Johnson 100% Fit For US Open Bid

Dustin Johnson

World number one Dustin Johnson is set to be 100% fit going into the second Major Championship of the year next month with the US Open at Erin Hills. The defending champion was forced to withdraw from the US Masters back in April due to a back injury but has since fully recovered from the problem.

The American broke his maiden Major tag at the US Open in 2016 when he beat the field by three strokes at Oakmont Country Club. Johnson shot a round of 69 on the final day in Pennsylvania to lift the trophy and pick up the biggest prize of his career.

Johnson made a flying start to his 2016/17 season on the PGA Tour before his injury as he won three events during February and March. His run started in the Genesis Open where he was successful by five shots. The number one ranked golfer then claimed the WGC-Mexico Championship for the second time in his career before capping off his incredible sequence of results with victory in the WGC-Dell Technology Match Play where he beat John Rahm in the final.

Many pundits tipped up Johnson to win the Masters at Augusta for the first time, however, a fall down the stairs prevented him from taking part. Johnson made the way to the opening tee but opted to walk off before hitting his first shot in Georgia.

Johnson is the 13/2 favourite with 888sport in the latest betting for the 2017 US Open. He will line up in the Memorial Tournament beforehand to ensure his game his perfectly tuned for Erin Hills. The American has finished inside the top five in each of the last three US Open events and will be hoping he can become the first player to successfully defend his title since Curtis Strange did so in 1989.

Steve Stricker Set For US Open Absence

Former world number two Steve Stricker has made the cut of the last 23 Major Championships, however, that run could come to an end next month at Erin Hills as the 50-year-old does not currently have entry for the US Open after he was denied an exemption.

Stricker played in the Dean & DeLuca Invitational last week on the PGA Tour where he shot a round of 63 on the final day in Texas to shoot up the leaderboard for a top ten finish, his first of the 2016/17 season.

The American, who now splits his time between the PGA Tour and Senior Tour, will need to move into the world’s top 60 before the US Open if he is to line up at Erin Hills. If he fails to do so, his last chance will come in the sectional qualifying in Memphis.

Stricker is skipping the Senior PGA Championship next month and will line up in the Memorial Tournament which is set to feature six of the world’s top 10 players.

This year’s US Open begins on June 15 and it will be the first time that a Major Championship has been played in the state of Wisconsin.