US Open 2019: Brooks Koepka looks to fend off Tiger Woods but who are other contenders?

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12 June 2019 21:19

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The US Open swings into action at Pebble Beach with a number of players looking for a major win.Tiger Woods believes he can overturn the record for most amount of major wins held by Jack Nicklaus."Hypothetically if I give myself another 10 years that's 40 majors," he said."The trick is can I keep myself healthy and strong enough considering what my body has been through?"That's where I need help with all my trainers and physios and workout regimes, and hopefully I can make that happen."Express Sport takes a look at who could take this year’s US Open victory.

THE FORM HORSESBrooks KoepkaThe winner of the last two US Opens and the US PGA last month is the man to beat this week. He is still fired by a huge chip on his shoulder about his lack of recognitionRory McIlroyIn hot form after his final-round 61 to win Sunday's RBS Canadian Open. When he won his last Major at the 2014 US PGA, he had won the week before the WGC-Bridgestone InvitationalPEBBLE BEACH SPECIALISTSTiger WoodsThe Masters champion won on the Monterey Peninsula by 15 shots in 2000. And after missing the cut at the US PGA, showed return to form with his closing 67 at The Memorial

Dustin JohnsonThe 2016 US Open winner held a three-shot lead going into the final round in 2010 after playing superbly for three days. Finished tied second and second in the first two Majors of the year has top-four finishes in his last five US Opens. (see also each-way bets)Phil MickelsonStill seeking his first US Open win to complete his career Grand Slam after finishing runners-up six times. Now 48, he won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February when he shot a closing bogey-free 65 – his fifth win in the event.Graeme McDowellThe 2010 champion at Pebble Beach won for the first time for four years on the PGA Tour in March – and can now play with freedom after booking his ticket for his home Open at Royal Portrush after his tied eighth finish at the RBS Canadian Open

THE BRITTommy FleetwoodShot a closing 64 at the US Open last year to finish second after finishing four in 2017 – his only top-ten finishes in Majors. The accuracy of his driving makes the Ryder Cup star an annual contender in the event.THE EACH-WAY BETXander SchauffeleThe Californian, who is now up to world No.10, has finished in the top six in the last two US Opens and runners-up at the Open last year and the Masters this year.

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