This week, as the pros scour Oakmont’s brutal conditions in search of a winning strategy, our Top 100 Teachers weigh in on three big U.S. Open questions. Who is most likely to emerge triumphant from the battle with those beastly greens? What will the winner’s score be? And will Phil Mickelson ever complete his grand slam?
First up: Forty percent chose World No. 1 Jason Day to win. Day heads into the U.S. Open on the heels of a spectacular 2016—he’s won three times on the PGA Tour this year alone. With 16% of the vote, last year’s winner Jordan Spieth comes in second behind Day. In support of Spieth, one teacher wrote: “A great putter is needed for Oakmont greens.”
Jordan Spieth’s putter may be hot, but will that be enough to keep his score under par? Forty-five percent of the Top 100 believe that the winning score at Oakmont will be even par to three over. Much depends on the whims of the weather.
Oakmont will certainly claim victims this week. Could it also gift Phil Mickelson with the elusive U.S. Open victory missing from his career grand slam? The Teachers were nearly unanimous: it’s now or never for Lefty. Ninety-three percent believe that if Mickelson doesn’t win this year, he’ll never capture a U.S. Open title.