Jon Rahm of Spain plays a shot on the first hole during a practice round prior to the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 13, 2017 in Hartford, Wisconsin. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP
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AFP Sports takes a look at the top contenders for the 2017 U.S. Open that starts at Erin Hills Thursday:A freak back injury on the eve of the opening round in Augusta derailed his serene progress. Nevertheless his big-hitting should ensure he is in contention on Erin Hills demanding par-72 layout, set to be the longest major championship course in history.McIlroy however is looking forward to returning to the Open, which was the scene of his maiden major championship triumph in 2011 .Spieth became the youngest U.S. Open winner in 92 years at Chambers Bay in 2015, just two months after claiming the Masters.He signaled his talent at the U.S. Open at Oakmont last year when he tied for 23rd place while still an amateur. His 2017 season began with a superb victory at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, when he rolled in a 60-foot eagle putt on the last hole to claim his first PGA Tour win.
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