The testing Shinnecock Hills Golf Course will play host to the 2018 U.S. Open Golf this week, as some of the world’s finest players descend on Suffolk County, New York, in pursuit of one of the biggest prizes in the sport.
The 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills is just around the corner. The already-incredible professional season is set to get even crazier at the second major of the year, with a large group of top golfers playing well going into the week.
Brooks Koepka is the defending champion here, after he clinched his first major title at Erin Hills 12 months ago.
The bookmakers have made 2016 champion Dustin Johnson the early favourite, although the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Justin Thomas are a selection of players who will rival him for top spot.
U.S. Open Golf 2018 Tee Times
Thursday, No. 1 tee / Friday, No. 10 tee
6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Harold Varner, TBA, Matthieu Pavon
6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Michael Putnam, Scott Gregory, Will Zalatoris
7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Brendan Steele, Chesson Hadley, (a) Harry Ellis
7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Jhonattan Vegas, Dylan Frittelli, (a) Doug Ghim
7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Louis Oosthuizen, Jimmy Walker, Justin Rose
7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka
7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Tyrrell Hatton Danny Willett, Ian Poulter
8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Kevin Chappell, Andrew Johnston, Daniel Berger
8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Matt Kuchar
8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Thorbjorn Olesen, Shubhankar Sharma, Patrick Rodgers
8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Lanto Griffin, Tom Lewis, (a) Jacob Bergeron
8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – (a) Kristoffer Reitan, (a) Luis Gagne, Cole Miller
8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Mickey DeMorat, (a) Tyler Strafaci, Calum Hill
Thursday, No. 10 tee / Friday, No. 1 tee
6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Scott Stallings, Sebastian Munoz, Matthew Southgate
6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Trey Mullinax, (a) Matt Parziale, Jason Scrivener
7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – David Bransdon, Eric Axley, Tyler Duncan
7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – (a) Garrett Rank, Mackenzie Hughes, Aaron Baddeley
7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Alexander Levy, Brian Harman, Patrick Cantlay
7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Paul Casey, Satoshi Kodaira, Branden Grace
7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Zach Johnson, Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Reed
8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson
8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler
8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Charles Howell III, Bill Haas, Charley Hoffman
8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Sungjae Im, Russell Knox, Matthew Wallace
8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – (a) Shintaro Ban, Sung Joon Park, Timothy Wilkinson
8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Dylan Meyer, Sulman Raza, Chris Naegel
Thursday, No. 1 tee / Friday, No. 10 tee
12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Sam Burns, Brian Gay, Dean Burmester
12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – TBA; (a) Chun An Yu, Wenchong Liang
12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Russell Henley, Aaron Wise, Peter Uihlein
1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Tony Finau, Luke List, Gary Woodland
1:14 p.m. – 7:29 a.m. – Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Rafa Cabrera Bello
1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Alexander Noren
1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Cameron Smith, Kyle Stanley, Pat Perez
1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods
1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Haotong Li, Si Woo Kim, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Jason Dufner, (a) Braden Thornberry, Brandt Snedeker
2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – TBD, (a) Ryan Lumsden, James Morrison
2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – Cameron Wilson, (a) Will Grimmer, (a) Philip Barbaree
2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – (a) Rhett Rasmussen, Michael Hebert, Michael Block
Thursday, No. 10 tee/ Friday, No. 1 tee
12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Matthew Jones, Ryan Fox, Shota Akiyoshi
12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Paul Waring, (a) Theo Humphrey, TBD
12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Richy Werenski, Roberto Castro, Ollie Schniederjans
1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – (a) Noah Goodwin, Richie Ramsay, Kenny Perry
1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Keegan Bradley, TBD, Xander Schauffele
1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Lucas Glover, Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell
1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk
1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer
1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Kevin Kisner, Ross Fisher, Adam Hadwin
2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Shane Lowry, TBD, Chez Reavie
2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Lucas Herbert, Brian Stuard, (a) Stewart Hagestad
2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – (a) Franklin Huang, Sebastian Vazquez, Michael Miller
2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – Christopher Babcock, (a) Timothy Wiseman, David Gazzolo
Dustin Johnson 11-1
Rory McIlroy 12-1
Jordan Spieth 14-1
Jason Day 14-1
Justin Thomas 14-1
Justin Rose 14-1
Rickie Fowler 16-1
Tiger Woods 20-1
Jon Rahm 20-1
Brooks Koepka 25-1
Johnson Favourite in High-Class Field
With so many players in fine form lately, it has become a difficult task picking winners of the major championships.
What makes it even tougher is the manner in which talented players are taking their chances on the biggest stages for the first time.
Rickie Fowler will be hoping that run continues as the Californian has come frustratingly close to glory on many occasions.
At the Masters, he finished second behind Reed, meaning he has now finished runner-up in three of the four majors—he was second at the U.S. Open in 2014—and has a best of third in the other, the PGA Championship.
The worry for Fowler will be that there are champions all over the top end of the betting.
Johnson is one, and a fine performance at the St. Jude Classic at the weekend proved his game is in excellent order ahead of the second major of the year.
McIlroy will hope playing alongside Spieth and Phil Mickelson over the first couple of days can inspire him to something momentous.
The Northern Irishman has enjoyed a solid 2018 to this point, although he’s been unable to produce wins in the big tournaments. He’s now closing in on four years without a major title, and the 29-year-old will be desperate to scratch that particular itch.
Justin Rose was the 2013 champion, and the signs have been positive for him in the buildup to the tournament. The Englishman was recently the class of the field in winning the Fort Worth Invitational in May.
Jon Rahm is another man seeking his first major, and there were signs at the Masters, where he finished fourth, that he’s beginning to feel more at home on the biggest stages. If the Spaniard puts it all together, his big hitting off the tee can be an asset around this course.