US Open Golf

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Adam Scott broke his majors duck at the Masters this year. Picture: Getty Images/europeantour.com
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Adam Scott  finally snapped his drought at the majors by taking out the US Masters at Augusta National in April and will spearhead the Aussie assault at the US Open starting on Thursday night (AEST). The 32 year-old Queenslander has contested just two events since collecting the green jacket, finishing in a tie for 19th at the Players Championship last month before a tie for 13th at the Memorial Tournament a fortnight ago. Scott hasn’t fared particularly well at this event in the past with two missed cuts preceding his 15th last year. Nine Australian’s will tee off at the Merion Golf Club hoping to emulate countryman David Graham, who lifted the trophy the last time the tournament was staged here in 1981.

Three-time champion Tiger Woods  will be tough to beat having already won four times on the PGA Tour this season, but the form man is 2010 winner Graeme McDowell . The Northern Irishman, who was also second twelve months ago, has won two of his four most recent starts including the World Matchplay Championship. His compatriot Rory McIlroy  won this event at the Congressional Country Club in 2011 and must be considered despite his indifferent form to date this season.

Last year’s champion Webb Simpson  is one of ten former winners teeing off at the event and he has been one of the most consistent players on Tour in 2013, with eight top 20  finishes to his name already this season.

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