US Open 2021 Power Rankings: Top Picks to Win at Torrey Pines

Published 06/17/2021, 7:25 AM EDT
May 20, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Jon Rahm hits his tee shot on the 5th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


The 2021 US Open is about to start, and golf fans around the world are very excited. Torrey Pines Golf Course is host the third major of the year. Torrey Pines is hosting a major championship for the first time since 2008. So let look at the power rankings and favorites to win the 121st edition of the US Open.

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It is imperative to note that Torrey Pines has two 18-hole golf courses, out of which the South Course will host the US Open 2021. The Torrey Pines South Course is daunting and is one of the hardest golf courses to play in America. The wind will not be much of a factor here as it was at the Kiawah Island. According to the weather forecast, the wind might oscillate between 5 mph to 12 mph, which is manageable. 

 Top 5 picks to win the 2021 US Open

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Apr 25, 2021; Avondale, Louisiana, USA; Jon Rahm plays from the 1st hole fairway bunker during the final round round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The US Open has always had intimidating golf courses, and this year is no exception. The roughs are thick and daunting, while the greens will most probably be undulating with plenty of breaks. So a player has to be at his best with all his clubs, specifically with his irons. Since the greens are undulating and surrounded by thick grass, the approach shot becomes imperative, as one poor approach shot can create a disaster for a player. 

So keeping all these things in mind, here are the top 5 players who can tackle the course and emerge as champions.

5. Dustin Johnson – World No.1 Dustin Johnson is one of the top contenders to lift the US Open trophy. He is of the best in the game with the drivers and irons. DJ has gained +0.69 strokes off the tee and +0.66 strokes in his approach game this season and has a significant chance of winning the title.  

4. Xander Schauffele – Schauffele has been in the mix for a long time now, and his performance in the last couple of years has just kept getting better. Even though he had a disappointing PGA Championship, he finished T11 at the Memorial. He has gained +0.74 with the approach and +0.77 putting strokes in this season so far, and this course might suit his style of game. 

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3. Brooks Koepka – Brooks Koepka always brings in his best game in the majors. Koepka has already won four major championships, and the hunt for the fifth has begun. He hasn’t missed a single cut in majors in his career so far. He has five top 10 finishes and three championships in majors since 2018. So it will be a mistake if one doesn’t consider him as a title contender. 

2. Bryson DeChambeau – DeChambeau ranks as one of the top contenders to lift the trophy. The defending champion can blast his way through any course with his power game. And that’s what he did the previous year at Winged Foot. He has consistently gained strokes in each aspect of his game and is a good enough player to defend his title. 

1. Jon Rahm – Jon Rahm has to be the major favorite to lift the trophy. He is making a comeback after all the tragedy he had to face at the Memorial. And he will be determined to continue his brilliant form, which he had shown at the Memorial. Even though Jon Rahm is a complete player, he is impeccable with his driving and irons. He has gained +1.01 off the tee and +0.82 with his approach and +0.20 strokes while putting this season so far. These stats show his command over most clubs in his bag, and hopefully, he will put on a masterclass at Torrey Pines and win the US Open 2021. 

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