2016 U.S. Open Picks

It's no secret that all of us here at Brofessional Golfer are giddy for this year's U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club. Now, most of you have already heard the whispers of the super slick greens and the tantalizing rough Oakmont is dishing out in the 116th year of the U.S. Open. We've already had the Oakmont bunkers take it's first victim in the form of a caddy's broken ankle. But forget breaking ankles, will anybody even break par?

The Brofessional Golfer staff have included our 2016 U.S. Open picks to help you win your pool, win your bet, or win whatever else you have your hard earned dollars invested in this weekend:

 

Schank

Danny Lee

Yes, Danny Lee looks like a golfer of Asian descent, but he is a full on New Zealand citizen. He grew up in New Zealand after emigrating from South Korea at an early age. You're really gonna tell me that you didn't think of luscious green mountains when you read the text "New Zealand"? The dude knows a thing or two about playing in thick rough. You combine that upbringing with being one of the best putters on tour and hitting a high fairway in regulation percentage, you got yourself a 2016 U.S. Open Champion.

David Lingmerth

Quickly becoming my personal new favorite golfer on tour, Lingmerth is a small scrappy fellow who has a real shot at taking home a U.S. Open Championship. RIght off the bat you're gonna notice that he is short. His pgatour.com player card lists him at 5'7…Like, I'm 5'9 and a half. If he can be a pro, I can be a pro right? Regardless, the Sweden native is another excellent putter who is also sneaky accurate sticking the dance floor from the long grass.

Brandt Snedeker

It might not be a pretty scorecard for even for the U.S. Open winner this year. The champion just might be the guy who keeps his wits day in and day out. Snedeker or "Nips" as the Brofessional Golfer staff calls him, has a severely underated short game. If there is one guy who will scratch and claw his way to surviving the formidable Oakmont conditions this weekend, it's Brandt. 

 

Neves

Jason Day

Day is the number one player in the world heading into the US Open. Sure he’s the safe pick, but he is the only “big 3” member who has yet to win this major and I believe that will motivate him to step up his game. Oakmont’s tough conditions will prove to be difficult for many, but Day is a long hitter off the tee and has the putting skills to bring the trophy down under.

Dustin Johnson

Will DJ’s poor putting cost him this major? Most likely, but eventually he will win a major. He’s too talented not too. I believe that this course will favor the long ball and who better to smack it off the tee than this guy? There’s also a solid chance he resorts to his old ways like Frank the Tank in Old School after his victory on Sunday.

Jim Furyk

Don’t raise your eyebrows at me. If you want Phil Mickelson to be the oldest US Open champ you’re a jackass. We all want the old grinder to take home the trophy, and considering he is a Pennsylvania native, what better place than Oakmont. Furyk already has one US Open win under his belt from 2003 and I believe the wily vet has a shot to do it again.

 

People's Golfer

Dustin Johnson

Maybe it's wishful thinking, but it just feels like its his time. He's been having a monster year. He'll have to come out of the gates hot, per usual Dusty fashion.

Jim Furyk

Furyk is a dumb pick. Moronic pick. He's 46 years old. He's coming off of wrist surgery. He has only played in 4 tournaments this year. 60-1 odds longshot. He's just too… old… I mean look at him, he's just too… old. Oakmont is going to make a lot of players look old this week. Furyk is going to borrow a copperfit from "the Kid," Brett Favre and look like "the Grinder" we all know and love. This course is going to grind on people, but look for Furyk to take advantage. He took 2nd in the 2007 US Open at Oakmont. Does he have any magic left? I think he might have a few tricks up his sleeve.

Jason Day

He's the hands down best player in the world right now. These are ridiculously tough conditions, and, if anyone can handle it, it's Day. JDay is putting extremely well, and he has the strength to strike it from the thick rough at Oakmont… Sorry for keeping it brief. Too busy this week patting myself on the back for picking Daniel Berger to win the St. Jude Classic.

Damnit, Neves. I like your style

 

Rico Dangles

Phil Mickelson

Are you guys shitting me, the lefty is going to take this tourney. Six runner up finishes here in his career with no wins – Phil is smelling blood this week after a great tourney at St. Jude last week. While I respect the Furyk pick by my colleagues here at Brofessional Golfer, the guy is so washed up. With greens rolling at 13-14.5, give me Phil to be accurate enough to have his fantastic putting carry him to a win. Lefty bros stick together.

Rory McIlroy

Past winner of the U.S Open, great at all aspects of the game, Rory is due. Rory took this tourney in 2011 at Congressional by a whopping 8 strokes over 2nd place finisher Jason Day. Hes got the tools to win and I think the putter will again be key for him to have a shot. You can see from his pressers this week leading to the tourney that he is thirsty for another major.

Brooks Koepka

My boy Brooks needs one – I haven't been as high on him in the past few months or so and he showed me up this past month. Tough final round E but killed it at St. Jude (T2 -10) and lost in a playoff to Sergio at the AT&T Byron Nelson a few weeks back, but he had been playing some really solid golf recently and he commands some respect. If he can shake off the last round jitters, look for Brooks to be up at the top of the leaderboard come Sunday.

 

READ: Brofessional Golfer 2016 U.S. Open Championship Preview

 

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