Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gerry Dulac's Eye on Oakmont: Scouting & Prediction

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gerry Dulac's Eye on Oakmont: Scouting & Prediction

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The 116th U.S. Open begins today at Oakmont CC with a field of 156 players that includes defending champion Jordan Spieth. Post-Gazette golf writer Gerry Dulac examines the favorites, contenders and players to keep an eye on ? and picks the winner.

THE FAVORITES

JORDAN SPIETH

No defending champ has repeated since Curtis Strange in 1989

JASON DAY

No. 1 player in world has three significant wins already in 2016

RORY MCILROY

Is in good form after Irish Open win and T2 at Memorial

DANNY WILLETT

Masters champ is ?no one-hit?wonder

DUSTIN JOHNSON

Is this when the ?major heartaches? end?

THE CONTENDERS

BUBBA WATSON

Doesn't have U.S. Open-type game, but 5th at Oakmont in 2007

RICKIE FOWLER

Form not so good after missed cuts at Masters and Players

PHIL MICKELSON

Previous missed cut? …

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