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Fantasy Aces: U.S. Open

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This week’s event: U.S. Open
Course: Torrey Pines, South Course (7,643 yards, par 71), San Diego.
Purse: TBA ($7 million in 2007). Winner's share: TBA ($1.26 million in ’07).

Last year: Angel Cabrera beat Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk by a stroke at Oakmont, closing with a 1-under 69 to give Argentina its first major in 40 years. Cabrera had two of just eight sub-par rounds and finished at 5-over 285. The only other Argentine to win a major was Roberto de Vicenzo in the 1967 British Open at Hoylake.

• See below for Golfweek’s U.S. Open rankings.
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Rex Hoggard

Hoggard’s best bet: Tiger Woods.

Lame pick, fine, but hardly the lock we thought he’d be when he lapped the field buy a few furlongs earlier this year at the Buick Invitational. Truth is, while he’s no stranger to the rebound victory after a prolonged layoff early reports indicate the recovery from knee surgery may not have been as stress-free as originally thought. And if there’s a blind spot in Woods’ Grand Slam resume it’s the Open, where he is 2-for-11 as a professional.

But of all the reasons to think this may not be the world No. 1’s week, there is one axiom that leads us back to the man. You never, ever, bet against Tiger Woods in SoCal.

Ace up Hoggard’s sleeve: Geoff Ogilvy.

Stop me if you’ve heard this, but we’re going with Ogilvy.

The Aussie has an Open game and according to his swing coach Dale Lynch he’s driving the ball better than he has his entire life, always an asset at the national championship.

Ogilvy also has become something of a faux San Diego native, moving his family from Scottsdale for the summer to try and beat the heat, and won’t have to deal with the Tiger-Phil circus that promises to define the first two rounds at Torrey Pines.

Eric Soderstrom

Soderstrom’s best bet: Phil Mickelson.

This should be the easiest skip-over-Tiger pick of the year in your fantasy golf league. Not sure how you see it, but I don’t believe Woods when he answers those 20-word questions about his left knee so abruptly with the words “I’m fine.” For some of the older members of the media who were sitting in the back of Woods’ pre-tournament press conference yesterday, that actually may have even sounded like “I’m lying.”

Not that Woods is a liar, considering he’s actually playing this week without an XBox controller in his hands. He’s just playing Mr. Positive, as usual.

And I don’t entirely believe him.

Free country, right?

This is Phil’s week, and he knows it. You should, too. He’s been busting his butt to make sure he wins in front of his fellow San Diegans, and somewhere in the back of his head knows this week, a storybook week, would forever erase all that talk of unfortunately-placed hospitality tents.

Plus, he’s playing pretty well. Woods, on the other hand, hasn’t walked 18 holes since the Masters.

I’ve been burnt before betting against Woods, so I know what I’m getting myself into here. This just happens to be one of those rare weeks when he’s showing signs of weakness.

Go with the healthy left knee.

Ace up Soderstrom’s sleeve: Padraig Harrington.

I picked Paddy in this spot at the Masters and he tied for fifth, which was a strong fantasy play in my book. If you don’t believe my Fantasy Phil argument, go with the Irishman again this week. I’ve said this before: There’s just something about the way this guy is carrying himself after winning the British Open last summer that only makes me think he’s going to win a couple more very soon. (Trust me, I’m Irish.) He hasn’t played Torrey before this week, but the U.S. Open setup should wipe the slate pretty clean for everybody. Harrington also finished tied for fourth last weekend at the mini-major-like St. Jude, closing out the weekend with rounds of 66-68. Good enough vibes for me.

(I also like Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jiminez here, and won’t be surprised to see a European break the Open drought.)

Lance Ringler

Ringler’s best bet: Pick ‘em.

You have to circle Tiger Woods, right? If not Woods, then Phil Mickelson for sure. But, this week it’s going to be … one of those two. Seriously, how do you pick against either Woods or Mickelson at Torrey Pines? You can’t, no way, end of discussion.

Flip a coin.

Ace up Ringler’s sleeve: Lee Westwood.

If you are looking for a a sleeper, look no further than Westwood, who has eight top 20s in 12 worldwide starts this year. Westwood is No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and has had a consistently good record at this major, finishing in the top 40 six times in eight starts.

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Posted field in order of Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking (which is based on performance over the last 52 weeks):

1. Tiger Woods
3. Phil Mickelson
4. Lee Westwood
7. Vijay Singh
8. Ben Crane
9. Sergio Garcia
10. Jim Furyk
11. Adam Scott
12. Stephen Ames
13. Stewart Cink
14. Justin Leonard
15. Steve Stricker
16. Justin Rose
17. Bart Bryant
18. Camilo Villegas
19. Boo Weekley
21. Padraig Harrington
22. K.J. Choi
23. Carl Pettersson
24. Geoff Ogilvy
25. Aaron Baddeley
26. Mike Weir
27. Hunter Mahan
28. Luke Donald
29. Heath Slocum
30. Pat Perez
31. Mathew Goggin
32. Ian Poulter
33. Ernie Els
34. Anthony Kim
35. Robert Karlsson
36. Brandt Snedeker
37. Rory Sabbatini
38. Stuart Appleby
39. John Mallinger
40. Sean O'Hair
41. Woody Austin
42. Nick Dougherty
43. Robert Allenby
44. David Toms
45. Zach Johnson
47. Nick Watney
49. Niclas Fasth
50. Fredrik Jacobson
56. Miguel Angel Jimenez
57. Henrik Stenson
58. Paul Casey
60. Dean Wilson
63. J.B. Holmes
64. Rod Pampling
65. Tim Clark
66. Steve Marino
67. Soren Hansen
68. Retief Goosen
69. Jesper Parnevik
72. Scott Verplank
74. Jason Bohn
75. Jeff Quinney
78. Jonathan Byrd
81. Steve Flesch
83. Angel Cabrera
86. Chad Campbell
88. Jerry Kelly
91. Shingo Katayama
96. D.J. Trahan
98. Ben Curtis
99. Richard Sterne
101. Ryuji Imada
105. Oliver Wilson
106. Trevor Immelman
108. Matt Kuchar
109. John Rollins
111. Casey Wittenberg
113. Michael Allen
114. Charles Howell
117. Joe Ogilvie
119. Daniel Chopra
120. Mark Calcavecchia
124. Jason Gore
125. Jon Mills
127. Martin Kaymer
128. Rich Beem
129. Andres Romero
131. John Merrick
133. Brett Quigley
143. Rocco Mediate
147. Davis Love III
151. Patrick Sheehan
153. Johan Edfors
154. Toru Taniguchi
157. Thomas Levet
158. Ross Fisher
159. Bubba Watson
161. Brett Wetterich
175. Colin Montgomerie
189. Robert Garrigus
190. Michael Letzig
201. Craig Barlow
213. Phillip Archer
221. Jarrod Lyle
233. Alastair Forsyth
238. Todd Hamilton
243. Dustin Johnson
252. Kevin Streelman
255. John Ellis
273. Peter Tomasulo
296. Scott Sterling
320. Chris Stroud
329. Eric Axley
333. D.A. Points
355. Ross McGowan
358. D.J. Brigman
374. Lee Janzen
414. Robert Dinwiddie
474. David Hearn
476. Jonathan Turcott
491. Justin Hicks
512. Craig Parry
520. Hunter Haas
579. Michael Campbell
628. Chris Kirk
638. Ian Leggatt
679. Artemio Murakami
934. Yohann Benson

Not Ranked
N/R. Joey Lamielle
N/R. Chris Devlin
N/R. Mike Gilmore
N/R. Jeffrey Bors
N/R. Brandt Jobe
N/R. Kevin Silva
N/R. Bob Gaus
N/R. Sean English
N/R. Scott Piercy
N/R. Charlie Beljan
N/R. Bobby Collins
N/R. Philippe Gasnier
N/R. Brian Kortan
N/R. Travis Bertoni
N/R. Brad Bryant
N/R. Fernando Figueroa
N/R. Brian Bergstol
N/R. Rob Rashell
N/R. Jay Choi
N/R. Garrett Chaussard
N/R. Mark O'Meara
N/R. Andrew Dresser
N/R. a-Kyle Stanley
N/R. a-Kevin Tway
N/R. a-Jeff Wilson
N/R. a-Rickie Fowler
N/R. a-Derek Fathauer
N/R. a-Michael Thompson
N/R. a-Nick Taylor
N/R. a-Jordan Cox
N/R. a-Michael Quagliano
N/R. a-Jimmy Henderson

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