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The U.S. Open: It's a big stable, but who's play will top Chambers Bay??

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The U.S. Open is set to start tomorrow at Chambers Bay.  The best players in the world will be in Washington to compete in this prestigious major.  From the initial looks of the course, it seems to be one that will be nearly impossible to score on.  The fairways are hard and fast.  The rough is thick and the course could play astronomically long, especially if the wind kicks up.  Very few of the pros will break par by the end but I do have a few favorites.  In the spirit of our nation's triple crown winner, American Pharoah, I will give you the win place and show.

Win:  Phil Mickelson - By a furlong to complete his career grand slam.  He is long enough and has enough imagination to hit all the shots needed.  He figured out how to win links golf at Muirfield and will replicate that this week.

Place:  Dustin Johnson - Will come close again, but no cigar.  I like his length and previous experience on similar tracks like his T-5 at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.  He has also had strong play at the British Open.  Links golf seems to fit Dustin's eye.

Show:  Rory Mcilroy - He's just so solid right now that it is tough to count him out.  I think the greens may trip him up enough to keep him out of the winners circle.

Dark Horse:  Keegan Bradley - If my theory of longer hitters holds true, Keegan wouldn't be one to overlook.  He has won a major but has been fairly silent as of late.  I used to play a lot of links style golf when living in up north and imagine my fellow New Englander has seen his fair share as well.  Keep a eye on him as a long shot bet.

Place your bets and Good Luck!

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