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

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Jun 8, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Ernie Els hits his tee shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament at TPC Southwind. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

U.S. Open Round 1: 1st tee, 9:35 a.m.

U.S. Open Round 2: 10th tee, 3:20 p.m.

Webb Simpson (No. 63)

  • Last start: T-67: the Memorial Tournament (PGA TOUR)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: MC

Three former U.S. Open champions are in this group and Webb Simpson is the most recent with his 2012 win at The Olympic Club. His career didn’t skyrocket into the stratosphere like many thought it would and he hasn’t come close to winning this tournament since then. In his last four appearances, he’s hasn’t finished higher than a tie for 32nd and missed the cut at Oakmont last season.

Ernie Els (No. 401)

  • Last start: T-60: FedEx St. Jude Classic (PGA TOUR)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: MC

Is anyone else still loving watching Ernie Els play golf? No, he’s not the player he once was but the 47-year-old two-time U.S. Open champ (1994, 1997) is still beloved by the gallery and that will be no different at Erin Hills when he tees it up for the 25th time at this championship.

Lucas Glover (No. 100)

  • Last start: T-45: the Memorial Tournament (PGA TOUR)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: MC

2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover has just one win since his triumph at Bethpage but his story gives hope to a lot of the field. Glover is just one of a handful of recent winners to win after going through sectional qualifying, something he doesn’t have to do for a couple of more years. He had a nice T-6 at THE PLAYERS Championship but hasn’t made a U.S. Open cut since 2011.

U.S. Open
February 10, 2017; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; Jordan Spieth (left) and Dustin Johnson (right) walk on the 11th hole during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

U.S. Open Round 1: 10th tee, 9:35 a.m.

U.S. Open Round 2: 1st tee, 3:20 p.m.

Martin Kaymer (No. 58)

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

And here it is…the trio featuring the last three winners of the U.S. Open. Martin Kaymer hasn’t won a tournament since his victory at Pinehurst in 2014 but don’t count the 32-year-old out; he’s finished in the top 25 in seven of his 11 starts in 2017. After missing the cut at Chambers Bay the year following his win, the former world No. 1 finished tied for 37th at Oakmont in 2016. This will be his 10th U.S. Open appearance.

Jordan Spieth (No. 5)

  • Last start: T-13: the Memorial Tournament (PGA TOUR)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: T-37

Also a former top-ranked player in the world, 2015 champ Jordan Spieth is eyeing a third major championship. It will be interesting to see how Erin Hills treats him but any time Spieth tees it up, he has a chance to win. He struggled for a couple of weeks last month but has rebounded nicely with a tie for second at the Dean & DeLuca and a tie for 13th at the Memorial. Spieth was in that big tie for 37th a year ago at Oakmont.

Dustin Johnson (No. 1)

  • Last start: MC: the Memorial Tournament (PGA TOUR)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: 1st

There’s nothing “former” going on here. Dustin Johnson is the best player in the world right now and he’s going to be for a while. Looking to become the first player since Curtis Strange in 1989 to to back-to-back, DJ comes into Erin Hills as the clear U.S. Open favorite. And with his wife, Paulina, giving birth to the couple’s second child on Monday, a Father’s Day finish at the top would be pretty sweet, especially given the fact that Johnson had to miss The Masters due to that freak accident at his rental home. Johnson’s length is a huge advantage and his name should be near the top of the leaderboard all week.