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U.S. Open Starts

By on 6.14.06 | 5:02PM

I know this will interest at least Lawrence Henry, and I hope others: The U.S. Open in golf starts tomorrow, and promises to be a humdinger. Phil goes for his third major in a row, Tiger returns for the first time since his father's death, Vijay finally has his game back (he won this past week), Davis Love III tries to win a second major at the same place (Winged Foot) where he won his only other major (the PGA in 1997, under the blessing of a rainbow), and young guns like Adam Scott and Trevor Immelman try to finally get on the majors map. One dark horse to watch: Jeff Maggert, the journeyman with a habit of barely qualifying for Ryder Cup teams and then playing well, who has seriously contended in several US Opens and two Masters. He won just the third tourney of his career just a few weeks back (he's been one of those guys who always finishes second), in convincing fashion, and in the aforementioned 1997 PGA at Winged Foot he finished third behind Love and Justin Leonard. He likes the Open, he likes the course, and he's playing well. The TV networks might hate it if he ruins their Tiger vs. Phil storyline, and he probably won't do so. But if he does, you heard it here first.

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