2022 U.S. Open Power Rankings: The Top-50 Players in Brookline
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images. Pictured: Rory McIlroy.
- The world's best golfers are in Brookline, Mass., this week for the 2022 U.S. Open.
- Rory McIlroy is the betting favorite and coming off a PGA TOUR win last week, but how does the field shape up behind him?
- Jason Sobel ranks the top-50 players at The Country Club.
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BROOKLINE, Mass. – You know the drill by now. I rank the players, you bookmark this link and troll me Sunday evening about all the big misses.
Let’s get right to it. My ranking for this week’s 122nd U.S. Open Championship.
1. Shane Lowry
Lowry is playing perhaps the best golf of his life and hasn’t finished worse than 35th in a dozen starts this year, gaining more than a stroke against the field in each one of them. His combination of ball striking and soft hands around the greens should have him hanging with the world’s best on this course.
2. Rory McIlroy
It wasn’t just his victory at the RBC Canadian Open this weekend which was so encouraging; it was that his wedge game on a shorter track looked much improved over what we’ve witnessed for a few years now. When he gets hot, he often stays hot – and he’s running as hot as we’ve seen him in a while.
3. Daniel Berger
Injuries have hampered his year to date, but a T5 in his most recent start at the Memorial Tournament should sound the alarms. His ability to keep the ball in play will be paramount to keeping up with the game’s big hitters, but it’s the putter which will be his most important club in the bag.
4. Justin Thomas
Thomas is not only riding a wave of momentum, but he appears confident in all facets of his game, that bogey-bogey finish while in contention on Sunday notwithstanding. Despite being the first-round leader at Winged Foot two years ago, he’s yet to seriously contend at a U.S. Open, but this should be the week.
5. Matt Fitzpatrick
Expect him to be a popular pick this week – and for good reason. He won the 2013 U.S. Amateur on this course, one of the few players who’s played it in competition, and he’s been one of the most consistent performers throughout the year. Often plays his best golf when the winning score is closer in relation to par.
6. Tony Finau
It wasn’t that long ago when he seemed to be struggling with his game, failing to post anything better than a 19th-place finish in his first 10 starts of the year. He’s clearly found something, with top-fives in three of his last five starts, gaining strokes in 18 of the 20 major categories in those events.
7. Jordan Spieth
We remember the victory at Chambers Bay in 2015, but we forget that he’s failed to finish better than 17th in any of his other nine U.S. Open starts. This one should suit his game better, though, at a thinking-man’s type of track where he can plot his way around and maybe show off some Spieth magic around the greens.
8. Max Homa
He’s finished in the top 25 in his last four starts and a T5 at the Memorial only helped cement the feeling that his prospects might be most dangerous on a more difficult venue. As a player who undeniably looks more confident with every passing week, contending in a major is the next step in his progression as a pro.
9. Scottie Scheffler
It’s a testament to the all-around talent of the world’s No. 1-ranked player that he ranks inside the top-10 on this list, and yet it still feels way too low. Scheffler seems refocused after a missed cut at last month’s PGA Championship, losing in a playoff at Colonial and finishing T-18 this past weekend.
10. Jon Rahm
While he’s been driving it as well as he always does, the rest of his game hasn’t quite looked completely in sync for much of the year. That said, the defending champion owns a built-in advantage. We often talk about players’ length, but his ability to launch his iron shots offers a massive edge.
11. Patrick Cantlay
His four worst results in the past years have been at big events, but that offers a buy-low opportunity.
12. Xander Schauffele
A top-20 play feels like easy money, as he’s cashed these tickets in 13 of 20 career major starts.
13. Will Zalatoris
This big-game hunter has shown a propensity for playing his best golf in the most important events.
14. Sungjae Im
Im is very quietly flying under the radar entering this week with four straight finishes of 21st or better.
15. Sam Burns
One of the world’s best players now, but a T20 at the recent PGA Championship remains his best major result.
16. Hideki Matsuyama
He was tough to pinpoint over the past few months, and that was even before a DQ at the Memorial.
17. Collin Morikawa
His pre-tourney odds are creeping toward a must-play number, where he was before each of his two major wins.
18. Aaron Wise
Wise is finally getting priced accordingly after a runner-up at the Memorial, but he still owns a ton of value.
19. Joaquin Niemann
Like Burns, Niemann is ready to take the next step in his career progression with some better major results.
20. Cameron Smith
THE PLAYERS Championship winner has the right combo of short game and guile to win a U.S. Open someday.
21. Justin Rose
Rose is fresh off a final-round 60 on Sunday, and there’s some thought that The Country Club could resemble Merion just a bit.
22. Billy Horschel
Says he’s playing the best golf of his life and proved it with a win at the Memorial in his last start.
23. Cameron Young
This rookie is the prototypical “not flashy, but gets the job done” type of guy who keeps churning out solid results.
24. Talor Gooch
If you find a “Low LIVer” bet, I like taking a chance on perhaps the most surprising defector.
25. Tommy Fleetwood
Once considered a potential U.S. Open champion, his game is starting to come around once again.
26. Dustin Johnson
If any player is going to be unaffected on the course by the commotion of recent events, it’s gotta be DJ.
27. Keegan Bradley
Bradley should be comfortable playing at home in New England in front of so many fans and friends.
28. Brooks Koepka
Koepka has results of 4th-2nd-1st-1st in his last four U.S. Open starts, but he could fall victim to current form.
29. Webb Simpson
After getting hot on the weekend at the PGA, he could sneak his way onto this leaderboard, too.
30. Viktor Hovland
Hovland is one of the game’s best ball-strikers, but he’s also literally dead-last in strokes gained around the greens.
31. Louis Oosthuizen
Oosthuizen hasn’t finished outside the top 25 at a U.S. Open in his last seven starts, including a runner-up last year.
32. Corey Conners
World-class ball striker Corey Conners improved by multiple strokes during each round in his native Canada last week.
33. Abraham Ancer
In a previous generation, Ancer would’ve been the exact type of player who wins a U.S. Open title.
34. Adri Arnaus
Coming off a T30 at last month’s PGA, the world’s second-ranked Spaniard is improving by the week.
35. Harold Varner III
HV3 has the game to stick around on the leaderboard, for the first couple of days, at least.
36. Alex Noren
Noren is having a very solid, consistent year with six top-20 finishes, his two recent MCs notwithstanding.
37. Davis Riley
Trust this much: Riley is going to be ranked higher than this on most major lists for the next 10 years.
38. Russell Henley
The ball striking is consistently upper-level; if he makes a few putts, he could post some scores.
39. Jason Kokrak
His two best clubs are his driver and his putter, which is always a dangerous combo.
40. Mito Pereira
It would be a great story if he can bounce back from that PGA heartbreaker to contend again this week.
41. Sepp Straka
The Honda Classic winner is a big, strong dude who fits the profile of recent contenders at this event.
42. Scott Stallings
Back home in his native Massachusetts, he’s at least a solid narrative play for this one.
43. Beau Hossler
Hossler’s game is gradually getting to the point where we’d all thought it would when he contended for a U.S. Open title as an amateur.
44. Brandon Matthews
One of the longest hitters in pro golf – so long that he often doesn’t carry driver because he hits it too far.
45. Thomas Pieters
Pieters has always owned some obvious firepower and has become more consistent in recent years.
46. Taylor Montgomery
Qualifying for last year’s U.S. Open ultimately kept him from a PGA TOUR promotion, but he’s on track this time.
47. Patrick Reed
Before he moves on to LIV Golf, Reed will try to show his game is trending in the right direction.
48. Kurt Kitayama
Kitayama is one of the more underrated players around and has a great price for some props and matchup bets.
49. Tom Hoge
Hoge is a solid iron player who’s lost a little shine from his early-year performance but can still do some damage.
50. Luke List
Healthy again, he’s trying to make the U.S. Open cut for the first time in six career starts.