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Winged Foot looks to be a test unlike anything we’ve seen in quite some time. Hitting the fairway is a premium this week with extremely penal rough that’s going to create some big numbers and the wildly undulated greens are going to be unbelievably demanding on the short game. It’s also not a short course by any means, either, players are going to have to hit driver.
The U.S. Open was last held at Winged Foot in 2006 when Geoff Ogilvy won at 5-over.
Three Picks To Win The 2020 U.S. Open
Favorite Pick To Win
You can look at Collin Morikawa in two different lights heading into this week. Either as a player that could possibly suffer from a ‘major hangover’ after winning the PGA Championship last month or as a proven player entering the event with all the confidence in the world and still one of the best ball-strikers in the game. We’re going with the latter.
Morikawa’s game fits any golf course on the planet. No, he’s not the longest hitter in the world, but he makes up for that by hitting plenty of fairways then finding the dance floor with his approach. Morikawa finished last season ranked second on Tour in strokes gained: approach to go along with the 15th best scoring average.
He enters the week with two wins and three other Top 20 finishes in his last seven starts.
Dark Horse Pick To Win
The 28-year-old Englishman enters the week in strong form. He missed the cut at the PGA Championship for what was his shortened week since the Tour’s restart but finished worse than T-25 only once in his six other starts. Hatton also won the Arnold Palmer Invitational back in March just prior to the Tour hitting pause on its season due to the pandemic.
As far as the numbers go, Hatton’s don’t really show any weakness in his game. He finished this past season ranked eighth on Tour in strokes gained: total and fourth in strokes gained: approach. Averaging over 301 yards off the tee will help him as well, plus, he’s a guy that knows how to fill it up finishing second on Tour in birdie average last season.
Hatton finished T-21 in last year’s U.S. Open and T-6 back in 2018.
250-1 Longshot Pick To Win
Brandon Wu is a name everyone needs to circle for years to come. The 23-year-old Stanford product turned pro last October and debuted on Tour with a T-17 finish at the Houston Open. Without full PGA Tour status, Wu has played the majority of his golf on the Korn Ferry Tour and enters this week just two weeks removed from winning the Korn Ferry Tour Championship.
Like both Hatton and Morikawa, Wu is a ball-striking machine finishing second on the Korn Ferry Tour in greens in regulation percentage. He’s no stranger to major championship golf, either, having finished T-35 in last year’s U.S. Open as an amateur and earning a spot in The Open a year ago as well.
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