Country: United States
World ranking: 80
Worldwide victories: 90
Majors: Masters (1997, 2001, 2002), U.S. Open (2000, 2002, 2008), British Open (2000, 2005, 2006), PGA Championship (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007)
Best U.S. Open: Winning at Pebble Beach by 15 shots.
U.S. Open memory: Winning at Torrey Pines without having walked 18 holes since the Masters and playing with severely damaged knee ligaments and two stress fractures in his left leg.
Backspin: Woods has shown all the elements of being among the best if he could ever put them all together. He has been in the Sunday mix three times this year, and his best result was a runner-up finish at Innisbrook. This is the 10-year anniversary of his last major. His putting was good at the start of the year, not so much now. The tough conditions of a U.S. Open, with a premium on patience and course management, would seem to suit him.