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Player capsules for the US Open

Saturday - 6/9/2012, 12:03am  ET

By DOUG FERGUSON
AP Golf Writer

(AP) - A capsule look at 20 notable players in the U.S. Open, to be played June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco:

JIM FURYK

Age: 42.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 36

Official wins: 16.

Majors: U.S. Open (2003).

U.S. Open highlight: Winning at Olympia Fields for his first major.

U.S. Open lowlight: Making bogey on his last two holes at Olympic to lose a shot at the U.S. Open scoring record.

Tee talk: Hasn't won since capturing the FedEx Cup in 2010, though he came close in Tampa and he has been in the top 15 at six of his last eight tournaments. He fits the profile of a winner at Olympic Club _ a good driver, patient. Now it's a matter of chipping and putting.

TIGER WOODS

Age: 36.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 4.

Official wins: 85.

Majors: Masters (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005), U.S. Open (2000, 2002, 2008), British Open (2000, 2005, 2006), PGA Championship (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007).

U.S. Open highlight: Pebble Beach in 2000.

U.S. Open lowlight: Failing to make even a remote charge at Pebble Beach in 2010 when Dustin Johnson came back to the field.

Tee talk: The bookies installed him as the favorite right after he won the Memorial, just like they did at the Masters after he won at Bay Hill. The way he hit the ball at Memorial, he should be the favorite. This would give him three U.S. Open titles on different California courses. But if Furyk fits the profile of an Olympic champion, Woods fits as a runner-up, a list that includes Hogan, Palmer and Watson.

LUKE DONALD

Age: 34.

Country: England.

World ranking: 1.

Official wins: 11.

Majors: None.

U.S. Open highlight: Opening with a 78 at Winged Foot in 2006 and bouncing back to tie for 12th.

U.S. Open lowlight: In his first major at No. 1 in the world, ended a streak of 10 straight top 10s with a tie for 45th at Congressional.

Tee talk: The more people say his is reign at No. 1 is coming to an end, he returns to the top. He won at Tampa in a playoff. He won at Wentworth in a rout. Finally getting the respect as No. 1 for the better part of a year. Could be argued, though, that he needs a major more than any other player at Olympic.

ZACH JOHNSON

Age: 36.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 16.

Official wins: 8.

Majors: Masters (2007).

U.S. Open highlight: Shot par in his U.S. Open debut at Shinnecock Hills.

U.S. Open lowlight: Closed with an 80 in his U.S. Open debut at Shinnecock Hills.

Tee talk: When looking at the last two U.S. Open winners at Olympic, Johnson fits the bill. He's a very good driver, though not terribly long, has control of his irons and putts very well. Tiger Woods once claimed Johnson was among the best putters. Johnson's response that he's only seen on TV when he's in contention, and he's only in contention when he's putting well. A winner at Colonial, this could be an Open when he finally shows himself.

FRANCESCO MOLINARI

Age: 29.

Country: Italy.

World ranking: 33.

Official wins: 2.

Majors: None.

U.S. Open highlight: Tied for 27th in his debut at Bethpage Black.

U.S. Open lowlight: Hasn't seen the weekend at a U.S. Open since Bethpage Black.

Tee talk: The Italian is one of the most understated players on the world stage. He's very straight off the tee, though not terribly long. His putter is not always the strongest club in the bag, though he showed his potential in Shanghai two years ago with a fabulous duel with Lee Westwood to win the HSBC Champions.

LEE WESTWOOD

Age: 39.

Country: England.

World ranking: 3.

Official wins: 34.

Majors: None.

U.S. Open highlight: Missing a playoff by only one shot at Torrey Pines.

U.S. Open lowlight: Faced with a 15-foot birdie putt to get into a playoff at Torrey Pines, he left it short.

Tee talk: Westwood is in a much better frame of mind this year. He is playing much better, has worked hard on his chipping (a key for the U.S. Open) and has reasonably good memories of Olympic from 1998, when he tied for seventh. At 39, his window to win a major is closing at medium speed.

RORY MCILROY

Age: 23.

Country: Northern Ireland.

World ranking: 2.

Official wins: 5.

Majors: U.S. Open (2011).

U.S. Open highlight: Winning at Congressional with a record score of 16-under 268.

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