2016 U.S. Open Predictions


U.S. Open week is upon is, with the action getting underway on Thursday at Oakmont Country Club. The U.S. Open is known to be a gruelling test of golf for the best players in the world, and this year will be no exception. When Oakmont Country Club last hosted the U.S.Open in 2007, Angel Cabrera won with a score +5, one shot better than Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods. There were a mere eight rounds shot under par from the entire field.

This year, social media is already buzzing with comments, photos, and videos from players demonstrating just how difficult the setup will be. Justin Thomas posted this video to demonstrate just how juicy the rough is at Oakmont – I hope these guys have good physiotherapists!

After a trip to Oakmont last week for a practice round, Phil Mickelson referred to Oakmont as “the hardest course we’ve ever played”. Couple that with a brutally hard course setup by the USGA, and it will make for a very interesting week. If 2007 was any indication of what we’re in store for,  we can expect scores just as high, or possibly even higher this year. The winner will have to be firing on all cylinders – they’ll need to keep it in the fairway, be precise with their approach shots, and have a lethal short game for four straight rounds.

The peeps at Offcourse enjoy a challenge as well. We won’t get to take a crack at Oakmont this year, but we can put our egos on the line with some bold predictions as to how things will go down this week. Here are our 2016 U.S. Open predictions:

Roger Kingkade’s picks (Offcourse co-founder)

Winner – Jordan Spieth will repeat – “Remember the 12th at Augusta? Me neither!”

Contender – Rory McIlroy – Played well last week and his length off the tee will be a huge asset on Oakmont. His putter will have to be hot, though.

Random prediction – Phil Mickelson gets lots of coverage, has a promising Saturday to move up the board, then shoots 71 on Sunday setting up a disappointing interview.


Josh Fafard’s picks (Offcourse co-founder)

Winner – Jason Day – The way that Day has been golfing this year, I think he is going to take it.

Contender – Jordan Spieth – He is just so good.

Random prediction – Rickie Fowler – Not really a prediction, but I like watching him play and would like to see him win.


Josh Strukoff’s picks (Offcourse blog contributor)

Winner – Justin Rose. A great ball striker and proven U.S. Open pedigree. He seems to be flying under everyone’s radar which could bode well for him.

Contender – Dustin Johnson (yes, another close call and more U.S. Open heartbreak in his future)

Random prediction – The winning score will be worse than +5 ( which was the winning score in 2007)


Let us know who you have coming out on top this week!

by Josh StrukoffOffcourse contributor and owner of the Golf is Mental Blog.