ERIN, Wis. — We’ll start the weekend at the U.S. Open with a crowded leaderboard at Erin Hills but with little in the way of major championship pedigrees at the top. Eight of the world’s top 12 players missed the cut in Wisconsin — including Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day.
What’s that leave us with? Still plenty in the way of compelling golf.
The leader for the majority of the golf tournament, Rickie Fowler, will play headliner for the weekend, starting Saturday just a shot behind a quartet of players at 7-under-par. And, my, how things change. And could it be Sergio Garcia playing the role of proven, confident veteran? (We’re going with SergioSlam; do note it’s stylized without a space or hyphen.)
Our leaders are set to take to the course around 1:30 local time. Let’s sort out the contenders and pretenders at Erin Hills ahead of Saturday’s action.
15. (tie) Xander Schauffele and Cam Champ (a)
Listen, young Americans Champ and Schauffele are fun to watch. They are big hitters who have the talent to hang around professional golf for a long time — and get back to this stage regularly. But it’s a big ask for two major championship rookies to hang around through the weekend.