Golf Rankings for U.S. Open Championship
After a quick start to the season Stricker only added one top-10 in his last five events and missed his first cut in years. However, Stricker's success has rarely translated in this event. Even though Stricker finished T5 in the 1998 U.S. Open, his recent performance makes it hard to believe he’ll challenge for a similar result this time.
Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #22
After a win at Redstone, Mahan finished T12 at the Masters, but has not been as successful since. In his last four starts he missed his first cut of the season and scored just one top-20. Mahan ranks fifth in greens in regulation percentage and 10th in total driving.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #26
After a pair of runner-up performances and a win at Colonial in a span of four starts, Johnson missed the cut last week at Southwind. Don’t expect him to stay down for long. ZJ is good for sixth in strokes gained – putting, seventh in scoring average and 12th in All-Around Ranking.
Bo Van Pelt [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #25
Van Pelt enters the U.S. Open with three straight top-20s after withdrawing from Quail Hollow due to a wrist injury. BVP ranks fourth in strokes gained – putting, ninth in birdie average, sixth in total driving and third in All-Around Ranking.
Since finishing T27 at the Masters, Byrd has taken flight with four straight top-12 finishes. While not considered an elite player, the run Byrd is currently on makes him a legitimate dark horse this week.
Peter Hanson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #20
Hanson has fared well against the big boys on Tour this season. He finished T4 at Doral, T3 at the Masters and T15 at THE PLAYERS. Hanson has also finished inside the top 20 in three straight U.S. Open starts.
Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #17
Garcia has finished inside the top 20 in seven of his 10 worldwide stroke play events this season and is coming off a T3 at the Nordea Masters. With four straight finishes of 22nd or better with a pair of top-10s in the U.S. Open, Garcia has been a steady performer in this event despite the fully loaded fields.
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #7
In just six Tour stroke play events, Scott has registered four finishes inside the top 20. However, he’s coming off a missed cut at the Byron Nelson and a T46 at the Memorial. Scott has struggled at the U.S. Open, but his limited 2012 schedule has (for the most part) been beneficial to him.
Ian Poulter [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #12
Over his last six worldwide stroke play events, Poulter has landed four top-15s and is coming off a T10 at the BMW PGA Championship
Charl Schwartzel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #16
After a quick start to 2012, Schwartzel hit a rough patch with two missed cuts in late March and a disappointing T50 in his title defense at the Masters. Schwartzel quickly recovered with three straight finishes inside the top 20 in stroke play events.
Martin Kaymer [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #28
In eight worldwide stroke play events this season, Kaymer has earned six top-20s, two coming stateside. Since peaking at No. 1 on the OWGR chart a year ago, he has slowly dropped to No. 11. Kaymer is among the top European players, but has not always fared well against the best players on Tour.
Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #19
After a T13 at TPC Louisiana and a solo fourth at Quail Hollow, Simpson has missed two straight cuts. He competed at The Olympic Club in the 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship.