SAN DIEGO -- You don't have to look it up. I'll save you the trouble.
In my annual pre-tournament ranking of the entire 156-man field prior to last year's U.S. Open, I had eventual champion Angel Cabrera at No. 76, giving 75 others false hope and perhaps (though probably not) providing a little inspiration to the big-hitting Argentinean.
Then again, I wasn't that far off, either. Next to his name, my analysis read: "Cabrera's a long bomber who has never missed the cut in seven Open starts; he also has never been worse than eighth in driving distance at this event."
Call me a slow learner (it wouldn't be the first time), but after trying to identify the plodders and grinders going into last year's festivities at Oakmont, I've finally come around to the realization that big hitters own a distinct advantage at this tournament.
Then again, those who can grind out par after par will also fare well at the Open.
And they'll need to be able to putt these ultra-quick greens.
Oh, and patience ... gotta have patience to win these things.
So, what's it all add up to? A predictably unpredictable tournament once again. Here's how I see it playing out:
If it's ever going to happen, this is the year. Mickelson has been scouting out Torrey Pines, where he played much of his junior golf, for months now and the four-time U.S. Open runner-up is more determined than ever to capture the elusive third leg of the career Grand Slam. "I've played well in U.S. Opens," he said. "Even take away the four second-place finishes, and there were a couple other opportunities as well. I think that as you adjust as a player, you just adjust to your environment and if you have short tight fairways or narrow fairways with thick rough, you just kind of adjust it and hit something different off the tee and try to get it into play." Phil Mickelson? Just trying to get it into play? We'll believe it when we see it ... but if we see it this week, it could mean an Open title for Lefty.
2. Tiger Woods
Yes, even with an eight-week hiatus entering the Open, he is still the prohibitive favorite. No, the surgically repaired left knee won't cause him too much trouble on the course. (And even if it does, we may never know, because Woods won't admit it.) Tough to ever pick against the 13-time major champion, but if you're ever going to do so, this is the time. Tiger hasn't been tournament tested since the Masters and hasn't won this tournament since 2002 -- his longest drought at any of the four majors. Playing a course on which he's captured the Buick Invitational six times will help, and you'd better believe Woods will contend. But if offered the age-old question of "Tiger versus the field" this week, take the field.
3. Geoff Ogilvy
Has any recent major champion received less credit for winning than Ogilvy, who prospered at the shaky hands of Mickelson & Co. two years ago at Winged Foot? The Aussie has become one of the poster children for a new kind of contender at the U.S. Open -- one who can hit the ball a long way and wedge out from there. "Length is important everywhere," he said. "It should be an advantage. It always has been." Here's a fun stat that shows the difficulty of the U.S. Open in recent years: Ogilvy has finished T-42, Win, T-28 the past three years, without ever breaking par for a single round.
4. Justin Rose
He's played extremely well in recent majors. Rose finished in the top 12 at all four last season and held the opening-round lead before falling to T-36 at this year's Masters. "I prepare hard for them," said the 2007 Order of Merit winner, "and it's nice to see that generally that preparation pays off." Now it's time for the soon-to-be-28-year-old to seriously contend once again, as he did last year at Augusta National before being undone by a late triple-bogey. If he gets into the situation again, expect a more composed, experienced Rose to stay in the moment.
5. Pat Perez
He attended Torrey Pines High School, grew up working at the course and estimates that he's played "more than 1,000 rounds" at this week's host venue. No one in the field has been looking forward to this event more than Perez, a seven-year PGA Tour veteran who has never won, but recently intimated that he'd forgo a victory at the prestigious Memorial if it could mean a spot in the U.S. Open. Now that he's here, don't expect the intensity to wane at all.
Is Sergio finally starting to realize his potential? Sure looks that way. He has the confidence of the recent Players Championship title under his belt and in his final tune-up prior to the Open, Garcia finished 1 stroke out of the playoff at the Stanford St. Jude Championship. Of course, as always, it will all come down to how he rolls the rock. If his recent work with short-game guru Stan Utley continues to pay off, expect Garcia to be in the mix come Sunday.
7. Ian Poulter
Earlier this year, the braggadocios Brit claimed, "I know I haven't played to my full potential and when that happens, it will be just me and Tiger." Asked for his Masters prediction, Poulter said, "Put Tiger down for that one." His U.S. Open pick? "You can put me down for that one." Poulter's prognosticating has already led to one close-but-no-cigar selection; here's saying he has another one this weekend.
8. Boo Weekley
Contending at a U.S. Open requires patience and a positive attitude. Weekley, who comes from the "see-ball, hit-ball" school of golf, may just be the perfect candidate to give it a run. "I think I got a little [momentum] going," he said after missing the playoff in Memphis by a stroke on Sunday. "I'm starting to get where I'm feeling a little more confident with what I'm trying to do with the ball and putting the ball decent. That helps out a hell of a whole lot." If he keeps it up, expect the Torrey Pines galleries to bellow "Boooooo!" well into the final round.
9. Stephen Ames
After a final-round even-par 72 at The Players Championship last month, Ames glibly declared, "I'll take that at San Diego right now. Do you think I have a chance?" While four rounds at level par would have been enough to win each of the past two U.S. Opens, it may be asking a bit much from Ames. Then again, he's a guy who can grind out pars and when he gets hot, he stays hot. Considering he's finished 13th or better in each of his past three starts, that can only signal good things for this week.
10. Luke Donald
The common knock on Donald's game at major championships? He doesn't hit the ball long enough to contend. Sure, the 30-year-old from England isn't a big bomber by any means, but his usual driving distance of 280 to 285 yards is good enough -- if he keeps it in the short stuff. That's been an issue for Donald this season; his accuracy rank (138th) is even worse than his place on the distance list (111th). Lower still is his rank in the greens in regulation category (162nd), leaving one remaining glimmer of hope: At least he can putt.
11. Stewart Cink
Enjoying about as fine a season as possible without finding the winner's circle, Cink owns six top-10s in 13 starts, including a T-3 at the Buick in January.
He owns four top-10s in 10 career Open starts, but the reigning British Open champion is still kicking himself for faltering late at Winged Foot.
13. Jim Furyk
If the USGA would move up tee boxes and play this thing at, say, 7,190 yards or so -- which just happens to be the exact yardage of Olympia Fields when Furyk won five years ago -- he may be looking at another victory. No elite player has been hurt more by the increased length of courses in recent years than Furyk, a ball-striker supreme who would have been the quintessential Open player had he been born 10 to 20 years earlier.
14. J.B. Holmes
For one of the very few times in his career, the drive-bombing Holmes may not be the long man in his threesome -- which also includes Big Bubba -- in the first two rounds at Torrey Pines
15. Brandt Snedeker
Every player who analyzes Snedeker's game says the same thing: He doesn't do any one thing that well, but knows how to get the ball in the hole. That was apparent at the Masters, where he played in the final pairing on Saturday and Sunday before a final-round 77 left him in a share of third place. Don't be surprised to see another valiant major run this week.
16. Carl Pettersson
Watch out for the Swedish Redneck. At the U.S. Open sectional qualifying in Columbus, Ohio -- which featured many top touring professionals -- Pettersson lapped the field, winning medalist honors for the 36-hole event by 3 strokes.
17. Justin Leonard
No one is brimming with more confidence this week than Leonard, fresh off a playoff victory at the Stanford St. Jude Championship on Sunday. "The best way for me to prepare is to play well," said Leonard, who now owns a dozen PGA Tour wins. "I knew coming in [to Memphis] the best way for me to prepare is to gain confidence by playing well and then do those little things in my practice session that I may need for next week. I would say in that department, I did a pretty good job." As if that wasn't enough, Leonard finished solo fifth here in January despite opening with a 76.
18. Ryuji Imada
Strong previous U.S. Open results (two top-15 finishes) plus strong Buick Invitational results (second place earlier this year) equals another strong performance for Imada, currently fifth on the PGA Tour Fed Ex Cup points list.
19. Robert Allenby
"I'm hitting the ball the best I've ever hit it," Allenby said after losing in a playoff at Memphis. "My short game is good. My putting is good. I'm hitting a lot of greens and hitting a lot of shots close." Well put.
20. Robert Karlsson
One of the least heralded members of the European Ryder Cup team, Karlsson has seen some strong results recently -- top-three finishes in each of his past four Euro Tour starts -- though putting under pressure has kept him from finding the winner's circle.
21. Vijay Singh
Between swing changes and injuries, it's a testament to Singh's talent that he's continued to fare so well this year. He's tied with Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson for the most U.S. Open top-10s (seven) of anyone in the field.
22. Trevor Immelman
On the heels of Tiger's preseason "easily within reason" comment concerning this year's Grand Slam, Immelman was asked if he could pull off the never-before-accomplished feat. "We can safely say that if I do it this year I will retire, OK?" he said. "There's no chance of that. I haven't not even for one second thought about that." Though his post-Masters hangover lasted almost two months, the South African is once again peaking at the right time, finishing birdie-birdie-birdie in Memphis to reach the playoff. The Slam may not be easily within reason, but it's within grasp for only one player.
23. Retief Goosen
Once thought to be one of the game's top fast-greens putters, as evidenced by his Open wins in 2001 and 2004, Goosen's game has dropped off recently; he's posted only one score in the 60s in his past 14 rounds.
24. Mike Weir
Five consecutive made cuts at the Open include a T-3, T-4 and T-6 for the diminutive lefty.
25. Aaron Baddeley
Paired with Tiger Woods in last year's final round, Badds opened with a triple-bogey en route to a 10-over 80 and a share of 13th place.
26. Angel Cabrera
Last year, Cabrera huffed and puffed his way to the U.S. Open title. This time? No puffing needed. Though San Diego's no-smoking policy will be waived for competitors, USGA officials said, Cabrera won't be among those lighting up. "I felt like I didn't want to smoke anymore, so I quit," he said recently. "I couldn't tell, really, if it has helped or anything for my golf game. I don't feel any difference."
27. Steve Stricker
Along with Paul Casey, Stricker is one of only two players to shoot a round under par in each of the past two U.S. Opens.
28. Paul Casey
Stop us if you've heard this one: Along with Steve Stricker, Casey is one of only two players to shoot a round under par in each of the past two U.S. Opens.
29. Tim Clark
The best PGA Tour member without a victory? It could very well be the Penguin, who had another chance in Memphis but parlayed a 54-hole lead into a T-18 result thanks to a final-round 76. For Clark, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. He's fared well in majors where the winning score is closer to par, though increased length could equate to further difficulties. "I always thought the U.S. Open would best suit my game," he said, "but over the years, the courses there have gotten really long."
30. Jerry Kelly
Though Kelly says he doesn't look at past results at certain events, a T-7 last year can only provide more hope for a strong finish.
31. Adam Scott
Gotta feel badly for the teeny-boppers who just want to catch a glimpse of the dreamy Aussie, but may get boxed out by the legions of Tiger and Phil fans outside the ropes. In the role of ultimate third wheel this week, Scott's U.S. Open record is downright poor for a player of such high caliber, and it may not get any better at Torrey, considering the broken pinky finger on his right hand. Seems like it's always something with him heading into majors; prior to the Masters, he was felled by a throat infection and high fever.
32. K.J. Choi
After a blazing hot start to the season (six top-10s in his first eight starts, including a victory at the Sony Open), Choi has cooled off as of late, failing to finish in the top 40 in each of his past four tournaments.
33. Bubba Watson
The No. 1 sign that the U.S. Open is no longer a tournament for those who keep it on the straight and narrow? Big-hitting Bubba finished T-5 a year ago.
34. Mathew Goggin
One day after almost winning the Memorial (he finished T-2), Goggin needed a furious run in sectionals to claim a spot in this week's field.
35. Anthony Kim
The soon-to-be 23-year-old will be a chic pick by many to contend this week, but U.S. Opens are won partially on experience. The Wachovia champ's got the game to nab a title at some point, but not for a few more years.
36. Andres Romero
The world's most exciting player? Mickelson is certainly up there, and Woods, too, but based on the eyeball test alone, Romero has to be included in the conversation.
37. Niclas Fasth
Most U.S. fans don't realize how pure this Euro Tour regular is, despite a T-4 finish at Oakmont last year.
38. Casey Wittenberg
As a 19-year-old amateur phenom, he finished T-36 at Shinnecock Hills in 2004. Now a full-time member of the Nationwide Tour, he's finally realizing that potential, with eight top-25 results in 13 starts so far this season. He's already well inside the number to qualify for PGA Tour playing privileges next season. "I've continued to progress and play better and better," he said. "Hopefully, if it continues at that rate, I'll have a good career."
39. Dean Wilson
The Flyin' Hawaiian was right in the thick of things at Memphis last week until a pair of double-bogeys on his final three holes.
40. Steve Marino
Long hitter can make birdies in bunches; then again, birdies don't come in bunches at the U.S. Open.
41. John Merrick
Sectional medalist will be grouped with Long Beach, Calif., buddy John Mallinger during the opening two rounds.
42. John Mallinger
Hey, if the USGA couldn't break these guys up, neither can I.
43. Scott Verplank
Coming off a T-7 last year at Oakmont, Verplank just posted his first top-10 (a T-8 in Memphis) since February.
44. Jason Gore
Three years after earning the moniker "Prince of Pinehurst" as he reached the final pairing at the 2005 U.S. Open before shooting 84 to finish T-49, Gore is back for the first time since -- but it wasn't easy. Recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease, a thyroid condition with various side effects that led to his withdrawal from the Players Championship due to an increased heartbeat and uncontrollably shaking hands, he is now on proper medication and feeling better. "I feel great, back to 100 percent," he told the San Francisco Chronicle after earning co-medalist honors at the Lake Merced sectional qualifier. "It's been a long three months."
45. Jeff Quinney
Former U.S. Amateur champ tends to play his best golf in difficult conditions.
46. Sean O'Hair
After pulling a chest muscle, O'Hair withdrew from the U.S. Open. Alternate Gary Wolstenholme will take his spot in the field.
47. Jonathan Byrd
Enjoying a decent season with five top-25 results in 16 starts so far.
48. Ben Crane
If patience is a virtue, playing partners for the tortoise-paced Crane (not to mention those in the group behind) will need to be the most virtuous guys in the field.
49. Rory Sabbatini
Poor U.S. Open record (two made cuts in six starts; no finish better than T-51) proves Sabbo is eminently "beatable" when it comes to this tourney.
50. Nick Dougherty
Last year's first-round leader after a 2-under 68, the Nick Faldo disciple held things together nicely to finish T-7.
51. Bart Bryant
Short, accurate, low-ball hitter must be hoping for the fairways to provide plenty of roll.
52. Zach Johnson
One year after capturing the Masters, he's turned into a cut machine (12 in 14 starts) but hardly a cash machine (95th on the money list).
53. Lee Westwood
His best Open finish came in 2000, when he was T-5. Then again, that was still 17 shots off eventual winner Tiger Woods.
54. Matt Kuchar
1997 U.S. Amateur champ is showing signs of life, with back-to-back top-10s at Colonial and Memorial.
55. Davis Love III
At the Masters, DL3 missed a major for the first time in the past 70 that had been played. This week he begins a new streak.
56. Stuart Appleby
Though he's played in every U.S. Open since 1997, a T-10 in '98 still stands as his only top-25 result.
57. Martin Kaymer
One of the game's greatest up-and-comers, Kaymer, 23, owns four top-10s on the Euro Tour this year, including a win at Abu Dhabi.
58. Hunter Mahan
One of the top young U.S. talents, Mahan hasn't shot a competitive round in the 60s since April.
The Mechanic keeps rolling along, now leading the Order of Merit based on his recent win at Wentworth.
60. Dustin Johnson
Another young face of the bomb-and-gouge crowd, Johnson began his rookie season on the PGA Tour with a bang but has seen his progress stalled as of late.
61. Ernie Els
Shortly after winning the Honda Classic at the beginning of March, Els switched from longtime instructor David Leadbetter to Butch Harmon. He has yet to see the results, however, with no PGA Tour scores of better than 71 in his last 16 rounds. "I wanted to try to work a little on the mental side of my game -- you know, getting into the right mind-set as I stand over the golf ball," said Els, who reported on his Web site that he worked with Harmon for a full day recently. "In many ways, it's all about seeing a shot, trusting it, and then committing to it 100 percent. I feel like we worked on some good stuff."
62. Nick Watney
Sure seems like there are a whole lot of long-hitting California natives playing this week, huh?
63. Jason Bohn
Has a propensity for going low, as evidenced by a 58 on the Canadian Tour once and a 62 in sectional qualifying to help pave his way into the field.
64. Rod Pampling
After getting Mickelson'd out of a playoff at Colonial, the straight-hitting Aussie said he's more confident than ever heading into this week.
65. Camilo Villegas
Can go low, but also has a tendency to make some big numbers, which never bodes well in an Open.
66. Fredrik Jacobson
Once thought to be one of the top players without a PGA Tour win, he's now treading water at 108th on the Fed Ex Cup points list and with no finish better than T-12.
67. Henrik Stenson
After eschewing PGA Tour membership this season, last year's Match Play champ has done everything but win on the Euro Tour, with two seconds, a third and four other top-10s so far.
68. Oliver Wilson
Odds say he'll finish in second place. Don't believe it? He already owns four runner-up results on the Euro Tour this season.
69. Steve Flesch
"Long rough kills an average length guy who misses fairways," said Flesch, who finished T-5 at the Masters. Bad news for him: The lefty ranks 151st in driving distance and 105th in accuracy.
70. Jesper Parnevik
After a few down years, the affable Swede's game has shown signs of life recently. Volcanic sand, anyone?
71. David Toms
Though he's shown flashes of solid play at times recently, Toms is still dealing with an ongoing back injury.
72. Thomas Levet
Former Ryder Cupper earned an emotional victory at Andalucía in March.
73. Chad Campbell
Once thought to be the next great U.S. Open player, Campbell has made the cut only three times in eight appearances, with no finish better than T-35.
No, he still hasn't claimed an elusive major championship title, but it's of little consolation that Monty is no longer among the candidates for the current role of Best Player to Have Never Won a Major. Though his game has faltered recently, it's a good thing the two-time runner-up has never lacked for a quick one-liner. "I'm in a win-win situation," he said. "I've got absolutely no confidence to lose."
75. Heath Slocum
Only previous Open appearance came in 2002, when he shot 83-82 at Bethpage.
76. Chris Kirk
Former University of Georgia star has all the tools to be a successful pro for a very long time.
77. Daniel Chopra
Tough to remain motivated for the entire season after earning a seven-figure paycheck and all the perks in the first week of the year.
78. Kevin Streelman
Undoubtedly feeling good vibes from this year's Buick Invitational, where he played himself into a grouping with Woods in Round 3 before shooting 75-77 to finish in a share of 29th place.
79. Peter Tomasulo
Though he grew up only 90 minutes from Torrey Pines and played his college golf at Cal, Tomasulo had never seen the course in person until this week.
80. John Ellis
Former All-American from Oregon is leading the Canadian Tour money list by nearly twice as much as the next-closest competitor.
81. John Rollins
After a rigorous offseason workout program in which he lost 25 to 30 pounds, Rollins has yet to see results on the course, with no finish better than T-11 in 15 starts so far.
82. Johan Edfors
If nothing else, the former Golf Punk of the Year will dress like a champion.
83. Woody Austin
Whew. Good thing there's no water anywhere near Torrey Pines. Oh, wait &
84. Michael Letzig
PGA Tour rookie has made a nice progression from Canadian Tour to Hooters Tour to Nationwide Tour and now the big leagues.
85. Brandt Jobe
Seems like a good time to mention that this week's contenders will need to have the patience of Jobe. Ha. Seriously though, Jobe could be a sleepy sleeper pick considering he owns two top-10s in his past four starts at the Buick, despite a missed cut back in January.
86. Ross Fisher
Known as "Fish" (it says so on the back of his hat), he hung with the big boys last year at Dubai.
87. Brett Quigley
Entered the season on a minor medical extension due to last year's knee surgery, but quickly earned back full playing privileges.
88. Rocco Mediate
When his recurring back injury isn't flaring up, Rocco can still hang with the best of 'em for a few days.
89. Ben Curtis
2003 British Open champ is playing the Open for the last time on his five-year exemption for that victory.
90. Richard Sterne
Won the prestigious Joburg Open in his native South Africa earlier this year.
91. Brett Wetterich
Limited due to a shoulder injury, he has no results of better than T-37 in 10 starts this season.
92. Soren Hansen
No need to play "Name that Hansen/Hanson" this week; Soren is here, Anders and Peter are not.
93. David Hearn
Nationwide Tour regular missed the cut in his only Open appearance three years ago, but said, "The experience that I gained at Pinehurst will help a lot."
Strong 2007 has given way to a mediocre '08 with only two top-10s so far.
95. Chris Stroud
Only player to reach the field through both local and sectional qualifying in each of the past two years.
96. Eric Axley
In six career U.S. Open rounds (three tourneys, three missed cuts), Axley is 31 over par.
97. Ross McGowan
Former English Amateur champ finished No. 1 on last year's Challenge Tour (Europe's version of the Nationwide circuit).
98. Joe Ogilvie
Talk about tempting the fates. Two weeks ago at the Memorial, Ogilvie suggested the USGA could just set up camp at Jack's place, even thinking green in process. "We'd save how many barrels of oil?" he reportedly said with a smile. The PGA Tour's resident stock adviser, he should know a thing or two about selling short on a golf course.
99. Andrew Dresser
Texas Tech grad prepared for Torrey Pines by playing a few rounds on his PlayStation.
100. Shingo Katayama
Ten-gallon hat, rhinestone-studded belt buckle & yep, that's Shingo, all right.
101. D.J. Brigman
Enjoying a solid Nationwide Tour campaign so far, the 32-year-old from New Mexico has a swing that looks tour-made.
102. a-Nick Taylor
Canada native and University of Washington rising junior recently finished second at the NCAA championships.
103. Scott Piercy
This week's winning paycheck must seem like small potatoes for Piercy, who last year earned $2 million for winning the Ultimate Game in Las Vegas.
104. Jarrod Lyle
Aussie started his Nationwide season with a bang (five top-15 finishes in his first six starts, including a win in Mexico), but has since gone belly up (one made cut in his past five starts).
105. D.J. Trahan
Bob Hope Classic champion admittedly struggles with his putting.
106. Todd Hamilton
Former British Open champ has shown signs of regaining his form after a few lackluster seasons.
107. Patrick Sheehan
College teammate of Jerry Kelly and Tim Petrovic at the University of Hartford, he's made 13 of 17 cuts on the PGA Tour this season.
108. a-Rickie Fowler
Observers called him the most impressive member of last year's U.S. Walker Cup team; he'll be playing with a pair of ex-teammates in the first two rounds.
109. Phillip Archer
Euro Tour regular hasn't been in good form as of late, with missed cuts in his past three events.
110. Mark Calcavecchia
After whipping his pitching wedge into a water hazard in reaction to hitting two balls into said pond at the Memorial, the club was fished out by a valiant member of the gallery and mailed back to him. Even with that club, Calc is still seeking his first top-10 finish in 15 U.S. Open starts.
111. a-Michael Thompson
Last year's U.S. Amateur runner-up nearly made the cut at the Masters before docking himself a penalty.
112. Robert Dinwiddie
Scotland native (he attended the University of Tennessee) has been playing very well on the Euro Tour as of late.
113. Robert Garrigus
PGA Tour regular hits the ball a country mile, but it hasn't generated many strong results in his short career.
114. a-Kevin Tway
Always beneficial for an amateur to have an experienced caddie on the bag; in this case, that will be Kevin's father, Bob, a longtime pro who won here in 1986 at the cumbersomely titled Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open.
115. Alastair Forsyth
Joining Monty as the only Scotsman in the field, he already has a strategy plotted out: "I'm going to need to play my best golf, drive the ball well and accept my punishment when I go in the rough."
116. Jon Mills
College teammate of Ben Curtis at Kent State hasn't finished better than T-13 in 16 PGA Tour starts this season.
117. Toru Taniguchi
Owns a perfect Open record so far: Four career starts, four career missed cuts.
118. Charlie Beljan
2002 U.S. Junior Amateur champion was co-medalist at the sectional qualifier in Texas.
119. a-Derek Fathauer
One half of an up-and-coming twin duo (along with brother Daryl), the University of Louisville product was impressive at a Columbus sectional that featured many top PGA Tour pros.
120. Craig Parry
So, Johnny, what do you think Hogan would say about Parry's swing now?
121. Rich Beem
His five-year exemption for winning the 2002 PGA Championship has come and gone, with Beem pulling an oh-fer, missing the cut in each of those five starts. He's back once again after qualifying through sectionals, but can't be too optimistic this time, either. In 14 starts on the PGA Tour this season, he hasn't finished better than T-20.
122. Scott Sterling
PGA Tour rookie hasn't finished better than T-36 in 13 starts this season.
123. Michael Campbell
Only three years removed from his conquest at Pinehurst, the man affectionately known as "Cambo" has seen his game fall on hard times.
124. Craig Barlow
Playing on a major medical extension (wrist), the former Pizza Hut employee has made the cut in five of 11 starts on the PGA Tour this season.
125. a-Kyle Stanley
Chasing the NCAA individual crown last month, the Clemson Tiger was in the mix until a final-round 82 dropped him to T-7.
126. Lee Janzen
Two-time champ (1993, 1998) is playing on the last year of his 10-year exemption from the second of those victories.
127. Michael Allen
Biding his time until Champions Tour status kicks in next January.
128. Ian Leggatt
Began the season with six missed cuts on the Nationwide Tour.
129. D.A. Points
Though a member of the Nationwide Tour, he proved he can still hang with the big boys (he was on the PGA Tour in 2005 and '06) with a T-14 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
130. Brian Kortan
One of the best stories of the week going in, Kortan (who's 5-foot-3, 150 pounds) suffered a heart attack two years ago at age 35. "It wasn't just a little heart attack," said the former PGA Tour regular. "The term 'widow-maker' is the one they used for me." Now a member of the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series, based in Texas, he reached the field by claiming medalist honors at the Littleton, Colo., sectional last week. If you're searching for an off-the-board player to root for, you could do worse than Kortan.
131. Jonathan Turcott
University of Wisconsin product owns five top-10s in 12 starts on the Nationwide Tour this season.
132. Chris Devlin
133. Mark O'Meara
Ten years after winning the Masters and British Open titles, O'Meara reached this week's field via qualifying.
134. Travis Bertoni
Currently 7-for-7 making cuts on the Hooters Tour, where he ranks eighth on the money list.
135. Brad Bryant
The elder of the Brothers Bryant, Dr. Dirt is the reigning U.S. Senior Open champion.
136. Hunter Haas
We know what you're going to ask -- and no, Hunter is no relation to the vaunted Haas family (father Jay, son Bill) of the PGA Tour, but he does have six siblings who all play competitive golf.
137. Artemio Murakami
The 24-year-old Asian Tour regular from the Philippines competed at Torrey Pines "many times" as a junior player.
138. a-Jeff Wilson
Played professionally from 1986 to '94, but regained his amateur status in 1997.
139. Justin Hicks
Missed the cut in only prior U.S. Open start (2004), despite a respectable second-round 71.
140. a-Jordan Cox
Rising junior at Stanford not only got to hang with teammates at Tiger's pad earlier this year, but teed it up with the No. 1-ranked player during each of the first two practice rounds. (His assessment of Woods' game? "He's hitting it really, really well right now.") Not a bad recruiting tool for the Cardinal, huh?
141. Jeffrey Bors
After traveling cross-country with his 4-month-old daughter, taming Torrey should seem easy for the Shinnecock Hills assistant pro.
142. Rob Rashell
Onetime PGA Tour member won the Gateway Tour's Spring Series earlier this year.
143. Joey Lamielle
Confident mini-tour player needed nine extra holes to make it through sectionals, but later proclaimed, "I knew I was going to win."
144. Fernando Figueroa
Former golfer at the University of North Carolina and, according to Wikipedia, president of El Salvador from 1907-11. Oh yeah, and he's the first player from Central America to ever qualify for a major championship.
145. Mike Gilmore
Long Island club pro has missed the cut in three previous major appearances.
146. Yohann Benson
In his second season on the Canadian Tour; didn't take up the game until he was 17 years old (he's now 26). Carded one ace in sectional qualifying second round and almost added another.
147. Kevin Silva
Mini-tour player has vowed not to be in awe at his first major start. "It's going to be fun, but I'm still a professional golfer," he said. "I'm going out there for business."
148. Bobby Collins
Fourteen-year professional is making his first appearance in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event this week.
149. Jay Choi
No relation to K.J., the former New Mexico collegian made four birdies in his last five holes (including a playoff) to make it through the Colorado sectional.
150. Bob Gaus
Longtime St. Louis-area teaching pro is making his first Open appearance since 1990.
151. Philippe Gasnier
The first Brazilian to compete in the U.S. Open in more than 60 years, he said, "We have lots of potential sponsors in Brazil, but the problem is the media doesn't follow golf. Maybe this will change that."
152. Garrett Chaussard
Former University of Illinois star attended Serra High in San Mateo, Calif., the same school that produced Tom Brady and Barry Bonds.
153. a-Michael Quagliano
Current Dukie only made it into the Memphis sectional at the last minute as an alternate; finished runner-up for medalist honors.
154. Brian Bergstol
Mini-tour competitor is the most accomplished player to ever come out of tiny D-III Moravian College.
155. Sean English
Cincinnati-based teaching pro missed the cut in only prior major appearance (2004 PGA).
156. Jimmy Henderson
Now this is what the U.S. Open is all about. A current AstroTurf salesman and former mini-tour pro for five years, Henderson hadn't taken part in a competitive tournament since 2005, when he applied to this year's local qualifying event. Fearing he would shoot a score so high it would leave him ineligible for other events this summer, he almost withdrew beforehand. Instead, the former Wright State player made it through locals and sectionals to tee it up among the big boys this week. "I kind of get morning sickness right now when I get up in the morning," said Henderson, who recently regained his amateur status. "I have no idea how I'm going to handle it." A regular Joe teeing it up among the best players in the world. Isn't that what this tournament is all about?
Jason Sobel is a golf writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at Jason.Sobel@espn3.com