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
Major Championships -- 0
U.S. Open appearance -- 6
Best U.S. Open finish -- T-8 (2010)
Best Finish on the PGA Tour in 2013 -- 1 (Hyundai Tournament of Champions)
What he has to do to win -- It has been a rather strange year for Johnson, the 28-year-old American that most think has the talent to win multiple majors before his career is done. His win to start the season meant his streak continues of seasons with at least one PGA Tour win, dating back to '08, but injuries have plagued the long-hitter and forced him to be sidelined for some of the big events.
His return at the Memorial was forgettable, but his play last week at the St. Jude was inspiring for those hoping he might contend at Merion, finishing T-10. Now we wait to see if Johnson can finally close out a major, and it will help this week if he can take a little less club and find more fairways. Johnson is 180th on tour in driving accuracy, so the more times he leaves driver in the bag and pulls a more reliable club the better.
He has been in contention at a U.S. Open before, and has played well in tough conditions at other major championships, so as long as Johnson is completely into this week mentally, I see him having some success.