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12:05pm Justin Rose (142) to beat Brandt Snedeker (141) at 1.71.
Rose is on the periphery of the tournament but requires a good round to get back in the mix for his second US Open in three years. He is now just about the complete player from tee to green and given a good putting round can move up the leaderboard and outscore his opponent. Snedeker has won this season and now made five cuts in six US Opens but possibly does not have the accuracy to put any pressure on his playing partner.
12:16pm Francesco Molinari (141) to beat Lee Westwood (142) at 1.87.
Westwood is the only player to finish in the top three of the four majors without winning one. His chances of taking one of the four most prestigious titles in the sport are probably behind him and even beating Molinari today will be a struggle. The Italian is a fairways and greens machine who misses too many holeable putts to win a major. However, his accuracy should see him outscore Westwood over 18 holes.
1:00pm Henrik Stenson (139) to beat Paul Casey (141) at 1.67.
Stenson has a much better skills profile than Casey as he is in the top 50 for driving distance, greens hit and scrambling while Casey is no more than average in these aspects of the game. The Swede has missed just one weekend in the last six US Opens while Casey has no form in the event during that time. Stenson started the year at number two in the world and although he has failed to impress this year has enough to win this matchup.
1:11pm Matt Kuchar (140) to beat Jason Dufner (140) at 1.77.
This is a match between two solid steady eddies and Kuchar can return the lowest score. Dufner has slimmed down and is back to playing decent golf but the 2013 US PGA champion looks second best in this contest. Dufner has found his ball-striking excellence but on far from perfect greens could get found out today with his putting. Kuchar has finished in the top 30 in the last five US Opens and that record gives him a great chance to outscore his playing partner today.
1:44pm Shane Lowry (139) to beat Alexander Levy (139) at 1.77.
Lowry is a proven links player who has contended in the British Open on courses similar to Chambers Bay. He would probably relish some poor weather as he is experienced in maintaining form when conditions are unpleasant. He loves links golf but needs to go up a level to make the top ten this week. He has things in his favour to beat Levy who has made little impression in majors to date.
2:39pm Branden Grace (136) to beat Dustin Johnson (136) at 2.35.
This match brings together a proven links player in Grace and an opponent who generally excels on courses that put a premium on distance over accuracy. However, Johnson has been able to ally long hitting to generous fairways with good approach play and putting and that is a great profile in the context of this year’s US Open. Grace won three times in ten weeks from last December and is another lover of links golf with the aptitude to record a lower score than Johnson today.
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