Starts: 16th June 2022
Course: The Country Club
Length: 7,264 yards
2021 Champion: Jon Rahm
The Country Course has not been used for a U.S. Open since 1988 and was last played by professionals at the 1999 Ryder Cup. Matt Fitzpatrick won the 2013 U.S. Amatuer Championship here. Other notables that week were Corey Conners semi-finalist and Scottie Scheffler quarter finalist.
In an event known for the thickest rough, the last six US Open winners - Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka (twice), Gary Woodland, Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm - all ranked outside the top 60 for driving accuracy the week they won. However, 'bomb and gouge' has become the order of the day and length is a definite advantage. With that said, long fescue awaits wild drives this week and we may see the bombers punished more than usual.
Course Designer: Willie Campbell 1895 with Gil Hanse restoration 2020.
US Open last played here: 1988
Type of Course: Parkland, Classical.
Fairways: Bentgrass Grass
Rough: Rye with Kentucky Bluegrass, Thick, Fescue waiting wide of the rough.
Greens: Small, Bentgrass
Premium on: Greens in Regulation
For a real understanding of the course, this short 11 minute guide will give you a great idea of what to expect.
The lead up to the event looks fairly dry with temperatures reaching up to 70 degrees Farenheit. Potential thunderstorms are forecast for the Monday before play starts and then again on Friday of the event.
Partly Cloudy, Max winds 17mph.
Scattered Thunderstorms, Max winds 15mph.
PM Showers, Max winds 16mph.
Partly Cloudy, Max winds 14mph.
The US Open winning score has varied significantly over the years. Since 2008 we have seen scores range from +1 to -16. Rahm won last year with -6, which was also the score needed for a playoff here at The Country Club back in 1988.
Price of Winner
Gary Woodland (2019) is the only winner to start in excess of 50/1 in the past 9 years.
Most players will have limited playing experience here but it won't hurt those with fond memories of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Four of the past six champions had recorded a top 10 in their last two starts. The 2021 winner, Jon Rahm, was due to win at Memorial before having to WD with Covid and was 8th the week before that at the PGA.
Six of the last seven winners have been from the USA but prior to that there were four Europeans in five years.
The US Open has been a younger man's Major in recent times with the last 13 winners being 35 or less on the day they lifted the trophy. Of those 13, twelve were under 32.
It has also been an event which has favoured first time Major winners in recent years with 10 of the past 13 claiming their first Major. However, it's not an event to record your first ever win in America - only one winner from the past 13 did not have a previous PGA Tour title.
US Open Exposure
As with the Open Championship, prior experience of playing in a US Open is essential. In the last 12 years, only one player has won a US Open without previously having a top-25 finish, and every winner in the last 12 years has made at least one previous US Open appearance.
2021: Only one of the top 5 was ranked outside the top 25 in the world - Guido Migliozzi (107th). The other four were all established winners.
2020: The top 5 at Winged Foot last year comprised three players inside the world's top 30 and two who had previously won on the PGA Tour. It is a similar story through the years:
2019: The top 6 comprised five players within the world's top 30 and one player who had won on the PGA Tour before.
2018: Four of the top 5 were in the world's top 30 and the other player, Tony Finau (ranked 37th), had won on the PGA Tour before.
2017: The top seven comprised four players inside the top 30. Two had won on the PGA Tour before and one who had not won but would win twice later that year (Xander Schauffele)
2016: Four of the top six were inside the top 30 and the other two had both won on the PGA Tour before.
We are looking for a player with high SG: Approach and long off the tee. This year, players who can putt on Poa Annua greens are also a massive bonus.
Every US Open champion in the past five years has ranked inside the top 25 for Driving Distance.
Only one winner in the past five years has ranked inside the top 25 for Driving Accuracy.
SG: Off The Tee
A mixed bag. Rankings have been -2-44-43-7. A strong driver is always favoured at a U.S. Open.
Four winners in the past five years have ranked inside the top 4. Jon Rahm was the only one to not, but still ranked in the top 20. It is absolutely vital to hit good iron shots at the US Open.
SG: Around The Green
Bryson DeChambeau ranked 5th in 2020 but the three champions before him and Jon Rahm (after him) ranked no better than 50th.
You need to putt well to win a US Open, Rahm ranked top 30 last year, Bryson ranked 25th in 2020 but the three champions before him ranked 5th, 5th and 4th.
Fast or Slow Start
Of the past 23 U.S. Open winners, 20 have been within four shots of the lead after round one.
US Open winners more often than not come from the 3rd round leader or those closest to him. Eleven of the past fourteen winners have been first or second after 54 holes. However, Jon Rahm came from three shots back last year to win.