It’s time for another Golf Major and this time, it’ll be the US Open 2021.
The US Open will be played in the Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, CA. Being also played for the first time in the summer season in nearly two years and will go on without Tiger Woods.
While the tournament will go on without Woods, if you are looking for history making moments, Phil Mickelson has emerged as one of the prime candidates to win this after his PGA victory last month. So, many are locking in their picks and now it’s time to look at some potential sleepers! Let’s take a look.
Jon Rahm – Spain.
Many will debate that he is easily a top pick. However, for many others his value has depreciated ever since testing positive for COVID-19 and being forced to withdraw from Memorial tournament with a 6-stroke lead. Some are even questioning if he would be 100% to compete in a course that will surely be demanding.
The Torrey Pines course brings an oceanside element which will test how Golfers read their aim as they make their way thru the course. In addition, this course has a variety of holes that many of the participants should walk away happy with a par if possible. For me, Rahm just needs that moment to truly get out of his funk and this may be it. Jon will need to keep his emotions in check and maintain composure to fully succeed if possible. Hydration will be key for him, especially coming off of COVID-19.
Xander Schauffele – USA.
Coming into the US Open, the 27-year old and San Diego native will be in his element especially surrounded by his home crowd.
Xander tends to be the guy that falls out of favor to names like Koepka, DeChambeau, Johnson and Rory. Yet, in the past 3 majors including the Masters, Xander has been nothing short of impressive! Could the US open 2021 tournament finally be the moment that he clings onto a major victory in 2021? I truly think so and believe he very well may be. Let’s go Xander!
Louis Oosthuizen – South Africa
One of the most unexpected top 5 guys currently! King Louis has finished in the top 5 in the previous majors this year including a T-2 at last month’s PGA Championship. While his only major win was back in 2010 in the Open Championship, it could be time and long due time for Louis to raise a trophy this week. Currently the odds are going at 45-1, so he is definitely a sleeper! Do yourself a favor, and pick him up! He might just be your US open 2021 winner!
Francesco Molinari – Italy
If there is anybody that highly needs to turn his performances around, is no other than Molinari!
The Italian has struggled to manage his driver shot and in many occasions put himself in a position to miss cuts. Francesco barely made the cut at this years’ Masters, and has struggled missing back-to-back cuts like at the Wells Fargo Championship and the PGA. Francesco can and should be able to turn it around at this course. Perhaps, taking Molinari is a risky move but with the potential of a top 20 finish!
While there is plenty of sports activity happening this weekend, the open can’t be one that should be missed.
Thank you for taking the time to read this! Let me know what you think and share with your friends! Good luck to all participating and good luck to those taking on golf pools this weekend.
~Diego Galvis (@Diego_TheDJ on Twitter)
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