Please: No wagering whatsoever should result from the insider knowledge you will absorb from these U.S. Open predictions. It wouldn’t be fair to all the other people, millions of them, for as many reasons, who don’t read in this space.
Dustin Johnson won’t repeat.
Martin Kaymer won’t win it for a second time. Neither will Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy. Neither will Lucas Glover, but you knew that without being told.
We like Justin Rose, a lot.
If you don’t get money down on Justin Thomas, at least keep one eye on him. A title in Erin would be his fourth win of the year and his first major.
We tapped the crack Grey Goatee Research punters for the origins of “dark horse.” As you would imagine, it comes from horseracing, dating to the early 1800s, first describing a horse unknown (dark) to the trackside touts who, out of nowhere, rises up and wins. The phrase later was known in competitive academia and, inevitably, in politics, and now generally means, in any competition, a longshot with a chance.
We have one: Adam Hadwin. He fits — he’s out of nowhere, i.e., Canada. He’s 49th in the world, but has one win this year, and shot 59 in a runnerup finish in January. When he wins the U.S. Open, remember where you read it.