Golf / Sports

Five to watch in U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson: The ultimate U.S. Open bridesmaid longs to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods in the Career Grand Slam club. That's no insider information.

Bubba Watson: The Masters champ attributed his improved short game to his wife and son -- "rejoicing in all the blessings I have." The rest of us blame our putrid short games on family responsibilities.

Kevin Streelman: When he played at Duke, he and teammates would hustle to Pinehurst to cram in holes before dark. So he knows the track, and he's a straight hitter.

Matt Kuchar: The consistent performer and jovial Southerner is not the least bit offended by the Best Player Never to Win a Major tag. "You sure want to be part of that conversation," he said.

Jim Furyk: Guess who rates as the PGA Tour's No. 1 scrambler this season? The newest Mr. 59. Furyk's only flaw: His Groundhog Day putting routine could lead to a suspension of play due to darkness.

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