Tiger Woods has been written off by everyone on the eve of the 2015 US Open. So much so that the bookies have listed him as a 60/1 outsider.

But there is a case to be made in favour of Woods.  Here's five reasons why he can win the US Open.

1. Major Experience

Woods knows what is needed to win a US Open.  He has won three of them, three more on links and eight other Majors besides.  Nobody in the field comes even close to owning a record like that and in the pressure cooker of a grueling US Open, this could prove vital.

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2. Defensive Golf

It's no secret that Woods has been battling his driving this year.  But in doing this he has played more recovery irons than ever and showed huge imagination at times to make par from nowhere.  But the US Open is all  about defensive golf; an over par score could get the job done. The intense test of Chambers Bay may be the leveller that Woods will enjoy. A hard pan links with wide fairways needing imagination? Yes please.

3. The Masters

Woods was similarly written off for the 2015 US Masters having shot an 82 in Phoenix and withdrawn from the Farmers.  After three rounds at Augusta he was fifth on the leaderboard and well positioned to finish strongly.  It didn't happen then, but it could here on an unfamiliar course.

4. Practice

Woods was one the first high profile players to visit Chambers Bay with his team a few weeks back and spent eight hours doing recon on the layout. He still prepares better than anyone.
In practice this week there were no signs of any chipping frailties.  Take this one for example, skirting a bunker to get it close.  There's also huge scope to putt from off the greens here; a facet of Woods game that has improved in 2015.



Tiger Woods handles a tough chip very nicely!
Posted by GolfCentralDaily.com on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

5. No Pressure

There's no pressure and no expectation for Woods this week.  Yes he'll do media, but Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth will take the limelight allowing Woods to concentrate on practice. If he bombs out, nobody will raise an eyebrow, if he plays well it will be a pleasant surprise for his fans.  There's nothing to lose.


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