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U.S. Open chances: Is this Luke Donald’s best shot at a major?

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This week before the U.S. Open tees off, we'll be sizing up the chances of many of golf's top players. We continue with the top golfer on the planet.

Luke Donald

Current world rankings: 1

So far this year: Nobody in the game is playing better than Donald at the moment. After missing the cut in his first event of the 2011 season, he followed it up with a dominating win at the Accenture Match Play and hasn't finished outside of the top-10 in any event this season. Throw in a recent win at the BMW PGA Championship and you're looking at a resume that's Tiger Woods-esque.

Record at the U.S. Open: Donald's finishes have been a mixed bag. He's posted two top-20 finishes, but he's also missed two cuts and had to withdraw from the '08 tournament with a nagging wrist injury.

Why he could win: Luke Donald has been winning and dominating for almost the entire season. That says a lot about where his game is at the moment. Congressional will demand accuracy and a guy that has a relatively high ball flight to hold some extremely difficult greens. Donald has the entire package, making him a great choice this week.

Why he could fall short: With the exception of Tiger Woods, no player in recent memory has been able to handle being a front-runner in a major. Donald has been brilliant all season, but you have to wonder how he'll handle being the top player in the world and a marked man at the U.S. Open.

Our take: Let's not beat around the bush when it comes to Luke Donald: the guy is playing on a different level. And even though it's tough to take a favorite that doesn't have the initials "T.W." you have to take the Englishman in this spot. His current form and game make him the perfect choice to take at Congressional. By Sunday evening, I believe you'll see him hoisting his first major championship trophy.

Your turn, folks. Is it finally time for Luke Donald to win his first major?

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