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Will Jordan Spieth win his first major at Pinehurst?
Like the players in the previous slide, these young guns haven’t won a major yet, but they have been the main storylines of the year.
There is little reason to doubt their ability to win their first major at Pinehurst.
Everyone’s favorite young player, Spieth continues to play consistently well. So much so, the 20-year-old is ranked 10th in the world and fifth in FedEx Cup points.
While he hasn’t yet won this year, he did tie for second in the Masters and has 13 top-25 finishes in 17 events.
Spieth has been compared to Woods, Mickelson and his contemporary, McIlroy and, now, has the chance to live up to the billing by winning at Pinehurst.
The youngster from Japan has six wins worldwide and just played perfect tee-to-green golf to take his first PGA tour win at the Memorial last week.
He is playing some of the best golf on the tour and appears to be improving with every stroke of the club on American soil.
Ranked in the top 20 in scrambling (and first in scrambling from within 30 yards), Matsuyama will employ his skills to make a run at his first major title at Pinehurst.
Can Reed put his money where his mouth is and actually pull out a win at the U.S. Open?
After winning at Doral earlier this year, the three-time winner put himself in a class with Woods and Mickelson and said he was among the "top five players in the world."
OK, so he got a little carried away. While he won again in March at the World Golf Championships— Cadillac Championship, he has since dropped off the face of the leaderboard, missing the cut three times in his last five events and finishing 48 and 52 in the other two.
Let’s see which Reed shows up at Pinehurst.
Stuck under the radar, Kirk, who is currently ranked sixth in the FedEx Cup race, has not missed a cut all year, has won once and has finished in the top 10 three times.
The 29-year-old Georgia native is not ranked in the top 10 in any major stat category, doesn’t drive the ball particularly far or straight and is just OK on the greens.
But he has steadily moved up the ranks and finished in the top 25 in four of his last six events.
If momentum is important to winning, Kirk may be able to sneak in again as a top-flight finisher.