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7:33am Phil Mickelson to beat Bubba Watson and Angel Cabrera at 2.10.
This week could be Mickelson’s date with destiny when he finally wins the US Open and completes the career Grand Slam. He is talking positively about the demands of the course while others are bemoaning the state of the greens and the nature of the fairways. The winner this week will probably be an experienced player with the temperament to handle the bad breaks. In this context Mickelson can outscore his two opponents over 18 holes with a strong start to the tournament he would love to win like no other and join the five greats to have won the four majors at least once.
8:06am Hideki Matsuyama to beat Graeme McDowell and Matt Kuchar at 2.30.
Matsuyama is a major champion in waiting and has the game to be the first player from Japan to win one of the four most prestigious titles in golf. He has finished in the top ten in all but the US PGA Championship so is proven on all types of courses. His all-round game makes him a leading contender and a good thing to outscore two partners who are struggling to find their best form ahead of the second major of the season. McDowell has lost his form and confidence this season while Kuchar has not played with his usual consistency for the past few months.
8:39am Patrick Reed to beat Chris Kirk and Jamie Donaldson at 2.35.
Reed once said that he had the potential to make the top five in the world rankings and he could well deliver on that promise. He played some great golf at Chambers Bay during the US Amateur Championship in 2010 so is one of the few players in the field with competitive experience of the unusual course. He has won four PGA titles before turning 24, including at the start of the year on a seaside course like this week’s venue. Kirk will give him most to do as he is comfortable playing in a breeze while Donaldson is yet to figure in the majors.
1:22pm Luke Donald to beat Ryo Ishikawa and JB Homes at 2.50.
Donald is a former world number one who has dropped down the rankings to such an extent that he had to play in qualifying for this year’s US Open. He made the field with nothing to spare and can contend with some confidence restored. He excels on courses that require careful thought and good shot management and putting has always been a strength. Donald has had a mediocre year but will relish the demands of the course and conditions. Ishikawa has not trained on from a bright career start and has played poorly all year while Holmes has no top-tens in majors.
1:33pm Ernie Els to beat Geoff Ogilvy and Retief Goosen at 2.75.
This group involves three former US Open champions who are now in the veteran stage of their careers but Els is the one who is still a potential major champion. The two times winner believes he can win another major and Chambers Bay provides him with a decent opportunity to add to his tally of four. Els should enjoy the links style challenge and despite showing no form recently can outscore his playing partners. Ogilvy is the most dangerous as he has won on a wind affected course and it is six years since Goosen’s last tournament win.
2:06pm Branden Grace to beat Brendon Todd and Thongchai Jaidee at 2.50.
Grace is a multiple winner on the European Tour and his home circuit in South Africa and is proven on links courses. Despite being a six times winner in Europe he has not threatened to win a tournament on the PGA Tour but finished seventh in the Heritage in April. Grace loves links golf and he could contend for this major as it replicates conditions at the British Open like no other previous US version. Todd is a short and accurate player who puts well but may not hit the ball far enough to contend this week and Jaidee has never posted a top ten finish in 24 majors.
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