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Sport 4 under-the-radar candidates to win the 118th U.S. Open

22:01  11 june  2018
22:01  11 june  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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The Course. course alert: ×. 118 th U . S . Open Championship Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y., June 11-17, 2018.

All the ( four ) Opens I won were set up that way.” Shinnecock should at least look like a traditional U . S . Open , even if it will be different from the last time it was there in 2004. For starters, the course has added 10 new tees that have lengthened it by 450 yards.

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As with all major championships, most of the attention is naturally directed toward the world's best golfers. However, the U.S. Open has seen champions like Lucas Glover, Geoff Ogilvy, and Michael Campbell within the last 15 years, so a long shot winning at Shinnecock Hills is well within the cards.

Here are four sleepers to keep an eye on for 118th U.S. Open. (Betting odds are in parentheses).

Tony Finau (80-1)

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Finau put on a memorable performance at the Masters, quickly recovering from a gruesome ankle injury to finish in the top 10. His result at Augusta, not to mention multiple other top-10 finishes this season, is a testament to his immense talent despite being constantly overlooked in strong fields. Finau ranks second on the Tour in driving distance and 25th in strokes gained on approach shots, a deadly combination capable of conquering Shinnecock Hills.

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Els won the playoff on the 20th hole with a par after Roberts found a greenside bunker on the par- 4 11th, leading to a bogey. He finished at 8- under 272, which tied the U . S . Open scoring record and has since been broken by Rory McIlroy (2011).

118 th U . S . Open Championship Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y., June 11-17, 2018. Earned his second U . S . Open start by shooting 6- under 138 in the He became the second American to win the title and first since three-time U . S . Open champion Hale Irwin took the title in 1978.

Kyle Stanley (100-1)

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This is Stanley's first trip to the U.S. Open since 2013, which is unfortunate because his game fits this event perfectly. He ranks sixth in driving accuracy while averaging 292 yards off the tee, a great combination for Shinnecock Hills. The 30-year-old lost in a playoff at the Memorial in his last appearance, where he gained 7.5 strokes through approach shots. He's not a great putter, but does perform best on poa-grass greens like this one.

Gary Woodland (175-1)

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Woodland fell into a funk after winning the 2018 Waste Management Open, missing five of seven cuts prior to his tied-for-23rd result at the Memorial. His strong showing at Muirfield Village was backed by incredible off-the-tee play and approach shots, but his around-the-green game cost him a top-10 finish. He is one of the longest players on Tour, so the length of Shinnecock Hills shouldn't be an issue.

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118 th U . S . Open : Tickets The Field Qualifying. A total of 9,049 entries have been accepted for the 2018 U . S . Open Raymond Floyd (1986) and Corey Pavin (1995) were U . S . Open champions in the 20th century. Retief Goosen held off Phil Mickelson to win his second U . S . Open in 2004.

All the ( four ) Opens I won were set up that way.” Brooks Koepka tied the U . S . scoring record to par at 16 under last year at Erin Hills, where a record seven players finished 10 under or better.

Brendan Steele (160-1)

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The three-time PGA Tour winner possesses the distance required to take on Shinnecock, ranking eighth this season in strokes gained: off-the-tee and 12th in driving distance. He's also skilled with his irons, sitting 11th in greens-in-regulation percentage on Tour. Steele finished inside the top 15 in both of the last two U.S. Opens, proving the stage of the year's second major isn't too big.

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