Age: 27 Country: USA World Rank: 12th Appearances: 1 Cuts Made: 1 Rounds played: 4 2012 Finish: T68 Best Finish: T68(2012) Low Round: 73 (Two times - most recent R2 '12) Scoring Average: 74.50 Money Won: $17,633
Bradley has already tallied six top-10s in 15 tour starts this year. He'll be making his second start in a U.S. Open. Ranks 28th in strokes gained putting and fifth in total driving, which helped account for him ranking ninth in the all round category. The 2011 PGA Champion will have to improve his scrambling numbers, tied for 57th, if he is to contend on a tight Merion course.
Age: 35 Country: England World Rank: 6th Appearances: 9 Cuts Made: 6 Rounds played: 29 2012 Finish: Missed cut Best Finish: T12 (2006) Low Round: 69 (Three times - most recent R4 '11) Scoring Average: 73.38 Money Won: $270,537
Donald only has two top-10s this year and hasn't contended at the Open since Winged Foot in 2006, when he shared 12th. Has some good numbers being ranked seventh in strokes gained putting and 19th in scrambling, but is just 102nd in total driving. Merion seems like a course Donald should be able to do well on. He ranks second on tour in scoring on par-3s, but the par-3s at Merion are rather healthy, with three measuring over 225 yards.
Age: 43 Country: South Africa World Rank: 21st Appearances: 20 Cuts Made: 16 Rounds played: 72 2012 Finish: 9th Best Finish: 1st (1994, 1997) Low Round: 55 (R3 '94) Scoring Average: 72.11 Money Won: $2,658,199
The two-time U.S. Open champion has missed the cut in two of the last four Opens, but finished third and ninth in the other two. The reigning British Open champ has just one top-10 this year at the BMW PGA Championship. His overall stats this year aren't very good, but his career numbers at the Open could spur him into contention. He has nine top-10s in 20 career Open starts.
Age: 33 Country: Spain World Rank: 15th Appearances: 13 Cuts Made: 11 Rounds played: 48 2012 Finish: T38 Best Finish: T3 (2005) Low Round: 68 (Four times - most recent R2 '04) Scoring Average: 72.29 Money Won: $1,391,460
We'll start with the good news for Garcia. He leads the PGA Tour in approach shot percentage from inside 125 yards and is second on tour in strokes gainedputting, and he has finished in the top 25 in four of the last five Opens. Now the bad. His spat with Tiger at the Players could have the intimate crowds at Merion breathing down his neck like the New York crowds of years past. If the crowds get under his collar, it'll be tough for the Spaniard to contend, but if he handles them, his has plenty of game to contend.
Johnson is scuffling a little with a withdrawal and missed cut in his last two starts prior to Memphis. His length advantage will be negated by a short course at Merion, so he'll need to improve on his 125th ranking on approaches from inside 125 yards. Does rank 37th in strokes gained putting, and has a better short game than he is credited with. If he keeps it in play off the tee, he should be able to contend.
Age: 34 Country: USA World Rank: 4th Appearances: 10 Cuts Made: 5 Rounds played: 30 2012 Finish: T27 Best Finish: T6 (2010) Low Round: 68 (Two times - most recent R2 '11) Scoring Average: 73.27 Money Won: $450,700
One of the hotter players entering the Open, Kuchar took second at Colonial and won the Memorial. Also won the Accenture Match Play earlier this year and shared eighth at the Masters. Has made the cut in three straight Opens, but just five of 10 overall. Ranks 14th in strokes gained putting, but just 89th on approaches inside 125 yards. If he carries the momentum from his last two starts, he'll contend for his first major. Has to keep the hot flat stick working the way it has the last two events.
Won the European Tour's flagship event -- the BMW PGA Championship -- and followed up with a share of fourth at the Nordea Masters. As with several others in this group, has an outstanding short game, but his total driving and driving distance numbers leave something to be desired. Though length isn't a must have a Merion, it will be difficult to hold some of the sloped and undulated fairways. Has made the cut the last two years at the Open, but has finished plus-7 and plus-12. If he can get those scores around even-par, he will contend for his first major championship title.
Age: 33 Country: Northern Ireland World Rank: 8th Appearances: 7 Cuts Made: 7 Rounds played: 28 2012 Finish: T2 Best Finish: 1 (2010) Low Round: 68 (Two times - most recent R3 '12) Scoring Average: 72.39 Money Won: $2,352,083
The 2010 champion and last year's third-round leader hasn't shot higher than 74 in his last 18 U.S. Open rounds. In his last five events, he's won three times and missed two cuts, so it's difficult to read whether he carries any momentum into the championship. Eleventh in strokes gained putting will help, but needs to improve upon his rank of 150th in greens in regulation.
The 2011 champion has two missed cuts and a withdrawal this year, but he also has four top-10 finishes. Seems as though he's playing much worse than that. The up-and-down season mirrors his U.S. Open history in which he won in 2011, shared 10th in 2009 and missed the cut in 2010 and last year. Is 10th on the PGA Tour on approaches from inside 125 yards, but only 122nd in strokes gained putting. Has the distance and accuracy, but like many others, will need to catch fire with the putter.
Age: 42 Country: USA World Rank: 10th Appearances: 22 Cuts Made: 20 Rounds played: 84 2012 Finish: T65 Best Finish: 2nd (199, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009) Low Round: 66 (Two times - most recent R2 '10) Scoring Average: 72.20 Money Won: $3,516,112
The five-time U.S. Open runner-up has a chance to show off his magical short game this week at Merion. He won't have to hit too many drivers or frankenwoods, or whatever he's carrying in the bag. Ranks eighth in strokes gained putting, which will help of the fast, tricky greens at Merion. Has yet to play well in back-to-back events this year and missed the cut in his last start. Has shot par or better in two of his last eight Open rounds after doing so in five of his previous eight before that. His short game should keep him in play all week, but the last five holes are long and tricky, which could lead to a Winged Foot like finish for the big left-hander.
Poulter is a match play master, but that hasn't translated into major championship victories. He has missed the cut in three of his last four starts. Other than a share of 12th and tie for 18th at the Open, his next best finish is a share of 36th. Two stats in his favor this week are that he ranks ninth in scrambling and 24th in strokes gained putting. However, Poulter is 122nd in driving distance and 180th in total driving.
Age: 32 Country: England World Rank: 5th Appearances: 7 Cuts Made: 3 Rounds played: 20 2012 Finish: T21 Best Finish: T5 (2003) Low Round: 69 (Two times - most recent R1 '12) Scoring Average: 72.95 Money Won: $426,375
One of several Englishmen long overdue to breakthrough and win a major, Rose has made the cut in only three of his seven U.S. Open starts. Opened with a 69 last year, but slid down the leaderboard from there. Second on the PGA Tour on approaches inside 125 yards, but is just 156th in strokes gained putting. Has plenty of game from tee to green, but needs to putt well to contend. Rose has won once in each of the last three seasons and has two runner-up finishes this season. Again, needs a hot putter to contend.
Age: 28 Country: South Africa World Rank: 14th Appearances: 6 Cuts Made: 5 Rounds played: 22 2012 Finish: T38 Best Finish: T9 (2011) Low Round: 66 (R4 '11) Scoring Average: 72.86 Money Won: $411,359
The former Masters champion has made the cut in five of his six Open starts, but has a single top-10 finish to show for it. Has broken par in two of his last eight Open rounds, but they are his only sub-par rounds in 22 U.S. Open rounds. Began the season with first, second and third place finishes, and has two top-10s in his last three events. Shared 16th at Pebble in 2010, in a venue similar in distance to Merion.
The Masters champion has a so-so record at the U.S. Open, having played the weekend in five of his 11 appearances. His share of 15th last year at Olympic was his best Open finish. In 32 U.S. Open rounds, Scott has broken par just once, in the opening round at Bethpage in 2009. Is just 180th in total driving, but leads the PGA Tour in scoring average. Has done a lot of damage on par-5s this year, but there are just two at Merion, so he'll have to improve on his 162nd rank in birdie or better leaders on par-3s. In 32 rounds, has finished those rounds in the top 10 on the leaderboard three times.
Age: 27 Country: USA World Rank: 18th Appearances: 2 Cuts Made: 2 Rounds played: 8 2012 Finish: Won Best Finish: 1 (2012) Low Round: 66 (R3 '11) Scoring Average: 70.38 Money Won: $1,569,517
The reigning champion has a slight advantage on the field this week having played Merion at the 2005 U.S. Amateur, where he lost in the second round of match play to Anthony Kim. Simpson has played two U.S. Opens and hasn't shot higher than 75 through eight rounds. Ranks fourth on approaches inside 125 yards and 48th in strokes gained putting. Closing with a pair of 68s like he did last year would give Simpson a solid chance of becoming the first back-to-back champion since Curtis Strange in 1988-89.
Age: 32 Country: USA World Rank: 7th Appearances: 6 Cuts Made: 4 Rounds played: 20 2012 Finish: Did not play Best Finish: T8 (2010 Low Round: 68 (R3 '08) Scoring Average: 72.65 Money Won: $573,291
Another extraordinary putter who should contend this week. Ranks 18th in strokes gained putting and is 31st in approaches inside 125 yards. Two stats that will serve him well at Merion. Missed last year's Open with a rib injury and was as hot as anyone earlier in the year until being sidelined by another injury. Since returning from injury he has missed three cuts and has two top-10s. In his last six rounds at the U.S. Open, Snedeker has been in the top 15 on the leaderboard after each round. If he can keep it in play off the tee, he will surely contend,
Age: 46 Country: USA World Rank: 13th Appearances: 17 Cuts Made: 15 Rounds played: 64 2012 Finish: T15th Best Finish: 5th (1998, 1999) Low Round: 66 (Two times - R2 '09) Scoring Average: 72.42 Money Won: $1,089,672
Stricker's game is suited well for Merion. Solid wedge game and excellent putter. Lack of knowledge about the course could hurt, but you could say that for virtually the entire field. Has made the cut in seven consecutive U.S. Opens, but truly only contended at Winged Foot in '06. Plays well in Opens held in the Northeast, so maybe this is the week he finally grabs his first major championship title.
Watson's prodigious length might work against him for the first 13 holes atMerion, but the final five is where he can make his mark with his distance. In the first 13 holes, it is feasible that Watson will have wedge or less into seven of those holes and that could be nine depending on how he plays the two par-5s, Nos. 2 and 4. Plenty creative for Merion's curving, undulating holes and ranks 16th in approaches inside 125 yards. If he can score well the first 13 holes and use his length down the stretch, he could post a low score any day, but needs to keep the ball in play as their are hazards or out of bounds on 14 of the 18 holes.
Withdrew from the Memorial, but had five consecutive top-10s prior to that. Has four straight top-25s at the U.S. Open, including a pair of third-place finishes in that span. Ranks 49th in approaches from inside 125 yards, which isn't terrible, but is just 104th in strokes gained putting. Not a recipe for success at a U.S. Open.
Despite a virtual no-show performance at the Memorial, Woods is clearly the favorite heading into the season's second major. He only has a few practice rounds under his belt on the East Course at Merion. Still looking for his first major since his epic 2008 win over Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines. Woods will likely only hit a couple drivers at Merion, so if he keeps his stingers in play and has his wedges dialed in, he could run away with the title for afourth time.
World Rankings as of June 7th, 2013 Appearances are through the 2012 U.S. Open Photographs provided by Getty Images