2008 U.S. Open: If I Were Handicapping the Field

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer IJune 1, 2008

Here are my favorites for the upcoming U.S. Open, in order of best to worst


Tiger Woods1:2

Yeah, you are still only getting 50 cents on the dollar here. Woods has had extreme success at Torrey Pines, which is the host for the 2008 U.S. Open. Even though many are picking Phil Mickelson as the favorite due to Woods' injury, I think it is pretty clear—any time Tiger is in the field, he is be the favorite.

Just as ESPN's Jason Sobel said, Tiger has won "29 percent of the tourneys he has entered," and that is just astounding.


Phil Mickelson3:1

Lefty looked really sharp at Colonial two weeks ago, but can he break through for the victory this year?

Everyone remembers his collapse at Winged Foot, allowing Geoff Ogilvy to win. Mickelson seems to have gotten more consistent since then, but he still had a near-debacle at the 72nd hole at the Colonial.

Mickelson is a San Diego native, and has won the Buick Invitational three times at Torrey Pines. Don't count Lefty out, but Woods is still the bigger favorite in my mind.


Justin Rose6:1

Put aside his poor performances all year, because his finishes in majors are as impressive as any. Well, except Woods'.

He joins Woods as one of only two players to place 12th or better in all four majors last year. Rose is extremely capable of putting four quality rounds together, and it is tough to deny the previous stat.

If this weekend was any indication of Rose's play (he finished second at the Memorial) Torrey Pines may have an English ring to it.


The Field8:1

There are still a lot of other talented players in this field. You should have heard of most of them: Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Adam Scott, and Sergio Garcia.

Don’t be surprised to see Scott finish the highest out of those four. I think all of these men have decent chances of winning, but I can’t see any of them being “favorites” like Tiger always is.


Kenny Perry10:1

This 47-year-old can still play with the best of 'em. He won Jack Nicklaus' tournament, The Memorial, this weekend. Perry mixes in a second and a third this season, and he would sure like to put up some nice numbers at Torrey Pines. Watch out world, this guy is on fire!


Jay Bruce100:1

The way he is swinging the bat, it's sure he could do somewhat well holding a club. That being said, I've yet to see a baseball player be good at golf (besides Roger Clemens).  If you have ever seen the Celebrity Golf Challenge, a kicker from the NFL usually wins.


Overall, this should be another great tournament, majors always are. Will Tiger recover from surgery to win yet another major? Or will Lefty strike gold and capture the crown? It will be determined in just a matter of weeks.