U.S. Open heat index: Who to pick at Torrey Pines?

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Looking for a player to pick in your office pool? One strategy is to consider players who have had the most success in the months leading up to this week’s U.S. Open, the third major of 2021.

The entire U.S. Open field is broken down below according to the Golfweek/Sagarins and the Official World Golf Ranking. The left column, or the “heat index,” is a player’s ranking based on his play the past four months. That can help you pick a player who is trending.

So far in the 2020-21 Tour season, the average ranking of the winner heading into the week in which he won a PGA Tour event has been 90.8 in the Golfweek/Sagarins and 91.6 in the OWGR.

Player

Heat

GW/Sagarin

OWGR

Jordan Spieth

1

19

24

Collin Morikawa

2

12

4

Jon Rahm

3

1

3

Charley Hoffman

4

25

58

Jason Kokrak

5

33

22

Louis Oosthuizen

6

8

18

Viktor Hovland

7

3

13

Paul Casey

8

16

19

Brian Harman

9

17

47

Corey Conners

10

20

36

Branden Grace

11

97

71

Daniel Berger

12

9

16

Webb Simpson

13

4

12

Bryson DeChambeau

14

6

5

Cameron Smith

16

26

28

Scottie Scheffler

17

29

17

Will Zalatoris

18

7

29

Abraham Ancer

19

18

21

Christiaan Bezuidenhout

20

31

46

Shane Lowry

21

43

41

Matt Fitzpatrick

22

34

20

Kevin Streelman

23

32

54

Joaquin Niemann

24

13

31

Brendan Steele

26

41

79

Xander Schauffele

27

2

6

Tyrrell Hatton

28

14

9

Billy Horschel

29

36

23

Stewart Cink

31

44

44

Patrick Reed

32

22

8

Justin Thomas

33

10

2

Jhonattan Vegas

35

75

138

Tony Finau

36

11

14

Garrick Higgo

37

164

39

Hideki Matsuyama

38

30

15

Sam Burns

42

39

37

Ian Poulter

43

54

56

Ryan Palmer

44

28

34

Max Homa

45

66

40

Robert MacIntyre

46

46

48

Adam Scott

47

24

43

Dustin Johnson

49

5

1

Rory McIlroy

52

15

11

Patrick Cantlay

53

21

7

Matt Jones

54

53

60

Brendon Todd

55

48

62

Harris English

57

23

25

Matt Wallace

59

61

55

Bubba Watson

62

63

61

Si Woo Kim

63

35

49

Justin Rose

66

72

42

Kevin Na

67

57

38

Tommy Fleetwood

71

49

33

Charl Schwartzel

73

91

110

Marc Leishman

77

111

45

Sungjae Im

78

51

26

K.H. Lee

81

122

64

Zach Johnson

85

37

123

Sahith Theegala

87

128

702

Thomas Detry

91

95

92

Russell Henley

93

47

63

Lee Westwood

95

84

27

Troy Merritt

96

98

132

Gary Woodland

97

103

57

Matt Kuchar

98

70

59

Carlos Ortiz

101

67

53

Martin Laird

105

127

99

Brooks Koepka

107

82

10

Phil Mickelson

110

117

30

Bernd Wiesberger

112

68

52

Jordan L Smith

114

193

205

Adam Hadwin

123

86

100

Taylor Pendrith

125

65

194

Lanto Griffin

129

74

70

Sebastián Muñoz

132

106

65

Sergio Garcia

133

64

50

Wyndham Clark

135

104

147

Erik van Rooyen

147

114

86

Chan Kim

151

130

83

Guido Migliozzi

161

311

103

Victor Perez

166

185

35

Marcus Armitage

182

189

122

Jimmy Walker

195

298

332

Francesco Molinari

207

115

173

Mackenzie Hughes

216

92

67

Bo Hoag

217

171

233

Tom Hoge

218

179

125

Patrick Rodgers

223

214

236

Brian Stuard

229

177

232

J.T. Poston

232

163

98

Greyson Sigg

237

138

168

Adrian Meronk

240

335

187

Rikuya Hoshino

250

208

78

Kevin Kisner

257

108

51

Taylor Montgomery

274

224

347

Cameron Champ

277

218

112

Sung Kang

282

355

196

Paul Barjon

285

252

216

Rafa Cabrera Bello

288

223

139

Yosuke Asaji

289

384

336

Dylan Frittelli

298

160

89

Chez Reavie

300

173

136

Justin Suh

308

151

441

Cameron Young

313

261

172

John Huh

317

113

357

Ryo Ishikawa

328

271

145

Richard Bland

340

272

115

Sam Ryder

344

306

215

Robby Shelton

345

288

248

Hayden Buckley

351

312

301

Matthew Southgate

374

296

217

Henrik Stenson

378

385

149

Wilco Nienaber

392

324

141

Zack Sucher

395

469

569

Dylan Wu

406

403

489

J.J. Spaun

421

338

496

Andy Pope

442

396

1133

Edoardo Molinari

444

592

375

Johannes Veerman

456

361

330

Fabián Gómez

466

448

423

Peter Malnati

487

260

188

Wade Ormsby

495

474

208

David Coupland

500

421

458

Martin Kaymer

554

284

104

Rick Lamb

576

489

1131

Chris Baker

589

424

617

Brad Kennedy

617

577

193

Eric Cole

623

546

702

Matthew Wolff

N/R

38

32

Akshay Bhatia

N/R

263

879

Zach Zaback

N/R

732

1740

Thomas Aiken

N/R

N/R

1672

Steve Allan

N/R

N/R

1168

Luis Fernando Barco

N/R

N/R

1897

Mario Carmona

N/R

N/R

1897

Pierceson Coody

N/R

N/R

1897

Roy Cootes

N/R

N/R

1897

Chris Crawford

N/R

N/R

1897

Wilson Furr

N/R

N/R

N/R

Luis Gagne

N/R

N/R

1897

Cole Hammer

N/R

N/R

1897

James Hervol

N/R

N/R

N/R

Joe Highsmith

N/R

N/R

N/R

Michael Johnson

N/R

N/R

N/R

Andrew Kozan

N/R

N/R

N/R

Joe Long

N/R

N/R

1897

Dylan Meyer

N/R

N/R

1897

Ollie Osborne

N/R

N/R

N/R

Spencer Ralston

N/R

N/R

1897

Carson Schaake

N/R

N/R

1897

Matthias Schmid

N/R

N/R

N/R

Matt Sharpstene

N/R

N/R

N/R

Davis Shore

N/R

N/R

N/R

Hayden Springer

N/R

N/R

1897

Tyler Strafaci

N/R

N/R

N/R

Kyle Westmoreland

N/R

N/R

1897

Alvaro Ortiz

VV

N/R

526

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