US Open Golf 2013: Dark-Horse Candidates to Win at Merion

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US Open Golf 2013: Dark-Horse Candidates to Win at Merion
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The 113th edition of the U.S. Open comes to Merion Golf Club for the fifth time, although this is the first visit in 32 years.

That explains why only 11 golfers in the 156-player field have any previous experience on the course in a competitive situation. Relatively limited course knowledge, further restricted by rain that has kept practice rounds to a minimum, provides an opportunity for a dark-horse candidate to emerge from the field and challenge for the championship.

The focus will be on the favorites—Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson, among others—positioned at or near the top of the world rankings. But the following group includes five major winners—including two-time U.S. Open winner Ernie Els—eager to see their names atop the leaderboard. 

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