2011 US Open Preview: 5 Young Guns Who Will Take Congressional by Storm
The US Open is the toughest major.
The course is always ridiculously long, the greens teeter on un-puttable and the players are waist-deep in rough if they miss the fairway.
Last year's US Open champion, Graeme McDowell, finished the tournament at even par. Expect the scores to be similar for this year's event.
This is the greatest test in golf for the entire year and one of the greatest spectacles.
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At 23, Jason Day is one of the best young players in the game.
Day is coming off his best performance in a major after finishing in a tie for second at the 2011 Masters, where he set the record score for a first time competitor.
Day can play well on the big stages, he proved this with his Masters performance and also finishing tied for sixth at the Players Championship.
Day has four other top-tens this season, including a recent fifth place finish at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, where he was the defending champion.
Ricky Fowler has been chomping at the bit to win his first PGA Tour event.
Fowler, who is best known for his "questionable" fashion choices, is also one of the best players on tour.
Fowler, this season, has two top-ten finishes at two of the biggest events of the year, the Accenture Match Play and the Cadillac Championship.
Fowler has the ability to go really low, at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Fowler shot a first-round 63.
That day, he shot a front-nine 29, with a double bogey on the ninth hole. He eagled the first, then birdied the next seven holes.
There are not too many players that can say they have won a major and the World No. 1 ranking before the age of 30.
Martin Kaymer is one of them.
Kaymer has one runner-up finish this season to Luke Donald at the Accenture Match Play championship.
Kaymer finished in the top-ten in three majors last year, including his win at the PGA Championship.
He has a strong overall game, with no real glaring weaknesses, will be the key to his success at Congressional.
Do not let the botched Masters fool you.
Rory McIlroy will win multiple majors in his career. The only question is when the first will come.
At only 22 years old, Rory still has plenty of time to win majors. He has the game to do it right now.
McIlroy put on a clinic during the first three rounds of the Masters, before struggling on the final day.
He also came second at the Open last year, despite a second-round 80.
Maybe Congressional will be the site of Rory's first win in a major.
The last man on the list is another with major disappointment on his resume, but major success in his forecast.
Dustin Johnson is one of the longest hitters on Tour and he uses it to his every advantage.
Johnson had two major letdowns last season, one at the PGA Championship, the other at the US Open.
Johnson is another of those young players on tour that will win multiple majors, the question that remains is when.
At 26, Johnson already has four PGA victories, including two at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and one in the Fed Ex Cup playoff event, the BMW Championship.