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2013 U.S. Open: 10 Players Who Are Most Likely to Win

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Which Players Have the Best Chance?

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The second major is here in the PGA Tour with the U.S. Open getting underway on Thursday morning. The course has taken a beating this week by Mother Nature and even with it being shorter than last year’s layout, the scores aren’t going to be much better. We are in for a tournament that sees par being a great four-round score. I have picked the 10 players that I feel are most likely to win this weekend.

There are the obvious choices on here, but I feel like there are a few players that I have picked that could surprise people and win the whole thing. They are household names, but just haven’t been as successful as they would like. I’m sure we will be hearing grumbling from the players about the constant noise that is around Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., with church bells and trains. It is going to make for a tournament where patience is a virtue.

That will be more of a storyline that people might want to admit to, but it will be something worth watching out for. I mentioned the weather before and it is expected to rain even more this week and there has been talk about how the PGA might have to move two holes to the other course there, which is a mile away. I can only imagine the outrage under that scenario. This is a U.S. Open that you don’t want to miss due to all of these distractions. Here are my picks for the 10 players who are most likely to win this weekend.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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10. Luke Donald

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Donald is a dark horse to me in this tournament. He finished 25th at The Masters and seems to come up big in major tournaments. This may be a week where we see Donald’s name on the leaderboard.

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9. Jim Furyk

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Furyk has been so close in many major titles. He has one of the most unique swings in the game and if he can keep it straight this week, anything is possible.

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8. Jason Dufner

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It hasn’t been the best of years for Dufner and he hasn’t finished in the top 10 of any tournament. There is just something about his game though that makes me think this could be his week.

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7. Bubba Watson

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Watson is looking for a better major performance here after finishing 50th at The Masters. He has the game to win this tournament and has won a major before.

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6. Rory McIlroy

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McIlroy is one of the brightest stars in the game and being paired with Tiger Woods for the first two rounds will bring a huge gallery. I expect we will be hearing about McIlroy on Sunday afternoon.

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5. Brandt Snedeker

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It has been a painful year lately in missing the cut in four of the last seven tournaments he was in. The injury issues appear to be getting resolved, though, and that means a better Snedeker.

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4. Adam Scott

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Scott won The Masters in April and is looking for his second straight major victory. He is paired with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy for the first two rounds and is almost forgotten with those two.

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3. Sergio Garcia

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There are a lot of people watching Garcia after him making inappropriate comments recently. He has never won a major and he must hope this is the week he finally breaks through.

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2. Phil Mickelson

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Mickelson has played well this year, but was bad at the Masters. He has to have a chip on his shoulder to improve on that major performance.

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1. Tiger Woods

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Woods has won four tournaments this year and is coming off one of the worst showings of his entire career. I think we are going to see a very determined Tiger this week.