2014 U.S. Open: Top 10 Storylines at Pinehurst

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2014 U.S. Open: Top 10 Storylines at Pinehurst
Last year's winner Justin Rose will look to repeat.

The main storyline for the U.S. Open usually revolves around the course and how rough and tough it is.

How tight will the fairways be? How high will the rough be?  How slick can they make the greens?

This year’s event returns to Pinehurst 2 which has been revamped without the normal rough that characterizes a U.S. Open course.

This is where Payne Stewart beat a young Phil Mickelson in 1999, setting off a chain of unforeseen events that have become golfing lore.

Not the least of those was Mickelson’s personal saga to complete the career Grand Slam by winning a U.S. Open title.  That is something still to be accomplished.

The LPGA’s own Open event, June 19-22, follows the men's tourney, June 12-15, for the first time at the same course in the history of the sport.  A bunch of newbies are looking to make a name for themselves and a handful of vets are still in search of their first major title.

Meanwhile, will anyone tune in with Tiger Woods on the sidelines?

No matter what we expect, the unexpected will surely occur.  

Herein are the top 10 storylines that will surely provide this year’s Open with its own history and drama.

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