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Sympatico: Tiger-less U.S. Open Picks

My take on the top picks in the U.S. Open went live on Sympatico this afternoon:

The U.S. Open is always a war of attrition. Golf’s toughest major tests the patience of the best in the world, putting them in the heat – both metaphorically and physically this week at Congressional in steamy Bethesda, Maryland – that comes with long rough and even longer golf holes.

For some, the battle was over before it began. Several of the usual suspects won’t be there – Mike Weir and Vijay Singh  both see lengthy major streaks come to an end this week – while Tiger Woods is staying home to nurse an injured knee and ankle, as well as his ego.

With Woods on the sidelines, the focus is on which golfer who can rise to the top of a crowded pack. Can the Europeans continue their dominance, with the top three spots in the World Golf Rankings currently held by those from across the ocean? Can Phil Mickelson finally win the one tournament that has broken his heart so often? Will a Canadian be around on the weekend?

Here are the key storylines this week:

 Continued here.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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