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Rory McIlroy should thrive at linksy U.S. Open venue

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy has a lot of grit in his game as the U.S. Open begins on Thursday.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy has a lot of grit in his game as the U.S. Open begins on Thursday. AP

Handicapping the field

Star-Telegram golf writer Jimmy Burch handicaps his top 10 players, with odds, to win the 2015 U.S. Open, which begins Thursday:

6-1 Rory McIlroy He’s ranked No. 1 in the world for a reason. McIlroy should like the linksy layout of Chambers Bay and won this event in 2011.

7-1 Jordan Spieth Masters champ should make a strong run at extending his 2015 Grand Slam hopes. Maybe even a successful one.

8-1 Rickie Fowler Winner at The Players has consistently played big in golf’s biggest events the past two seasons.

10-1 Phil Mickelson A long layout with wide fairways should enhance Lefty’s chances to capture an elusive U.S. Open title.

12-1 Jimmy Walker Former Baylor standout is ready for a major breakthrough after claiming five tour titles the past two seasons.

14-1 Brandt Snedeker Saving strokes with the putter and short game always is essential at the Open. “Sneds” does both as well as anyone.

15-1 Dustin Johnson Power player can light up any course when he’s in the zone on the greens. But will this be the week?

16-1 European Trio One of the top Europeans in the field not named “Rory” should contend (Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia or 2014 champ Martin Kaymer).

18-1 Jim Furyk Elite ball-striker having one of his best seasons at 45, capable of claiming another U.S. Open title.

20-1 Brooks Koepka Rising star is 25, ranked No. 21 in world rankings and finished fourth at last year’s Open. He could do better than that this week.

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