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US Open Winning Formula

Winged Foot’s West Course plays host to the 120th US Open Championship. The course will be setup like the traditional US Opens of old which means a stern test of golf awaits.The rough will be challenging so this week it will be important to keep the ball on the short stuff. This will put pressure on play as the landing area narrows the further you hit the ball.

While play from tee-to-green at Winged Foot is challenging, getting off the greens can be more challenging

Course management looks to be key this week and scoring opportunities will be hard to come by. Greens this week will be challenging to say the least. The undulating tiered greens are treacherous making putting extremely challenging particularly if players fail to hit the proper target on the green.

2017 | Brooks Koepka

Venue Erin Hills

Winning Score -16 (272)

Brooks Koepka
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT5.3793
SGAPR8.4661
SGARG-0.40445
SGP7.1103
SGT2G13.4423

Koepka’s all-round game was outstanding for the week. He finished inside the Top 3 for four of the five strokes gained categories for the tournament. In particular his approach play was on point finishing top of the pile for Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green. This yielded a gain of 8.466 strokes or just over 40% of his overall strokes gained. He finished T2 for Birdies racking up a total of 20. Other stats for the week include T4 for Driving Accuracy, 7th for Driving Distance, 1st for GIR and 20th in Putts per GIR.

2018 | Brooks Koepka

Venue Shinnecock Hills

Winning Score +1 (281)

Brooks Koepka
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT1.53621
SGAPR8.8771
SGARG-1.93761
SGP8.1023
SGT2G8.47611

in successfully defending his US Open title, Koepka delivered another ball-striking master-class around Shinnecock Hills. He topped the pile in Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green which delivered over 50% of his overall strokes gained. This translated to a gain of 8.877 strokes. His putter was also on fire finishing 3rd in Strokes Gained Putting. He finished 4th for Birdies racking up a total of 14 for the week. Other stats for the tournament include T55 for Driving Accuracy, 2nd for Driving Distance, 4th for GIR and 5th in Putts per GIR.

2019 | Gary Woodland

Venue Pebble Beach Golf Links

Winning Score -13 (271)

Gary Woodland
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT1.35722
SGAPR8.3583
SGARG0.99941
SGP7.1634
SGT2G10.7156

The key to Woodlands victory was in his approach play and putting. He finished 3rd in the Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green category which resulted in a gain of 8.358 strokes. His excellent approach play carried over to his play on the green finishing 4th in Strokes Gained Putting. The putter delivered just over 40% of his overall strokes gained. He finished T9 for Birdies racking up a total of 17 for the tournament. Other stats for the week include T44 for Driving Accuracy, 10th for Driving Distance and 46th for Strokes Gained Putting.

US Open Winning Formula

Taking the average strokes gained for the past three winners in each of the strokes gained categories yields the following “winning formula”.

SG CategoryWinner’s Average
Strokes Gained
Average Finishing
Position (SG Category)
SGOTT2.75715
SGAPR8.5672
SGARG-0.44749
SGP7.4583
SGT2G10.8787

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