2011 U.S. Open Golf: 10 Under-the-Radar Contenders

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2011 U.S. Open Golf: 10 Under-the-Radar Contenders
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The 2011 US Open tees off in a little less than 24 hours. The next four days are going to test the players more than any other tournament this season.

To win this tournament you have to put together four solid rounds and be able to overcome some extremely difficult conditions including tight fairways and severely thick rough.

Last year Dustin Johnson was one round away from scoring the biggest win of his career, and etching his name in history beside all-time greats like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as US Open champions.

Then it all fell apart, and out of nowhere, Graeme McDowell claimed the win and instantly became a household name. At that time, he would have been considered an under-the-radar contender.

Now, one year later I will look at 10 under-the-radar contenders that could win this year. For the sake of argument let's say that Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson and defending Open Champion Graeme McDowell are players not considered to be flying under anyone's radar. 

And, while I think Rory McIlroy will also be in contention, with as much coverage as he has gotten recently, he probably shouldn't be considered under the radar either. These 10 golfers are in no particular order.

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