There's Gold in Them There Hills

Last year’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills was very much a celebration of American golf, with all but two of the top 12 places filled by players wearing the Stars & Stripes on their sleeves. But as Mike Wilson writes, with five overseas players occupying the top-10 players on the Official World Golf Ranking, this year’s event at Shinnecock Hills could be much more of an international affair

Brooks Koepka won his first Major at the 2017 U.S. Open Championship

Meanwhile, Jason Day, fresh from his win at the Wells Fargo Championship, another ‘W’ to his name this term at the Farmers Championship. And he is already a Major champion having won the 2015 U.S. PGA has a fine U.S. Open record, four top-10s in succession from 2013 before missing the cut at Erin Hills last year.

Jordan Spieth has yet to record a victory on the 2017/18 PGA TOUR, sitting down in 30th place on the FedEx Cup Rankings. But he’s a big-game player, witness his record of three Major titles in just five years in the paid ranks, he could conceivably become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2000 to hold Open Championships on both sides of the Atlantic simultaneously.

And then there is Rickie Fowler, current holder of that least-wanted sobriquet in golf - The best player never to win a Major, runner-up at Augusta and the OHL Classic - Can he go one better at Shinnecock Hills?

That’s an interesting question. But there is something about Fowler come the final day on the biggest stages of all, in orange and contention, something similar happens as it did to Lee Westwood. Perhaps yet to convince himself that when the door opens, he’s big enough and good enough to step through it, flattering to deceive, perhaps destined to be the bridesmaid and never the bride?


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