Woods’ body, as usual; his ability to hit the ball should be enough to secure him weekend tee times. dot. In his past five international starts, McKibbin, also known as Lil Rory, has three top-10 finishes. dot. Although Taylor hasn’t played well lately, he is still in the top 50 in strokes gained in both approach and putting. dot. Fowler, who ranks last in points among the top 50 players from 2022–23, is hoping for some magic at LACC like he experienced last year after a disappointing campaign. dot. Kim (top 25 in strokes gained putting and three-putt avoidance) will need to rely a lot on his putter. dot. Schenk has missed three consecutive weekends despite being in the top 50 in strokes gained off the tee and in the putter. dot. Despite notching a top-20 putter, Hadley has finished in the top ten in his last five starts, both of which came at Myrtle and Zurich. Considering his recent form, Kuchar’s T-33 at Memorial was strong. Will need to rely a lot on his putter, just like Hadley.

Nope. 72–80.

80. Luke Clanton (alpha).

79%. Jake McNapp.

Number 78. Adriana Meronk.

77. Daniel Barger.

76%. Lower Justin.

75. Frankie III Capan.

A74. Rose Justin.

75. Grayserman Max.

72. Lowry, Shane.

71. David. Puig.

Clanton, who just finished his sophomore season at FSU as the No. 1 overall, is my front-runner for low am. College golfer ranked number one. On No., he also took home the North and South Amateur titles. in 2022—two. dot. Even though Knapp has become less aggressive in recent months, T-8 at Nelson shows that he still has it. dot. Not something I would have imagined writing in 2014, but Meronk helped the Cleeks win the team title at LIV Houston. dot. 2014 saw Berger finish T-28 after shooting 66 in the last round at Pinehurst. Nonetheless, his best finish in the previous five Tour starts was a T-13 at Nelson. dot. Though he is fifth in approach proximity, he has successfully completed three consecutive MCs. dot. Out of the seven spots that were available, Capan qualified as the medalist from Durham. Earlier this year, he shot 58 on the KFT. dot. Three of Rose’s previous four U.S. s. This year, there has been a noticeable concern with open cuts and the long term. dot. Greyserman was T-7 at Memorial Park in March, despite missing three of his last four cuts. If he makes the cut, he might be a good value. dot. Although I had Lowry ranked inside the top 15, he was T-6 at the PGA, so this is really low for him. He is outside the top 170 in strokes gained putting and three-putt avoidance. dot. Don’t get too excited about Puig, who has played well this year and was T-3 at LIV Houston recently.

Not at all. Between 61 and 70.

70. Simpson Webb.

69. Seamus Power.

Number 68. The Adam Svensson.

67. Kim Tom.

66. H. T. Poston.

65. Greyson Sigg.

64. Dustin Johnson.

63. Adam Hadwin.

62. Will Zalatoris.

61. Ryan Fox.

Simpson qualified into this one, which is meaningful considering he owns a house in Pinehurst. .. Power has alternated solid finishes (T-27 or better) with MCs over his last six starts; the trend would suggest a MC this week, though Power is a solid scrambler who is top 60 in strokes gained approach. .. Svensson ranked top 40 in strokes gained approach and has now made nine straight cuts. .. Kim was T-4 two weeks ago in Canada, but he’s still not top 70 in any strokes-gained categories. .. Poston lacks length, but he’s top 40 in strokes gained around the green and owns three top-25s in his last five Tour starts. .. Sigg is top 15 in strokes gained approach and top 10 in bogey avoidance. .. I have no idea what to make of Johnson, who is coming off a solo 13th at LIV Houston. Since his T-4 at Pinehurst in 2014, he has a win, just one MC and only one other non-top-25 in U. S. Opens. But he’s also missed two of his last three major cuts. .. Hadwin grabbed a ton of momentum with his solo third at Memorial, but he’s still outside the top 100 in strokes gained putting, historically a strength. .. Zalatoris hasn’t cracked the top 40 since the Masters; clearly not himself. .. Fox owns a couple top-7s on Tour in the past few weeks. Makes more bogeys than I’d like, but top 20 in driving distance.

Nos. 51–60.

60. Hubbard Mark.

59%. Cantlay Patrick.

56. Tom in the Hoge.

57%. Max Homa.

Number 56. Min Woo Lee.

56. Pendrith, Taylor.

55. Chris Kirk.

53. Garcia, Sergio.

50. Straka Sepp.

50. The Akshay Bhatia.

Hubbard’s recent performance hasn’t been great, but he’s still in the top 50 in strokes gained in both approach and putting. dot. In his last eight Tour starts, Cantlay has only finished in the top 20. dot. Hoge is unsurprisingly third in strokes gained approach and proximity, though somehow he’s missed four of six career U. s. Open cuts and only has one significant top-10 item. dot. Homa has missed three consecutive cuts without finishing in the top 20, and he is not among the top 120 in terms of approach distance and strokes gained off the tee. dot. Min Woo is essentially on a run of four straight top-25 finishes and is ranked in the top 10 in both driving distance and strokes gained off the tee. dot. With his length and top-10 putting, Pendrith should make it to the weekend without incident. dot. Only his tee to green skills make Kirk deserving of a spot in the top 20, but his putting (No. 169, as well as his three consecutive MCs, terrify me. dot. After a recent T-5 at LIV Houston, Garcia adds another formidable ball-driver to the mix. dot. Straka has hit the top 10 in four of his last five Tour starts, though my model is not a fan this week. dot. Although his T-22 at Memorial was encouraging, Bhatia burned me at the PGA. Almost a player in the top ten for approaches.

Nope. 40–50.

50. Theegala Sahith.

48. Jordan Palmer.

48. MacIntyre Bob.

48. Matt Fitzgerald.

45. Hughes, Mackenzie.

45. Cameron Junior.

43. Corey Conners.

43. Meisner Mac.

41. English Harris.

Number 41. Taylor Moore.

On yet another course, Silverado, Theegala has prevailed. Additionally, in his last three starts, he has two T-12s. dot. Spieth manages to stay in the top 50; he has improved this year with his driver, but his wrist is a major worry. dot. As long as the hangover has worn off, MacIntyre is a top-50 driver and putter who is also around that mark in bogey avoidance. Plays tough courses well. dot. Good to see Fitzpatrick notch a T-5 at Memorial, but the fact that his No. 50 ranking in strokes gained putting is his best strokes-gained rank, that’s not a great indicator for this week. dot. Before MC at Memorial, Hughes had a couple top-8s in three starts. Top 10 in strokes gained around the green and putting. dot. My gut feeling moves Young up several spots than my model had him; the length and driving alone will power him into the weekend. dot. Conners has consistently been a top-20 guy in my major power rankings, but that second-ranked approach play can only do so much. dot. Meissner is another sleeper I like along with Thompson. No real weaknesses, and he’s top 40 in strokes gained approach and proximity. dot. English has two straight MCs entering this week, but he’s a top-10 putter and there’s a reason he’s notched three top-10s in his last four U. S. Opens. dot. Moore has a hard-nosed game that figures to show well at majors, hence his T-12 at the PGA. Also has had success at Memorial Park (T-2 this year), so I’m looking past the MC at Memorial.

Nos. 31-40.

40. Byeong-Hun An.

39. Beau Hossler.

38. Austin Eckroat.

37. Billy Horschel.

36. Kurt Kitayama.

35. Erik van Rooyen.

34. Sungjae Im.

33. Dean Burmester.

32. Adam Scott.

31. McCarthy Denny.

An’s back-to-back top-4 finishes entering the PGA didn’t help him capitalize, but he won’t be hurt by his third-place finish in driving distance this season. dot. From 100 yards and in, there are few more prepared to take on a U. s. A more open test than Hossler. dot. It was great to see Eckroat finish T-18 at the PGA; he is among the top 40 players in strokes gained both on approach and off the tee, and he rarely makes bogeys. dot. Horschel is playing well, finishing in the top 10 in strokes gained in putting, and he is limiting errors. He finished eighth at the PGA and fifteenth at the Memorial. dot. To be honest, I was unable to achieve the Kitayama top 20 on my model. dot. In several significant metrics for this week, Van Rooyen is ranked among the top 50. dot. I’ve finished in the top 12 four times in his last five Tour starts, with his MC at the PGA being the lone exception. I need to see that kind of performance in a major again to get back inside the top 25. dot. Burmester‘s T-18 at LIV Houston was his worst showing in his last six worldwide starts, which include a T-12 at the PGA. dot. Although Scott entered the field on Monday, he was among the top 50 in both bogey avoidance and strokes gained putting, and he was also the leader in strokes gained off the tee. dot. McCarthy has two U.S. results of T-7 and T-20. s. To date, open starts. When it comes to USGA setups, that putter will always be useful.

Not at all. 21–30.

thirty. Brian Harman.

29. Tony Finau.

28. Aaron Rai.

27. Thomas Detry.

26. Tommy Fleetwood.

25. Stephan Jaeger.

24. Lucas Glover.

23. Davis Thompson.

22. Viktor Hovland.

21. Keegan Bradley.

Harman isn’t riding a ton of momentum, but my model likes him for a top-25. I’ll keep him just outside that. .. Finau has the length, is top 10 on approach and is a past winner at Memorial Park. He probably should be a tad higher. .. Rai is ranked in the top 10 in strokes gained approach, approach proximity, and bogey avoidance. He is another player with a strong record at Memorial Park. dot. A pattern is emerging here; Detry, another notable player at Memorial Park, finished T-4 in his previous major championship at the PGA. dot. In his last nine major starts, Fleetwood has ranked in the top 10 for bogey avoidance and scramble performance. dot. In relation to Memorial Park, Jaeger triumphed there this year. dot. Glover is a skilled scrambler and hits it close, ranking in the top 12 in strokes gained approach and proximity. dot. This week, Thompson is the best sleeper I have found. A standout performance from him here; he is above average in almost everything. dot. Hovland needs to put up one more strong major performance before he breaks into the top 20 once more, even with his solo third place finish at the PGA. dot. Bradley is in excellent form and regularly scores well for these U.S. teams if you discount a terrible weekend at Memorial (78–80). s. Tests are open; he just needs to avoid bogeys more skillfully than he has this season.

Undoubtedly. 11-20.

20. Jason Day.

19. Victor Perez.

18. Name: Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

17. Sam Burns.

16. Kim Si Woo.

15. Wyndham Clark.

14. Jon Rahm.

13. The Tyrrell Hatton.

12. Alex Noren.

11. Koepka, Brooks.

Day is top 20 in strokes gained around the green, putting and bogey avoidance. … Perez has gone third, T-12 in his last two Tour starts, and he’s top 25 in strokes gained approach and bogey avoidance. Bezuidenhout comes very close (No. 11 in approach proximity) and hits putts, ranking eighth in strokes gained in the process. Burns has to start making progress in them eventually, even though he has missed four of his previous five major cuts. I believe Pinehurst helps Burns a little bit with his issues on the green. Si Woo is a well-liked major selection in my opinion; despite his PGA backlash, he is ranked in the top ten in approach, and he won’t be inconvenienced by having to scramble from Pinehurst’s collection areas. It is simple to concentrate on Clark’s putts and drives in the majors this year and last week, but the defending champion also hits the ball well (No. 1) and puts it far (fifth in driving distance). eighteen in putting strokes gained. Rahm left LIV Houston due to a cut or infection on his foot. Although he hasn’t accomplished much in the majors this year, he should be alright. If Hatton is a low LIV player, that wouldn’t surprise me. I looked really good after Noren’s T-12 at the PGA (I had him ranked in the top 10). Not at all. This week’s playbacks will feature a 3 in bogey avoidance and strong scrambling from at least 10 yards. Notwithstanding his enormous achievements, Koepka has yet to finish in the top 25 in a major this year.

Nope. From 1 to 10.

Ten. Cameron Smith.

9. Mr. Hideki Matsuyama.

8. Russell Henley.

7. Corey Morikawa.

6. Thomas Justino.

5. Åberg Ludvig.

4. Bryson DeChambeau.

3. Rory McIlroy.

2. The Schauffele Xander.

1. Scott Scheffler.

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