The best take to the Erin Hills

The 117th US Open tees off in Wis­con­sin to­day. Here JAC­QUES VAN DER WESTHUYZEN high­lights ev­ery­thing you need to know about the year’s sec­ond Ma­jor

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CHARL SCHWARTZEL the 32-year-old won the Mas­ters in 2011, he won the Valspar Cham­pi­onship last year and he fin­ished run­ner-up at the FedEX St Jude Clas­sic on Sun­day. He’s in de­cent form.

GE­ORGE COET­ZEE for many, the 30-year-old is the most likely lo­cal man to go all the way. He has per­formed well in re­cent weeks and with a trimmed body might be a sur­prise pack­age.

LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN the win­ner of the Open Cham­pi­onship in 2010 is also in good form hav­ing made ev­ery cut on tour this sea­son, with a best fin­ish of tied-sec­ond at the Play­ers.

BRAN­DON STONE the three-time Euro­pean Tour win­ner will tee it up at a US open for the first time which will ex­cite him, but he’ll have to keep his emo­tions in check. Mak­ing the cut would be awe­some.

BRAN­DEN GRACE A man for the big oc­ca­sion, the 25-year-old has done well at the Ma­jors be­fore, but he hasn’t set the scene alight since win­ning the RBC Her­itage a year ago.

THOMAS AIKEN like Coet­zee and Stone, the 33-year-old had to qual­ify for the tour­na­ment, the sec­ond time he’ll play a US Open. He fin­ished tied25th in 2015 and will hope for a good show­ing.

ERNIE ELS the vet­eran, four-time Ma­jor win­ner has bagged two US open ti­tles, in ‘94 and ‘97, but he has made just four cuts in Amer­ica this year, pos­si­bly his last full sea­son on tour.

OLIVER BEKKER the rookie in the field, the 32-year-old has en­joyed a stun­ning sea­son, win­ning twice this sea­son and fin­ish­ing third on two oc­ca­sions. This will be his Ma­jor de­but.

PIC­TURES: AP/EPA/BACKPAGEPIX

AN­SWER­ING THE BELL: The light­ning-warn­ing bell that stands at the sev­enth fair­way at Erin Hills.

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