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US Open 2014: The 5 Favorites To Win It All

U.S. Open 2014: The 5 Favorites to Win it All

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Golf’s second major of the year, the U.S. Open, is set to begin on June 12. Tiger Woods might be sitting out this major, but there are plenty of golfers to keep an eye on at Pinehurst this week. Will Justin Rose repeat? Will Phil Mickelson finally complete his career grand slam and win his first US Open? Who are the five favorites to hoist the U.S. Open trophy on Sunday?

5. Adam Scott

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5. Adam Scott

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True, Scott has never finished in the top-10 at the U.S, Open, but he has won a major and he just won the Colonial. Oh yeah, and he’s the No. 1-ranked player in the world right now. Justin Rose, who won it last year, almost slid in at this spot, but the last time anyone repeated was when Curtis Strange won it in 1988 and 1989. Plus, Rose hasn’t been playing great since winning the U.S. Open.

4. Graeme McDowell

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4. Graeme McDowell

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It’s crazy that McDowell has 40-1 odds according to Vegas. He won the U.S. Open in 2010 at Pebble Beach and he tied for second in 2012. He’s made nine cuts in 10 events this season, finishing in the top-10 five times. Pinehurst will demand golfers be accurate with their drivers and second shots. McDowell is eighth in driving accuracy and 20th in greens in regulation. If Pinehurst plays as dry and fast as advertised, the length won’t be an issue.

3. Jason Dufner

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3. Jason Dufner

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Dufner is one of only two golfers to have finished in the top-five at two of the last three U.S. Opens and the only golfer to have a top-five finish at the last two. Dufner recently played well at the Colonial too. Plus, if he wins, maybe he'll grab his wife’s butt again like he did when he won the PGA Championship.

2. Rory McIlroy

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2. Rory McIlroy

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Rory won the U,S, Open in 2011 and the PGA Open in 2012 -- he knows how to win majors. He also won the European PGA Championship this year. Rory has had some issues with having one subpar round during tournaments, but he seems to be benefitting from being newly single. If he plays like he is capable of, he could easily be victorious come Sunday.

1. Jordan Spieth

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1. Jordan Spieth

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Spieth is currently ranked fifth on the PGA Tour’s money list with over $ 3 million in winnings. In 17 events this year, Spieth has made the cut 15 times and has finished in the top-10 six times. Spieth finished second at the Masters this year and fourth at the Players Championship. Plus, recent history has been very kind to first-time major winners for the most part. It’s time for Spieth to claim his first major victory.