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5 Favorites Heading Into Day 3 of the 2014 US Open

5 Favorites Heading Into Day 3 of the 2014 U.S. Open

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The large amount of rain that is hitting the east coast has kept Pinehurst from showing its bite throughout the first two rounds of U.S. Open. There are a number of players who are under par, and there is even one on a record pace. As we head into the weekend, who are the five favorites to lift the trophy on Father's Day?

5. Brandt Snedeker

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5. Brandt Snedeker

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Sitting at 3-under after two rounds, Snedeker finds himself seven shots behind the leader. From the outside, it may appear to be a long shot for him to come back and win this thing, but crazier things have happened, especially at the U.S. Open. Snedeker hasn't been able to put four rounds together often this year, so that is why he sits at No. 5 on this list, but he certainly has the potential to go low.

4. Keegan Bradley

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4. Keegan Bradley

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After shooting back-to-back 69s to sit at 2-under through the first two days, Keegan Bradley has the length and ball-striking capabilities to stay in this tournament should the leader falter. He has proven that he has the ability to get hot with the putter, especially after he switched back to his belly putter after using a non-anchored putter at the Memorial.

3. Henrik Stenson

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3. Henrik Stenson

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Henrik is the No. 2 player in the world, so it's an absolute must to keep an eye out for him. He is one of the best ball-strikers in the world, and if he is able to get on a type of roll that made him the Fedex Cup Champion last year, he may have something to say about this championship.

2. Dustin Johnson

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2. Dustin Johnson

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Nobody else possesses the length that Dustin Johnson has, and that alone should make him a threat on the weekend. The new layout plays right into Johnson's hands. If Johnson can finally make some putts, he can shrink that eight-shot deficit.

1. Martin Kaymer

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1. Martin Kaymer

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This tournament is Martin Kaymer's to lose. After shooting back-to-back 65s, Kaymer is on a record-setting pace. He is 10-under and six clear of the next closest golfer, Kevin Na. He has already won the Players Championship this year, and should he win his second career major, he would have won on both Mother's and Father's Day this year, which is pretty cool.