Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss who they think will win golf's U.S. Open. Check back throughout the day for more updates, and feel free to weigh in with a comment of your own.
Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times
When asked to pick winners in this occasional feature, I almost always pick older, dull guys, because I am one. But not this time. My pick for U.S. Open winner this week is Steve Stricker, and the pick is based on his recent TV commercial for Avis, where he reveals that he is not at all an old, dull guy, but a SAVAGE. Get the children off the streets of Philadelphia. Stricker is coming. You’ll know when you hear the polka music.
Tom Housenick, Allentown Morning Call
Tiger Woods may be a lot of things that disgust me, but he again is the world's best golfer.
The likelihood that he will win at Merion is increased considering his track record of following up bad weeks with big paydays.
In 2012, he had a stretch of T-40, missed cut, T-40. He then won two of his next three starts.
In 2009, he missed the British Open cut, then won the next two events and followed that with two seconds.