2023 U.S. Open: Top 10 power rankings at Los Angeles Country Club

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There are a ton of Southern California golfers in the field who prognosticators will turn to this week at Los Angeles Country Club.

Patrick Cantlay is one of the top options.

The Long Beach native and UCLA alum knows L.A.C.C. well.

“I probably played it a few dozen times,” Cantlay was quoted by the Los Angeles Times.

"“It’s a golf course I’ve played a lot. I saw that — I played it in December and saw that the USGA’s going to set it up quite different than how it plays week to week for the members. … I’ve heard some guys say that they think it’s going to play really easy. I don’t think it will.”"

Cantlay comes to the U.S. Open on a streak of nine straight top-30 finishes. He’s got four top-10s in that span, including solo third at designated events the Genesis Invitational and RBC Heritage.

The 31-year-old has played well at the majors in 2023 with a T-14th at the Masters and T-9th at the PGA Championship. Not factoring late on Sunday in either is a demerit.

Cantlay’s career at the U.S. Open shows seven made cuts in seven starts.

He earned low amateur honors in 2011 at Congressional where he took T-21st.

He’s got the well-rounded game that would seemingly suit majors well. Cantlay ranks fifth on the PGA Tour in total strokes gained per round (1.954). He’s second in SG off-the-tee (.949) and first in total driving (38).

Cantlay is in the positive in every SG category.

Resiliency is key at this tournament year in and year out. He’s fifth in bounce-back percentage (20.29%). Cantlay is good at avoiding such situations, coming in at sixth in bogey avoidance (12.8%).