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Golf's toughest test of the year is upon us: The U.S. Open, where the rough is long and the greens are fast. The field, like every year, will be filled with all the top players in the world.
Being played at legendary Pebble Beach this year, the U.S. Open has the makeup to be an exciting four days of golf. With all that in mind, let's take a look at some golfers to watch when putting together your fantasy team this week.
Tiger won the U.S. Open here before in 2000, at the peak of his dominance, running away with the tournament by the end of Round 3 like Secretariat at the Belmont and ultimately winning by 15 strokes. In 2010, the last time the U.S. Open was played at Pebble Beach, he finished T-4. Woods certainly isn't the player he was at that time, but he has already proven this year he can win a major tournament at a course he knows well. He was encouraged by his play on the last day of the Memorial Tournament and the last thing the rest of the field wants is a confident Tiger going into a tournament he's already won on a course he's familiar with.
Although Spieth has struggled for much of the last two years, he's finally seemed to turn a corner and could be walking into the right course at the right time. Spieth has played exceptionally well at Pebble Beach throughout his career. He's now made seven straight cuts at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which includes a win in 2017 and three top-10 finishes. He might not be the long hitter PB usually caters to, but he has clearly found other ways to be consistently successful here. Much like Tiger, Spieth has been singing his own praises of late, encouraged by his T-3 finish at the PGA Championship and T-7 at the Memorial.
While many might not consider Cantlay a viable threat, his success this year is becoming harder and harder to ignore on a weekly basis. He's coming off a win at the Memorial a couple weeks ago, which gave him four straight top-10 finishes. In that span, he had a T-9 at the Masters and a T-3 at the PGA Championship, so he has clearly already proven he has what it takes to compete at major championships. He might be the hottest golfer on the PGA Tour right now, so seeing his name near the top of the leaderboard come Sunday should be a surprise to no one.
Despite Brooks Koepka winning the last two U.S. Opens, Johnson has the better makeup at Pebble Beach. Also a winner of the U.S. Open (2016), Johnson won the 2009 & 2010 Pro-Am at Pebble Beach and was a T-8 in the U.S. Open that same year (2010) played at Pebble. He's finished top-5 at Pebble Beach five other times since 2012 as well. Additionally, like the other golfers on the list, Johnson has played well in majors this year, grabbing a T-2 at the Masters and a solo second at the PGA Championship. He's been knocking on the door all year and this might be the week he busts through.
Snedeker is another guy with a ton of success at Pebble Beach, combined with playing great golf heading into the tournament. He's won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am twice before (2013 & 2015). Snedeker also finished T-8 at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Coming into the tournament, he's placed in the top-20 in four straight events, including a T-4 at the RBC Canadian Open this past weekend. A model of consistency, especially at Pebble Beach, Snedeker is someone who has proven he can steal a win just by hanging around.
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