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Country: United States.

World ranking: 11.

Official wins: 11.

Majors: None.

U.S. Open highlight: Tied for the lead at Oakmont in 2007 with nine holes to play.

U.S. Open lowlight: Shot 42 on the back nine Sunday at Oakmont.

Tee talk: He won the season-opener at Kapalua, but has been relatively quiet since then. And horror of horrors, his putter has been a burden of late. He should be able to give himself a chance if he keeps it in play off the tee. Stricker played with winner Lee Janzen the last time the U.S. Open was held at Olympic.


Age: 49.

Country: Fiji.

World ranking: 82.

Official wins: 52.

Majors: Masters (2000), PGA Championship (1998, 2004).

U.S. Open highlight: Shooting a 63 in the second round at Olympia Fields in 2003.

U.S. Open lowlight: Not showing up for 36-hole qualifier last year, missing a major championship for the first time in 17 years.

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