U.S. Open: Top 10 sleepers for Erin Hills

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Sean O’Hair — No. 67

At the rate he’s been producing, O’Hair might not qualify as a sleeper pick for much longer. The 34-year-old has come out of nowhere in recent weeks, breaking out of a lengthy slump to establish himself as one of the hottest players out there. He definitely belongs on our radar screens as we inch closer to the U.S. Open.

With a tie for fifth at the AT&T Byron Nelson and a tie for second at the Dean and DeLuca Invitational, O’Hair’s game has really come around of late, helping him climb to the 38th spot on the FedEx Cup points list. He owes that recent rash of fine play to his red-hot putter — he led the field in strokes gained: putting at Colonial and ranked eighth in the same category at TPC Four Seasons. That makes him a tremendously tough competitor, especially when the rest of his game is in working order. While he hasn’t found the top 50 at a major since 2010, O’Hair’s career record at the U.S. Open — three-for-four with a pair of top 25s — is still pretty good.

O’Hair’s resurgence appears to be the real deal, so don’t be surprised if he makes a big splash on the major stage. He’s exceptionally well-equipped to tame the unfamiliar greens at Erin Hills.