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US Open Golf: Five To Watch At Oakmount

OAKMONT, PA - SEPTEMBER 2: A general view of the par 4 Third hole at 2016 U.S. Open site Oakmont Country Club on September 2, 2015 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Fred Vuich/Getty Images)

Jordan Spieth kicks off the defence of his US Open title this Thursday in golf’s second major of the year.

While he is the obvious choice for those looking for a bet on who will win the title, this writer took a look at five others who may give the young American a run for his vast, vast amounts of money

Russell Knox: 90/1

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 08: Russell Knox of Scotland celebrates winning the tournament on the 18th hole during the final round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 8, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

The Scot is currently fourth in the FedEx Cup standings – making him one of the top players on the PGA Tour. With a win and three top 10’s already this year, there is no reason why Knox won’t be there or thereabouts come Sunday. He is playing with Harris English and Jason Dufner for the first two days in what could be one of the more exciting matches in the early rounds.

Rafael Cabrera Bello: 125/1
The 32-year-old Spaniard is one of the top players on the European Tour, currently in fourth spot on the Race To Dubai. Although he has yet to win in 10 starts on Tour in 2016, he is one of the most consistent players in Europe and is almost always seen on the first page of the leaderboard. In fact, his worst finish this season has been T-36 in Malaysia, one of just two occasions where he failed to make the top 20.

Phil Mickelson: 28/1

MAMARONECK, NY - JUNE 18: Phil Mickelson waits on the fairway on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2006 US Open Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club on June 18, 2006 in Mamaroneck, New York. Geoff Ogilvy won the US Open with a one stroke victory. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Mickelson has finished in second place an agonising six times in this event in the past. The fan favourite still needs this title to complete a career Grand Slam. With all the top young players coming through the ranks, you have to feel that time is running out for the American.

Rory McIlroy: 7/1

STRAFFAN, IRELAND - MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
STRAFFAN, IRELAND – MAY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy following his 3 shot victory during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at The K Club on May 22, 2016 in Straffan, Ireland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Okay, this is more obvious than the other selections, but it is hard to preview this Tournament and not mention the Hollywood man. His recent win in the Irish Open shows he also has good form coming into this event.

Patrick Reed: 45/1
Reed has nine top 10’s so far in the PGA Tour this year alone and will have a big say in the season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs. Definitely worth a euro each-way.

*All odds from PaddyPower

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