- May 30 2018
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To get in the “swing” of the 2018 U.S. Open golf tournament, you will need to have favorite players to watch throughout the weekend.
The most fun players to watch are the ones who show the most emotions during their rounds, the ones who do the fist pumps after making a big putt, holing in from off the green and, of course, achieving the ultimate prize of winning the tournament.
Here is a rundown of the players most likely to ‘’put the smashdown” as our slogan says, in the U.S. Open by doing victorious first pumps June 14–17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Shinnecock Hills, New York, 93 miles east of New York City on Long Island.
1.) Jordan Speith
The most dominant golfer in the game two years ago has struggled to recapture his championship form, although he did win the British Open in 2017. The 2015 U.S. Open winner is having a rocky 2018, having yet to win on the PGA Tour and even missing the cut at the Phoenix Open. So what does this mean for the U.S. Open? It means he’s due. A talented golfer and proven winner like this can’t keep the fist pumps low for long.
2.) Dustin Johnson
The telephone-pole skinny Johnson has incredible golf skills to dominate and he’s likely going to be on the leaderboard throughout the tournament. If he makes a few key putts down the stretch, he could again be holding the trophy and doing a few fist pumps as he did when winning in 2016 in nearby Pennsylvania.
3.) Webb Simpson
This may not be your top fist-pumping prediction, but the way he ran away from the TPC Championship in May – even increasing his lead as Tiger Woods made a late charge – clearly demonstrates he is a fist-pumping player to watch. He has a U.S. Open win under his belt, 2012 at Olympic Club in San Francisco.
4.) Justin Thomas
Thomas has been the top golfer on the PGA Tour in 2018 and will be a lot of people’s favorite for this tournament. Normally pretty stoic during his rounds, if he does win the U.S. Open, he’ll be doing tons of fist pumps. While probably also yelling out a few “Roll Tides” (he went to the University of Alabama).
5.) Tiger Woods
The game’s most popular player by far has made a career of winning major championships. Part of his popularity is based on his signature fist pumps with mouth wide open and often a leg bent or even off the ground. It’s an image we could well see again as Woods seems healthy and has been in contention a few times this year. Can you believe it’s been since 2008 since Woods last won the U.S. Open and a major?
6.) Phil Mickleson
If Phil is feeling it, we’ll see quite a few of his first pumps throughout the Open.
7.) Jason Day
Two wins and a tie for second has Day right behind Thomas as the best golfer in 2018. He’s won a PGA Championship and a win at the U.S. Open would make this Aussie from Queensland fist-pumping king for a day.
8.) Rory McIlroy
Since his breakout U.S. Open championship in 2014, McIlroy has been craving another title in this tournament. He’s a passionate player who loves to break out the fist pump and this could be his breakout moment to do it. Again.
9.) Bubba Watson
The popular player has shown signs in 2018 of being able to replicate his dominate showing in the 2014 Masters, his first and only major championship to date. He’s got plenty of fist-pumping power to win this tournament.
10.) Sergio Garcia
As he proved at the 2017 Masters, Sergio can surge when you least expect it. Which is why you have to expect him to do it here, so get ready to see this fist-pumping Spaniard get on a roll.
If you want to “put the smashdown” in the U.S. Open, then pick your favorite player and watch the tournament, which is being broadcast on FS1 and Fox. And to do it in style, get our our Smashdown Sports golf shirts, available at: www.smashdownsports.com.