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

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U.S. Open Round 1: 1st tee, 8:51 a.m.

U.S. Open Round 2: 10th tee, 2:36 p.m.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello (No. 28)

  • Last start: T-4: FedEx St. Jude Classic (PGA TOUR)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: T-32

Rafael Cabrera-Bello hasn’t won a tournament in five years but he’s a model of consistency and has made his way into the top 30 in the world with that formula. He hit a little rough patch around The Masters but fought back nicely with a tie for fourth at THE PLAYERS and finished in the same position this past weekend at the St. Jude. He’ll be making his fourth U.S. Open start with his best finish coming last year at Oakmont where he tied for 32nd.

Thomas Pieters (No. 25)

  • Last start: T-14: BMW PGA Championship (European Tour)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: DNP

At 25 years of age and No. 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking, former Big 10 champ Thomas Pieters is one of the true young guns in golf and will be looking to make a mark in his first U.S. Open. He’s won three times on the European Tour and just missed the medal stand at the Olympics in Rio last summer. Experience might not be on his side but he’s got the game to put a scare into the field this week.

Brooks Koepka (No. 22)

  • Last start: T-37: FedEx St. Jude Classic (PGA TOUR)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: T-13

Brooks Koepka is a threat and his U.S. Open record proves it. After missing the cut in his first start at The Olympic Club five years ago and missing the event the following year, the former All-American at Florida State finished tied for fourth at Pinehurst in 2014, tied for 18th at Chambers Bay in 2015 and tied for 13th at Oakmont in 2016. Is 2017 the year that the 22nd-ranked player in the world breaks through for that first major win?

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Feb 7, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Hideki Matsuyama reacts after tying Rickie Fowler on the 18th hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament at TPC Scottsdale. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

U.S. Open Round 1: 10th tee, 8:51 a.m.U.S. Open Round 2: 1st tee, 2:36 p.m.

Hideki Matsuyama (No. 4)

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

This is easily one of the most high-profile groups of the tournament and fourth-ranked Hideki Matsuyama leads the way. With 13 wins around the world over the past four years, it’s a mystery that he hasn’t yet broken through to win a major but this may just be his week. This is his fifth consecutive U.S. Open and while he missed the cut at Oakmont last year, he finished tied for 18th at Chambers Bay and tied for 10th at Merion in his debut.

Rickie Fowler (No. 9)

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

Speaking of a great player without a major, Rickie Fowler has his sights set on rectifying that situation. Fowler has played in eight of the past nine U.S. Opens but unfortunately has missed the cut in four of those, including the last two. He finished second at Pinehurst in 2014 but that was Martin Kaymer’s tournament and Fowler finished eight strokes back. Fowler had a chance to win at the Memorial but faded on the back nine and then missed the cut at the St. Jude this past week.

Jon Rahm (No. 10)

  • Last start: MC: the Memorial Tournament (PGA TOUR)
  • 2016 U.S. Open: T-23

Jon Rahm hasn’t even been a professional for a year and has found his way into the top 10 in the world with a strong game that may be perfect for Erin Hills. Following his tie for 23rd at Oakmont last year, Rahm finished third in his pro debut at the Quicken Loans National and has eight top-10 finishes since then, including a T-2 at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational a few weeks ago. He’s a hot pick at Erin Hills.