So this week's winner isn't necessarily the person who sinks the most putts over a certain distance. Instead, the last five winners have all finished in the top 18 for strokes gained on approach and top 6 for strokes gained from tee to green.
Bradley Gibbs -
Casey is a man with plenty in his favor this week. This is a venue that he knows well, he’s played well on several occasions and thus seemingly has all the tools necessary to thrive.
This week, five of the top ten and twenty-five of the top fifty golfers in the world will be in Cromwell, Connecticut. This includes defending champion and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, as well as top 10 players Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka's ongoing banter and dispute.
Unlike last week, where distance off the tee was paramount, TPC River Highlands, being one of the shortest on the PGA Tour schedule, allows those players who aren’t renowned bombers off the tee to get amongst the thick of the action. The course is generally regarded as one the easiest on tour in terms of hitting fairways and finding greens in regulation.
Ian Poulter thrives on the big occasion; ask the people of Medinah if you don’t believe me. He has played well recently, which was capped off by his third place at the Charles Schwab Challenge a couple of weeks. He is a high-pressure player and can make those critical puts or scramble well if things aren't going his way.
Contending in majors is something that Rory needs to get back to doing if people are going to continue to recognize him as one of the best in the world, which he undoubtedly is when things click, and this may just be his perfect opportunity.
The U.S. Open is considered by many as the toughest challenge in golf and it’s not hard to see why. In 2018 Brooks Koepka won with a +1 score, Justin Rose and Webb Simpson in 2012 and 2013 also finished at +1. The ability to scramble well will be a key reason in determining who will emerge victorious this week.