Handicapping the U.S. Open Championship field at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club:
Top three to watch
Jason Day: He’s No. 1 in the world for a reason. No one is playing with more confidence.
Jordan Spieth: He seems built to win U.S. Opens, which require mental fortitude and a great putting stroke.
Rory McIlroy: His recent Irish Open victory might have lit the fuse on one of those Rory runs.
The next five
Dustin Johnson: He has done everything but close out a major. Maybe this is his time.
Phil Mickelson: Could this be the year when Mickelson finally captures the one he wants more than any other?
Justin Rose: He’s a very good tough-course player, and he has grinder mentality that is essential at U.S. Opens.
Adam Scott: A superb ball striker, if Scott sees a few putts fall early, he could be there at the end.
Hideki Matsuyama: He’ll probably be near the top in fairways and greens hit, so it’s likely a matter of his short game and putting.
Brandt Snedeker: He has four top-10s in U.S. Opens, and he can really putt, which counts double at Oakmont.
Ron Green Jr.