US Open Favorites 2012: Ranking the Chances of Top Golfers

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US Open Favorites 2012: Ranking the Chances of Top Golfers
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Olympic may be "The Graveyard of Champions" but talking about the favorites isn't a fruitless exercise.

After all, it's not preordained for an underdog to win at Olympic, just a prevailing trend.

So, what will the favorites do this week?

Who will step up to the plate and contend for the title? Who will be the lame ducks who barely make an appearance on the weekend? Will any of these top players miss the cut?

These are questions to be resolved here. Before you is a list of 14 favorites and the forecast for their chances at the Open.

From best to worst, players' chances can be extremely good, very good, good, decent, OK, bad, very bad or extremely bad.

No player gets worse than bad on this list, but it is a wide-ranging set after all.

Like any major, some will show and some won't.

Want to know where everyone will fall?

You've come to the right place.

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