What is it going to take to win the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin? Which golfers are best suited to hoist the trophy Sunday?
Well, answering the first question first: While Erin Hills is a new U.S. Open venue, we can be assured the USGA will prefer the same elements it always does: accurate driving with a touch of power, precise approach shots, deft scrambling from penal bunkers and closely mown areas around the green…oh, and avoiding three-putts. In other words: The USGA endeavors to test all facets of a player’s game.
So, to win, a player must manage the excruciating mental challenge that is competing and maintaining composure for 72 holes in a U.S. Open. Beyond that, capable driving and deft approach play into Erin Hills’ greens are key. Obviously, we like to see a player flashing good form with past quality play at the season’s second major.