2011 US Open Preview: 5 Young Guns Who Will Take Congressional by Storm

Ben Cousins@@cousins_benCorrespondent IJune 5, 2011

2011 US Open Preview: 5 Young Guns Who Will Take Congressional by Storm

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    DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 04:  Dustin Johnson hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the third round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 4, 2011 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Gett
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    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. 

    Please comment with your predictions, comments and criticisms, they are always appreciated. 

Jason Day

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    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 12:  Jason Day of Australia hits an approach shot on the fifth hole during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by
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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

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    DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 02:  Ricky Fowler hits his tee shot on the par 4 17th hole during the first round of The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 2, 2011 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Im
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    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.  

Martin Kaymer

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    VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 28:  Martin Kaymer of Germany lines up a putt during the third round of the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club on May 28, 2011 in Virginia Water, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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    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. 

Rory McIlroy

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    DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 04:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the third round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 4, 2011 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by S
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    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. 

Dustin Johnson

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    DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 02:  Dustin Johnson hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 2, 2011 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Gett
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    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.