may benefit from the shorter layout at this year's Open at Pebble Beach. The course is playing about 500 yards shorter than Bethpage Black last year. This way, Woods will not have to use his erratic driver as much as usual.
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Woods's extraordinary putting at the 2000 U.S. Open helped him to a record 15-shot win. Putting will be even more important this year with the greens playing harder and faster than ever.
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While many golf analysts think Woods will have trouble contending this week, Sin City still believes in Tiger. Woods leads the field with 4-1 odds to win.
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, 2007 Masters Champion, has five top-10 finishes this year, including a win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
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has three career major championship victories, but he has never won an Open on this side of the Atlantic. His best finish is 5th.
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has been criticized for his work ethic in his career, but the No. 6 golfer in the world has four top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this year, as well as a victory on the European Tour.
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proved last year's near-win at the British Open was not a fluke by playing well at this year's Masters. He looks to shock the world again this week at the site of his only U.S. Open win.
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(right) finished T9 at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Kenny Perry still holds the title as one of the best players without a major championship victory.
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