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Ranking all 156 players in the 2018 U.S. Open with Dustin Johnson leading the way

Rank each participant in the U.S. Open discipline from high to backside?! It’ll be “fun,” my editor stated. Take it as a “little challenge,” my editor stated. What my editor did not inform me was that I’d find yourself locking myself in a room for half a day with three pots of espresso and so much much less leg hair (I haven’t got hair on my head to tug out). Here’s your checklist, and in the event you see a man strolling from Shinnecock Hills towards Bristol, Connecticut, it is simply me taking some uncooked, seven-day-old shrimp to my editor. You know, as a thanks!

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1. Dustin Johnson
The new world No. 1 is blessed with the reminiscence of a goldfish and could not care much less that nobody has received the week earlier than the U.S. Open after which received the U.S. Open. DJ’s A-game is best than everybody else’s A-game proper now.

2. Justin Rose
Coming off a powerful win at Colonial two weeks in the past, Rose looks as if a man constructed for giant main moments. This week will really feel much like when he completed second to Sergio Garcia at the Masters.

three. Rickie Fowler
Late final 12 months I picked Rickie to win the Masters and the U.S. Open. If not for some regular play from Patrick Reed in April at Augusta, properly … Now, Fowler performs his first occasion as an engaged man, and he is a bridesmaid (type of) once more.

Four. Rory McIlroy
After frustratingly lacking the reduce at the Players Championship, McIlroy has completed second in a European Tour occasion and tied for eighth at the Memorial. Wide, receptive fairways this week at Shinnecock Hills will deliver McIlroy again into the combine for his second U.S. Open title.

5. Jordan Spieth
Isn’t Spieth coming off a missed reduce at Memorial? Yes, however Spieth at all times finds a way to determine it out. Since the 2016 U.S. Open. He has bounced again from a missed reduce to win solely as soon as, that was when he whiffed at the Players and received the Byron Nelson. The participant who does not appear in type however performs nice in majors — Jordan Spieth.

6. Jason Day
Remember that point Jason Day and Jordan Spieth began battling at Chambers Bay when Day acquired vertigo? Imagine that Jason Day with out vertigo. No must think about — he is right here this week.

7. Justin Thomas
Sure, he could have misplaced the No. 1 rating, nevertheless it ain’t as a result of he is enjoying unhealthy. Since profitable the 2017 PGA Championship, Thomas has completed exterior the high 22 simply as soon as.

eight. Brooks Koepka
Some guys, after taking an damage timeout, come again by lacking some cuts and slowly get again to enjoying type. Koepka already has a T-11 at the Players Championship adopted by a runner-up at the Colonial. This defending champ will not give again his title so simply.

9. Bryson DeChambeau
Here is Sleeper No. 1. The winner of this 12 months’s Memorial Tournament hasn’t had a terrific observe file at the U.S. Open. Two missed cuts (2015, 2017) and a T-15 (2016). Still, do not underestimate the energy of profitable at Jack’s place leading into this U.S. Open.

10. Patrick Cantlay
Hello, Sleeper No. 2 (in the event you can name the 29th ranked participant in the world a “sleeper”). Sure, his win was technically in 2017, however throughout this present season, he is not resting on his laurels. He comes in this week off a T-Four at the Memorial.

11. Tommy Fleetwood
12. Thorbjorn Olesen
13. Bubba Watson
14. Rafael Cabrera Bello
15. Xander Schauffele
16. Jon Rahm
17. Shane Lowry
18. Brendan Steele
19. Louis Oosthuizen
20. Patrick Reed
21. Charl Schwartzel
22. Hideki Matsuyama
23. Kevin Kisner
24. Jason Dufner
25. Matthew Fitzpatrick

It’s been a decade since Tiger Woods received his final main title. It got here at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

26. Tiger Woods
27. Henrik Stenson
28. Sergio Garcia
29. Webb Simpson
30. Francesco Molinari
31. Alex Noren
32. Kevin Chappell
33. Charley Hoffman
34. Sebastian Munoz
35. Alexander Levy
36. Steve Stricker
37. Kyle Stanley
38. Ian Poulter
39. Richie Ramsay
40. Cameron Smith
41. Adam Scott
42. Braden Thornberry
43. Peter Uihlein
44. Marc Leishman
45. Daniel Berger
46. Charles Howell III
47. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
48. Gary Woodland
49. Lucas Glover

Zach Johnson is aware of tips on how to win main championships. Length, although, could possibly be a problem at this U.S. Open. Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire

50. Jhonattan Vegas
51. Paul Casey
52. Aaron Baddeley
53. Branden Grace
54. Adam Hadwin
55. Jimmy Walker
56. Ross Fisher
57. Chesson Hadley
58. Keegan Bradley
59. Lanto Griffin
60. Russell Knox
61. Ryan Lumsden (a)
62. Danny Willett
63. Philip Barbaree
64. Tony Finau
65. Russell Henley
66. Zach Johnson
67. Dylan Frittelli
68. Noah Goodwin (a)
69. Harry Ellis
70. Christopher Babcock
71. Mickey DeMorat
72. Bill Haas
73. Andrew Johnston
74. Martin Kaymer

Matt Kuchar remains to be looking for his first main title. Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire

75. Tyrrell Hatton
76. Roberto Castro
77. Dean Burmester
78. Brian Harman
79. Tyler Duncan
80. Sungjae Im
81. Brian Gay
82. Haotong Li
83. Mackenzie Hughes
84. Patrick Rodgers
85. Jacob Bergeron (a)
86. Matt Kuchar
87. Ernie Els
88. Scott Gregory
89. Si Woo Kim
90. Doug Ghim
91. Jim Furyk
92. Stewart Hagestad
93. Shintaro Ban (a)
94. Theo Humphrey (a)
95. Matt Jones
96. Satoshi Kodaira
97. Luis Gagne (a)
98. Luke List
99. Graeme McDowell

The U.S. Open is the one lacking piece in Phil Mickelson’s checklist of main accomplishments. Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire

100. Eric Axley
101. Ryan Fox
102. Tom Lewis
103. Phil Mickelson
104. Aaron Wise
105. Harold Varner III
106. Tim Wilkinson
107. Michael Block
108. Dylan Meyer
109. Cameron Wilson
110. Brian Stuard
111. Kristoffer Reitan
112. Scott Stallings
113. Brandt Snedeker
114. Richy Werenski
115. Will Grimmer
116. Jason Scrivener
117. David Bransdon
118. David Gazzolo
119. Timothy Wiseman (a)
120. Paul Waring
121. Ollie Schniederjans
122. Tyler Strafaci (a)
123. Franklin Huang (a)
124. Matt Wallace
125. Wenchong Liang
126. Shubhankar Sharma
127. Rhett Rasmussen (a)
128. Pat Perez
129. Calum Hill
130. Sulman Raza
131. Michael Putnam
132. Trey Mullinax
133. Shota Akiyoshi
134. Sung Joon Park
135. Lucas Herbert
136. Matthieu Pavon
137. Chris Naegel
138. William Zalatoris
139. Matt Parziale
140. James Morrison
141. Garrett Rank
142. Sebastian Vazquez
143. Kenny Perry
144. Byeong Hun An
145. Michael Hebert
146. Cole Miller
147. Chun An Yu (a)
148. Sam Burns
149. Ryan Evans
150. Emiliano Grillo
151. Rikua Hoshino
152. Michael Miller
153. Scott Piercy
154. Ted Potter Jr.
155. Chez Reavie
156. Matthew Southgate

* (a) denotes novice

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