U.S. Open 2012: The World's Top 5 and How They Will Fare

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U.S. Open 2012: The World's Top 5 and How They Will Fare
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Open immortality awaits the golfer who separates himself from the rest in California.

With the 112th edition of the U.S. Open set to commence on Thursday, America’s national championship has arrived at San Francisco’s Olympic Club for the fifth time. 

Excitement abounds this week, at a course that is sure to challenge golf's best.

From amateurs hoping to make their presence felt to stars trying to affirm their shine, this year’s Open is anything but short on story lines. 

And though Olympic Club has produced a few previously-unrenowned champions, expect the cream to rise to the top this week.  A course so demanding figures to require practiced hands.

So here are the top five golfers in the official world rankings, and their chances of procuring U.S. Open glory.

 

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