2020 U.S. Open picks, predictions, favorites: One of these nine golfers will win at Winged Foot

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This year’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club seems to be more open than most. A great chipper could win here. Somebody who hits every fairway would win here. World-class putters could have an all-time week. However, as is always the case with major championships, the tournament will most likely come down to 15 or so (in our case, nine) of the best players in the world.

Winged Foot has a way of identifying great ones. From Bobby Jones to Billy Casper to Hale Irwin, Winged Foot’s five U.S. Open winners combined to win 16 major championships. The only player to win his first and only major at Winged Foot was Geoff Ogilvy, who was a star for a long time on the PGA Tour. So with all respect to the Troy Merritts of the world, we need to focus on stars (or future stars) this week

If there are any holes in your game this week, you’re cooked. That’s why we have to focus on stars — the Xander Schauffeles and Justin Thomases of the world. They don’t have holes — or they have fewer of them than most — and they’ll need that wide variety of shots and skills to win this week. 

“This is the epitome of a golf course where it’s just hard, it kind of in your face all day, especially that finish, where the best golfer will win this week,” said 2012 U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson. I think there have been setups in the past where you could argue that a great golfer with a good amount of luck won that week, but you’re not going to have that here at Winged Foot. It’s going to be whoever wins on Sunday is the best golfer here for the week.”

With that in mind and Winged Foot just ahead, these are the nine guys I think can win the U.S. Open this week.

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