PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — There might be nothing better in major championship golf than a Pebble Beach weekend in primetime with a U.S. Open on the line. Now we’re here, and the storylines at the 2019 U.S. Open are bountiful. Gary Woodland and Justin Rose are the final tee time on Saturday afternoon (or evening, depending where you live), and I have questions about the staying power of both. But if you believe long-term statistics, there’s only 10 golfers who have a chance to come out Sunday as champion.
Why 10 specifically? Because that’s how many were T6 or better on the leaderboard after 36 holes. Aside from Woodland and Rose, the other names are Louis Oosthuizen, Aaron Wise, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Matt Wallace, Chez Reavie and Chesson Hadley. So, if you really want to break it down, that likely means either Woodland, Rose, McIlroy, Koepka or Kuchar is going to be your champion come Sunday evening. You could do worse than betting on the McIlroy-Koepka duo. They have combined for eight major championships and are each trying to win their respective fifth this weekend. As for Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, they’re on the outside of that group looking in as each goes off early Saturday hoping to make a run.
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