US Open Winner Prediction Isn’t Going To Come As A Shock With Erin Hills Playing Well For The Long Driver
The US Open teed of this morning at Erin Hills, the eleven year old course is hosting it’s first major and the conditions regarding the fescue have created a lot of talk around golf. But all eyes have turned towards the competition and predicting who will win this weekend and take home the years second Major.
Now I have a prediction, and it isn’t one that should take any of you by surprise.
Erin Hills is a links style golf course that favors the long drivers, players like Jordan Speith, Bubba Watson, and Dustin Johnson should all be in play this weekend with the course favoring their playing style. Johnson though is my pick to win this years US Open, Johnson is a long drive player who can open his fade to reach ridiculous distances on his drive.
Johnson’s wife, Paulina Gretzkey gave birth to his second son River Jones Johnson only a couple of days ago. With the birth of his son Johnson’s practice schedule has been thrown off and that means his playing time on the course ahead of the US Open will be limited. While some might think that is a distraction for Johnson, I believe that he will use it as motivation to have a strong showing at Erin Hills.
Johnson, 32, is the world ranked #1 and in 9 US Open starts has made the cut into Sunday an impressive 8 times and is the reigning US Open Champion.
Being a reigning US Open Champion is usually not a good thing, no champion has defended their title since Curtis Strange in 1989. But Johnson is the biggest hitter on the field and Erin Hills favors his playing style. Johnson is the best player at the US Open and he has been almost unbeatable in 2017.
The betting odds also favor my pick with Johnson currently the odds on favorite at +750. Johnson missed out at the chance at the first major of the year by slipping down the steps at his rental property ahead of the Masters. Johnson tried to gut it out but pulled out of the 2016 Masters ahead of day 1 play, this time around Johnson will turn out on top.