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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Part two: Levy to Woodland

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Alexander Levy
The fiery Frenchman sneaked the China Open title in April. Has won four low-grade European Tour events but never looked Major-winning class.

Haotong Li
The best player China has ever produced. Booked a Major debut at the Walton Heath qualifier. Young and improving, but needs to stop fiddling with his putting stroke.

Tyler Light
Arguably the worst player in the field. Sneaked in as a sectional qualifier alternate on Monday.

David Lingmerth
The Swede won his only US Tour title in the 2015 Memorial. Has solid US Open form of 17-12, and three of his last four US Tour outings have yielded a top-20 finish.

Dru Love
Davis Love’s 23-year-old son got a last-gasp US Open spot as an alternate on Monday. Massively inexperienced, but dad will be caddying.

Jamie Lovemark
The former world number one amateur and two-time Web.com Tour champion remains a US Tour maiden at 29. Tied for 18th in his only previous US Open. Has the power to tame Erin Hills and is playing well enough for another top 20.

Shane Lowry
The Irishman led the US Open in round four 12 months ago before Dustin Johnson took command. Has found some form at a good time to have another decent showing.

Jack Maguire
The 22-year-old made his professional debut in last year’s Phoenix Open and made a hole-in-one before missing the cut. Second US Open qualification, having finished 58th in 2015.

Hideki Matsuyama
The Japanese star was magnificent for four months from the middle of October, winning five tournaments, but form and confidence have dipped. Had posted five Major top-tens before his 25th birthday. Impossible to rule out, but others are preferred.

Graeme McDowell
The 2010 US Open champion and four-time Ryder Cup player has been making up the numbers in Majors for four years. Erin Hills does not set up well for him.

William McGirt
The 2016 Memorial champion enjoyed a solid Masters debut in April, finishing 22nd. Has been tailed off in his last two tournaments. Difficult to fancy.

Rory McIlroy
The former world number one and four-time Major champion has endured an injury-ravaged campaign, playing in only six tournaments all year. Won the 2011 US Open by eight shots, but lack of recent competition may cost him this time.

Maverick McNealy
The 21-year-old amateur is dripping in potential, but may still elect for a career in business rather than golf. Has a billionaire father. Qualified for the 2014 US Open at age 18. Looks set for a glorious golfing future if he wants it.

Troy Merritt
The 2015 Quicken Loans National winner secured a US Open debut through a sectional qualifier, form which came from nowhere. Has missed nine cuts this year.

Daniel Miernicki
Another sectional qualifier who can only win the 2017 US Open in his dreams. Struggles to make cuts on the Web.com Tour.

Yusaku Miyazato
The 36-year-old came through the Japan qualifier at the eighth hole of a six-man playoff for the final spot. Tied for 23rd on US Open debut last year.

Francesco Molinari
The accurate Italian has played in the US Open seven times without notching a top-20 finish. The US Tour maiden is an unappealing option.

Trey Mullinax
The sectional qualifier won on the Web.com Tour last year and earned promotion to the US Tour. Has bounced back to form after four miserable months. US Open debut.

Kevin Na
The 33-year-old has only one US Tour title to his name (2011 Timberlake Open). Was seventh in the US Open last season, but this weak driver is an unattractive betting proposition.

Jordan Niebrugge
The Wisconsin-based youngster is playing a home game this week, having forced his way through the Lakewood sectional. Finished sixth as an amateur in the 2015 Open. Making his US Open debut. Talented enough to make an impact.

Joaquin Niemann
The 18-year-old Chilean is top of the world amateur rankings. A fantastic ball-striker with a wonderful future. This is his Major debut.

Alex Noren
The Swede won the BMW PGA Championship last month, his fifth European Tour victory in the last year. Has missed his last three US Opens cuts, but has never had more self-belief.

John Oda
The impressive amateur won the Newport Beach sectional. Looks set for a bright future, but too inexperienced to be a factor.

Sean O’Hair
The four-time US Tour champion got to Erin Hills because he qualified for the 2016 Tour Championship. This is his first US Open for seven years. Encouraging recent form gives this quality ball-striker a squeak.

Louis Oosthuizen
The 2010 Open champion tied for second in the Players Championship last month, the same position he had in the 2015 US Open. Class act who should enjoy the course.

Wade Ormsby
The short but straight Aussie came through the Walton Heath qualifier. Likely to miss the cut. 

Garrett Osborn
One of the weakest sectional qualifiers. Only just inside the top 2,000 of the world rankings.

Ryan Palmer
The 40-year-old Texan entered the field on Monday as an alternate. Has posted no top-20s in six US Open starts.

Cheng-Tsung Pan
The Taiwan-born 25-year-old is full of promise but lacks experience. Has won twice on the Canadian Tour.

Pat Perez
The OHL Classic champion has been resurgent since November, forcing himself into the world’s top 50. Has not played in the US Open since 2008. Expect a mid-division effort.

Eddie Pepperell
The 26-year-old Englishman came through the Walton Heath qualifier. Missed the cut in only previous US Open start. Unconvincing European Tour maiden.

Scott Piercy
Powerful but inconsistent three-time US Tour champion. Tied for second place in the US Open last year. Tied for fifth in the 2013 USPGA.

Thomas Pieters
The Ryder Cup star is full of power and potential. Finished fourth on his Masters debut in April and is tackling the US Open for the first time this week. Good enough to win.

Andy Pope
The 33-year-old has qualified for his third consecutive US Open (70-MC). A Web.com Tour struggler with no chance of glory.

JT Poston
The 24-year-old graduated from the Web.com Tour to the US Tour last season without winning. US Open debut.

Ted Potter
The Floridian was a shock winner of the 2012 Greenbrier Classic, but career quickly went downhill. Came through sectional qualifier for second US Open. Missed the cut in 2013.

Michael Putnam
The 34-year-old journeyman, a three-time Web.com Tour winner who has never cut the mustard on the main circuit, is tackling his fifth US Open (MC-55-45-MC).

Jon Rahm
The Spanish youngster has made a blistering start to life on the US Tour, winning the Farmers Insurance Open in January. Was the low amateur in the US Open last year, finishing 23rd. Capable of becoming a Major champion at just 22.

Aaron Rai
The fast improving 22-year-old Englishman will make his Major debut after winning the Walton Heath qualifier. Has won twice on the Challenge Tour in the last three months.

Richie Ramsay
The accurate Scot, the 2006 US Amateur champion, came through the Walton Heath qualifier. Has never bettered 58th place in ten Major starts.

Jonathan Randolph
The 28-year-old Mississippi man secured a US Open debut through the Memphis qualifier. Has never won anything significant.

Chez Reavie
The accurate 35-year-old was the 2008 Canadian Open champion and has won twice on the Web.com Tour. Came through a sectional qualifier, then was among the birdies in the St Jude Classic last week. Has never bettered 45th place in a Major.

Patrick Reed
The cocksure Texan enjoyed another superb Ryder Cup last year but has not been able to carry that form into individual competition. The five-time US Tour champion has been struggling all season.

Roman Robledo
One of the weakest sectional qualifiers. Out of his depth.

Andres Romero
The Argentinian has reached the age of 36 and must be wondering where his career went wrong. A natural talent who had won on the European and US Tour by the age of 26. He has finished in the top 14 in every Major, but is outside the world’s top 700. Has been struggling on the Web.com Tour, but came through the Memphis sectional.

Justin Rose
The Masters runner-up was US Open champion in 2013 at Merion, a completely different course to Erin Hills. Has not won on the US Tour for more than two years. An obvious runner, but not great value.

Sam Ryder
The 27-year-old has the perfect name for golf, but not yet the perfect game. The sectional qualifier has never played in a US Tour event.

Gene Sauers
The US Senior Open champion is 54 and has not won on the main circuit since 2002. Likely to miss the cut.

Xander Schauffele
The 23-year-old Californian has made rapid career strides in the last two seasons and has earned a US Tour card. Came through sectional qualifier for US Open debut.

Scottie Scheffler
Top-class 20-year-old amateur with a bright future. The Texan came through the Ohio qualifier for his second US Open start. Missed the cut 12 months ago.

Charl Schwartzel
The 2011 Masters champion has found some form with the putter and is looking dangerous again. Runner-up in the St Jude Classic on Sunday. Has a solid US Open record and was third in the Masters in April.

Adam Scott
The former world number one was close to his ball-striking best in last week’s St Jude Classic and should be an Erin Hills contender if he can get his putter working. The 2013 Masters champion has solid three-year US Open form of 9-4-18.

Webb Simpson
The 2012 US Open champion has never posted a top-ten finish in any other Major. A poor swing and a lack of short-game skill makes further success unlikely.

Alex Smalley
Another young amateur sectional qualifier making up the numbers.

Brandt Snedeker
The 2012 FedEx Cup winner has been labouring with injury this season and underperforming. Has posted four top-tens in the US Open, but has not won on the US Tour since January 2016.

Jordan Spieth
The dual Major champion worked hard in the close-season to rediscover his A-game, delivering a comfortable victory at Pebble Beach in February. Has been inconsistent since. Has an obvious chance, but no value. Lost in the quarter-finals of the 2011 US Amateur at Erin Hills.

Joel Stalter
The French youngster qualified for a Major debut through the Walton Heath qualifier. Won his maiden Challenge Tour title last year. Likely to miss the cut.

Brendan Steele
The 34-year-old Californian has won twice on the US Tour. Tied for 15th last year and has the tools to record a second top-20 finish.

Henrik Stenson
The Open champion is yet to rediscover his 2016 form this term. Was a flopping favourite in the Nordea Masters last time out. Has a solid but unspectacular US Open record.

Brandon Stone
The promising South African came through the Walton Heath qualifier. This is his US Open debut and has never made the cut in a Major.

Steve Stricker
The Wisconsin man was thrilled to come through sectional qualifying to book a place in a home Major. The 50-year-old has twice finished fifth in the US Open. Lack of length is a serious handicap at Erin Hills.

Brian Stuard
The 34-year-old journeyman won his maiden US Tour title in last year’s Zurich Classic. Missed the cut in both previous US Open appearances.

Daniel Summerhays
The Utah man impressed in his two Stateside Majors last year, finishing eighth in the US Open and third in the USPGA. Tied for tenth in the Memorial the week before last.

Hideto Tanihara
The 38-year-old Japanese has never bettered 33rd place in a Stateside Major. In the form of his life, though, having finished fourth in the WGC-Match Play in March and third in the BMW PGA Championship last month.

Sahith Theegala
Teenage amateur who qualified through a sectional, building on his 49th-place finish in the Genesis Open on his US Tour debut in February.

Justin Thomas
The 24-year-old has established himself as a member of the elite thanks to three US Tour titles in the space of eight months. Contended in the Memorial last time out and could take a shine to Erin Hills. Was a second-round loser there in the 2011 US Amateur.

Kyle Thompson
The 38-year-old journeyman has won five times on the Web.com Tour, but never been a factor among the big boys. Has never made the cut in a Major.

Peter Uihlein
The 2010 US Amateur champion lost in the quarter-finals of the 2011 US Amateur at Erin Hills. Missed the cut in his only previous US Open appearance. Expect short bursts of explosive scoring but not a competitive 72-hole total.

Jhonattan Vegas
The 32-year-old Venezuelan has triumphed twice on the US Tour, but never looked capable of winning Majors. Debuts.

Jimmy Walker
The USPGA champion has suffered with illness this term and failed to sparkle.

Matt Wallace
The Londoner won his maiden European Tour title in Portugal last month, then qualified for a Major debut through the Walton Heath qualifier. Enjoyed a tidy warm-up in Austria last week.

Jeunghun Wang
The Korean youngster is full of short-game confidence and has won three times on the European Tour. US Open debut.

Bubba Watson
The dual Masters champion lost weight and lost form. Switching the type of ball he used at the start of the year did not help either, and his putting has been abysmal. Showed signs of life in the Memorial last time out, but has a poor US Open record.

Lee Westwood
The 44-year-old is still chasing his maiden Major victory after several near-misses. Has twice finished third in the US Open. A breakthrough is likely to remain elusive.

Bernd Wiesberger
The Austrian was a flopping favourite in the Lyoness Open last week. Has missed the cut in all three previous US Opens.

Danny Willett
Last year’s Masters champion endured a miserable Ryder Cup and has been in terrible form since. Easy to discard from the staking plan.

Chris Wood
The giant Bristolian has won three times on the European Tour and twice contended for the Open. Yet to make an impact Stateside, though, and unlikely to start this week.

Gary Woodland
The Kansas man possesses the power and long-game class to handle Erin Hills. Has lost his form, though, in the wake of a family tragedy.

Masters runner-up Rose was US Open champion in 2013 at Merion, a completely different course to Erin Hills
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