While there really doesn't seem to be a dominant player on the PGA Tour at the moment, there are obviously some great ones. And some of those have gotten their 2014 seasons off to fast starts and appear to be hitting on all cylinders as the U.S. Open gets closer and closer.
They are the ones who'll be getting all the attention when the discussions turn to who will be the favorites at Pinehurst Resort's famed No. 2 course.
You won't find Phil Mickelson in that discussion, even though he'll by trying to win this Open to complete the career Grand Slam. And you won't find Angel Cabrera there either, although he always seems to be a factor at the big events.
Tiger Woods just won't be there, period.
The following is a list of players who, in my mind, will be in that discussion, and deservedly so.