Who can and cannot win the 2022 U.S. Open


BROOKLINE, Mass. — We interrupt the continuing drama of who has left the PGA Tour — and who may nonetheless be going to the LIV Golf Invitational Collection — for the 122nd U.S. Open, the third main championship of the season.

With two golf worlds colliding at The Nation Membership this week, the U.S. Open trophy is up for grabs at one of many oldest golf programs in the USA. It’s the first time since 1988 that the membership based exterior of Boston in 1882 has hosted the U.S. Open.

Golf’s finest gamers, together with two-time main champion Collin Morikawa, are hoping to place the drama apart for 4 days this week.

“We’re right here at main championship, and we’re right here to win the U.S. Open, and we’re right here to play and beat everybody else on this discipline, on this nice discipline,” Morikawa stated. “That is what it is about.”

Who can win the U.S. Open this week? Right here on the contenders, darkish horses, lengthy pictures and people with no likelihood:

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Guys who can win | If the whole lot goes proper | Miracles occur
| Glad to make the reduce |
Qualifiers | Amateurs

Tier I: The fellows who can win


Listed here are the professional contenders to win the U.S. Open. They’ve the sport, guts and nerves to deal with 4 pressure-packed rounds on a setup that’s historically essentially the most tough among the many majors.

Scottie Scheffler
After an epic heater that included 4 wins, amongst them a victory on the Masters, the world No. 1 has cooled off a tad. He missed the reduce on the PGA Championship and misplaced in a playoff on the Charles Schwab Problem.

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Jon Rahm
Rahm, who received his first main on the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, has been out of kinds since successful the Mexico Open in Could. He has been nice from tee to inexperienced, however his work on and across the inexperienced has been too inconsistent.

Rory McIlroy
McIlroy, a four-time main champion, hopes to do what Justin Thomas did at Southern Hills final month on the PGA Championship when JT ended his main drought. McIlroy enters this one having gone eight years since his final one. He squandered a great likelihood to win on the PGA Championship.

Xander Schauffele
Schauffele has 9 profession top-10 finishes in majors, however missed the reduce at Augusta Nationwide and tied for thirteenth at Southern Hills. Nonetheless, his efficiency on the U.S. Open has been outstanding, with 5 top-10s in as many begins, together with a tie for seventh final yr.

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Justin Thomas
JT lastly claimed his second main with a victory on the PGA Championship at Southern Hills. Now that the five-year drought is over, will it open up the floodgates to extra?

Cameron Smith
He may very effectively be the most effective participant and not using a main championship victory, given how effectively he has carried out this season. Smith, from Australia, prefers programs the place he can mild it up with birdies, so this won’t be his finest likelihood to get it carried out.

Will Zalatoris
Nobody has gained extra strokes per spherical (2.54) in majors than Zalatoris since 2020, based on Justin Ray of Twenty First Group. That is why he has 5 top-10s in seven begins in majors as a professional. If Zalatoris ever figures out the flat stick, he’ll begin successful them, too.

Collin Morikawa
Morikawa’s latest kind hasn’t been nice — his finest end in his previous 5 begins was a tie for twenty sixth on the RBC Heritage and he missed the reduce on the Memorial. However the two-time main champion’s ball-striking is nice sufficient to get him in rivalry at any main.

Jordan Spieth
The 2015 U.S. Open winner did not play nice within the first two majors, lacking the reduce on the Masters and tying for thirty fourth on the PGA Championship. Nonetheless, he received the RBC Heritage and completed second at AT&T Byron Nelson

Dustin Johnson
DJ shall be below the highlight at The Nation Membership, as he was the highest-ranked participant to depart the PGA Tour for LIV Golf. He received the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont and has six top-10s in 14 begins within the occasion.

Viktor Hovland
Hovland is ranked eighth on the earth and already has received 3 times on tour. That is fairly outstanding contemplating that he is 202nd in pictures gained across the inexperienced and 159th in sand save share. Can somebody please give him Tom Watson’s quantity?

Patrick Cantlay
Cantlay, the defending FedEx Cup champion, has been trending within the incorrect course in majors. He tied for thirty ninth on the Masters and missed the reduce on the PGA Championship. He hasn’t had a top-10 end at a serious since tying for third on the 2019 PGA Championship.

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Matt Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick is trending in the best course at majors with a tie for 14th at Augusta Nationwide and a tie for fifth at Southern Hills. As an 18-year-old, he received the 2013 U.S. Novice at The Nation Membership and have become the primary participant from England since 1911 to hoist the Havemeyer Trophy.

Hideki Matsuyama
The 2021 Masters champion has two victories this season, however he has been slowed by again and neck accidents the previous few months. Then he was disqualified from the Memorial for having an unlawful substance on the face of his 3-wood.

Sam Burns
Burns has found out easy methods to shut out victories, beating Scheffler in a playoff on the Charles Schwab Problem and Davis Riley in a playoff on the Valspar Championship earlier than that. He is nonetheless in search of his first top-10 at a serious.

Tier II: If the whole lot goes proper

Justin Thomas ended his majors drought on the PGA Championship. Can Rory McIlroy do the identical on the U.S. Open? David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire

Listed here are the sleeper candidates to carry the U.S. Open trophy on Sunday. The listing consists of former winners, rising stars and different gamers whose video games have been works-in-progress this season. Will all of it come collectively at The Nation Membership?

Cameron Younger
Younger’s size off the tee (he averages 317.1 yards) shall be at a premium at The Nation Membership. The PGA Tour rookie does not have a victory but, however he has a whopping eight top-25s in 18 begins. He’ll attempt to neglect about his final-round 84 on the Memorial.

Brooks Koepka
A newly married man, Koepka will look to show issues round on the course. The 2-time U.S. Open champion missed the reduce on the Masters and tied for fifty fifth on the PGA Championship.

Shane Lowry
Lowry tied for second on the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, however hasn’t had a top-25 since then. The Irishman tied for third on the Masters, his finest profession end.

Joaquin Niemann
A two-time winner on the PGA Tour, together with a wire-to-wire victory on the Genesis in February, Niemann is a budding star. He’s nonetheless in search of his first top-10 at a serious.

Max Homa
Homa’s Twitter account remains to be excellent. See his response to Phil Mickelson leaving for LIV Golf.

His golf sport is on level, too. He missed the reduce in his first two U.S. Open begins as a professional.

Tony Finau
With a tie for second on the Mexico Open, tie for fourth on the Charles Schwab Problem and a solo second on the RBC Canadian Open, Finau believes his sport has circled. He has 10 top-10 finishes in majors.

Abraham Ancer
Ancer appears to be creeping his method into changing into a serious contender. He posted back-to-back top-10s on the PGA Championship.

Mito Pereira
Pereira’s meltdown on the 72nd gap on the PGA Championship was painful to look at, however his sport is constructed to final on tour.

Sungjae Im
He has two top-10 finishes on the Masters, however the native of South Korea hasn’t carried out a lot else within the majors.

Tyrrell Hatton
He has made simply two cuts in 5 begins within the U.S. Open, however he did tie for sixth at Shinnecock Hills in 2018. He stated he does not like Augusta Nationwide and slammed the setup at Southern Hills. Will he like The Nation Membership?

Davis Riley
The PGA Tour rookie certified by posting the low rating, 12 below, at a U.S. Open qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.

Adam Scott
Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, is one in every of seven Australians within the U.S. Open discipline.

Webb Simpson
In simply his second U.S. Open begin a decade in the past, Simpson received at The Olympic Membership in San Francisco, beating Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson by a stroke.

Daniel Berger
After a so-so two-month stretch, additionally due to a again damage, Berger is beginning to flip issues round. He tied for fifth on the Memorial.

Louis Oosthuizen
Oosthuizen, 39, does not appear as fascinated with successful golf tournaments as a lot as he as soon as did. He withdrew from the Masters due to a neck damage and tied for sixtieth on the PGA Championship.

Billy Horschel
Together with his victory on the Memorial, Horschel moved to eleventh within the Official World Golf Rating, the best rating of his profession. His highest end on the U.S. Open was a tie for fourth in his first begin in 2013.

Brian Harman
Harman ranks one hundred and eightieth in driving distance, averaging 288.3 yards. 5 years in the past, on the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, which performed to a document 7,741 yards, he tied for second, 4 pictures behind Koepka.

Corey Conners
Regardless of being one of many higher ball-strikers on tour, Conners hasn’t made the reduce in three U.S. Open begins.

Russell Henley
Henley had the co-lead in every of the primary three rounds at Torrey Pines in final yr’s U.S. Open. He shot 5-over 76 within the remaining spherical and completed tied for thirteenth.

Aaron Clever
Clever earned an exemption by ending solo second on the Memorial, which moved him to forty fourth on the earth rating.

Branden Grace
Grace, who additionally performed within the London occasion, tied for seventh at Torrey Pines final yr, the native of South Africa’s third top-10 within the U.S. Open since 2015.

Kevin Na
Na, who is understood for strolling in his putts, walked away from the PGA Tour final week. He was the primary participant to resign from the PGA Tour to play for LIV Golf.

Bryson DeChambeau
DeChambeau, the 2020 U.S. Open winner, began his highway again from left hand surgical procedure with a missed reduce on the Memorial.

Seamus Energy
With a tie for ninth on the PGA Championship, he secured spots within the U.S. Open and The Open.

Tom Hoge
Hoge, who picked up his first win on the AT&T Pebble Seashore Professional-Am in February, tied for ninth on the PGA Championship. It was his first top-10 end in a serious.

Patrick Reed
Reed tied for thirty fifth on the Masters and tied for thirty fourth on the PGA Championship. What are the chances he ties for thirty third at The Nation Membership?

Guido Migliozzi
The 25-year-old from Italy completed tied for fourth at Torrey Pines, his first begin within the U.S. Open.

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Gary Woodland
Woodland received the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Seashore. It was his solely top-10 in 11 begins.

Talor Gooch
Gooch, who picked up his first PGA Tour victory on the RSM Basic in late November, was one of many greatest surprises amongst gamers who jumped to LIV Golf as a result of he had simply began gaining momentum on the tour.

Kevin Kisner
Kisner was red-hot in March, however cooled off significantly by lacking the reduce in three straight begins in Could.

Marc Leishman
He hasn’t had a top-10 since tying for tenth on the Sentry Event of Champions in early January.

Luke Checklist
Checklist, who received for the primary time on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open in late January, is 0-for-5 on making the reduce on the U.S. Open.

Justin Rose
Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open winner, has two top-10s in 13 tour begins this season and got here inside a shot of golf’s magic quantity, taking pictures 60 within the remaining spherical in Canada.

Harold Varner III
HV3 is looking for his first made reduce on the U.S. Open.

Tier III: Hey, miracles occur

Phil Mickelson, after a four-month hiatus, is again. AP Picture/Charlie Riedel

They’re the lengthy pictures. This tier features a handful of growing old former main champions and PGA Tour regulars.

Phil Mickelson
Mickelson wants a U.S. Open victory to finish the profession Grand Slam. He’ll attempt to do it in his thirty first begin within the occasion.

Tommy Fleetwood
Lucas Herbert

Harris English
After almost a five-month layoff due to hip surgical procedure, English returned two weeks in the past and missed the reduce on the Memorial.

Sepp Straka

Keegan Bradley
The 2011 PGA Championship winner hasn’t fared as effectively within the U.S. Open, lacking the reduce in 4 of his previous 5 begins.

Sergio Garcia
Garcia was a Ryder Cup rookie in 1999, when the Europeans misplaced to the Individuals, 14½ to 13½, at The Nation Membership. Garcia earned 3½ factors, tied with three others for many on the European group.

Jason Kokrak

Stewart Cink
Cink hasn’t completed within the prime 40 within the U.S. Open since a tie for twenty seventh in 2009.

Richard Bland
Denny McCarthy
Min Woo Lee

Francesco Molinari
After a tough three-year stretch, he may be beginning to see the sunshine once more. The native of Italy tied for seventeenth on the AT&T Byron Nelson and tied for twenty sixth on the Memorial.

Thomas Pieters
Erik van Rooyen
Alex Noren

Sam Horsfield
The 25-year-old from England has received 3 times on the DP World Tour since August 2020 to climb to seventy fifth on the earth rating.

Sebastian Munoz
Mackenzie Hughes
Si Woo Kim
Cameron Tringale
Patrick Rodgers
Adri Arnaus
Nick Taylor

Tier IV: Glad to make the reduce

James Piot, final yr’s U.S. Novice champ, not too long ago turned skilled and appeared within the first LIV Golf occasion. Joe Maher/LIV Golf/Getty Photos

They are not anticipated to be among the many contenders until one thing wild occurs.

James Piot
Piot, the 2021 U.S. Novice champion, turned professional in Could after his remaining season at Michigan State. He performed within the first LIV Golf occasion in London.

Lanto Griffin
Kurt Kitayama
Troy Merritt
Beau Hossler
Adam Schenk

Thorbjorn Olesen
The previous European Ryder Cup participant, who was discovered not responsible on costs of sexual assault, being drunk on an plane and assault throughout a flight in August 2019, received the British Masters in Could, his first victory in almost 4 years.

Scott Stallings
Joel Dahmen
Shaun Norris
Danny Lee

Roger Sloan
Sloan, who has made 118 PGA Tour begins, is from Alberta and performed at UTEP. However he’s an enormous Pink Sox fan, so ought to really feel at house in Brookline in his first main begin.

Kevin Chappell
Andrew Putnam
Wyndham Clark
Bo Hoag
Hayden Buckley

Joseph Bramlett
Bramlett, who performed at Stanford, was the youngest participant to ever qualify for the lads’s U.S. Open, at 14, in 2002.

Matthew NeSmith
Victor Perez
Brian Stuard

Grayson Murray
If solely Murray’s golf equipment spoke as loudly as his fingers do on Twitter. He took extra jabs at Kevin Na after he left for LIV Golf.

Jim Furyk
Wil Besseling
Okay.H. Lee

Kalle Samooja
Samooja, from Finland, shot a final-round 64 to select up his first DP World Tour win on the Porsche European Open.

Andrew Novak
Ryan Fox
Joohyung Kim
Richard Mansell

Satoshi Kodaira
Kodaira has received seven occasions on the Japan Golf Tour and as soon as on the PGA Tour, on the 2018 RBC Heritage. This shall be his eleventh begin in a serious.

Yannik Paul
Jonas Blixt
Chan Kim
Chase Seiffert
Callum Tarren

Jed Morgan
The 22-year-old is drawing comparisons to fellow Australian Cameron Smith — due to his sport and his wavy mullet. He received the Australian PGA Championship by a document 11 strokes in January.

Marcel Schneider
Sebastian Soderberg

Tier V: The qualifiers

Listed here are the remaining gamers among the many 66 who aren’t PGA Tour regulars. They went by means of native and remaining qualifying to seize spots within the discipline. The final qualifier to win the U.S. Open was Lucas Glover in 2009.

Erik Barnes
Barnes stocked cabinets at a grocery retailer in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. He is now seventh on the Korn Ferry Tour The 25 with 10 top-25s in 14 begins.

Andrew Beckler
Brady Calkins
Sean Crocker
MJ Daffue
Luke Gannon
Ryan Gerard

Chris Gotterup
Gotterup transferred from Rutgers to Oklahoma and received the Haskins Award and Jack Nicklaus Award because the nationwide participant of the yr.

Keith Greene
Harry Corridor
Rikuya Hoshino
Daijiro Izumida

Sean Jacklin
Jacklin, the son of 1970 U.S. Open winner Tony Jacklin, was the final participant in a U.S. Open qualifier as an alternate and shared medalist honors.

Jinichiro Kozuma
Brandon Matthews
Matt McCarty
Taylor Montgomery

Jesse Mueller
Mueller, a volunteer assistant coach at Grand Canyon College, is enjoying in his second straight main. He made an eagle on his first gap on the PGA Championship — however missed the reduce.

Chris Naegel

Fran Quinn
Quinn, 57, would be the oldest participant to compete within the U.S. Open since Kenny Perry, additionally 57, in 2018. A four-time Korn Ferry Tour winner, Quinn is making his fifth begin within the U.S. Open.

Isaiah Salinda
Davis Shore
Ben Silverman
Todd Sinnott
Sam Stevens
Tomoyasu Sugiyama

Tier VI: The amateurs

Listed here are the newbie gamers who will try to do what stars corresponding to Cantlay, Mickelson, Rahm and Spieth and so many others did on the U.S. Open earlier than turning professional — successful a medal as low newbie.

Sam Bennett

Adrien Dumont de Chassart
The previous Illinois star, who’s from Belgium, was a two-time Massive Ten Golfer of the 12 months.

Nicholas Dunlap
Fred Biondi

Austin Greaser
The North Carolina junior certified for the U.S. Open by ending second within the 2021 U.S. Novice.

Stewart Hagestad
Ben Lorenz
Caleb Manuel
Maxwell Moldovan

William Mouw
The Pepperdine star is the son of a former skilled golfer and grew up on a farm with 35,000 chickens in Chino, California.

Keita Nakajima
Nakajima, from Japan, is the No. 1-ranked participant within the World Novice Golf Rating. He tied for twenty eighth on the Zozo Championship and was forty first on the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Charles Reiter
Laird Shepherd

Michael Thorbjornsen
The Stanford star, who’s from close by Wellesley, Massachusetts, grew to become the second-youngest participant since World Battle II to make the reduce on the U.S. Open at age 17 in 2019.

Travis Vick

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