US OPEN 2013 – 4 to Watch

This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Who will have made Marion look easy?

1. Back Rickie Fowler at 70 to be first round leader:
Starting his round nice and early (before the forecasted downpours hit), Fowler is the sort of player who once he gets on a roll, hits more birdies than Chris Brown. The colourful youngster isn’t low on confidence, will love the big occasion, and has consistently scored in the top 30 for First Round scores ever since his professional career began.

2. Back Robert Garrigus each way at 380:
Garrigus was third in the similarly rain-soaked 2011 US Open at Congressional and will appreciate the receptive greens.

3. Lay Rory McIlroy at 22:
Having grasped the mantle of golf’s golden boy from a fallen Tiger, the young pup has been experiencing growing pains of his own this season, failing to live up to expectations after switching clubs to Nike. The 34 of 56 fairways he hit when he smashed up Memorial is a statistic which won’t stand him in good stead at Merion; another narrow course where length is of very little significance.

4. Back Phil Mickelson to win the US Open at 40:
Lefty’s US Open is record is magnificent, having finished runner-up five times, and he is already a winner this year, at the Phoenix Open. Mickelson is also in decent form having finished tied second at the St Jude Classic on Sunday. Everyone’s favourite will turn 43 on Sunday – the US Open title could be a great present.

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