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      Sleepers: U.S. Open

    • Ryan Palmer has been trending nicely in the 2013-14 season and is one to watch at Pinehurst. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)Ryan Palmer has been trending nicely in the 2013-14 season and is one to watch at Pinehurst. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

    Brendon Todd ... Poised for his major debut and probably as prepared as anyone ever could be. Since his breakthrough victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, he's tied for fifth at Colonial, shared eighth at the Memorial and rested. Five top 10s on the season and just three missed cuts. Ranks 11th in adjusted scoring, T17 in the all-around and eighth in scrambling.

    Ryan Palmer ... He's already matched a career high with five top 10s of which two were runner-up finishes. Tied for fifth at Colonial three weeks ago. Under par in 62.5 percent of his rounds this season (35 of 56). Of all golfers that have played at most 15 times, he's totaled the most sub-par scores. Currently 21st in greens in regulation, T22 in proximity to the hole, 15th in adjusted scoring and T4 in par-4 scoring.

    Brooks Koepka ... Continues to do a little more than enough to keep pace in collecting non-member FedExCup points to finish inside the top 125 among members. He'd rank 107th. Shared 19th place at TPC Southwind where he ranked fifth in distance off the tee. Obviously motors it, but also flights it high, a skill set that should pay dividends at Pinehurst. Ranks sixth in proximity to the hole and 30th in adjusted scoring.

    Brendon de Jonge ... The Charlotte resident recently made news at Quail Hollow where he recovered from an opening 80 with a second-round 62 and tied for sixth place. He's 4-for-4 since with his usual bevy of red numbers. Making his second appearance in the U.S. Open (2013, T33) and hasn't missed a cut in six starts in majors. Ranked 33rd in accuracy off the tee.

    Cameron Wilson ... One of the last in the field. Currently fifth in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and fresh off winning the NCAA men's individual championship, joining for Stanford legends Sandy Tatum (1942) and Tiger Woods (1995) with that achievement. The lefty from Connecticut was first alternate from the sectional qualifier in New York. While his career as a Cardinal is over, Wilson is competing at Pinehurst as an amateur. At least one amateur has finished inside the top 25 in each of the last four U.S. Opens.

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