Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson & Rickie Fowler Lead this week’s PGA Tour Power Rankings at the U.S. Open

Shinnecock Hills truly gives the players a taste of Scotland with its sandy soil, fescue, short grass around the greens, lack of trees and unpredictable ocean winds. Experience isn’t needed…it’s required.

The U.S. Open is returning to Shinnecock Hills for just the fifth time, the last time the Open was held here was 2004. This week’s field is set and will featured the top 60 players in the world—truly magnificent—as well as 19 amateurs.

History hopes not to repeat itself: in 2004, USGA officials were caught completely off-guard after overnight winds and over-cooked greens caused Sunday chaos for the field. Most golfers were unable to keep their ball from falling off the 7th green, and that was after the USGA began watering the green in between groups.

And what does history have to say about one golf’s ultimate treasures?

Legendary golf writer, Herbert Warren Wind, wrote this after Shinnecock Hills opened: “the United States for the first time had a golf course that looked like a golf course. [The crew] removed the blueberry bushes from the rough, utilized the Indian burial mounds as obstacles before the greens or made them into sand traps, cropped and manicured the sandy turf…Shinnecock Hills, in addition to being the first golf club on Long Island, the first in America to be incorporated and the first to have a clubhouse, assured itself one further distinction: it was the first golf club to establish a waiting list.”

 

Power Rankings:

  1. Jon Rahm (No. 5 OWGR)
  2. Dustin Johnson (No. 1)
  3. Rickie Fowler (No. 7)
  4. Jason Day (No. 8)
  5. Justin Thomas (No. 2)
  6. Justin Rose (No. 3)
  7. Rory McIlroy (No. 6)
  8. Phil Mickelson (No. 20)
  9. Brooks Koepka (No. 9)
  10. Patrick Reed (No. 13)
  11. Hideki Matsuyama (No. 10)
  12. Webb Simpson (No. 21)
  13. Henrik Stenson (No. 17)
  14. Bryson DeChambeau (No. 22)
  15. Tommy Fleetwood (No. 12)
  16. Louis Oosthuizen (No. 33)
  17. Matt Kuchar (No. 25)
  18. Jimmy Walker (No. 55)
  19. Marc Leishman (No. 14)
  20. Jordan Spieth (No. 4)

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