This article is part of our Majors Value Meter series.
1. Tiger Woods – Despite a poor recent showing at the Memorial, Woods is still the undisputed favorite having notched four wins already in 2013 and possesses the elite shotmaking necessary to excel at Merion.
2. Phil Mickelson – Of Lefty's 41 PGA Tour victories, none have come at the U.S. Open, but with five runner-up finishes at this storied major, he covets this championship as much as anyone. Coming off a gutsy runner-up last week at the Fedex St. Jude Classic.
3. Rory McIlroy – 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship champion by eight shots, the 24-year-old McIlroy can definitely compete at Merion if he can find the fairway. He's third in the all-around ranking and fourth in GIR percentage.
4. Matt Kuchar – With two signature wins and a plethora of top-10 finishes in 2013, Kuchar is arguably the hottest hand in golf going into Merion. The last four U.S. Open champs have made the win their first major, and Kuchar looks as primed as ever to do the same.
5. Graeme McDowell – McDowell has the steady temperment necessary for tough conditions, collecting a U.S. Open Championship in 2010 and a runner-up effort last year. He also won the RBC Heritage in April, so he's in solid form as well.
6. Adam Scott – The recent Masters champ now has the confidence of knowing he can pull off a major championship, and represents the only player who could amass a grand slam in 2013. Has not