Open challenge

Navigating Congressional will be demanding for every golfer in the field, but these five pros will arrive at the U.S. Open with something to prove

Updated: June 6, 2011, 12:33 PM ET
By LaRue Cook | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the June 13, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Phil Mickelson 40 USA OWGR: 5 Best U.S. Open finish: 2 (1999, 2002, '04, '06, '09)

Lefty's been Mr. Consistent, making every cut so far this season, with one win and four top-10s, and is the second-highest Yank currently in the world rankings. While winning four majors has gotten one monkey off his back, a U.S. Open record five runner-ups has provided him with another. His chokes are legendary, from the double ...

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