2010 US Open Field: Five Contenders and Five Pretenders

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2010 US Open Field: Five Contenders and Five Pretenders

For the first time in a decade, the US Open Golf Championship will be held at the scenic Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Historically, the course has proved difficult for the majority of players in this tournament. Only three players have finished the US Open under par at Pebble Beach since 1992.

While I would expect to see more golfers under par in the 2010 edition of this tournament, I don't think that we'll see a dramatic shift in the scores.

The course is meant to pose challenges to players by running a number of holes along the windy California coast and should prove difficult to a large majority of its competitors.

The leaders for this tournament will be individuals who are able to cope with these conditions on a consistent hole-to-hole basis. For that reason, I would expect to see a number of big names scattered across the leaderboard.

Despite the fact that the course favors the more experienced golfers, the US Open usually features a few contenders that have not yet cemented themselves as top golfers on the tour.

Here are five players that are poised to make the leap at this year's Championship as well has five players I would expect to fall short of their lofty expectations.

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