If someone is to come from behind and win the U.S. Open on Sunday, it will take a big effort. Which players might be able to mount a rally?
Matthew Wolff holds the lead through 54 holes at the 2020 U.S. Open. Wolff has a two-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau and a four-shot advantage over Louis Oosthuizen. Those are the only three players under par through three rounds.
Neither Wolff nor DeChambeau have ever won a major title. The long-hitting duo will be in the final pairing on Sunday and it would be an obvious choice to pick one of those players to win on Sunday.
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But if it’s neither Wolff nor DeChambeau, who could it be? Here are five players who could come from off the pace to pull the extreme comeback on Sunday.
Xander Schauffele – He’s at even par and currently five shots behind Wolff heading into Sunday. He has six top 10 finishes in 12 major championships played in his career. In the U.S. Open, Schauffele tied for 20th in 2017, tied for second in 2018 and tied for third last year. At some point, Schauffele will win a major and, if he gets some help, it could be this one.
Hideki Matsuyama – The talent is definitely there for the 28-year-old, he just needs to put it together. And, in the case of the 2020 U.S. Open, he will need Wolff and DeChambeau to falter a bit. But there’s no doubt that Matsuyama could win. He tied for second at the 2017 U.S. Open and tied for 10th in 2013. He has seven top 10 finishes in majors and will likely add another this week.
Rory McIlroy – The former world number one had a solid round on Saturday with a 2-under par 68. His opening-round 67 was also very solid, but a 76 on Friday may have taken him out of the mix. He’s six shots back with 18 holes to play. Of all of the players at the top of the leaderboard, none have more major championship experience than McIlroy. Still, it will take something truly special on Sunday.
Zach Johnson – Quietly, the two-time major champion snuck up the leaderboard with a 2-under par 68 on Saturday. Johnson has the experience for sure, but he’s 2-over par for the championship and seven shots back with 18 holes to play. He will need some breaks, and perhaps the round of his life, but Johnson is at least in the mix.
Viktor Hovland – A former teammates of Wolff’s at Oklahoma State, Hovland is an extremely talented young player. He has hung in this week with rounds of 71, 71, 70 and finds himself at 2-over par through 54 holes. Yes, he is seven shots behind, but he has the game to go low on Sunday and, if he gets it going Sunday, he could find himself in the mix late.