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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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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.

Dark horses

1. Stewart Cink
At 6'4", 205 pounds, he has the strength to deal with the rough yet plays within himself. Cink is even-tempered, which is ideal for the Open. In four starts his worst finish is 32nd.

2. Darren Clarke
He has a solid swing and can get in a wonderful groove, as he did while trouncing Tiger Woods in February's World Match Play final. Clarke tied for 10th last year at Pinehurst.

3. Mike Weir
A tough battler with a well-rounded, accuracy-oriented game, he had progressively higher finishes in last year's majors.

4. Michael Campbell
The Kiwi's broad base and controlled swing are a good match for any tournament played at a seaside course, and after years of struggle, his confidence is high.

5. Carlos Franco
Some say his free-swinging style is a little loose for the Open, but he's a resourceful player whose A game is as good as anyone's.

6. Loren Roberts
Unspectacular tee to green, the Boss of the Moss still turns lemons into lemonade with the putter. He's always dangerous when par is a good number. Tied for second in '94.

7. Jean Van de Velde
He's another great putter, and his attitude is even better. Forget about the British Open at Carnoustie—Van de Velde has.

8. Chris Perry
The money shot on any tough course is the soft fade, and he can hit that all day.

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