US Open Favorites 2012: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Week's Top Competitors

Luis BatlleContributor IJune 11, 2012

US Open Favorites 2012: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Week's Top Competitors

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    The 2012 U.S. Open is now upon golf fans, as Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will inevitably be leading the pack at one of golf's most prestigious tournaments.

    Can Tiger Woods carry his momentum into this tournament after a win at the Memorial or are McIlroy and Luke Donald too much to handle?

    These are the five prime-time tournament favorites at the Olympic Club and their odds to win the tournament.

    Note: Odds used were based on those from VegasInsider.com.

Matt Kuchar, 25/1

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    Watch out field, here comes Matt Kuchar.

    With Tiger Woods back to form, Rory McIlroy attempting to defend his title, and Luke Donald playing sensational golf, it's easy to forget about just how strongly Kuchar has played.

    He has made cuts in all 12 events he has participated in this season, scoring five top-10 finishes and a win at the Player's Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

    Fourth on this year's money list at just over $3 million, the American talent is set to push the field to it's limit at the 2012 U.S. Open.

Lee Westwood, 15/1

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    Lee Westwood comes into the 2012 U.S. Open playing his best golf of the season and could well be the player coming home with a Major's title.

    Westwood won his 22nd European Tour event at the Nordea Masters Sunday with a score of 19-under par to win by five strokes.

    The English talent has picked up his game significantly in 2012, finishing third at the Masters and fifth at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    This is a player that performs well under pressure and one who will undoubtedly ride his momentum into the U.S. Open.

Rory McIlroy, 12/1

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    The No. 2-ranked golfing sensation has let off the gas just enough to allow Luke Donald to take back his No. 1 ranking, yet at the U.S. Open McIlroy has every bit of potential to redeem himself.

    A 2011 U.S. Open winner, McIlroy knows precisely what it takes to come home with the trophy. In the victory last season, McIlroy shot a whopping 16-under par in what resulted in an eight-stroke win.

    Undoubtedly a top-three contender at the Open, expect McIlroy to jump off to a quick start at the Olympic Club.

Luke Donald, 12/1

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    This season has been a major turning point in the career of Luke Donald, as he is now the No. 1-ranked golfer in the sport.

    He is posting especially solid numbers both driving and putting the ball. His drive accuracy of 68.5 percent ranks No. 8 in the world while his 1.741 puts per hole is good enough for 11th best.

    Donald has made all nine cuts in the nine events he has played in 2012, finishing in the top-10 on four different occasions.

    His consistency will be key at the U.S. Open and will give him that edge he needs over the vast majority of the field.

Tiger Woods, 6/1

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    He may be inconsistent, but there is no counting out Tiger Woods come U.S. Open time.

    With four titles under his belt at the Open, Woods will look to pick up win No. 5 in the 2012 tournament.

    Woods will have the edge on his side, as he enters fresh off of a win at the Memorial Tournament June 3.

    An improved putting game and wins as of late have fans set to expect a memorable performance from the fiercest competitor in the sport today.