3 Key Statistics To Win The U.S. Open

During play of the 116th U.S. Open, Oakmont will challenge every aspect of the golfer’s game. That’s the way it was designed and that’s the way it has played through the year.

The members even revel in it. The fairways are narrow, undulating and well protected by bunkers. The rough will be penal and the greens are an adventure of their own.

In 2007, Angel Cabrera won with a score of +5 (285). He was long off the tee and hit a bunch of greens. He also was adept at avoiding three-putts. In fact, Cabrera was the only player to rank in the Top 10 in all three statistical categories: Driving Distance, GIR, and 3-Putt Avoidance.

Angel Cabrera - 2007 U.S. Open Numbers

6

3-PUTT AVOIDANCE - RANK

3

GIR - RANK

2

DRIVING DISTANCE - RANK

These same statistics will play a crucial role at this year’s US Open.

DRIVING DISTANCE

The winner will need to hit it long and straight. It will be a huge advantage to have shorter irons to the greens, even if it means that the player is hitting from the rough.

GIR

Hitting Greens in Regulation will be the most important number for the winner. The rough around the green is thick and gnarly. Making up and downs will not be that easy.

3 PUTT-AVOIDANCE

The greens are huge at Oakmont. And as such, hitting in the right places will be crucial. They are undulating and will play quick this week. Avoiding three-putts will be key this week.

Saurav Ghosh

Saurav is Pro Golf Weekly's Statistics Content Editor.

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