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A look at the U.S. Open field

Australia’s Jason Day heads into the U.S. Open, which starts Thursday in Oakmont, Pa., ranked No. 1 in the world.
Australia’s Jason Day heads into the U.S. Open, which starts Thursday in Oakmont, Pa., ranked No. 1 in the world. Getty Images

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.

The darkhorse

Brandt Snedeker: He has four top-10s in U.S. Opens, and he can really putt, which counts double at Oakmont.

Ron Green Jr.

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