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Majors: None.

U.S. Open highlight: Getting to play with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson when the USGA went to the 1-2-3 grouping from world ranking.

U.S. Open lowlight: Has missed more cuts than he has made.

Tee talk: Asked if had Olympic memories, Scott said, “I nearly qualified for the 100 meters once.” He was joking, but he does have to pick up the pace. His only top 10 this year came at the Masters, where he never seriously contended. A light schedule at the start of the year, this figures to be a busy summer. In 44 majors, he has finished in the top 10 only seven times.

PHIL MICKELSON

Age: 41 (turns 42 on Saturday of U.S. Open).

Country: United States.

World ranking: 12.

Official wins: 42.

Majors: Masters (2004, 2006, 2010), PGA Championship (2005).

U.S. Open highlight: Giving himself a chance to win on the back nine Sunday at eight U.S. Opens.

U.S. Open lowlight: Setting a record with five runner-up finishes.

Tee talk: Mickelson is as unpredictable as ever with his results. He looked great at Pebble Beach when he buried Tiger Woods, and he nearly overcame two triple bogeys to win the Masters. The other weeks, one part of his game has left him. Driving will be key for him at Olympic, but more significant is how he handles some of those 5- to 8-foot putts that have cost him over the years.

STEVE STRICKER

Age: 45.

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