U.S. Open 2017: A complete guide to all 156 players

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May 11, 2017; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Russell Knox follows his drive off the 6th tee during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports /

U.S. Open Round 1: 1st tee, 9:13 a.m.

U.S. Open Round 2: 10th tee, 2:58 p.m.

Russell Knox (No. 39)

  • Last start: T-37: FedEx St. Jude Classic (PGA TOUR)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: T-23

Russell Knox started out 2017 playing quite well, recording a T-11 at the SBS Tournament of Champions and a T-11 at the Sony Open, but since then he’s struggled a bit and has dropped more than 20 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking. After Hawaii, he’s missed the weekend in six of 11 starts and has finished higher than 37th just once, that being a tie for 11th at the RBC Heritage. This is his third U.S. Open appearance.

Scott Gregory (a) (No. 1927 — No. 5-World Amateur Golf Ranking)

  • Last start: MC: the Memorial Tournament (PGA TOUR)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: DNP

22-year-old Scott Gregory made it to Erin Hills by winning the 2016 Amateur Championship staged by the R&A with a 2&1 victory over Robert MacIntyre. He’s missed the cut in four of the five professional events he’s played in since then, including the 2016 Open Championship and the 2017 Masters. This is his first U.S. Open appearance.

Martin Laird (No. 114)

  • Last start: T-52: the Memorial Tournament (PGA TOUR)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: DNP

Martin Laird has three PGA TOUR victories but still had to survive the Columbus sectional to secure his sixth U.S. Open appearance. He missed the cut in his first four starts but finished tied for 21st at Merion in 2013, his most recent start. His best finish in 2017 was a tie for seventh in Phoenix.

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May 7, 2017; Wilmington, NC, USA; Zach Johnson looks over his line to the 18th green from the bunker during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Eagle Point Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports /

U.S. Open Round 1: 10th tee, 9:13 a.m.

U.S. Open Round 2: 1st tee, 2:58 p.m.

Danny Willett (No. 31)

  • Last start: T-58: BMW PGA Championship (European Tour)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: T-37

2016 Masters champ leads this group of former major championship winners and is hoping to improve upon his T-37 finish a year ago at Oakmont. This is Willett’s fourth consecutive U.S. Open appearance and he’ll need play better than he has been to compete at Erin Hills. In his last seven starts, Willett has three missed cuts, a withdrawal, a 69th-place finish, a T-39 and a T-58.

Zach Johnson (No. 70)

  • Last start: T-40: the Memorial Tournament (PGA TOUR)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: T-8

The length of Erin Hills doesn’t seem to suit a guy like Zach Johnson, but it’s best to never count him out of anything. He finished eighth at Oakmont in 2016 and his ability to stay in the fairway will help tremendously this week. He hasn’t played particularly well recently but don’t be surprised if he surprises people this week.

Angel Cabrera (No. 620)

  • Last start: T-41: Dean & DeLuca Invitational (PGA TOUR)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: T-37

Angel Cabrera is in the final year of his exempt status from his 2007 U.S. Open win at Oakmont and is likely making his final start in his 18th appearance. He’s made just three cuts in 10 starts in 2017 but should get a nice round of applause from the Erin Hills gallery upon completing his last round. Perhaps he’ll surprise everyone and get that on Sunday as opposed to Friday.