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Leonard: Rory, Spieth lead deep U.S. Open
Top 2 golfers in world have combined to win past 3 majors
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World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and world No. 2 Jordan Spieth have combined to win the past three majors. McIlroy, a four-time major winner, prevailed in the 2014 British Open and PGA Championship, while Spieth won the Masters in April for his first major title. - photo by SCOTT HEPPELL

Professional golf is in a great place right now.

Its top two players — Rory McIroy and Jordan Spieth — have combined to win the past three majors and appear to be at the top of their games.

Both are in their 20s and seem primed to rack up numerous more major trophies in the years to come.

McIlroy has three victories around the world in 2015. Spieth has won twice, including his first major title at the Masters in a dominating performance in April.

But they’re far from the only players capable of seizing the moment as golf begins its stretch of three majors in three months today at the U.S. Open.

Former U.S. Open champions Justin Rose (2013) and Jim Furyk (2003) have victories this year.

Rickie Fowler — winner of The Players Championship in May and a top-five finisher at all four majors in 2014 — seems primed for a major breakthrough, too.

You never know when a former major winner might rise up with a dominant performance like Martin Kaymer a year ago in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Suffice it so say, this weekend at Chambers Bay should be fun to watch.

McIlroy and Spieth could conspire to launch their first head-to-head battle at a major and make us eagerly anticipate a rivalry that could extend for a couple of decades. Both of them have the capability to run away from the field, as well.

Phil Mickelson could finally make a distant memory of his six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open, the only leg left in a career Grand Slam for the five-time major winner.

A Jason Day or Henrik Stenson could secure a long-awaited triumph on one of golf’s biggest stages.

My guess is if the scores are high like they often are at a U.S. Open, it’s a complete toss-up. Don’t be shocked to see a surprise winner.

But if it ends up being an unusually low-scoring affair for a U.S. Open, McIlroy or Spieth could win in a rout.

Clark Leonard: cleonard@gainesvilletimes.com; 770-718-3405; twitter.com/SportTimesClark

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