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Long shots and No Shots
June 19, 2000
The U.S. open has had a long tradition of dark horse contenders. The last time the championship was played at Pebble Beach, in 1992, Gil Morgan came out of nowhere to dominate play for three days. Here are 10 players who, like Morgan, haven't won a major but could make a run at one this week, and 10 others who will be teeing it up at Pebble Beach but don't stand a chance.
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June 19, 2000

Long Shots And No Shots

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9. Miguel Angel Jimenez
There's nothing artful about the Mechanic's game, but the Spaniard can plod with the best of them.

10. Duffy Waldorf
He has finished as high as a tie for ninth in the Open, and he won the California State Amateur at Pebble in 1984. Waldorf's a strong tee-to-green player who showed at Westchester that he's on his game.


1. Ted Tryba
His game is O.K. for Tour events, but Tryba's low ball flight and crooked driving kill him in the Open. Not a frequent hitter of greens in regulation (58.3 percent, 177th on Tour), Tryba will hit even fewer at Pebble.

2. John Huston
He's outwardly placid, but Huston is a fast player who doesn't have the patience to handle the Open. Missed cut five of nine times.

3. Dennis
Paulson A high-strung power player making his first Open start, Paulson has a low-frustration threshold that produces blowups.

4. Steve Pate
Volcano's self-destructive lava will rise after a few sprayed drives into the cabbage. A contender in '88, his best finish since is 19th.

5. Shigeki Maruyama
His 58-74 in sectional qualifying says a lot. Maruyama is a talented but erratic player who needs room off the tee.

6. Bob Estes
A straight driver with an excellent short game, Estes hits a low ball that doesn't spin, which will often leave him in the greenside rough at Pebble. In five Open starts his best finish is 30th.

7 Fred Funk
Because he's such an accurate driver, you might think he would be in his element. However, like Calvin Peete before him, Funk's B game isn't good enough in the ultimate exam.

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