The US Open is always a severe test of golf. The course is always brutal with only the most patient golfers prevailing. And before you go rushing off to pick the winner or tell your friends who will win, you may want to consider a few facts.
We’ve already had a look at Australia’s Top-5 chances at the US Open, but who are the favourites to win?
1. Luke Donald ($13). Perfectly placed to win his first major this week. Donald’s form has been phenomenal and is reflected in his number one status.
2. Phil Mickelson ($13). I’m not convinced he should be listed this high to win this week. He won in March but he hasn’t looked like the Mickelson we know.
4. Rory McIlroy ($17). Looked a broken man on the 10th at Augusta during the final round. How could he come back from that? He’s young and doesn’t understand what choking means yet. Can win.
5. Dustin Johnson ($23). Figured in the favourites to win majors since his good (but ultimately unrewarding) performances at the US Open and PGA in 2010. He’s been ok this year but may have some bad memories coming down the stretch.
6. Martin Kaymer ($23). Patience and a good, straight game? Kaymer has it by the bucket load but hasn’t turned it on much this year. Everyone was watching his first round at the US Masters and a 78 surprised many.
7. Hunter Mahan ($23). Will fly under the radar this week but here is a great opportunity for Mahan to make his mark. He actually holds the course record at Congressional and has been good this year. Like McIlroy, he needs a good start to get his confidence up.
8. Matt Kuchar ($26). This guy should be higher. Kuchar is incredibly consistent and has eleven top-25’s this year from 14 starts. He may not win but he’s a great pick for a Top-10 finish.
10. Nick Watney ($26). When he is hot he often wins, but his game has been patchy with some great rounds followed by some stinkers.
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