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Last updated: 14 Jun 2022
Freetips staff 14 Jun 2022
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  • The US Open takes place between 16-19 June
  • The tournament takes place at the Country Club, Brookline, Boston
  • Jon Rahm is the defending champion
  • All 50 of world's top golfers are in the field
  • Our 4 selections who can win the title
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Jon Rahm is the defending champion (Getty Images)

The world's elite golfers return to the Country Club in Brookline for the first time since 1988 to contest the US Open. Who will lift the title?

A host of players are in excellent form, but who will adapt to the conditions the best and win the third Major tournament of the year in Boston come Sunday?

Jon Rahm is back to defend his title after victory in 2021. 

All 50 of the world's top-ranked golfers are in the field for Thursday's start at Brookline, with a host of past and present Major winners featuring.

These include Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink, Bryson DeChambeau, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Shane Lowry, Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland.

These are our selections that could win the third Major tournament of the year.

Rory Mcllroy


At the beginning of the year, Rory McIlroy finished T12 at the Abu Dhabi Championship, 3rd at the Dubai Desert Classic, T10 at the Genesis Invitational, T13 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and T33 at the Players Championship.

The 33-year-old missed the cut at the Valero Texas Open but returned his best with a string of impressive performances around the greens.

He was runner-up at the Masters, placed 5th at the Wells Fargo Championship, 8th at the PGA Championship, T18 at the Memorial Tournament and put in a brilliant performance of four top rounds to claim back-to-back titles at the RBC Canadian Open.

The Northern Irishman has featured at the US Open on twelve occasions and has an impressive record. He won in 2011, placed T9 in 2015, T9 in 2019, T8 in 2020 and T7 last year.

McIlroy will start with confidence after his triumph in Canada that he can finally win another Major title again.

Scottie Scheffler


Scottie Scheffler started his year by finishing T25 at the American Express and T20 at the Farmers Insurance Open.

The 25-year-old then captured his maiden PGA Tour title at the Phoenix Open, placed T7 at the Genesis Invitational and won the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The American's next start was a T55 finish at the Players Championship, but he bounced back by claiming the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play and landing his first Major at the Masters.

Scheffler then finished T15 at the AT&T at the Byron Nelson, followed by a missed cut performance at the PGA Championship. He returned to form with a second-place at the Charles Schwab Challenge and a T18 place at the RBC Canadian Open.

The world's number one ranked golfer has played four times at the US Open in the past. He missed the cut in 2016, finished T27 in 2017, missed the cut in 2019 and placed T7 last year.

Scheffler has been holding form after his series of impressive displays on the PGA Tour and will fancy his chances to win the second Major title of his career.

Matt Fitzpatrick


Matt Fitzpatrick returns to the course where he won the US Amateur title in 2013 and comes into the US Open on the back of impressive results on the PGA Tour in 2022.

The Englishman placed T6 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, T10 at the Phoenix Open and T9 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational but missed the cut at the Players Championship.

He bounced back by finishing T5 at the Valspar Championship, T18 at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play and T14 at the Masters, followed by missing the cut at the RBC Heritage.

The 27-year-old returned to form by placing T2 at the Wells Fargo Championship and T5 at the PGA Championship, missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament and came in T10 at the RBC Canadian Open last weekend.

The world's number 18 ranked golfer has a decent record at the US Open, finishing T48, T54, T35, T12, T12, MC and T55 last year.

Fitzpatrick will have fond memories of his triumph the last time he played at the Country Club, and his consistent performances this year can put him in contention to win the third Major of the year.

Joaquin Niemann


Joaquin Niemann's first three starts for 2022 were excellent, placing T6 at the Farmers Insurance Open, T8 at the Saudi International and claiming his second PGA Tour title of his career at the Genesis Invitational in February.

After the 23-year-old Chilean missed the cut in his next start at the Honda Classic, he placed T22 at the Players Championship, T35 at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, T35 at the Masters, T12 at the RBC Heritage, T25 at the AT&T Byron Nelson and T23 at the PGA Championship.

He returned to form with a top finish at the Memorial Tournament when he came in T3 overall.

The 17th world-ranked golfer has played three times at the US Open, missing the cut in 2017, placing T23 in 2020 and T31 last year.

Niemann is the long-shot pick as he has tasted victory this year and has the game to win again.

Verdict

McIlroy is in top form and looks primed to contend for his first Major since 2014.
 
Scheffler has won multiple times this year and could make the frame again this Sunday.
 
Fitzpatrick has knowledge of this course which should give him that bit extra to get him over the finish line.
 
Niemann was back to his best last time and is the long-shot value bet at Brookline this weekend.

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