Before you pick this week's U.S. Open, you'll want to see who Sal Johnson is backing. The golf media legend is perfect on majors this year: For the Masters, Johnson featured Tiger Woods in his best bets. For the PGA Championship, Johnson was all over Brooks Koepka.
Now, Johnson -- the first producer of "Inside the PGA Tour," a longtime ABC Sports golf producer and the founder of the world's biggest golf stats database -- has issued his highly confident picks for the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
One huge shocker we can tell you: Johnson wants no part of Koepka, the two-time defending champion. In fact, he says Koepka doesn't even crack the top 10.
"There's way too much pressure on him to get a three-peat -- it hasn't been done at the U.S. Open in over 110 years," Johnson told SportsLine. "He's not at his best on Poa Annua greens. His game is best from tee to green; he has been dismal in Strokes Gained Around the Green (ranked 119th) and Strokes Gained Putting (100th) this year. You can't win all the time."
Instead, Johnson loves a massive long shot who's heating up at the right time and has a history of winning at Pebble Beach. He'd bring a colossal payday -- and that's not the only huge long shot on Johnson's stunning leaderboard. You absolutely need to see Johnson's picks before making any of your own.
Who wins the U.S. Open? Where do Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy finish? And which massive long shot stuns the golf world? ... Join SportsLine now to see Sal Johnson's full leaderboard and detailed analysis, all from the golf insider who's nailed both majors this year!