Rank 'Em: 2009 U.S. Open Contenders

Created: June 2, 2008, 4:05 PM

Is Phil Mickelson the favorite at Torrey Pines?

There are plenty of unanswered questions heading into the 2008 U.S. Open Championship. How will the defending champion, Angel Cabrera, fare this time around? Will Sergio Garcia use his recent win at the Players Championship to catapult him to his first major title? And of course, how will Tiger Woods' left knee hold up after undergoing surgery?

It seems the only sure bet heading into the 108th U.S. Open is Kenny Perry will not be there. So, as the world's best gather at Torrey Pines, it's time for SportsNation to size up the field. Below you'll find 25 of this year's top contenders, but who are the best bets to win it all?

You must rank at least five golfers to cast your ballot.


 
 
  • Stuart Appleby
    Golf World Ranking: No. 29
    Best finish: T10 (1998)
  • Aaron Baddeley
    Golf World Ranking: No. 18
    Best finish: T13 (2007)
  • Angel Cabrera
    Golf World Ranking: No. 22
    Best finish: 1 (2007)
  • K.J. Choi
    Golf World Ranking: No. 9
    Best finish: T15 (2005)
  • Stewart Cink
    Golf World Ranking: No. 12
    Best finish: 3 (2001)
  • Luke Donald
    Golf World Ranking: No. 17
    Best finish: T12 (2006)
  • Ernie Els
    Golf World Ranking: No. 4
    Best finish: 1 (1994, '97)
  • Jim Furyk
    Golf World Ranking: No. 8
    Best finish: 1 (2003)
  • Sergio Garcia
    Golf World Ranking: No. 11
    Best finish: T3 (2005)
  • Retief Goosen
    Golf World Ranking: No. 33
    Best finish: 1 (2001, '04)
  • Padraig Harrington
    Golf World Ranking: No. 14
    Best finish: 5 (2006); T5 (2000)
  • Trevor Immelman
    Golf World Ranking: No. 16
    Best finish: T21 (2006)
  • Zach Johnson
    Golf World Ranking: No. 25
    Best finish: T45 (2007)
  • Anthony Kim
    Golf World Ranking: No. 19
    Best finish: T20 (2007)
  • Phil Mickelson
    Golf World Ranking: No. 2
    Best finish: 2 (1999, '02, '04); T2 (2006)
  • Geoff Ogilvy
    Golf World Ranking: No. 5
    Best finish: 1 (2006)
  • Justin Rose
    Golf World Ranking: No. 6
    Best finish: T5 (2003)
  • Rory Sabbatini
    Golf World Ranking: No. 15
    Best finish: T51 (2007)
  • Adam Scott
    Golf World Ranking: No. 3
    Best finish: T21 (2006)
  • Vijay Singh
    Golf World Ranking: No. 10
    Best finish: T3 (1999)
  • Henrik Stenson
    Golf World Ranking: No. 13
    Best finish: T26 (2006)
  • Steve Stricker
    Golf World Ranking: No. 7
    Best finish: 5 (1999); T5 (1998)
  • Boo Weekley
    Golf World Ranking: No. 28
    Best finish: T26 (2007)
  • Mike Weir
    Golf World Ranking: No. 31
    Best finish: T3 (2003)
  • Tiger Woods
    Golf World Ranking: No. 1
    Best finish: 1 (2000, '02)