Musings and Mulligans

Roy Lang III is The Times Assistant Sports Editor. He played golf at Centenary College. He has covered six major golf championships and also covered last year’s Ryder Cup. As an added bonus, both Hal Sutton and David Toms are on his speed-dial.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Lang's Locks

Here are the players to watch at this week's U.S. Open

David Toms (9-1): No one, and I mean no one, is hitting the ball better than David Toms right now. Played with him today and he was 7-under through 13 holes. He is running on all cylinders.

Tiger Woods (11-1): Sorry, but he will miss too many fairways this week. The rough is up and the ball goes right to the bottom of it. He's simply not hitting it straight enough. Look elsewhere for a winner.

Phil Mickelson (12-1): Everyone is picking Phil, but like Tiger, I'm not sure he can hit enough fairways to win. He will get it up-and-down with the best of them though.

Vijay Singh (13-1): Has made 10 straight cuts at the Open, two less than Phil. His putter might be the only reason he doesnt win this week.

Todd Hamilton (20-1): Plays tough courses extremely well. Defending British Open champ could surprise again.