US Open 2014: 5 Golfers Who Must Deliver on Day 2

U.S. Open 2014: 5 Golfers Who Must Deliver on Day 2

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As Day 1 of the 114th U.S. Open draws to a close, it is time to start getting a picture of just who can stay in contention heading into the weekend. And although you can't win the tournament before Sunday, you can certainly lose it before then. Here is the list of five golfers that need to deliver on Day 2 in order to stay in contention heading into the weekend.

5. Justin Rose

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5. Justin Rose

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The 2013 U.S. Open Champion was only able to hit nine of 14 fairways on his way to a first round 72, and two over par for the tournament and seven shots back of the leader. With as many wild grasses and waste areas that this course possesses, Rose will need to find his drive heading into Day 2.

4. Phil Mickelson

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4. Phil Mickelson

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The six-time runner up at the U.S. Open, Lefty struggled a bit when hitting his fairways, with only nine of 14 hit, but unlike Justin Rose, he was able to stay out of the sand on his way to an even par 70, and five shots off the pace. If he hopes to avoid another consolation prize, Mickelson will need to get himself under par on Day 2.

3. Rory McIlroy

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3. Rory McIlroy

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The 2011 U.S. Open champion was able to control his drives well, hitting 13 of 14 fairways, though he could not snag any sand saves, going 0 for 3 in sand save attempts, McIlroy would go on to finish Day 1 with a one over 71, six shots off the lead. He will need to find a way to play from these sandy waste areas tomorrow if he hopes to claim his second U.S. Open title.

2. Rickie Fowler

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2. Rickie Fowler

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While dressed to honor 1999 champion Payne Stewart, Fowler was able to avoid a major let down in the waste areas on his way to an even par 70 on Day 1, just five strokes behind the leader. With only one PGA Tour victory under his belt, Fowler has been showing up in majors as of late, finishing T-10th in the 2013 U.S. Open and T-5th in the 2014 Masters. If he wants to claim his first major this weekend, Fowler will need to get under par on Day 2.

1. Bubba Watson

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1. Bubba Watson

2014 U.S. Open Bubba Watson
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Perhaps the biggest let down of Day 1 came from the reigning Masters champion. Watson had been playing stellar golf this year until he ran into the No. 2 course at Pinehurst. Suffering a six over par 76 in his first round, Watson finds himself 11 strokes off the lead. After only being able to hit eight of 14 fairways, and managing only one birdie, Watson must figure this course out in order to make the cut heading into the weekend.

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