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Tee talk: McDowell appears to have gotten over his hangover from a dream year in 2010. He has never missed the cut in a U.S. Open and has been inside the top 20 the last three times, so he has something figured out. He can be a clutch putter, but above all, he knows how to grind and post a score. Might consider moving to Northern California if he can win another U.S. Open in these parts.


Age: 27.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 20.

Official wins: 5.

Majors: None.

U.S. Open highlight: Taking a three-shot lead into the final round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

U.S. Open lowlight: Losing his three-shot lead after two holes of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Tee talk: No majors for Johnson, but quickly showing himself to be a major player. Has challenged on the back nine in three of the last eight majors. Played Olympic in the U.S. Amateur, so has at least some experience. He missed more than two months to fully recover from a back injury, and got right back into it at Memorial. The rap is his work ethic, and even though he’s still young, these next few years could be pivotal.


Age: 31.

Country: Australia.

World ranking: 17.

Official wins: 18.

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