While 156 of the world’s best golfers will tee it up starting Thursday morning at Olympic Club for the 112th playing of the United States Open, realistically, only a handful of players have a shot of winning the toughest trophy in golf.
The United States Golf Association invites the top 60 in the Official World Golf Rankings to play every year. The OWGR is a complicated system, awarding points to players in each of the world’s major pro tours by how a player finishes in any given week and how strong the field is. The more top players in a tournament, the more points one can earn with a great finish.
While not a perfect system, it does give the fan a good, solid snapshot of who the best of the best are on any given week. Being a fickle sport, it is certainly very possible for someone ranked somewhere in the 100s to win a big event. Chances are, however, that it will be someone in this ranking of the top 10 that will win.
So, with apologies to Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler, who didn't make the list, here are this week’s top 10, re-ranked based on their chances of winning.
These rankings were released Monday following the finish of the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.