Jordan Spieth of Dallas and Jason Day will carry a lot of buzz into this week’s U.S. Open.
Spieth dazzled the big crowds and had TV ratings soaring en route to winning the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial Country Club last month.
He birdied the final three holes for a back-nine 30 to shoot a final-round 65 to capture his eighth PGA Tour victory. His 17-under-par 263 gave him a three-stroke victory over Harris English.
Day is simply the best golfer in the world based on the rankings.
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Star-Telegram golf writer Jimmy Burch handicaps the top 10 players, with odds, to win the 2016 U.S. Open:
Jordan Spieth (5-1)=Defending champ won last month at Colonial and has finished fourth or better in his past five majors, with two wins.
Jason Day (6-1)=No. 1 player in world golf rankings was the first competitor to check-in at Oakmont on June 11. He’s hungry.
Justin Rose (7-1)=Gifted ball-striker won the 2013 U.S. Open, has three top-10 finishes at the event in recent seasons.
Rory McIlroy (8-1)=Four-time major winner claimed the 2011 U.S. Open title, has the skills to win another.
Danny Willett (10-1)=Masters champ is the only golfer in the field in contention for a 2016 Grand Slam.
Branden Grace (12-1)=Rising star won his first PGA Tour title in April, finished tied for fourth at last year’s U.S. Open.
Adam Scott (14-1)=He’s won two PGA Tour events this season and has top-10 finishes in the past two U.S. Opens.
Phil Mickelson (15-1)=Lefty has been a runner-up at this event six times. A breakthrough win would complete a career Grand Slam.
Brandt Snedeker (18-1)=Oakmont’s sloping greens are difficult to navigate, which plays into the hands of this gifted putter.
Jim Furyk (20-1)=Crafty veteran knows this course, has finished fifth or higher in six U.S. Opens, including a victory in 2003.