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8:17am Justin Rose (72) to beat Jordan Spieth (68) and Jason Day (68) at 3.00.
Rose has some ground to make up today but despite being outscored by his playing partners is still in contention to win the US Open for the second time in three years. His opponents played better golf yesterday but the pick was going well before three bogeys in the last three holes as his concentration lapsed and the demands of the course caught up with 2013 champion. He can break 70 in the second round to get in the mix for the weekend.
8:39am Shane Lowry (69) to beat Ben Martin (67) and Stephen Gallacher (78) at 2.40.
Lowry is the best links player in this group and with Gallacher badly out of sorts and looking at a missed cut this is basically a two-ball match. The Irishman will not be fazed by windy conditions and kept his emotions in check during the first round. The selection broke his putter during a tantrum at the Irish Open but looked calm yesterday. He will need to be at his best to beat Martin who is in a decent run of form but the links challenge could be beyond him on the second day.
1:33am Phil Mickelson (69) to beat Bubba Watson (70) and Angel Cabrera (70) at 2.10.
The world and his wife wants Mickelson to win the US Open and complete the career Grand Slam. The motivation of becoming just the sixth player to win all four majors at least once can drive him to outscore his playing partners today. Three bogeys in five holes on the back nine spoiled an impressive looking card but no real damage was done. Watson and Cabrera made solid starts to the tournament but will struggle to keep up with an inspired Lefty today.
2:17pm Sergio Garcia (70) to beat Adam Scott (70) and Dustin Johnson (65) at 3.10.
It might seem strange to oppose the joint leader in this group and Johnson played almost impeccable golf yesterday with just a bogey on 9 the only blemish. Scott rode his luck with the long putter but that is not sustainable and putting could be a problem today in the breeze and on poor greens. Garcia has a good record in links golf and can build on a solid start by breaking 70 today and making ground on Johnson.
2:17pm Francesco Molinari (68) to beat Henrik Stenson (65) and Brandt Snedeker (69) at 3.25.
This group features three players in the top 15 after the first round and the only one in which all three players broke 70. Stenson played great golf yesterday but has failed to impress all season so may not be able to produce another score under par. Snedeker has found some form in recent weeks but Molinari is more solid and consistent at the start of tournaments. He is a fairways and greens machine and on the poor greens this week may not suffer relatively from average putting so can stay in contention ahead of the weekend.
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