The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to Pennsylvania this week for the U.S. Open. A field of 156 players will tackle Oakmont Country Club as many players look to follow in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Ernie Els and Angel Cabrera.
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Jordan Spieth won this event last year by one shot over Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen. Here are 10 players to watch in Pittsburgh:
1. Rory McIlroy: Five years have passed since McIlroy took Congressional by storm, but he appears poised for another major title. A win in Ireland was followed by a T-4 finish at the Memorial, and the Ulsterman hasn't finished worse than T-12 in more than three months.
2. Jason Day: The world No. 1 remains on a tear despite a middling weekend in Columbus earlier this month. Day has won seven times since late July and the Aussie has finished T-9 or better in four of his last five U.S. Open starts, including runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2013.
3. Dustin Johnson: Johnson chased a third-place showing in Ohio with a fifth-place result in Memphis, highlighted by a closing 63. After five top-10 finishes in his last seven starts overall, Johnson appears ideally poised to erase the heartbreak of last year's runner-up at Chambers Bay.
4. Jordan Spieth: The defending champ could struggle if his iron proximity is a little off, as has been the case several times this season, but his major pedigree deserves attention - five straight finishes of T-4 or better on the game's biggest stages.
5. Brooks Koepka: Koepka has finished second in each of his last two starts, including a playoff loss in Dallas. He finished T-4 at the U.S. Open two years ago, followed with a T-18 finish at Chambers Bay and has the length off the tee to keep pace at Oakmont.
6. Justin Rose: Rose won this event the last time it was played in the Keystone State, and his game fits virtually any U.S. Open venue. He also finished T-10 at Oakmont in 2007, and should he be fully recovered from a back injury that has kept him sidelined since the Players Championship, he could contend once again.
7. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar remains on a summertime tear, with four straight finishes of T-6 or better. He has finished T-12 in each of the last two U.S. Opens and is currently fifth on Tour in scoring average and ninth in total strokes gained this season.
8. Patrick Reed: Reed's nine top-10 finishes are the most on Tour this season, and he finished T-8 at Memorial in his most recent start. Reed's solid ball-striking will be an asset this week, as he ranks 12th in strokes gained tee-to-green and leads the Tour in the newly-created category of strokes gained around-the-green.
9. Adam Scott: It was only three months ago that Scott won back-to-back starts on a pair of difficult courses in Florida, and the Aussie has finished T-9 or better at the U.S. Open each of the last two years. Scott leads the Tour in both strokes gained tee-to-green and strokes gained approach.
10. Hideki Matsuyama: The Japanese phenom remains in the midst of his most successful season on Tour, having won in Phoenix among five top-10 finishes. While the putter remains a question, Matsuyama has conquered slick greens before (think Memorial) and is currently sixth on Tour in strokes gained tee-to-green.