US Open player capsules

A capsule look at 15 top players in the U.S. Open, to be played June 18-21 at Chambers Bay (listed in predicted order of finish):

JIM FURYK

Age: 45

Country: United States.

World ranking: 3.

Worldwide wins: 20.

Majors: US Open (2003).

US Open memory: The good - winning at Olympia Fields, the perfect tribute on Father's Day to his only coach, father Mike. The bad - being in the best position to win at Olympic Club in 2012 until a snap-hook on the 16th hole when confused by the USGA moving up the tees.

Backspin: Not since 1999 has a player in his 40s won the U.S. Open. Furyk keeps contending regardless of age and moved up to No. 3 in the world ranking. He won at Hilton Head with a clutch putting performance. That will be the key to Chambers Bay. Lack of length off the tee could be negated on a fast course.

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PHIL MICKELSON

Age: 45.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 19.

Worldwide wins: 45.

Majors: Masters (2004, 2006, 2010), British Open (2013), PGA Championship (2005).

US Open memory: His six silver medals from being runner-up. No one has more.

Backspin: Mickelson gets his second shot at the career Grand Slam, and this is the 50th anniversary of Gary Player completing his Grand Slam at a U.S. Open. Mickelson hasn't won since the 2013 British Open. That's the bad news. He was runner-up in the last two majors. And he's unpredictable Phil. That's why he could deliver the most magical story off Puget Sound.

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JORDAN SPIETH

Age: 21.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 2.

Worldwide wins: 5.

Majors: Masters (2015).

US Open memory: Finishing as low amateur at Olympic Club in 2012.

Backspin: Spieth is just getting started, and while he's not in the power group in golf, his putting and short game works anywhere. He shot 83 at Chambers Bay during qualifying for the U.S. Amateur on a course that was harder than it will be for the U.S. Open. His biggest test will be accepting bad shots, which happen to everyone.

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RORY MCILROY

Age: 26.

Country: Northern Ireland.

World ranking: 1.

Worldwide wins: 17.

Majors: US Open (2011), British Open (2014), PGA Championship (2012, 2014).

US Open memory: Setting the record of 268 in his eight-shot victory at Congressional in 2011 for his first major.

Backspin: For all his talent and feats, questions remain about how hard McIlroy is willing to grind when the stars are not aligned, and how he fares in bad weather. Chambers Bay could provide a test in both categories. McIlroy is a European who plays an American game - through the air. He's also the best player in the world for a reason, so that can atone for any shortcomings. He is coming off consecutive missed cuts. That's not unusual for him, nor is it always a sign of how he will play.

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DUSTIN JOHNSON

Age: 30.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 7.

Worldwide wins: 9.

Majors: None.

US Open memory: Losing a three-shot lead in two holes and closing with an 82 in 2010 at Pebble Beach.

Backspin: Johnson appears to have his life in order, or at least more settled, after his six-month break. He already won a World Golf Championship and lost at Riviera in a playoff. All the talk about Chambers Bay being a course that requires great study and thinking might not suit him. Johnson likes to smash it. But much like McIlroy, the sheer skill should be enough to give him hope.

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HENRIK STENSON

Age: 39.

Country: Sweden.

World ranking: 5.

Worldwide wins: 12.

Majors: None.

US Open memory: Wanting to see Torrey Pines for the first time ahead of the 2008 U.S. Open, he went online to book a tee time and was sent out with two paying customers from Orange County. One of them was woman named Pamela Anderson. Just not the actress.

Backspin: Stenson already has been to Chambers Bay to walk the golf course without clubs. He referred to it as ''interesting,'' which could mean anything. The Swede typically is a high-ball hitter. He's powerful off the tee and a supreme ball-striker.

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TIGER WOODS

Age: 39.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 181.

Worldwide wins: 90

Majors: Masters (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005), US Open (2000, 2002, 2008), British Open (2000, 2005, 2006), PGA Championship (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007).

US Open memory: The most dominant performance in history at Pebble Beach in 2000 when he won by 15 shots.

Backspin: A perennial favorite in the majors has now become an afterthought. Woods has gone seven years since his 14th and last major. More critical to his chances is that he has gone nearly two years without winning any tournament. In recent months, he has been ordinary at his best. In normal times, a course like Chambers Bay would stoke his imagination. These are not normal times. Getting into contention would be a surprise.

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ADAM SCOTT

Age: 34.

Country: Australia.

World ranking: 12.

Worldwide wins: 25.

Majors: Masters (2013).

US Open memory: As an amateur, he was working with Butch Harmon in Las Vegas in 2000 when Tiger Woods came by for one last session. Scott played with him and watched Woods shoot 63 in the wind. He later said if Woods had not won the U.S. Open, ''I don't think I would have turned pro.''

Backspin: After a strong start to the year with a short putter, Scott got off the rails so badly that he changed back to a long putter, and then he fired his caddie. The swing still looks good. The results have been pedestrian. He is bringing back caddie Steve Williams for the U.S. Open and other majors this summer. He was No. 1 in the world going into the U.S. Open last year. Now he's not even in the top 10.

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RICKIE FOWLER

Age: 26.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 9.

Worldwide wins: 3.

Majors: None.

US Open memory: Playing in the final group at a major for the first time last year at Pinehurst No. 2. He shot 72 and finished eight shots behind as a runner-up.

Backspin: Fowler showed off his full potential at The Players Championship, not because he won but how he won. He was fearless and confident and took on every shot. And he got rid of that ''overrated'' label in a magazine. He finished in the top 5 in all four majors last year - only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have done that. But even after the glow of winning The Players, the victory tally remains low for someone in his sixth full year on tour.

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JASON DAY

Age: 27.

Country: Australia.

World ranking: 10.

Worldwide wins: 3.

Majors: None.

US Open memory: Two silver medals in four appearances at the U.S. Open. He had an outside chance at Merion in 2013 when he finished two shots behind. He had no chance in 2011 when he finished eight behind Rory McIlroy.

Backspin: Day might be the Australian version of Rickie Fowler, or vice versa - loads of talent, wonderful manners, good performances in the majors, and questions why he doesn't win more. He was trending in the right direction with a string of high finishes, including his victory at Torrey Pines. Missing the cut at the Memorial was probably not the best way to go into the U.S. Open.

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MARTIN KAYMER

Age: 30.

Country: Germany.

World ranking: 18.

Worldwide wins: 15.

Majors: US Open (2014), PGA Championship (2010).

US Open memory: Trying to steal the thunder from Germany in the World Cup by winning the U.S. Open last year at Pinehurst No. 2. It was the first U.S. Open title for a German, and it was old news by the time his countrymen returned home from Brazil with the World Cup trophy.

Backspin: Kaymer became a complete player by taking some 18 months to develop a full arsenal of shots. Still to be determined is whether he can handle a ground game that will be required at Chambers Bay. As for his form? He has not contended since January.

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HIDEKI MATSUYAMA

Age: 23.

Country: Japan.

World ranking: 14.

Worldwide wins: 7.

Majors: None.

US Open memory: Matching the low score (67) of the final round at Merion in 2013 to tie for 10th in his U.S. Open debut.

Backspin: Of all the young stars in golf, Matsuyama doesn't get as much attention for the quality of his game, mainly because of his quiet personality and lack of English skills. He has the power and the passion. It might take a major for the world to truly pay attention.

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BUBBA WATSON

Age: 36.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 4.

Worldwide wins: 6.

Majors: Masters (2012, 2014).

US Open memory: Missing the cut both years he won the Masters.

Backspin: Given his imagination and the shape of any shot he wants to play, Chambers Bay might be best suited for Watson. He also has played it previously at charity events. The wild card is his attitude. Watson struggles on courses that don't fit his eye at first glance, and he doesn't have a reputation for handling bad breaks, which are sure to occur at a U.S. Open like this one.

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JUSTIN ROSE

Age: 34.

Country: England.

World ranking: 6.

Worldwide wins: 14.

Majors: US Open (2013).

US Open memory: The 4-iron he hit to the 18th hole at Merion that clinched his U.S. Open title.

Backspin: He's not flashy, but he wins. Over the last five years, only Rory McIlroy (11) and Tiger Woods (8) have more than Rose's seven victories on the PGA Tour. After a slow start, he won in New Orleans and lost in a playoff at Memorial, so his form is in good shape heading into a summer of majors.

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SERGIO GARCIA

Age: 35.

Country: Spain.

World ranking: 9.

Worldwide wins: 22.

Majors: None.

US Open memory: Complaining that Tiger Woods got the good end of the draw in 2002 at Bethpage Black, and then being paired with Woods in the final round and getting verbally abused by the New York gallery as Woods won the U.S. Open.

Backspin: One of the best ball-strikers in golf, the U.S. Open would figure to suit Garcia well, and his performance at The Players Championship (playoff loss) would suggest his game is turning the corner. But he has no confidence in his putting, and Chambers Bay will be a course in which players will do well to accept bad breaks. That has never been a strong suit for the Spaniard.

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