2014 US Open: 5 Golfers Who Have the Best Chance to Win Heading Into Final Round

5 Golfers Who Have the Best Chance to Win Heading Into Final Round

2014 US Open
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Martin Kaymer has a huge lead heading into the final round of the 2014 U.S. Open. However, nothing is guaranteed. That is especially true in the wonderful game called golf. Although Kaymer very well could take home the trophy, let’s take a look at five golfers who have the best chance to win heading into the final day of the U.S. Open.

5. Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson 2014 US Open
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5. Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson 2014 US Open
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Position: Tied for fourth at -2

Although Henrik Stenson is six strokes back of Kaymer, he has played three solid rounds in a row. I doubt another 69 will win him the tournament, but if he can somehow get to around minus-5, he could be in the running for the championship.

4. Erik Compton

Erik Compton 2014 US Open
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4. Erik Compton

Erik Compton 2014 US Open
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Position: Tied for second at -3

On a day where so many golfers shot over par, Erik Compton was one of two who actually shot under par. He finished the day at minus-3. He shot 68 in his second round. One more solid round could see Compton winning the U.S. Open.

3. Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson 2014 US Open
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3. Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson 2014 US Open
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Position: Tied for fourth at -2

Dustin Johnson has put up two rounds of 69 and one round of 70. Talking about being consistent. Just like everyone else on this list, and in the tournament for that matter, he still trails Kaymer by quite a bit. However, the stress of being the leader going into the final round could lead to a disappointing day. Not to mention, the U.S. Open is never an easy tournament to win thanks to the tough conditions.

2. Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler 2014 US Open
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2. Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler 2014 US Open
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Position: Tied for second at -3

Although everyone mentioned before Rickie Fowler certainly has a shot to win this tournament, Fowler is my pick to win. Yes, even over Kaymer, who is blowing the field away. Fowler was the other golfer who shot in the negatives in the third round and could be in store for a big final round. He picked up five strokes on Kaymer today, and he can certainly do the same thing on Day 4.

1. Martin Kaymer

Martin Kaymer 2014 US Open
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1. Martin Kaymer

Martin Kaymer 2014 US Open
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Position: First place at minus-8

Martin Kaymer shot plus-2 in the third round. Still, he has a five-stroke lead. He could essentially shoot plus-2 in his final round and still win the U.S. Open. That is especially true with how hard Pinehurst played on Day 3. Once again, only two golfers shot under par in the third round. Regardless, Kaymer has a big lead and it is his tournament to lose thanks to his back-to-back 65s in the first two rounds.

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