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Friday, 18 January, 2019

Part one: Aiken to Leishman

Tommy Fleetwood
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Thomas Aiken

The brittle South African has won three low-grade European Tour titles, but struggles in elite company. He has US Open form figures of 25-MC.

Tyson Alexander
Qualified for the 2009 US Open at Bethpage as a promising amateur. Missed the cut and has struggled to make an impact since.

Mason Andersen
Star Stateside junior who came through sectional qualifying. The 18-year-old amateur can be ignored in the outright betting.

Byeong Hun An
Talented Korean who won the 2015 BMW PGA Championship by six shots. In tidy form but has missed eight cuts in 12 Majors.

Derek Barron
The 32-year-old teaching pro won the Tacoma CC sectional qualifier to book a US Open debut. One of several no-hopers who have sneaked through the qualifying process.

Oliver Bekker
The South African has won six times on the Sunshine Tour, but has failed to impress away from home. Came through the Walton Heath qualifier.

Daniel Berger
The 2015 US Tour Rookie of the Year won his maiden title last season in the St Jude Classic and successfully defended it last week. He is capable of entering the Erin Hills equation.

Gregory Bourdy
Flaky Frenchman sneaked into the field as an alternate. Winless on the European Tour for almost four years.

Ryan Brehm
Lanky Michigan journeyman who is making his Major debut courtesy of success in a qualifier. Won on the Tour last year, but lacks ability.

Keegan Bradley
The intense American won the 2011 USPGA in his first Major appearance, but his form has dipped sharply since the ban on anchored putters.

Wesley Bryan
The 27-year-old Carolinian made his US Tour breakthrough in the Heritage in April, having won three times on the Tour last year. Making his US Open debut.

Angel Cabrera
The Argentine veteran, 48 in September, won the 2007 US Open and the 2009 Masters, but struggles to make a cut these days.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello
The genial Spaniard has won twice on the European Tour, but a suspect temperament and short game mean he is difficult to trust in Majors. Folds from the front too often.

Matthew Campbell
The porky sectional qualifier is a big-hitter who should enjoy the set-up at Erin Hills, but back problems have been hampering him for some time.

Paul Casey
The Englishman, a Major maiden, turns 40 in July. Has won only once in the States and seems likely to get the jitters if a trophy chance presents itself.

Roberto Castro
The 31-year-old Texan is a US Tour maiden with limited ability and some woeful recent form.

Bud Cauley
A sweet swinger who has been threatening a US Tour breakthrough having overcome injury problems. Good enough from tee to green to challenge for a top-20 finish.

Kevin Chappell
A quality ball-striker who has proven himself in US Open combat. Finished third in 2011 and tenth in 2012. Won his maiden US Tour title in April’s Texas Open. Warmed up with a share of fourth in the St Jude Classic on Sunday. A serious contender.

Stewart Cink
The 2009 Open champion is starting to find some encouraging form again on the US Tour aged 44. Was third in the 2001 US Open.

Cameron Champ
Is there a clue in the surname? No – he is a 21-year-old amateur sectional qualifier who is making up the numbers.

Daniel Chopra
The Swede is a two-time US Tour champion, but the last of those was in 2008. Has little to offer aged 43.

George Coetzee
The burly South African quickly goes from the sublime to the ridiculous. A burst of scoring secured a US Open spot through the Walton Heath qualifier.

Corey Conners
The talented Canadian youngster cruised through a sectional qualifier. In steady form on the Tour.

Christopher Crawford
The 23-year-old amateur claimed a second consecutive US Open berth after emerging from the Canoe Brook qualifier.

Brad Dalke
The Oklahoman was runner-up in the 2016 US Amateur. Talented but inexperienced and making his US Open debut.

 Jason Day
The former world number one has been struggling for focus and consistency this season. Lost a playoff for the AT&T Byron Nelson last month. Winless for 13 months, but boasts a superb US Open record of 2-59-2-4-9-8.

Bryson DeChambeau

The eccentric 23-year-old Californian is finding his feet again after a short spell in the doldrums. Tied for 15th in last year’s US Open. Was a second-round loser in the 2011 US Amateur at Erin Hills.

Roberto Diaz
The Mexican number one will come into the field if and when Phil Mickelson officially withdraws. Mickelson is hoping a first-round weather delay will allow him to attend his daughter’s high-school graduation and still make it back to Erin Hills in time to compete. It is much more likely Diaz, the world No. 396, will get the gig.

Kevin Dougherty
Sectional qualifier who has as much chance of winning the US Open as TV presenter Diana Dougherty. Only just inside the world’s top 2,000.

Bradley Dredge
The Welshman still has enough about him to compete on the European Tour aged 43, but he has never been close to Major-winning class.

Jason Dufner
The accurate American recovered from a third-round 77 to win the Memorial. The 2013 USPGA champion has finished in the top eight in three of the last five US Opens. A solid top-20 option, but surely his putting weakness rules out a title challenge.

Paul Dunne
The Irish youngster lost a playoff for the Hassan Trophy in April. Led the 2015 Open after three rounds as an amateur. Qualified for his US Open debut through Walton Heath.

Ernie Els
The South African legend is a fading force at 47. The US Open champion in 1994 and 1997.

Harris English
The 27-year-old has found a little form, but has never been a factor in Major competition. He was a second-round loser in the 2011 US Amateur at Erin Hills.

Ross Fisher
The Ascot man has had an encouraging season, swinging well and putting better than ever, but no trophies have materialised. Winless for more than three years.

Matthew Fitzpatrick
The English youngster, who competed in a college event at Erin Hills, tied for second in the Nordea Masters last time out. Lack of length a hindrance at this venue.

Nick Flanagan
The 2003 US Amateur looked a potential world-beater when winning three times on the Tour in 2007. Further success has not come easy, injuries not helping, and a 33rd birthday arrived yesterday. The talented Aussie is the most interesting sectional qualifier.

Tommy Fleetwood
The Southport lad is a greens-in-regulation machine enjoying an excellent season. He tied for 27th in his only US Open, but a lack of Stateside success is off-putting.

Rickie Fowler
The colourful Californian takes a hugely impressive set of 2017 stats to Erin Hills and he won the Honda Classic in February. He was a flopping favourite in Memphis last week but has to be on the shortlist.

Jim Furyk
The US Ryder Cup captain has understandably lost his playing form this season. Erin Hills likely to prove a slog for the short-hitting 47-year-old.

Sergio Garcia
The Masters champ has failed to post a competitive 72-hole total in his three tournaments since winning the Green Jacket in April, but has delivered bursts of brilliance. Expect a more focused effort this week from the maturing Spaniard, who has five US Open top-tens to his name.

Brice Garnett
The 34-year-old journeyman lost his US Tour card and has been struggling on the Tour. Easy to rule out.

Lucas Glover
The 2009 US Open champion has shown enough this season, particularly at Bay Hill and Sawgrass, to suggest he could contend again. Strong from tee to green, but a poor putter.

Talor Gooch
The Oklahoman is making his US Open debut after coming through sectional qualifying. Any price you like.

Branden Grace
The South African was one of the stars of 2015 and 2016, but his form has dipped this season. His best performances have come in the last three months, though, so maybe he is peaking at the perfect time. Has finished fourth and fifth in the last two US Opens.

Scott Gregory
The 2016 Amateur champion. The Hampshire lad missed the cut in the Masters in April. Another weekend off is likely on his US Open debut.

Max Greyserman
Sectional qualifier making his US Open debut. Likely to be packing his bags on Friday.

Emiliano Grillo
The Argentinian is a consistent ball-striker with the game to handle a US Open assignment. Has played in six Majors without missing a cut. A solid top-20 finish option.

Bill Haas
The former FedEx Cup champion has teed up in 30 Majors without ever threatening to win one. Likely to play well without getting in contention.

Adam Hadwin
The 29-year-old Canadian made his US Tour breakthrough in March. His form has dipped since and he is playing in only his fourth Major.

Stewart Hagestad
The 26-year-old was the low amateur in the Masters in April and earned a US Open spot through a sectional qualifier. He insists his future is in business, not golf.

Brian Harman
The Georgian holed a long putt on the 72nd hole to win the Wells Fargo Championship a month ago. Almost certainly lacks the all-round polish to become a Major champ.

Scott Harvey

The 39-year-old amateur is playing in his second Major, having missed the cut in the 2015 Masters.

Tyrrell Hatton
The diminutive Englishman has surged up the world rankings and has twice finished fourth on the US Tour this season. He was fifth in the 2016 Open and is making US Open debut. Has gone slightly off the boil in the last two months.

Russell Henley
The putting wizard has missed two cuts in a row, losing his form at a bad time. He was a second-round loser in the 2011 US Amateur at Erin Hills.

Charley Hoffman
The Masters pacesetter eventually dropped to 22nd spot. Has not bettered 37th in five US Open starts. Solid but unspectacular since Augusta.

JB Holmes
The erratic powerhouse closed with an 84 when leading the Players Championship last month, finishing 41st. Difficult to trust.

Billy Horschel
The greens-in-regulation machine beat Jason Day to win the AT&T Byron Nelson last month and was fourth in the St Jude Classic on Sunday. Playing tidy golf again and can build on solid US Open form of 4-23-25-32.

Yuta Ikeda
The Japanese raider has won 16 times in his homeland, but never bettered 29th place in a Major.

Shugo Imahira
The 24-year-old came through the Japan qualifier. Has won once on the Japan Tour and is making his US Open debut.

Stephan Jaeger
The German qualifier has won three times on the Tour, his latest victory coming on Sunday. Carded a 58 on his way to winning his maiden title. He was a second-round loser in the 2011 US Amateur at Erin Hills. An interesting runner making his second US open appearance.

Dustin Johnson
The world number one was awesome for the best part of two years before missing the cut by five shots in the Memorial last time out. The defending champion has US Open form figures of 4-2-1 and is the overwhelming favourite to lift the trophy on a course which suits.

Zach Johnson
The Johnson with much less chance of success. The 41-year-old has been unimpressive since winning the Open at St Andrews in 2015. A short-hitter and likely to struggle.

Andrew Johnston
Beef came through the Walton Heath qualifier to secure a second US Open start, having finished 54th on his debut last year. The Barnet blaster is enduring a poor season.

Martin Kaymer
The 2014 US Open champion is winless since his Pinehurst glory. There is nothing in his recent form to indicate he will stop the rot at Erin Hills.

Chan Kim
The 27-year-old American won on the Japan Tour for the first time last month. Came through the Japan qualifier to earn a US Open debut.

Si Woo Kim
The Korean youngster won the Players Championship in hugely impressive fashion last month. Has been battling a back injury all season. A class act but has serious fitness issues.

Whee Kim
The 25-year-old Korean finished tied for second in the St Jude Classic on Sunday, but little can be expected on his Major debut.

Kevin Kisner
The Carolinan won his second US Tour title last month, fending off Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm at Colonial. Full of form, but Erin Hills is not an ideal layout for him.

Russell Knox
The accurate Scot has been short of sparkle since his Ryder Cup snub. Another week of struggle seems on the cards.

Satoshi Kodaira
The four-time Japan Tour champion is making his US Open debut at 27, having won the Japan qualifier. Has never made the cut in a Major.

Brooks Koepka
The power-packed 27-year-old has solid form of 4-18-13 from the last three US Opens. He was fifth and fourth in the last two USPGAs, and 11th in the Masters in April. Clearly becoming a man for the big occasion and is well suited to Erin Hills.

Jason Kokrak
The sectional qualifier is making his third US Open start. He squandered a five-shot halfway lead to finish fourth in the Byron Nelson last month, remaining a US Tour maiden.

Ben Kohles
The talented Texan won twice on the Tour in 2012, but has failed to train on. Maybe US Open qualification will relight his fire.

Matt Kuchar
The consistent US Tour performer finished fourth in the Masters in April and fourth in the Memorial last time out. Has solid form from the last seven US Opens (6-14-27-28-12-12-46), but this long, open venue seems an unlikely place for a Kooch Major breakthrough.

Martin Laird
The big-hitting Scot has won three times on the US Tour, but not for four years. Has made only seven cuts in 18 Majors.

Walker Lee
The 19-year-old amateur battled through the Dallas sectional qualifier for a US Open debut.

Marc Leishman
The Aussie won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in dramatic fashion in March. Full of driver and putter confidence this season and has contended in Majors before. A definite runner.

Southport lad Fleetwood is a greens-in-regulation machine enjoying an excellent season
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