Sunday best? The leading pack chasing US Open glory this week

Dustin Johnson has claimed a FedEx Cup success with two wins and a $10m jackpot since the restart
Sunday best? The leading pack chasing US Open glory this week

Dustin Johnson celebrates with the FedEx Cup trophy after winning the Tour Championship golf tournament earlier this month. Picture: AP Photo/John Bazemore

THE FAVOURITES:

Dustin Johnson (USA) 15/2 fav; Age: 36 World Ranking: 1.

US Opens Played: 12 Best Finish: Win - 2016 Oakmont Last Year: T35.

FedEx Cup winner with two wins and a $10m jackpot since the restart. And he has already tamed one of the US Open’s big beasts when conquering Oakmont four years ago at four under par.

Jon Rahm (Spain) 9/1 Age: 25 WR: 2.

US Opens Played: 4 Best Finish: T3 - 2019 Pebble Beach Won Memorial in July and at the ultra-tough Olympia Fields last month to defeat Johnson in a play-off at the BMW Championship, the one serious recent formline for Winged Foot.

Xander Schauffele (USA) 12/1 Age: 26 WR: 7.

US Opens Played: 3 Best Finish: T3 - 2019 Pebble Beach Has three US Open starts with T6 his worst finish and comes in off a T2 at the Tour Championship.

Justin Thomas (USA) 12/1 Age: 27 WR: 3.

US Opens Played: 5 Best Finish: T9 - 2017 Erin Hills Last Year: Missed Cut US Open 54-hole leader in 2017 and faded to ninth, yet to make his mark on this major.

THE CONTENDERS

Collin Morikawa (USA) 14/1 Age: 23 WR: 5.

US Opens Played: 1 Best Finish: T35 - 2019 Pebble Beach Won the PGA Championship in his second major start and looked like a veteran but Winged Foot will be his toughest test.

Rory McIlroy (N Irl) 16/1 Age: 31 WR: 4.

US Opens Played: 11 Best Finish: Win - 2011 Congressional Last Year: T9 Comes in after a disappointing summer and into his sixth year without a major victory but signs of life for the new dad with T8 at the Tour Championship.

Webb Simpson (USA) 22/1 Age: 35 WR: 6.

US Opens Played: 9 Best Finish: Win - 2012 Olympic Club Last Year: T16 Former champion enjoying a career renaissance and has the straight-hitting game to keep it in the narrow fairways, although may not be long enough off the tee.

IRISH CHALLENGE

Shane Lowry 45/1 Age: 33 WR: 29

US Opens Played: 7 Best Finish: T2 - 2016 Oakmont Last Year: T28 Has tamed the toughest courses, winning at Portrush and shooting a 65 at Oakmont only to suffer that last-round meltdown. Not the greatest form coming in.

Graeme McDowell 200/1 Age: 41 WR: 59.

US Opens Played: 14 Best Finish: Win - 2010 Pebble Beach Last Year: T16 Horrible form since the restart and could have done with a shorter course like Pebble.

James Sugrue 1000/1 Age: 24 WR: Amateur.

US Opens Played: Debut The 2019 Amateur champion hits it straight and long and has an excellent temperament for the challenge ahead.

KEEP AN EYE ON

Tony Finau (USA) 33/1 Age: 31 WR: 16.

US Opens Played: 4 Best Finish: 5th - 2018 Shinnecock Hills Last Year: Missed Cut Big hitter who has struggled to close out wins but his final-round 65 at Olympia Fields in the BMW Championship is a good omen for Winged Foot.

Tyrell Hatton (England) 35/1 Age: 28 WR: 14.

US Opens Played: 2 Best Finish: T6 - 2018 Shinnecock Hills Last Year: T21 Maiden PGA Tour win in March and made a good US Open impression on its last visit to New York at Shinnecock.

Paul Casey (England) Age: 43 WR: 19.

US Opens Played: 16 Best Finish: T10 - 2007 Oakmont Last Year: T21 PGA runner-up last month and best US Open performances have come on the toughest courses, including 15th at Winged Foot in 2006.

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