How the stars are shaping up for Chambers Bay

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RORY MCILROY. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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JORDAN SPIETH. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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BUBBA WATSON. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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HIDEKI MATSUYAMA. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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PHIL MICKELSON. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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TIGER WOODS. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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MARTIN KAYMER. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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RICKIE FOWLER. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

RORY MCILROY (Nir)

  • World No. 1. Major wins: 4

The tournament favourite says he has recharged his batteries after missing cuts in his last two outings in Europe.

JORDAN SPIETH (USA)

  • World No. 2. Major wins: 1

Missed the cut at the Players Championship but has two top-three finishes in his last three tournaments and a caddie with useful local knowledge.

BUBBA WATSON (USA)

  • World No. 4. Major wins: 2

He is one of the biggest hitters in the game, and the consensus is that a big hitter off the tee will win it this week. But he has not played since a tie for 42nd at the Players Championship.

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA (Jpn)

  • World No. 14. Major wins: 0

Asia's top player is up to a career-best 14th in the world rankings. Took fifth place in the Masters and tied for fifth in his defence of the Memorial title.

PHIL MICKELSON (USA)

  • World No. 17. Major wins: 5

The crowd favourite has been in poor form this year but a closing 65 to tie for third at the St Jude Classic last week augurs well for him.

TIGER WOODS (USA)

  • World No. 195. Major wins: 14

Endured a career-worst 85 in the third round of The Memorial and finished dead last. Has not played since then.

MARTIN KAYMER (Ger)

  • World No. 19. Major wins: 2

The wire-to-wire winner at Pinehurst last year has had a miserable run of late, with a rash of missed cuts and poor finishes.

RICKIE FOWLER (USA)

  • World No. 8. Major wins: 0

Won the Players Championship last month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2015, with the headline 'How the stars are shaping up for Chambers Bay'. Print Edition | Subscribe