Rory McIlroy took a week off following a T8 finish at the Memorial Tournament to travel to and practice at Shinnecock and surrounding courses. McIlroy’s first Major Championship victory came at the 2011 US Open at Congressional which he won by a historic 8 shots. However, he has missed the cut at the last two US Opens at Oakmont in 2016 and Erin Hills in 2017.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is interviewed during a press conference prior to the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on June 13, 2018 in Southampton, New York. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Rickie Fowler, who was recently engaged to his girlfriend Allison Stokke, is still in the hunt for his first Major Championship. Fowler won the Players Championship in 2015 in an electric playoff finish. “I’m excited for the US Open to be here. This is a place where I have a decent amount of rounds of golf at. I’ve played enough times to know the golf course. And probably the one that I have had the most experience playing at leading up to a golf tournament,” said Fowler.
Rickie Fowler of the United States plays his shot from the third tee during a practice round prior to the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on June 13, 2018 in Southampton, New York. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Jordan Spieth is coming off of a missed cut at the Memorial Tournament after struggling off the tee. He is 18th in strokes gained off the tee, 72nd in driving distance and 98th in driving accuracy. Spieth had his break through season in 2015 when he won the Masters and the US Open at Chambers Bay over Dustin Johnson by one stroke. He added the Open Championship to his resume when he outlasted Matt Kuchar at Royal Birkdale in 2017. He will be looking for his fourth major title this week at Shinnecock. Spieth said playing in the US Open is “unique” because he and other players his age are “able to get out here and compete on the highest level against your Tigers and Phils that we grew up idolizing.”
Jordan Spieth of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee during a practice round prior to the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on June 13, 2018 in Southampton, New York. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Johnson is coming into US Open week with a lot of momentum after regaining the number one world ranking after his win at the FedEx St. Jude Classic which he won in incredible fashion with his hole out eagle on 18.
After falling short at Chambers bay Johnson found redemption in 2016 with his US Open victory at Oakmont. He is first in strokes gained tee to green and off the tee. He is heavily favored this week at a course which requires putting the ball in the fairway.
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