US Open 2018: Major championship form guide for this week's event at Shinnecock Hills

Louis Oosthuizen: Played well in most recent two starts at Colonial Country Club and Muirfield Village
Louis Oosthuizen: Tied-2nd in the US Open at Chambers Bay three years ago.
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Check out our major championship form stats ahead of this week's US Open, compiled by Andy Swales ...

"Jason Day is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year and he usually plays his best golf on tough courses."

In recent decades, the US Open has crowned more first time major winners than any of the other three slam events.

Since 1992, 17 US Open champions were winning their first or only major, compared to 15 in the Masters and PGA, and 11 at The Open.

Will that trend continue at Shinnecock Hills in New York state?

Here is a rundown of golf's current world leaders - and other worthy candidates:

Dustin Johnson: Winner last week and US Open champion two years ago. DJ has regained his world No 1 slot.

Justin Thomas: Not quite firing on all cylinders but a real threat to claim his second major title in 10 months.

Justin Rose: Will fancy his chances this week following victory at Fort Worth in May. Has played consistently well for the past nine months. Champion in 2013 but with only one top-10 finish from his most recent eight majors.

Jon Rahm: Just three starts since mid-April, so should feel fresh. Was fourth at Augusta National, which was his maiden major top-10.

Jordan Spieth: Recent performances have been mediocre by his own high standards - no top-20s in five events since The Masters. However, the 24-year-old is renowned for having a deft touch and can't be ruled out at a venue such as Shinnecock.

Rory McIlroy: No major trophies since August 2014 which, for someone tipped to become one of golf's all-time greats, is a little longer than he would have liked.

Rickie Fowler: Top-10s in three of his last five US Open starts and he should contend again in New York.

Jason Day: A two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year and he usually plays his best golf on tough courses. Twice a runner-up at the US Open, it would be a huge surprise if the Australian fails to hit the ground running this Thursday.

Brooks Koepka: The defending champion appears to possess the perfect temperament for major championship golf. His worst finish in his last 10 majors is 21st.

Hideki Matsuyama: Seems to have lost his confidence since suffering a mini-meltdown at the PGA Championship last August, when he led midway through the final round.

Tommy Fleetwood: Fourth in the US Open 12 months ago. The European Tour's No 1 from 2017 has played pretty well this season without reaching the heights of last year. However, doesn't need to raise his game too much to reach the level required to contend this week.

Paul Casey: Has a mediocre US Open record - just a single top-10 from 14 starts. However, his recent major form has been typically solid if not sparkling.

Patrick Reed: Masters champion who is yet to post a top-dozen finish at a US Open.

Sergio Garcia: Four missed cuts in last five tournaments (this includes team event at TPC Louisiana).

Henrik Stenson: Another golfer whose game is in good shape but without a podium finish since last October.

Marc Leishman: The Aussie's career has slowly but surely improved in recent seasons. Has shown he can perform well on the major stage.

Alexander Noren: Three podium finishes on US soil this year, plus another at Wentworth last month.

Francesco Molinari: Will be full of confidence following his well-deserved victory over the West Course, where he bogied just two of 72 holes.

Bubba Watson: A little out of tune since The Masters but certainly has the temperament and know-how to perform on the big occasion.

Webb Simpson: Winner at TPC Sawgrass in May and US Open champion six years ago.

Phil Mickelson: Six-times a US Open runner-up. Will celebrate his 48th birthday on Saturday.

Tiger Woods: Ten years ago this week Tiger claimed his 14th, and most recent, major title when beating Rocco Mediate in a play-off at Torrey Pines. Unlikely to make it No 15 but anything else is possible regarding his 2018 form.

Louis Oosthuizen: Tends to play his best golf at the more challenging venues. The world No 33 tied-for-fifth in Fort Worth last month.

Patrick Cantlay: Might offer the biggest threat among the newer, younger stars in the world game. Was fourth on his most recent outing at Muirfield Village.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Table Below Shows Form in LAST 10 MAJORS


Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player UM 18 PG 17 BO 17 UO 17 UM 17 PG 16 BO 16 UO 16 UM 16 PG 15
Dustin Johnson 10 13 54 MC MC 9 1 4 7
Justin Thomas 17 1 MC 9 22 66 53 32 39 18
Justin Rose 12 MC 54 MC 2 22 22 MC 10 4
Jon Rahm 4 58 44 MC 27 59 23
Jordan Spieth 3 28 1 35 11 13 30 37 2 2
Rory McIlroy 5 22 4 MC 7 MC 5 MC 10 17
Rickie Fowler 2 5 22 5 11 33 46 MC MC 30
Jason Day 20 9 27 MC 22 2 22 8 10 1
Brooks Koepka 13 6 1 11 4 13 21 5
Hideki Matsuyama 19 5 14 2 11 4 MC MC 7 37
Tommy Fleetwood 17 61 27 4 MC MC MC
Paul Casey 15 13 11 26 6 10 MC MC 4 30
Patrick Reed 1 2 MC 13 MC 13 12 MC 49 30
Sergio Garcia MC MC 37 21 1 MC 5 5 34 54
Henrik Stenson 5 13 11 MC MC 7 1 Wd 24 25
Marc Leishman 9 13 6 27 43 60 53 18 MC MC
Alexander Noren MC 67 6 MC MC 49 46 MC
Francesco Molinari 20 2 MC MC 33 22 36 54
Bubba Watson 5 MC 27 MC MC 60 39 51 37 21
Phil Mickelson 36 MC MC 22 33 2 MC MC 18
Webb Simpson 20 33 37 35 MC 13 39 MC 29 54
Bryson DeChambeau 38 33 MC MC 15 21
Tyrrell Hatton 44 MC MC MC MC 10 5 25
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 38 MC 4 42 MC 49 39 32 17 MC
Matt Kuchar 28 9 2 16 4 MC 46 46 24 7
Xander Schauffele 50 MC 20 5
Ian Poulter 44 22 14 49 MC
Brian Harman 44 13 MC 2 MC
Patrick Cantlay MC 33
Kevin Kisner 28 7 54 58 43 18 76 49 37 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 44 66 MC MC 15 68
Pat Perez MC 28 MC MC 18 MC
Louis Oosthuizen 12 2 MC 23 41 22 MC 23 15 30
Branden Grace 24 MC 6 50 27 4 72 5 MC 3
Satoshi Kodaira 28 48 46 MC
Charley Hoffman 12 48 20 8 22 MC 77 37 29 MC
Tony Finau 10 44 27 MC 18 MC 10
Kyle Stanley 52 MC MC
Matthew Fitzpatrick 38 MC 44 35 32 49 MC 54 7
Gary Woodland MC 22 70 50 MC MC 12
Daniel Berger 32 MC 27 MC 27 73 37 10 MC
Ross Fisher MC MC 44 MC 41 42 MC MC
Cameron Smith 5 MC MC 59 55 25
Charl Schwartzel MC 48 62 MC 3 42 18 23 MC 37
Si Woo Kim 24 Wd MC 13 MC MC
Hao Tong Li 32 MC 3 68
Adam Hadwin 24 MC MC 60 36
Peter Uihlein MC 44 MC
Alexander Levy MC MC MC MC
Emiliano Grillo MC MC MC 51 13 12 54 17 61
Brendan Steele MC MC MC 13 27 MC MC 15 12
Luke List MC
Jimmy Walker 20 MC 54 MC 18 1 MC MC 29 MC
Kevin Chappell MC 33 MC 23 7 MC 53 MC 43
Jason Dufner MC 58 14 MC 33 60 22 8 MC 68
Byeong Hun An 28 MC MC 33 MC 59 23 MC MC
Chez Reavie 53 22 16
Russell Henley 15 71 37 27 11 22 MC 12
Zach Johnson 36 48 14 27 MC 33 12 8 MC MC
Charles Howell 73 MC 65
Dylan Frittelli MC 63 MC
Chesson Hadley 61
Adam Scott 32 61 22 MC 9 18 43 18 42 MC
Keegan Bradley 33 60 42 18 MC 52 61
Jhonattan Vegas 38 MC MC MC MC 22
Aaron Wise MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 44 62 MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma MC
Tiger Woods 32 MC
Shane Lowry 48 MC 46 MC MC MC 2 39 MC
Ted Potter MC MC
Bill Haas 54 MC 5 36 56 9 51 24 65
Matt Wallace MC
Brandt Snedeker 9 27 56 22 MC 10 12
Ollie Schniederjans
Sung Jae Im
Lucas Glover 33 MC MC
Dean Burmester
Martin Kaymer 48 37 35 16 7 36 37 49 12
Ryan Fox 54 MC
Patrick Rodgers MC 46
Russell Knox MC MC MC MC 22 30 23 MC MC
Steve Stricker 54 37 16 16 42 4 30
Andrew Johnston Wd 27 42 60 8 54
Brian Gay MC
Scott Stallings
Lucas Herbert
Harold Varner MC 66
Richie Ramsay 22 MC MC MC
Graeme McDowell MC MC MC 63 18 MC MC
Sam Burns MC
Scott Piercy MC MC MC MC 2 29 48
Shota Akiyoshi
Jason Scrivener
Matthew Southgate 6 12
Trey Mullinax 9
Matthieu Pavon MC
Paul Waring MC
Mac Hughes MC MC
Aaron Baddeley 27 49
Brian Stuard MC 36 79
Roberto Castro MC MC MC 66
Jim Furyk MC 23 MC 73 59 2 30
Sebastian Munoz MC
Matt Jones 79 39 21
Ryan Evans 58
Richy Werenski
Rikuya Hoshino
Lanto Griffin
James Morrison MC MC 77
Eric Axley
Danny Willett MC MC 76 Wd MC 79 53 37 1 54
Tyler Duncan
Tom Lewis
David Bransdon
Wen Chong Liang
Kenny Perry
Ernie Els MC 61 55 53 66 MC MC MC 25
Michael Hebert
Tim Wilkinson 61
Braden Thornberry
Michael Putnam 35
Chris Naegel
Mike Miller MC
Doug Ghim 50
Stewart Hagestad MC 36
Kristoffer Reitan
Sebastian Vazquez
David Gazzolo
Harry Ellis MC MC
Cameron Wilson
Michael Block MC
NoahGoodwin
S J Park
Dylan Meyer
Ty Strafaci
Garrett Rank
Will Zalatoris
Scott Gregory MC MC MC
Will Grimmer
Philip Barbaree
Chris Babcock
Matt Parziale MC
Chun-An Yu
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