US Open Field 2012: Dark Horses Who Will Make Their Mark This Weekend

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US Open Field 2012: Dark Horses Who Will Make Their Mark This Weekend
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Every major golf tournament has at least one nice story, one guy who comes from nowhere and makes a mark that was unexpected. Sometimes it's someone no one has ever heard of, other times a guy who simply hasn't had much major success or hasn't done it in quite some time. 

Occasionally, these guys pull off the ultimate shocker and win the tournament. Other times, they fold on day four. Last year, Charl Schwartzel pulled off such a feat by winning at the Masters. Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship to the surprise of many. 

Bradley was an up-and-coming player who wasn't expected to experience such success at such a young age, while Schwartzel came out of nowhere to some degree. 

On the other hand, there's your Jean Van de Velde's of the world, who fold at the last minute. Nothing is out of question in majors, but know there will be some version of this in the 2012 U.S. Open.

Here are the most likely candidates to fill that role. 

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