Since it was announced that Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson would make up a trio at the first round of the U.S. Open, nearly all of the media attention given to the tournament has focused on them.
While the three all have a great shot at winning, with Tiger and Lefty widely considered two of the biggest favorites, the U.S. Open is one of the best opportunities for an unknown golfer to compete for the trophy. Six of the last seven Open winners won their first major at the U.S. Open, and 2005 winner Michael Campbell won his first and still only PGA Tour win at the Open.
This year's tournament welcomes many golfers who are unknown to the vast majority of golf fans, and while most will miss the cut and have to be content going home with only the experience of playing at the Open, there are several who have the talent to compete for the trophy and their first major championship.
Here we look at ten golfers who will tee off on Friday who have a realistic shot at competing for the 2012 U.S. Open trophy.