Common sense says winning the week before a tough major like the US Open is a good thing. I'm here to tell you that's often not the case.
In the last 15 years only one golfer (Sergio Garcia, of all people!) has finished in the top five of a US Open after winning the PGA Tour event played the week before.
Garcia did it back in 2005 at...yep...Pinehurst.
The problem this year is that this year's winner the week before the US Open, Ben Crane, won't even have a chance to prove his mettle.
Much like Harris English last year Crane will be denied a US Open spot because he won't be inside the world top 60 on Monday, June 9, his only way of qualifying. In fact, he probably won't be in the world top 100.
Here's a look at how winners the week before the US Open fared at the US Open over the last 15 years:
But what about eventual champions of the US Open? What if we're looking for streaking guys heading to Pinehurst?
Here's how the last 15 winners of the US Open fared in their most recent PGA Tour event the season prior to their US Open win. Example: Last year Justin Rose finished T8 at the Memorial which was the last event he played before Merion.
Interestingly both Pinehurst winners (1999 and 2005) were not successful the week before winning the US Open. Michael Campbell didn't even play another PGA Tour event the season he won prior to the US Open and Payne Stewart was cut from the St. Jude Classic in 1999.
That bodes well for guys like Lee Westwood (cut at St. Jude Classic), Russell Henley (same), and Rose (cut from Memorial).