US Open Golf 2013: Most Shocking Top 10 Finishes at Merion Golf Club

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IJune 16, 2013

ARDMORE, PA - JUNE 15:  Jason Dufner of the United States hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the continuation of Round Two of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on June 15, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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The 2013 U.S. Open was both frustrating and entertaining at the same time.

Merion Golf Clubs' speedy greens and thick rough resulted in no player finishing under par for the tournament, as Justin Rose won the Open at one-over par. 

As usual with any golf tournament, there were some surprising top-10 finishes at the 2013 U.S. Open. 

Here they are.

 

Jason Dufner

In one of the most shocking performances of the weekend, Jason Dufner finished five-over to place tied for fourth.

Dufner shot a 67 in the final round on Sunday—highlighted by six birdies—which was the only round in which he shot under par, which isn't an easy feat at Merion.

What makes Dufner's top-10 finish so shocking is that he hasn't been playing well of late. 

In his past four tournaments, Dufner hasn't finished better than 33rd, which was at the Byron Nelson Championship in mid-May. When you consider Dufner finished 62nd at the Players Championship, his impressive showing at the U.S. Open becomes even more of a surprise.

Dufner finished tied for fourth at the 2012 U.S. Open, but his performance of late definitely makes this high finish a surprise.

 

Nicolas Colsaerts

Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts played extremely well at the U.S. Open for a guy who missed the cut in the last two tournaments he entered.

The 30-year-old failed to make the cut at the Memorial and the Wells Fargo Championship and finished 88th at the RBC Heritage back in mid-April.

Colsaerts was impressive throughout the tournament, as the highest he shot in any round was a 74 in the third. He started off the tournament on a high note, posting a 69—his best score for the weekend.

Colsaerts has just nine career wins to his name since becoming a professional in 2000, but his performance at Merion this weekend certainly a positive sign for the young pro. The 2013 tournament marked his best finish at the U.S. Open.

 

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

After finishing 68th at the Memorial, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano was one of the most consistent players at the Open this weekend.

Although he didn't submit a round where he shot under par, Fdez-Castano never posted a round higher than two-over, considering he missed the cut at both the Players and the Valero Texas Open.

The Spanish golfer joined the tour in 2004, racking up seven times during that span. This year marks the first time that the Spaniard has finished within the top 10 at a major.

He's obviously not one of the more well-known players on the tour, but after a complete effort at the U.S Open, the 32-year-old may be on his way to more recognition around the golf world.