The 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills begins Thursday. Who are your win, place and show picks, and what will the winning score be?
Alan Shipnuck: Dustin four under, Day two under, Kuchar one under.
Jeff Ritter: Spieth wins at eight under. Fowler and DJ two back.
Alan Bastable: No one is talking about Brandon Grace anymore, but after top-five finishes in the last two U.S. Opens, he’s ripe to win one. This is his year. I like him at nine under. Kevin Chappell finishes second. Lee Westwood will pull a Lee Westwood: threaten for 54 holes, then finish third, fourth or fifth.
Joe Passov: I’ve been picking Spieth since 2015, primarily because it was defensible: He’s pretty good at this game, and he came close at the 2011 U.S. Amateur held at Erin Hills, where he was 2 up with five to play in the quarterfinals before losing. With no Puget Sound, but good greens, Erin Hills’ look and scale will remind some of Chambers Bay, where Spieth won his U.S. Open in 2015, beating DJ by a stroke. Look for the same result this time. Spieth will finish eight under. DJ is the best player in the game right now, and he wins at all kinds of courses, but he’ll finish seven under. Should be awesome.
Josh Berhow: Dustin Johnson wins at five under, Justin Rose is the runner-up for the second straight major and Mr. Lee Westwood is third.
Michael Bamberger: Jon Rahm, Pat Perez, Paul Casey.
Josh Sens: Rose five under, Spieth four under, Rahm even.
Sean Zak: I’ve convinced myself that Jason Day will continue his recent solid form and that Erin Hills will play very similar to Whistling Straits (at least for him). Not to the extent of 20 under, obviously, but I like him to win at something like seven under. Jordan Spieth and Jamie Lovemark (dark horse!) round out the top three.
Marika Washchyshyn: Dustin at eight under, Spieth at six under and Sergio rounds out the group at five under for good measure. Also, how about a Monday playoff between DJ and Spieth? We haven’t had one of those in awhile.