June 14, 2011
We've ranked individuals, but after Colin Montgomerie's comments that the Europeans are set to dominate the majors, we figured we might as well list their five best chances at this U.S. Open. Here they are ...
5.) Rory McIlroy -- We all know what happened at the Masters this year when this 22-year-old had the lead at a major, but let us not forget that this is a kid that finished 10th at the U.S. Open at the age of 20, and was tied for third at both the Open Championship and PGA Championship a year ago. Couple that with his Masters play for 54 holes, and we can all agree that McIlroy has at least some of this major pedigree figured out.
4.) Ian Poulter -- It's strange to look at how bad Poulter has played in majors over the years, considering his determination to be one of the best in the world, but Poulter is crazy when it comes to preparing for the big events, and he's going to eventually have a good week at one of these just because he's so talented.
3.) Lee Westwood -- Someone you might think would be ranked higher on this list because of how he's contended in the past few majors, Westwood is still a talent that could win a major, he's just going to have to prove it to us now.
2.) Graeme McDowell -- We haven't had a defending champion win the U.S. Open since 1989, but McDowell seems like the type of player that could strut in with his "don't care" attitude and do just that, especially with how much practice he's had at Congressional. He knows the course, and if he can find the magic from Pebble, he will be in contention come Sunday.
1.) Luke Donald -- He has to be at the top of this list, just because of the way he's played this year. Two wins worldwide, and he hasn't finished out of the top-10 on the PGA Tour since February. He's the favorite of this group, as he should be, and if he can find the fairway off the tee, it'll be his tournament to lose.