US Open Golf 2012: Definitive Manual for Entire Tournament

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US Open Golf 2012: Definitive Manual for Entire Tournament
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It's that time of the year again where we get to see a major tournament in golf.

The U.S. Open is the second major of the golf season and will be starting this Thursday, June 14 from the Lake Course at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California.

Rory McIlroy is the defending champ. He won it last year in record-setting fashion, establishing 11 new tournament records along the way as he won by eight strokes over Australian Jason Day.

McIlroy and Robert Garrigus became the fifth and sixth men in history to shoot all four rounds of golf under par in a U.S. Open.

What can McIlroy do for an encore this year? That is what everyone is looking forward to see.

And what everyone would like to see is him dueling down the stretch with Tiger Woods, who has won twice this year and is looking much more like his old self as he keeps playing tournaments.

The world's No. 1 Luke Donald and No. 3 Lee Westwood are carrying momentum heading into the U.S. Open, where they will be looking to win that elusive first major title.

Let's take a look at that and much more in the definitive guide for the 112th edition of the U.S. Open.

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