The rough is thick, fairways narrow, greens as quick as they come and the course is lined with over 200 bunkers. The infamous eighth hole is a mere 300-yard Par 3. Scoring won’t be low and due to the nature of the course, not every winner at Oakmont is a household name.
Every component of your game must click – driving, approach play, chipping and putting. With that in mind let’s assess who might and who might not be in contention this week.
With narrow fairways and heavy rough, consistency off the tee will be crucial. Tournament favourite Jason Day has been wild off the tee lately and may struggle at Oakmont. Likewise, the wait may go on before six-time U.S. Open runner-up Phil Mickelson completes his career grand slam.
My first pick for the week is Rickie Fowler. He has no real weakness and ranks well in each of the four areas, but a major still evades him. If he is to break his duck here he must improve on his recent form and his putter will need to be hot. At best-price 33/1 he’s a good bet.