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Yes, the No. 1 ranked player in the world is my pick to hold the U.S. Open trophy Sunday evening (how outlandish).
After struggling early on in the season, Donald has found the game that made him one of the world's elite players in 2011.
A win at the Transitions Championship in March has been followed up by consistent results, as noted by his three top 15s on the PGA Tour since that time.
Donald also put together a convincing performance in his four-shot victory at the BMW PGA Championship (one of the European Tour's flagship events) three weeks ago.
So, Donald's confidence level is clearly there.
As for the course, it should serve him well.
A number of Olympic's fairways narrow around 270-280 yards, neutralizing driving distance as a factor. This will only serve to help a short hitter like Donald who has also improved his accuracy off the tee immensely in the past two years.
For years and years of finishing in the high 100s on the PGA Tour's driving accuracy list, Donald shot up to 57th in 2011 and is eighth on the list thus far in 2012.
This fast improvement is key, since finding Olympic's fairways will be somewhat of an art form this week.
Also, something that hasn't been mentioned a lot is short game.
While Olympic may favor a fairways-and-greens type guy, closely mown collection areas and ungraduated 5" to 6" rough around some of these greens will make up-and-downs a difficult proposition this week.
When players do miss greens here, those who can save these crucial pars will be in good position to stay in the hunt. This should work to Donald's favor, as he is ranked No. 1 on tour in scrambling in 2012 and is as good as anyone at grinding out pars when his ballstriking is off.
Ever since Donald became the No. 1 golfer in the world, people have been criticizing him for not winning a major. He's not a real No. 1 until he wins one of golf's big four.
Well, the wait will end this week. Donald will finally capture his first major at Olympic.
Olympic has produced an underdog winner at every previous Open it has hosted, but this week the No. 1 ranked player in the world will show his worth and break the trend.
Chances: Extremely Good