What to watch during Thursday’s first round of the U.S. Open.

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The favorites

Rory McIlroy

World’s top-ranked player, and unquestionably the one to beat.

Jordan Spieth

Masters champ seemingly in contention every week.

Tour Chambers Bay

Take a tour of the links-style course using our 3-D flyover, including videos featuring U.S. Open Championship Director Danny Sink.

Phil Mickelson

Can complete the career Grand Slam with a win.

Henrik Stenson

Isn’t getting much attention, but he is very good.

Dustin Johnson

His length off the tee is an advantage on this long layout.

Don’t forget about these guys

Ryan Moore

The Puyallup player is due for a breakthrough in a major.

Jim Furyk

The 45-year-old is ranked No. 3 in the world.

Justin Rose

The Brit won 2013 U.S. Open; Europeans have won 4 of last 5 U.S. Opens.

Martin Kaymer

Defending champion plays his best when stakes are highest.

Byeong-Hun An

Rising star in Europe was a semifinalist in 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay.

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Cole Hammer

The 15-year-old is third-youngest to play in U.S. Open.

Michael Putnam

He lives less than two miles from the course.

Cheng-Tsung Pan

Just-graduated Husky has UW coach Matt Thurmond as his caddie.

Retief Goosen/Lee Janzen

The two-time U.S. Open champs earned berths at qualifying.

Ian Poulter

His “complete farce” tweet started buzz about course; will he make cut?

Weather forecast

Thursday at Chambers Bay: Mostly cloudy, high of 72 degrees, with Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.