Handicapping the U.S. Open

Jun 15 2010 - 8:00pm

Dallas Morning News golf writer Bill Nichols handicaps the field for this week's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Top 20 are listed in projected order of finish with U.S. Open starts, top-10s, last year's result and comment:

Player Starts Top-10s 2009 Comment

1. Heath Slocum 3 1 Cut Fits mold of recent Open champs

2. Jim Furyk15 5 T-33 Overdue for second major title

3. Dustin Johnson 2 0 T-40 Two straight wins at Pebble Beach

4. Ricky Barnes 5 1 T-2 Excels on tough layouts

5. Phil Mickelson 19 8 T-2 Knows how to win at Pebble Beach

6. Ernie Els 17 7 Cut Last Open at Pebble: T-2

7. Lee Westwood 10 3 T-23 Riding high after Memphis win

8. Matt Kuchar 7 0 Cut Adept at getting up and down

9. Tiger Woods 15 7 T-6 Returns to site of landmark win

10. Camilo Villegas 5 1 T-33 No Spiderman pose on cliff greens

11. Angel Cabrera 10 2 T-54 Overpowered Oakmont in 2007

12. Ian Poulter 6 0 T-18 Major player, excessive Twitterer

13. Rory McIlroy 1 1 T-10 Youngster well-versed in majors

14. Paul Casey 7 1 Cut Best finish T15 in last six majors

15. Hunter Mahan 4 1 T-6 Major record speaks for itself

16. Retief Goosen 12 2 T-16 First in total putting

17. Tim Clark 7 1 T-40 No longer best player without win

18. Bo Van Pelt 3 0 Cut Among best from tee to green

19. Y. E. Yang 1 0 DNP Last two majors: T8, Win

20. Ben Crane 4 0 Cut Four straight top-12s

IN THE HUNT

Robert Allenby

Stephen Ames

K. J. Choi

Stewart Cink

Ben Curtis

Rhys Davies

Brian Davis

Brendon de Jonge

Luke Donald

David Duval

Simon Dyson

Bob Estes

Ross Fisher

David Frost

Sergio Garcia

Brian Gay

Lucas Glover

Soren Hansen

Padraig Harrington

J. J. Henry

Miguel Angel Jimenez

Zach Johnson

Robert Karlsson

Jerry Kelly

Derek Lamely

Tom Lehman

Marc Leishman

Justin Leonard

Davis Love III

Steve Marino

Graeme McDowell

Rory McIlroy

Shaun Micheel

Edoardo Molinari

Francesco Molinari

Ryan Moore

Kevin Na

Geoff Ogilvy

Sean O'Hair

Louis Oosthuizen

Kenny Perry

Alvaro Quiros

John Rollins

Rory Sabbatini

Charl Schwartzel

Adam Scott

Michael Sim

Vijay Singh

Brandt Snedeker

Henrik Stenson

Steve Stricker

David Toms

Scott Verplank

Nick Watney

Tom Watson

Mike Weir

Watch out for

Stuart Appleby

Arjun Atwal

Aaron Baddeley

Rich Barcelo

Byeong-Hun An

Rafael Cabrera

Alex Cejka

Jason Dufner

Harrison Frazar

Fred Funk

Jason Gore

Paul Goydos

Mathias Gronberg

Peter Hanson

Gregory Havret

Yuta Ikeda

Mikko Ilonen

Trevor Immelman

Ryo Ishikawa

Thongchai Jaidee

Martin Kaymer

Simon Khan

Soren Kjeldsen

Jean-Francois Lucquin

John Mallinger

Pablo Martin

Ross McGowan

Rocco Mediate

Deane Pappas

John Senden

Chris Stroud

Toru Taniguchi

Charles Warren

Oliver Wilson

Gary Woodland

Kaname Yokoo

IN THE ROUGH

Eric Axley

Stephen Allan

Jason Allred

Craig Barlow

Matt Bettencourt

Bennett Blakeman

Gary Boyd

Joseph Bramlett

Michael Campbell

Erik Compton

Jon Curran

Rafa Echenique

Kent Eger

Hiroyuki Fujita

Bobby Gates

Travis Hampshire

Russell Henley

Jim Herman

Morgan Hoffmann

Kent Jones

Erick Justesen

Rikard Karlberg

Kenny Kim

Scott Langley

Hugo Leon

Alex Martin

Ben Martin

Gareth Maybin

Dan McCarthy

James Morrison

Blaine Peffley

Kevin Phelan

Terry Pilkadaris

Jason Preeo

Andrew Putnam

Matthew Richardson

Mark Silvers

Paul Sheehan

Yul Noh Seung

Jerry Smith

Daniel Summerhays

Hudson Swafford

Ty Tryon

Steve Wheatcroft

Azuma Yano

 

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