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US Open Golf 2012: Bold Predictions for Final Round

Trevor LowryContributor IJune 16, 2012

US Open Golf 2012: Bold Predictions for Final Round

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    Many people would have not predicted Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald to not make the cut at this year's 2012 U.S. Open, but guess what? It happened anyways. This is what I would like to call a bold prediction.

    Tiger Woods is the top storyline of the tournament thanks to two impressive rounds. Now, Woods is tied for the lead, but there is still a lot of golf to be played.

    Get ready for some exciting moments at the Olympic Club. But first, read on to see bold predictions for the final round. 

No Player Finishes Under Par

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    Maybe it is not that bold for the U.S. Open, but after the final ball goes into the cup, no player will be in red figures at the 2012 U.S. Open.

    As it stands, only three players are under par. Barely. Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms are all at minus-one.

    All three of these players have shot a 69 and a 70. Maybe not in that order, but those are the two rounds they have posted so far.

    Going into the weekend, nerves really come into play and golfers start to miss putts that they never thought they could miss.

    Don't expect Woods or anyone else, for that matter, to be under par when this tournament is finished.  

Phil Mickelson Finishes in the Top 10

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    Phil Mickelson may be at plus-eight, but he has no pressure anymore because he will most likely not win at the Olympic Club this weekend.

    Now, Mickelson can be risky and try shots he would not have done if he was near the leaderboard. Usually, when Lefty is in this position, he starts playing some of his best golf.

    To be in the top 10 right now, Mickelson would have to gain a lot of ground, considering he would have to shoot his way to plus-three, but those numbers are just going to get worse.

    This is the U.S. Open, so if Mickelson can start making some birdies and somehow get to plus-five or somewhere near that number, he will most likely be in the top 10. 

Beau Hossler Will Be in the Hunt

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    For just a moment yesterday, Beau Hossler was in the lead at the U.S. Open. 

    Pretty crazy stuff, considering that Hossler is only 17 years old. 

    Well, Hossler has made it this far, and he has already shown how good a golfer he is. It takes some nerve to have the lead at the U.S. Open and then to double bogey, bogey and then bogey again and still be competing for a major tournament. 

    Hossler was able to recuperate from those holes, and he put up a 35 on his back nine. He is currently tied for ninth place at plus-three. 

There Will Be More Players Than Ever in Contention on the Final Day

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    The 2011 U.S. Open was a one-man tournament played by Rory McIlroy. Okay, there may have been other golfers in the tournament, but none of them could even touch McIlroy's minus-16. 

    This year's Open has already been way different than last year's. For one, McIlroy will not win because he couldn't even make the cut. 

    For two, no one has run away with this tournament yet. Tiger Woods may be at the top of the leaderboard, but this tournament is really anyone's to win.

    In fact, come Sunday, there will be more players than ever in contention to win at the U.S. Open—not just leading into the final round, though, but the entire final round.

    The Olympic Club has proved to be a very tough golf course, and any player can have a round-changing hole at any time.

    The winner will not be decided until the final hole. That is how close this tournament is going to be.  

Tiger Woods Wins

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    This may be overplayed, but Tiger Woods is going to win his 15th major this Sunday. 

    Woods still has two rounds left, but he has been playing some amazing golf so far. He has not blown up, he has been near the leaderboard the entire tournament, and he is currently tied for the lead.

    Woods is not going to blow the competition away by any means, and he is really going to have to be the best come Sunday, but he will finally win a major.

    Tiger Woods wins the 2012 U.S. Open.

     

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