The second major of the season is about to start a day from now in Erin, Wisconsin, outside of Milwaukee. One of the most intriguing storylines from Wednesday is that Phil Mickelson’s caddie, who is best known as Bones, is there but Phil is not.
That is because Mickelson has decided to go to his daughter’s graduation in California instead of the U.S. Open. The graduation is in the morning and the tee time is in the afternoon. Phil Mickelson is a superstar, but last time I checked he doesn’t have Superman speed, so it is highly unlikely he will get to Erin in time. Even though Mickelson has not officially dropped out yet, don’t put him on your fantasy roster this weekend.
Now let’s focus on the golfers who are guaranteed to play tomorrow. I really like an international leaderboard over the next four days with not a lot of American flags.
The one golfer who you should consider is Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy. The 28 year-old is coming off a rib injury, but says he is ready for the U.S. Open. Even though the four-time major champion has not won in 2017 so far, he has four top ten finishes and has not missed the cut in any of the events he has participated in this year on the PGA Tour. Other golfers you should consider are Masters champion Sergio Garcia of Spain, Francesco Molinari of Italy, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, England’s Justin Rose, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and Germany’s Martin Kaymer.
One statistic I advise you not to analyze when picking golfers this week is driving accuracy. That is because the fairways at Erin Hills are very wide, so making the greens in regulation should not be as problematic as it has been at previous U.S. Opens. Even though Steve Stricker is number one on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy at 72.85%, he should not be a contender this weekend.