2011 US Open: The dark horses

We’ve looked at Australia’s best chances to win the US Open and yesterday pitched the Top-10 favourites to win but today we offer five dark horses who may just be in with a silly chance of winning.

The US Open is a real grinding golf tournament and foreign-born players tend to perform better in events in the United States when scoring is low. With this in mind the majority of the dark horses to win the US Open are from outside the US.

goosenRetief Goosen
Here is a guy that knows how to win a grind. Getting up and down on slick greens was this man’s forte. With plenty of experience and a third place finish last week, Goosen may surprise us all this week.

Alexander Noren
Noren has three top-5 finishes in his last four starts on the European Tour including his great win at the Wales Open two weeks ago. Hits the ball long but needs to straighten up to win. Cheers to Blackers1212 for the Noren tip here.

snedekerBrandt Snedeker
It is extremely hard to pick what Snedeker is going to do next. Two top-5’s, then two missed cuts and then two top-20’s is his record over the last six tournaments. He battles hard when he needs to and the tough US Open layout may suit him.

Robert Karlsson
Karlsson should have won last week but it secured him a second Top-5 in three weeks. Like his fellow Swede Noren, he needs to tighten up his driving accuracy around Congressional.
Nice to see Karlsson is playing some great golf again. It’s been a while!

quirosAlvaro Quiros
Quiros came out firing at the US Masters but it all slowly fell away soon after. His finish was respectable though and he has played some good rounds recently – along with some poor finishes. Kiwi Golf Update likes his chances.

3 thoughts on “2011 US Open: The dark horses

  • June 17, 2011 at 02:23
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    There can are many who can win the open this season. No golfer is dominating the PGA at the minute which is set up for an edge of the seat ride in 2011

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  • June 17, 2011 at 03:58
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    I see Rory Chokelroy is leading after 1 round. Will be enjoyable watching him self destruct at some point

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  • June 17, 2011 at 11:08
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    I backed Retief Goosen each way before play at $51. Fair to say his first round wasn’t spectacular. I just hope the course firms up over the next couple of days because I think he is better suited to it that way. It was a great round of golf though and it should be an interesting few days.

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