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2017 U.S. Open: Who are these guys? A short primer on the U.S. Open's lesser-known leader board names

June 15, 2017
U.S. Open - Preview Day 3
Richard HeathcoteHARTFORD, WI - JUNE 14: Scottie Scheffler of the United States plays his shot during a practice round prior to the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 14, 2017 in Hartford, Wisconsin. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

ERIN, Wis. -- With its length and rain-filled forecast, Erin Hills was expected to cater to bombers this week, many of whom double as the game's best and brightest. Instead, stars like Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, and Rory McIlroy were on the business end of a Wisconsin beatdown, while the leader board was inundated with names that would throw most golf fans for a loop.

To be fair, Round 1 success doesn't guarantee dividends the rest of the week. In that same tone, it stands to reason a handful of these guys will be in the mix on Sunday afternoon. Here's what you need to know about five of the lesser-known players from Day 1 at the U.S. Open.

Xander Schauffele

A former All-American at San Diego State, the 23-year-old is in his rookie campaign on the PGA Tour, where his best finish is a T-5 at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Earned his Open invite via qualifying. His father was a professional instructor, and of fun note, Schauffele legally possesses four nationalities.

Tommy Fleetwood

While well known in Europe, remains a relative unknown in the States. A summer ago, the 26-year-old was ranked 188th in the world. Thanks to a win at Abu Dhabi and a handful of top-five finishes -- including a runner-up at the WGC-Mexico Championship -- the Englishman entered Erin Hills at No. 33, and is finally starting to fulfill his much-hyped potential. Easy to recognize thanks to his long, flowing hair.

Richard Heathcote

Scottie Scheffler

Scheffler is one of 14 amateurs in the field and is making his second consecutive U.S. Open appearance. Fired a first-round 69 at Oakmont, although ultimately missed the cut. A former U.S. Junior Amateur champ, plays at the University of Texas, where he helped lead the Longhorns to an NCAA runner-up showing in 2016. Golf runs in the family, as Scheffler's sister, Callie, played at Texas A&M and is working as his caddie.

Jamie Lovemark

A former NCAA individual champion, Lovemark has not found sustained success on the PGA Tour, although he does have two runner-ups in 110 appearances. Enters the tournament off a top-10 finish at the Memorial. According to Wikipedia -- so you know it's true -- attended the same high school that turned out athletes Tony Hawk, Shaun White and John Lynch.

Jack Maguire

Maguire plays on the Web.com Tour, and enters this week at No. 569 in the world. Played at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, where he made the cut thanks to a second-round 68. Was a first-team All-American at Florida State in 2015. Made a hole-in-one in his PGA Tour debut at the Phoenix Open, recording the ace at TPC Scottsdale's 12th hole.


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