Dustin Johnson: Chambers Bay layout is a “great one” for Johnson’s game.
Dustin Johnson: Nine-time Tour winner is an explosive hitter consistently in the mix — six Top 10 finishes in last 12 events — and with “personal challenges” apparently resolved, he’s hungry for first major.
Rory McIlory: Yes, he’s missed the cut at his last two tournaments. Before that, he won two of the three tournaments he has entered. If he gets hot, he’ll win it.
Rickie Fowler: He came close at last year’s U.S. Open, finishing tied for second. Expect his seventh U.S. Open start to be lucky.
Phil Mickelson: He likes the course, he’s going into it with the right frame of mind, and no one can see the shots around the greens like he can.
Phil Mickelson: “Lefty” has back-to-back second-place finishes in majors and is due to complete the career grand slam.
Graeme McDowell: 2010 Open champion with a familiarity with links courses, and an apparent liking for scenic American courses.
Jordan Spieth: This year’s Masters champ has all the momentum: A 65 to end The Memorial, the 12th consecutive round at or under par.
Jordan Spieth: It’s hard to argue against the guy who tore Augusta to shreds – plus his caddy, Michael Greller, knows a thing or two about Chambers Bay.
Jordan Spieth: The caddie is never more important than on this course. Michael Greller caddied at the course, got married at the course, and will help Spieth win at the course.