US Open Favorites 2012: Tiger Woods and 8 Players Who Will Contend on Sunday

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US Open Favorites 2012: Tiger Woods and 8 Players Who Will Contend on Sunday
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When 156 of the world's best amateur and professional golfers tee it up at the 112th US Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco this week, all of the biggest names in the sport will be in attendance to stake their claim for one of golf's greatest prizes.

The pairings for the first two rounds have already been well-publicized, with three-time US Open champion Tiger Woods in the marquee group alongside four-time major champion Phil Mickelson and reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson.

The three best players in the world—according to the Official World Golf Ranking—will assemble in another high profile threesome. Defending US Open champion and the world's No. 2 player, Rory McIlroy, will play with Luke Donald, the No. 1 player in the world, and the No. 3 ranked player, Lee Westwood.

The Lake Course at the Olympic Club, which has hosted four other US Opens, should provide a stern test that will keep scores in check throughout the tournament.

Here is a rundown of nine players who will be in contention on Sunday at the 2012 US Open.

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