Aiming for Woods

June 15, 2000|By Don Markus

Tiger Woods might be the favorite to win the 100th U.S. Open, but here are five players with a good chance to beat him.

Phil Mickelson: When he turned pro for the 1992 Open, most figured that Mickelson would win his share of majors. When he turns 30 this week, he will still be looking for his first. But after finishing second to Payne Stewart last year and having won three times this year, Lefty seems ready.

Colin Montgomerie: Many figured he had won the Open the last time it was at Pebble Beach when he came off the course at even-par and the winds were kicking up to 50 mph. He finished third, and has come close a couple of other times, most recently at Congressional in 1997.

Jesper Parnevik: Like Montgomerie, Parnevik is trying to become the first European since Tony Jacklin 30 years ago to win the Open. Has been in the hunt at two British Open, but his two wins this year on the PGA Tour should help him this week.

Hal Sutton: With his career rejuvenated and his confidence soaring after winning three times in the last two years - two this year, including a win over Woods in the Players Championship - Sutton has the iron game and jaw to withstand any hit.

David Duval: He has gone 27 events since his last victory after winning 11 times in a stretch of 34 events. Nearly broke through at last week's Buick Classic, losing in a playoff. He has been in the top five six times this year and eventually will Open the door.

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