Best Father’s Day present ever? The final round of the U.S. Open of course. Our national championship tees off Thursday in Western Pennsylvania and no doubt will include four rounds of heroics and heartache. What a gift.
So who will win and how punishing will Oakmont be come Sunday? We asked some JC Golf pros to chime in with their top choice and winning score.
Phil Mickelson, -1
He completes the career Grand Slam and solidifies his spot as one of the great players of all time.
–Grant Strobel, Woods Valley
Dustin Johnson, -2
He has been playing great the past month and including the Masters. He is one of the longest hitters on tour and all he needs to do is get his head together. He wins by three shots.
–Lloyd Porter, Oaks North
Jason Day, +1
He is on a roll and will hit more fairways than most of the other long hitters. Oakmont is a monster course and the winning score will be over par.
–John Mason, JC Golf Director of Instruction
Jordan Spieth, +2
Since 1950, only two players have defended their U.S. Open title: Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange. I like Jordan Spieth to be the third. His elite short game will give him an edge over the field with Oakmont’s slick greens and difficult up and downs. Despite the loss at Augusta, Spieth has finished first or second in five of the last nine majors.
–Josh Karp, Welk Resort
Rory McIlroy, Even
Rory will win because Dustin Johnson won’t putt well.
–Garett Dagg, Cathedral Canyon
Dustin Johnson, -5
I think he finally pulls a major down, as he constantly is in the hunt and seeks his first major.
–Bryon Penfield, Rancho Bernardo Inn
Daniel Berger, -3
Oakmont is a monster course and will test every faucet of the competitors’ golf game. Daniel Berger will continue his winning ways. He hits the ball very straight and is coming into Pittsburgh with a hot putter. Earlier this year, Daniel posted a T9 at The Players Championship. Taking confidence from his first victory, he will continue his winning ways at Oakmont.
–Blake Dodson, Encinitas Ranch