Golf

And the winner is...Our staff picks for the 115th U.S. Open

Dale Phelps

Managing editor

Dustin Johnson: Chambers Bay layout is a “great one” for Johnson’s game.

John

McGrath

Columnist

Dustin Johnson: Nine-time Tour winner is an explosive hitter consistently in the mix — six Top 10 finishes in last 12 events — and with “personal challenges” apparently resolved, he’s hungry for first major.

Darrin Beene

Sports editor

Rory McIlory: Yes, he’s missed the cut at his last two tournaments. Before that, he won two of the three tournaments he has entered. If he gets hot, he’ll win it.

Meg Wochnick

Sports writer

Rickie Fowler: He came close at last year’s U.S. Open, finishing tied for second. Expect his seventh U.S. Open start to be lucky.

Todd

Milles

Sports writer

Phil Mickelson: He likes the course, he’s going into it with the right frame of mind, and no one can see the shots around the greens like he can.

TJ

Cotterill

Sports writer

Phil Mickelson: “Lefty” has back-to-back second-place finishes in majors and is due to complete the career grand slam.

Don

Ruiz

Sports writer

Graeme McDowell: 2010 Open champion with a familiarity with links courses, and an apparent liking for scenic American courses.

Gregg

Bell

Sports writer

Jordan Spieth: This year’s Masters champ has all the momentum: A 65 to end The Memorial, the 12th consecutive round at or under par.

Christian Caple

Sports writer

Jordan Spieth: It’s hard to argue against the guy who tore Augusta to shreds – plus his caddy, Michael Greller, knows a thing or two about Chambers Bay.

Dave

Boling

Columnist

Jordan Spieth: The caddie is never more important than on this course. Michael Greller caddied at the course, got married at the course, and will help Spieth win at the course.

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