The US Open gets starts off on the 18th at Chambers Bay and the venue has garnered more attention than the players themselves. 156 golfers will vie for top honors and a name in history books as they tee off this Thursday.
Let us look at 10 golfers who stand a chance to lay their hands on the coveted trophy.
Let’s start with a man who has finished runner-up here on a record six occasions. Phil Mickelson cannot be ruled out just yet and his second place finish at this year’s Masters just drives home this point.
The 44-year-old will have the backing of the crowd and has every chance of completing his career Grand Slam come June 21st.
The 23-year old Japanese golfer will have fond memeries of the US Open as he entered the top 50 of the golf rankings courtesy a Top 10 finish in 2013. The former World No. 1 Amateur golfer has finished in the Top 10 six times this year and came in fifth at the Memorial.
His swing is his strength and his tee-to-green game can help him go deep at the Open.
The South African can spring a surprise or two in Chambers Bay this week. Justin Rose’s game has improved over the past couple of years and he has matured as a player. The 2013 US Open champion finished second at this year’s Masters and is currently ranked sixth in the world.
His recent performances have been encouraging. After losing in a playoff to David Lingmerth at the Memorial, he won the Zurich Classic at New Orleans. He will look to continue that form into Washington.
Jim Furyk is currently ranked third in the world and tasted success at the RBC Heritage tournament by overcoming Kevin Kisner with a birdie. It was the American’s first tour victory in five years.
He has finished in the top five twice this year and came fifth at the Memorial. The 2003 US Open champion is looking for his 18 th title on the PGA tour.
After changing his swing seven years ago, Matt Kuchar has seen tremendous improvements in his results. The American has gone on to win the Players Championship (2012) and his first World Golf Championship event.
He is yet to win a major, but with consistent results over the years, Kuchar can be a serious threat in Washington.