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Golf’s second major of the year comes around on Thursday, as a field of 156 players gather in Chambers Bay, University Place, Washington, for the 115th U.S. Open Championship. Among them, sixteen amateurs will be seeking to make the cut at the Pierce County course.

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The course

The opening group of Michael Putnam, Marcus Fraser and Steve Marinotee will tee off at 15:00 on Thursday afternoon at Hole 1 Puget Bay of testing Chambers Bay, the first time that the eight-year old course will hold a major. The US Open has arrived at Pacific Northwest for the very first time.

Characterised by its huge fairways, imposing dunes and swelling greens, Chambers Bay has been subject to much comment, in addition to some criticism and controversy this week. True to the goal of the US Open to provide the ultimate test for the world’s elite golfers, this former gravel mine turned links course will certainly accomplish this goal in providing an appropriate challenge over 72 holes of play.

Designed by the American Robert Trent Jones II, the architect was asked to create a premier golf course, enjoyable for golfers of any skill level, yet capable of hosting major championships and events. Chambers Bay Golf Club is the enchanting result. The course welcomes golfing imagination, creativity and romance around the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains.

The course is laced with high risk – high reward opportunities, and accordingly there are infinite strategies to navigate the eighteen holes. So many so that Phil Mickelson claims that he intends only to remove the driver from his bag on three occasions each day, an arguably peculiar strategy when facing a course that will play a minimum of 7,500 yards each round, not to mention the 614 yard Hole 8. Bombers beware?

Rumbles of discontent and frustration have been observed from the higher echelons of the golf rankings, with the Englishman Ian Poulter appearing to hold the microphone on behalf of the field. Poulter this week publicly branded key aspects of the course a “farce”, including the sloping tee boxes and wide open fairways.

In reality, few “farces” materialise or unfold when there is a $10m prize purse at stake. The conditions of the course will be the same for all players who tee off this week. We the spectators should relish the excitement and entertainment that this quirky course is sure to emanate into the weekend.

Attempting to predict a winner is less entertaining however. Rather, it is more challenging due to the form and quality of the participants, combined with the topography of the terrain on which play will take place.

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Picking a winner

Notwithstanding the complexity of the course, of the last ten US Open Championships, only two have been won by a margin in excess of two strokes. Add to this the fact that this field contains thirteen former US Open champions, picking a winner is far from the simplest of tasks.

In the last five US Open Championships, only one champion has been from the Americas. Chambers Bay appears to provide a uniquely Celtic feel, and this may assist in ensuring that recent European success at US Open Championships continues.

As with previous US Open Championships, birdies and eagles are certain to be at a premium at this week. Only four of the last ten the winning scores at the US Open were under par. This daunting par-70 course in Washington provides no guarantee that this statistic will be improved upon.

Five to watch

Despite an open field, we look at five players who we expect to be there or thereabouts during the final stages of play on Father’s Day.

Justin Rose to win – 16/1

Justin Rose has been making all the right noises this week. Having arrived in Washington last week for some extra tee-time, the 2013 US Open champion refuses to succumb to the pre-tournament criticism of the course. Acknowledging that Chambers Bay is far from a typical US Open course, he vows to love the course that he believes one either loves or hates. The world number five will today tee off alongside Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, the former being a familiar face to Rose, or even a thorn in his side. Rose finished second in this year’s Masters to Spieth, and has played alongside him in rounds at Heuston and the Memorial Tournament, a tournament that Rose finished second in. Having won two months ago in Zurich, and having shot impressive scores in recent majors, the Englishman is firmly established as a force to be reckoned with in Washington. Rose is 16/1 to win the US Open.

Jordan Spieth – 33/1* (currently 8/1)

Spieth arrives at Pierce County this week sporting his newly acquired green jacket, having triumphed at Augusta by four strokes in April. It would be a huge accomplishment for the 21 year-old to win back-to-back majors by winning at Chambers Bay, a feat last achieved by Tiger Woods in 2002. It is a feat however that Spieth is well capable of achieving this year. The Texan and number two in the world is in excellent form, having finished in the top ten of nine of the last sixteen events he has participated in. The current FedExCup points leader however does not have too many happy memories of this course, having carded an 83 in one round of the 2010 US Amateur at the tender age of seventeen. Spieth is well fancied by many and is arguably the U.S.A.’s best chance of stopping his countrymen’s rot at the US Open. *New Paddy Power customers can get 33/1 enhanced odds (currently 8/1) on Spieth to win the US Open.

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Rickie Fowler to win – 18/1

Having come painstakingly close to securing a coveted first major victory last year, the 2015 US Open represents the chance for the Californian to go one step further. The world number nine finished in the top five in each of last year’s four majors, including a second place finish at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. In addition to his recent notable showings at majors, Fowler was victorious at the “fifth major” at TPC Sawgrass last month, winning after a playoff. As a result, the 26 year-old is fancied by many to lift the US Open Championship Trophy aloft on Sunday evening in his final round orange get up. Fowler is 18/1 to win the US Open.

Rory McIlroy to win – 33/1 (currently 8/1)*

World number one Rory McIlroy will start as favourite with many bookmakers at Chambers Bay despite missing the cut in his last two events. The latter part of that sentence does not tell the entire story of the Northern Irishman’s season however. The 26-year-old won two majors last year, and prior to his recent cuts, McIlroy won two tournaments in a fortnight, first at WGC Match Play in late April, and subsequently Wells Fargo in mid-May, after finishing fourth to Spieth at Augusta. McIlroy is a former winner at the US Open Championship, having won in 2011 by eight strokes. The four-time major winner is understandably keen to add a second US Open Championship to his impressive haul. The man from Hollywood will feel right at home at the links-style course at Chambers Bay, and will feel confident that he can win his first major of the season at the second time of asking. *New Paddy Power customers can get 33/1 enhanced odds (currently 8/1) on McIlroy to win the US Open.

Sergio Garcia to win – 35/1

Garcia is regarded by many as one of the greatest golfers of modern times not to win a major. 2015 is arguably the time for the Spaniard to put a stop to that statement. The world number eight has one of the most fine-tuned short games around, and this should serve him well at Chambers Bay. Many expect this tournament to play a lot like a British Open. If this is the case, look no further than Garcia, as he boasts eight top-ten finishes in the last fourteen editions. Garcia has finished second twice at the US Open previously (2007, 2014), and this season has finished in the top ten in five PGA outings, including two second place finishes. Given the recent success for Europeans at the U.S. Open, Sergio Garcia could stand to benefit from the momentum clearly with European. Garcia is 35/1 to win the US Open.

An outside chance Despite the public bemoaning of the tournament’s course, Ian Poulter is a credible challenger this year at Chambers Bay. Recent strong finishes, including a sixth place finish at the Masters, in addition to his proven links pedigree, particularly at recent Open Championships, all point to the Englishman remaining in contention into the weekend in Washington, provided that the quirks of the course don’t excessively rile him up. Poulter is 70/1 to win US Open.

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