Sports News // 5 years ago
2016 U.S. Open predictions: 10 Players to Win
1. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland -- The lowest-ranked of the new Big 3 might have the advantage at Oakmont because he's longer and straighter than most off the tee and that might minimize the number of times he has to deal with the notorious USGA rough. If he can make enough putts, Rory might claim his fifth major championship and second U.S. Open title, having won by eight strokes over Jason Day in 2011 at Congressional. McIlroy has not won one of the Grand Slam events since finishing off 2014 by claiming the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and the PGA Championship at Valhalla, but he has finished in the top 10 in five of the last six majors. He recently won the Irish Open and tied for fourth in the Memorial his last time out.