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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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8. Notah Begay
Begay's big game comes with big fluctuations. He could shoot 64 one day and 78 the next, and his switch-hitting putting style is suspect, ranking 166th on Tour.

9. Kirk Triplett
His fragile psyche—he tends to fold his tent when the going gets tough—is not made for Open-style torture tracks.

10. Brad Faxon
He misses so many fairways and greens in narrow Open conditions that even one of the best alltime putting strokes can't save him.

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