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June 11, 2014

U.S. Open: Handicapping the field’s top 10

Star-Telegram golf writer Jimmy Burch handicaps the top 10 players, with odds, to win the 2014 U.S. Open:

Handicapping the field

Star-Telegram golf writer Jimmy Burch handicaps the top 10 players, with odds, to win the 2014 U.S. Open:

6-1 Adam Scott: Colonial champ has played like the world’s top-ranked golfer since taking the No. 1 spot, starting with a playoff win in Fort Worth.

7-1 Phil Mickelson: A six-time runner-up at this event, Lefty must make more clutch weekend putts to claim his first U.S. Open title.

8-1 Rory McIlroy: Golf game has been grooved since last month’s high-profile breakup with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

10-1 Steve Stricker: Playing schedule is limited for the 47-year-old, but talent, course management skills are not.

12-1 Bubba Watson: Two-time Masters champ has the power, short game to thrive at the 7,562-yard venue.

14-1 Recent winners: Do not look past U.S. Open champs Justin Rose (2013), Webb Simpson (2012) or Graeme McDowell (2010).

15-1 Jason Day: Finally recovered from a February thumb injury, few have been better in majors in recent seasons.

16-1 Henrik Stenson: Swede is No. 2 in world rankings, has the ball-striking skills to win at Pinehurst.

18-1 Johnson & Johnson: A power player (Dustin), as well as a two-time Colonial champ (Zach), loom as likely contenders this week.

20-1 Jordan Spieth: Dallas resident, 20, finished as the Masters runner-up and usually elevates his game in majors.

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