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US Open action will take place this upcoming weekend at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, NY as Tiger Woods will look to defend his title from last year. US Open fans recall that Tiger Woods had one of the most heroic performances in golf history last year when he won the US Open while playing in severe pain.

This year’s US Open has its own dramatic story lines as Tiger Woods is now healthy after successful knee surgery but his main rival Phil Mickelson enters action this weekend for the championship with a heavy heart as his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer last month.

The US Open has a total purse of $7,500,000 and a total of 600 FedExCup points on the line.  As expected for a major tournament all of the big names of golf will be on hand for the 2009 US Open.

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US Open winners of the past 10 years on hand will include Woods, Angel Cabrera, Geoff Ogilvy, Michael Campbell, Retief Goosen, and Jim Furyk.  Cabrera was of course this year’s Master’s Champion.

Other past Masters winners of the last 5 years at the US Open include Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, and Phil Mickelson.  British Open champions of the past 5 years at this weekend’s US Open include Padraig Harrington and Todd Hamilton.  PGA Champions of the past 5 years also get an invite to the US Open and that punched the ticket for Vijay Singh.  2008 US Senior Open champion Eduardo Romero will get an invite as will 2009 Players championship winner Henrik Stenson.

The top 15 finishers from last year’s US Open included in the field will be Rocco Mediate, Lee Westwood, Robert Karlsson, DJ Trahan, Carl Pettersson, John Merrick, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Heath Slocum, Eric Axley, Brandt Snedeker, Camilo Villegas, Stewart Cink, Rod Pampling, and Ernie Els.

Brian Gay got his ticket punched by winning the St. Jude Classic which was his second title in one calendar year. Last year Woods beat Mediate in a playoff before taking the rest of the year off for surgery.  Tiger will again be the favorite entering action this weekend.


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