Graeme McDowell: His 2013 stat line on the PGA tour is solid. Played in eight events with four top-25s, four top-10s, a third place finish and a win. Two wins in his last four starts on the European Tour including the Volvo World Match Play Championship. McDowell excels under US Open conditions. His last four US Open are all top-20s, with a tie for second last year and a win in 2010. First in tour in driving accuracy, seventh in scoring average, first in scrambling and 12th in par 4 performance.
Tiger Woods: One of two players on tour to win multiple times in 2013. He has played in eight events with five top-25s, five top-10s and four wins in 2013. That is incredible. Has won three US Opens in 18 trips but is winless since 2008. Tiger is first in almost every major category on tour in 2013. He is first in eagles per hole, first in scoring average, first in all-around while managing fifth in strokes gained putting, second in par breakers and second in total putting. It’s a major and its Tiger. He has a shot.
Matt Kuchar: Only player on tour not named Tiger Woods to win multiple times in 2013. Matt has played in 14 events and made all 14 cuts. He has nine top-25s, six top-10s, a second place finish and two wins. His last two events are a second at Colonial and a win at the Memorial. Finished 14th in 2011, and sixth in 2010 at both editions of the US Open. He is 13th in strokes gained putting, fourth in scoring average, sixth in sand save percentage, 13th in all-around and third in par 5 performance in 2013. Never won a major but this just might be his event to break through.
Billy Horschel: While not under US Open conditions, Horschel has played Merion as an amateur. In the midst of a breakout 2013 campaign with seven top-25s, six top-10s, a third place and second place finish couple with a win at the Zurich Classic. He is second in birdie average, seventh in total driving, eighth in all-around, 17th in strokes gained putting, third in par breakers and second in par 4 birdie or better in 2013. The upstart is cool and calm and can handle the big stage. He just might break out in a big way this week at Merion.
Scott Stallings: He is a sectional qualifier into his first US Open. While under the radar he is one of the hottest players around right now. In his last three starts he finished tied for fourth at Colonial, tied for fourth at Muirfield Village and tied for second at TPC Southwind. Overall in 2013 he has five top-25s, four top-10s and a second. He is 16th in total driving, 22nd in all-around and 13th in final round scoring average. While many might not be talking about him don’t be shocked to see him near the top of the leader board come Sunday.
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