Golf Rankings for U.S. Open Championship
Luke Donald [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #20
Even though Donald’s history at the U.S. Open is not favorable, he’s finished 12th or better in his last six worldwide starts. In that span he landed two wins and recaptured the No. 1 position on the Official World Golf Rankings chart. On Tour, Donald ranks third in strokes gained – putting, eighth in scoring average and 15th in All-Around Ranking.
Tiger Woods [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1
This new Tiger may not be the most consistent player on a week-to-week basis, but will challenge for victories. In seven starts since March, Woods has won two events with a runner-up performance but has also finished 40th or worse on four occasions. Tiger finished T18 in the 1998 U.S. Open, the most recent Tour event at The Olympic Club. He currently ranks first in total driving, third in scoring average and fourth in All-Around Ranking.
Lee Westwood [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #33
Aside from a poor showing at THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, Westwood has been solid stateside with three top-fives in half a dozen stroke play events. On the European Tour he’s collected a pair of wins, including last week in the Nordea Masters. Westwood finished T7 in the 1998 U.S. Open.
Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #6
After missing three straight cuts in worldwide events, McIlroy rebounded last week at TPC Southwind with a T7. The timing couldn’t be better as McIlroy is the defending champion of the U.S. Open, winning at Congressional last year. McIlroy was a top-five machine for nearly a year before this sudden slide, so hopefully the turnaround may come just as quick.
Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4
After shooting a 79 in the opening round of the Memorial, Mickelson withdrew from the event sighting fatigue after three finishes of seventh or better in his previous five starts. Lefty has never won the U.S. Open, but has finished second on five occasions and finished T10 in the 1998 edition. Mickelson ranks fourth in birdie average, 12th in scoring average and 10th in All-Around Ranking.
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #9
As an amateur player back in 1998, Kuchar recorded an impressive T14 finish in the 1998 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club. Kuchar is now back to his consistent ways this season with six top-15s in his last eight starts, highlighted by a win at THE PLAYERS. He ranks first in scoring average, 10th in greens in regulation percentage and 11th in All-Around Ranking.
Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #11
Since taking time off to recover from a back injury, Johnson finished T19 at the Memorial and won last week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic. DJ competed at The Olympic Club in the 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship, a match play event. Johnson finished T23 in last year’s U.S. Open at Congressional after an epic final round meltdown cost him the crown in 2010 at Pebble Beach.
Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #5
After a successful two-event jaunt on the European Tour (highlighted by a share of second at the BMW PGA Championship), Rose returned to the states with a solo eighth at the Memorial. In 10 Tour events he’s registered one win, five top-10s and seven top-10s. On Tour, Rose sits third in greens in regulation percentage, sixth in scoring average, 19th in total driving and sixth in All-Around Ranking.
Jason Dufner [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #16
Following a pair of wins and a solo second in a span of four events, Dufner took a few weeks off to prepare for the U.S. Open. While those performances didn’t feature a field of this caliber, Dufner’s hot streak cannot be dismissed. Dufner ranks third in birdie average, fifth in scoring average, fifth in total driving and second in All-Around Ranking.
Rickie Fowler [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #53
Fowler entered the final round of play at the Memorial in third, but a disastrous round of 84 knocked him down to finish T52. Fowler competed at The Olympic Club in the 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship. He sits third in total driving and 16th in All-Around Ranking.
Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #22
Since missing the cut at The Honda Classic, Furyk has notched eight straight finishes inside the top 30 with six top-15s. Furyk is second in driving accuracy percentage, fourth in scoring average and 20th in All-Around Ranking. He finished T14 in the 1998 U.S. Open.
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #26
Following his playoff victory at the Masters, Watson finished T18 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and missed the cut at the Memorial. Even before winning at Augusta, he began 2012 on quite a roll so this recent slip is indeed a surprise. Watson ranks first in driving distance, fifth in birdie average, 12th in total driving, 14th in scoring average and eighth in All-Around Ranking.