It is time for the 116th installment of the U.S. Open, which means that golfing enthusiasts everywhere are discussing their U.S. Open predictions. This year’s championship takes place June 16-19, at the Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh. South Florida golf courses began local qualifying in May and the competition was fierce like always. Deer Creek Golf Club, a championship golf course located in Deerfield Beach, challenged the skills of both amateur and professional golfers in order to find the absolute best local golfers. In total, 72 countries played host to thousands of golfers, all meeting the minimum requirement of a USGA handicap index of 1.4 or lower.
Sectional qualifying, known as “Golf’s Longest Day” took place in the U.S. on June 6, and the pros and amateurs who made it through can now expect to play in one of the most coveted golf championships in the golfing world. For the rest, although they will not be playing in U.S. Open, they can always scratch that golf itch by taking their clubs to a championship golf course in South Florida and begin practicing for next year.
Of all the U.S. Open predictions, there are a few players who are exempt from the U.S. Open qualifier. Some of the most notable names include:
Jordan Spieth – Spieth was last year’s U.S. Open and Masters winner, which guarantees him a spot in this year’s competition. This year’s Masters was a disappointment for Spieth; however, he is still favored to win, according to the current U.S. Open predictions.
Jason Day – Day is widely considered one of the best, regardless of what South Florida golf course he is on, and his standings certainly reflect that. Although he has two runner-up positions in past U.S. Open championships (2014 and 2011), he has yet to win the title.
Louis Oosthuizen – South African born Oosthuizen was last year’s U.S. Open runner up. Odds are against him (40:1) and he’s currently in the 14th position favored to win. Despite the odds, this underdog player should not be counted out when it comes to U.S. Open predictions. Oosthuizen picked up a second major win last year at the British Open and he’s in good form – making him a wise bet to make.
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