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2012 U.S. Open: Staff predictions

SAN FRANCISCO – Lee Westwood was a back nine away from his first major title two months ago at Augusta National.

This week, he’ll greet the U.S. Open and Olympic Club as one of the heavy favorites, according to our panel of experts.

Coming off a win at last week’s Nordea Masters in Sweden, Westwood also has picked up four top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season.

He was T-3 last year at Congressional and T-16 in 2010 at Pebble Beach.

Other big names to watch? Luke Donald, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, while at least a pair of folks believe Padraig Harrington might have a fourth major title up his sleeve.

Check out our staff predictions, including whom we think will pick up the low-amateur honor come Sunday in San Francisco.

The field, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings (a-amateur):

  • 1. Lee Westwood
  • 2. Luke Donald
  • 3. Rory McIlroy
  • 4. Sergio Garcia
  • 5. Steve Stricker
  • 6. Tiger Woods
  • 7. Adam Scott
  • 8. Matt Kuchar
  • 9. Zach Johnson
  • 10. Webb Simpson
  • 11. Phil Mickelson
  • 12. Charl Schwartzel
  • 13. Martin Kaymer
  • 14. Bo Van Pelt
  • 15. Justin Rose
  • 16. Dustin Johnson
  • 17. Rickie Fowler
  • 18. Hunter Mahan
  • 20. Bubba Watson
  • 21. Charles Howell III
  • 22. Fredrik Jacobson
  • 23. Peter Hanson
  • 24. Jim Furyk
  • 26. Jason Day
  • 27. John Senden
  • 29. Spencer Levin
  • 30. Francesco Molinari
  • 31. Nicolas Colsaerts
  • 33. Keegan Bradley
  • 34. Jason Dufner
  • 35. Carl Pettersson
  • 36. Nick Watney
  • 37. Brandt Snedeker
  • 39. Ernie Els
  • 40. Bill Haas
  • 44. Y.E. Yang
  • 46. George Coetzee
  • 47. Louis Oosthuizen
  • 48. Ian Poulter
  • 50. Matteo Manassero
  • 52. Gary Woodland
  • 54. Thomas Bjorn
  • 55. Robert Rock
  • 57. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 59. Trevor Immelman
  • 60. K.J. Choi
  • 62. Vijay Singh
  • 66. Graeme McDowell
  • 68. Martin Laird
  • 69. Kevin Na
  • 72. Padraig Harrington
  • 73. Scott Piercy
  • 74. Aaron Baddeley
  • 75. Sang-moon Bae
  • 76. Simon Dyson
  • 79. Kyle Stanley
  • 80. Michael Thompson
  • 81. Charlie Wi
  • 84. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
  • 87. Ben Crane
  • 89. Alexander Noren
  • 90. Retief Goosen
  • 91. Robert Garrigus
  • 96. K.T. Kim
  • 97. Robert Karlsson
  • 98. David Toms
  • 100. Peter Lawrie
  • 101. Mark Wilson
  • 102. Rafael Cabrera-Bello
  • 108. Hiroyuki Fujita
  • 109. Anders Hansen
  • 113. Davis Love III
  • 119. Jonathan Byrd
  • 124. D.A. Points
  • 125. Miguel Angel Jimenez
  • 128. Brendan Jones
  • 134. Kevin Streelman
  • 135. Blake Adams
  • 140. Toru Taniguchi
  • 143. Ryo Ishikawa
  • 151. Bill Lunde
  • 154. Alvaro Quiros
  • 157. Kevin Chappell
  • 159. Paul Claxton
  • 160. Casey Wittenberg
  • 161. Chez Reavie
  • 162. Roberto Castro
  • 173. Bob Estes
  • 177. Brian Harman
  • 185. Rod Pampling
  • 189. Lucas Glover
  • 194. Stewart Cink
  • 198. Martin Flores
  • 206. Joe Durant
  • 207. Jim Herman
  • 208. Raphael Jacquelin
  • 217. Soren Kjeldsen
  • 220. Tim Herron
  • 228. Steve Marino
  • 236. Brice Garnett
  • 258. Jason Bohn
  • 264. Shane Bertsch
  • 267. Branden Grace
  • 272. Paul Casey
  • 276. David Mathis
  • 285. Alex Cejka
  • 289. Hunter Haas
  • 290. Dong-hwan Lee
  • 297. Aaron Watkins
  • 314. Mikko Ilonen
  • 337. Jeff Curl
  • 346. Lee Slattery
  • 349. Stephen Ames
  • 350. James Hahn
  • 353. Gregory Bourdy
  • 360. Nicholas Thompson
  • 365. Steve Lebrun
  • 388. Marc Warren
  • 393. Matthew Baldwin
  • 404. Joe Ogilvie
  • 415. Darron Stiles
  • 430. Tadahiro Takayama
  • 432. Tommy Biershenk
  • 435. Colt Knost
  • 440. Alistair Presnell
  • 505. Jae-bum Park
  • 511. Matt Bettencourt
  • 573. Justin Hicks
  • 597. Edward Loar
  • 653. Angel Cabrera
  • 684. Kyle Thompson
  • 791. Anthony Summers
  • 898. Michael Campbell
  • N/R. Scott Langley
  • N/R. (a) Patrick Cantlay
  • N/R. Tim Clark
  • N/R. Mark McCormick
  • N/R. Hunter Hamrick
  • N/R. Casey Martin
  • N/R. Brian Rowell
  • N/R. John Peterson
  • N/R. (a) Brooks Koepka
  • N/R. (a) Nick Sherwood
  • N/R. Tim Weinhart
  • N/R. (a) Cameron Wilson
  • N/R. (a) Alberto Sanchez
  • N/R. Morgan Hoffmann
  • N/R. Olin Browne
  • N/R. (a) Beau Hossler
  • N/R. Cole Howard
  • N/R. Michael Allen
  • N/R. Scott Smith
  • N/R. Dennis Miller
  • N/R. Jesse Mueller
  • N/R. Brian Gaffney
  • N/R. Samuel Osborne

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