This week marks the second major of 2013 and the first time the USGA has set foot on Merion Golf Club since 1981. The rough is thick, the course is wet and the yardage is under 7,000 yards. So who wins it this week? We give you five to watch at the U.S. Open (Check out past entries - No. 5, Phil Mickelson, No. 4, Dustin Johnson).
No. 3 -- Matt Kuchar
Major Championships -- 0
U.S. Open appearance -- 11
Best U.S. Open finish -- T-6 (2010)
Best Finish on the PGA Tour in 2013 -- 1 (Accenture Match Play, Memorial)
What he has to do to win -- What does Matt Kuchar have to do to win the 2013 U.S. Open? Basically just continue to do what he's been doing the last few weeks.
Kuchar is heading into Merion with a second and first over his last two PGA Tour starts and looks to be as confident, and as solid, as anyone in the field.
The one struggle that Kuchar might find this week at Merion is the weakest part of his game; driving the golf ball. Kuchar is outside the top 100 in both distance and accuracy this season, meaning he isn't hitting it that far and can't really find fairways. The shorter golf course will help him, but he will need to improve that number to compete in this nasty rough.
That said, Kuchar is putting lights out this season and if that continues, along with his ability to scramble so well around the greens, and it could be a major breakthrough for the man that has had three top-10s in his last five starts in major championships.
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