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US Open Golf 2012: Players Who Will Fade on Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 15:  Amateur Beau Hossler of the United States waits on a green during the second round of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 15, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJune 17, 2012

Sometimes people just give championships away when it's there for the taking. 

On Sunday, at the 2012 U.S. Open, there will be players who fade down the stretch because of the intense pressure that is major championships.

And that course isn't very friendly either. 

Here are three golfers who will fade out of the picture on the final day


Beau Hossler 

As much as I hate picking on kids playing against the best in the world, 17-year-old Beau Hossler is going to fade down the stretch Sunday. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 15:  Amateur Beau Hossler of the United States reacts to his bunker shot from a bunker on the fourth hole while playing fifth hole during the second round of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 15, 2012 in San Francisc
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He's currently at three over and hanging onto contention by a thread. But that's about to change.

Hossler shot a 70 on Thursday, 73 on Friday and 70 on Thursday. His pinnacle at this point of his career, in this tournament, is an even-par round. With how difficult the course plays, Hossler is due for another over-par performance on Sunday.

We saw what happened to Rory McIlroy last year at the Masters. He was in prime position to win a major but the pressure got to him. If the pressure can get to McIlroy, the pressure can surely be too much to handle for a 17-year-old kid.

Prediction: Hossler shoots four over


Fredrik Jacobson

One good day at the golf course and you could find yourself in contention for a major championship. One night and you could realize that you're in contention for a major championship.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 16:  Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Fredrik Jacobson will be feeling the nerves Sunday.

Jacobson shot over par in the first two days just to see a quality 68 effort on Saturday. Jacobson, plus one after three rounds, will be looking to maintain consistency on the final day of the major.

It won't happen.

We'll see a performance that mirrors his first and second day.

Prediction: Jacobson shoots three over

 

John Senden

John Senden is another one of those players who played themselves into title contention with a solid round Saturday. Senden shot 72 and 73 on Thursday and Friday, respectively, but shot a 68 on Saturday.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 16:  John Senden of Australia hits his tee shot on the third hole during the third round of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Being four shots behind the leaders, Senden will believe that he's capable of winning the tournament. With him thinking that way, expect more chances to be taken to catch ground.

That's when the bottom will fall out.

Prediction: Senden shoots four over

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