If a tree falls in the forest ...

For the first time since 1994, the U.S. Open won't include Tiger Woods. Does his absence affect your interest?

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Is this the world's best golfer?

That's Luke Donald, by the way. You know, just in case the face of the world's top-ranked golfer didn't ring a bell.

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Will the winner be a surprise?

If Graeme McDowell repeats, he'll do it from the top 10. Rest of top 10: Donald, Westwood, Kaymer, Steve Stricker, Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Paul Casey

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Do you like to see pros suffer?

The clubhouse at Congressional will be a welcome sight to golfers who just walked the third-longest major course of all time. But whether it's length of course or length of rough, how tough is too tough?

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Any place but first place?

Leading a major entering the final day should be a good thing, right? It wasn't for Rory McIlroy at Augusta, and it hasn't been for a lot of 54-hole leaders in recent years.

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Does American success matter?

There's still a better chance of an American man winning this U.S. Open than the tennis one, but Europe owns the Ryder Cup and foreign golfers own all four major titles at the moment.

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Will 48th time be the charm?

With Vijay Singh not in the field, Sergio Garcia inherits the longest active streak of major starts with 48. But if Garcia is no longer a rising star, will he ever turn quantity into quality at a major?

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